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So many of the good and tasty recipes I get come from Wegman’s, my favorite grocery store at the shore.  At my store, they have an in-house chef who cooks up  a fabulous dish and hands out samples.  Of course the ingredients for this dish are within an arm’s reach of Gus. This week he was cooking organic kale and artichokes.  Such a simple combination, no heavy lifting, no exotic ingredients.  I bought the package of kale, I already had a big jar of artichoke hearts.  His recipe didn’t use marinated artichoke hearts so I asked him if he thought I could use them and he suggested that I use some of the oil from the jar in place of the olive oil he used.  

I covered the bottom of my braising pan with a little olive and sliced up a big clove of garlic and sauteed  it on medium low heat.  I cut the artichoke hearts in half and in thirds – they were loaded with oil and I tossed them into the pan.  I cooked them on slightly higher heat for about 3 minutes and then added the kale.  I put in a third of the package and after it wilted down, I added more.  After it was all in and wilted down I stirred it around to mix everything together.

I tasted it and it seemed slightly bitter to me. So I turned to the internet for the answer and sure enough it was there.  Unfortunately the way to reduce the bitterness is to blanch the kale first or to rub the leaves with salt, olive oil and lemon juice while still raw.

Guess what?  I added some salt and some lemon juice and it really did reduce the bitterness.  This is a very healthy dishe to serve;  Tonight it is the side dish to my tuna, fennel and cannolini bean salad.

English: Canned marinated artichoke hearts

Marinated Artichoke Hearts

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Oh I am so excited about  this recipe because once again ice cream and alcohol are combined to make a delicious dessert.  

1 pint vanilla ice creamroom temperature**

1  1/2 cups strawberries

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup cointreau

In a blender, puree all ingredients till smooth.  Divide among 4 glasses.

** Microwave on high for 10 second intervals until it reaches desired consistency.

strawberry-orange drink

Boozy Ice Cream Dessert

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Ice cream

Too Many Flavors to Pick From

Ha, ha, I’m always posting what I think are fantastic recipes and I’ve made at least 99% of them.  I like to cook, I really do and I like making special dishes for entertaining.  Sometimes I do way too much work for people who probably would have been happy with hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill but I think most cooks do half of what they do for themselves and half for the guests.  So I should be pleased at least 50% of the time.  Wow  what a digression! 

I thought since I probably sound like a cook who takes pride in her work (ok I do) that I should let my readers in on what other meals in our household are like.  Last night we had what Peter called a very schizophrenic meal.  I thought, ‘I should blog this’.

It was a clean out the refrigerator of leftovers night;  So we each had a very small portion of linguine with clam sauce.  Then since we had ordered Chinese food on Saturday night because I could not have stood in the kitchen and cooked anything after standing all day at the flea market, we each had our respective leftover Chinese food.  I had also ordered some Yang Chow Fried Rice and Sauteed Broccoli so there was two more dishes there.  When I had made the linguine on Thursday night, I also made sauteed Broccoli Rabe and there was a bit of that left over too.  As you can see the table is getting crowded with lots of little dishes.  The Chinese food came with two containers of white rice so I opened one of those and heated it up.  There was just a mug full of Tofu and Vegetable soup which I heated up on the stove and put in a mug and claimed for myself since I had a headache.  Not sure where it is written that Tofu and Vegetable soup cures a headache, lol.  Since the meal seemed light on protein I thought it might as well be heavy on veggies so I steamed a bag of green string beans and put a pat or two of garlic butter on them, mmmm good.  There was also half a bag of salad greens left from Thursday night so I made a small salad for us and sliced some cherry tomatoes in it and used my newly-made (yes my own) Dijon lemon dressing. 

Pretty crazy huh? What an odd assortment of food but it’s all gone and so I don’t need to schlepp a bunch of containers of food back to NYC.  OH and lest I not be totally honest, Peter had some ice cream in the freezer and I cajoled him into giving me some of it and it was not much more than a taste because being the good eater that he is, he only orders a short shot!

Well, no never mind as they say, because earlier in the day, I talked him into finding Hoffman’s Ice Cream in Spring Lake because a couple friends of mine could NOT believe, that me, the ice cream nut and aficionado had not yet discovered this famous ice cream parlor.  Well now I have and yes indeed it is really good ice cream.  I had two scoops (naturally); one of Coconut Joy which was so damn good and was like eating a cold and creamy Mounds bar and one scoop of their  Mint Chocolate Fudge, which apparently had been voted Best Ice Cream in the state in 2009.  It was very very good, but not sure that it should have been voted the BEST.  Do you think perhaps I had some from the original batch?

Check in tomorrow for Tuesday’s Tasty Tidbit recipe!

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