Saturday Smiles: Frost-Kissed Artichokes!

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Ocean Mist Farms in Castroville, California (aka the artichoke capital) have been shipping their organic artichokes Frost Kissed beauties our way these past few weeks. ( picture above) They are quite large, and big enough for the two of us to share to share one.

As the label explains, they are frost kissed as the temperatures goes below 32F, and create spots like a sunburn.  "Once cooked, I transform into a perfect green Artichoke with an enhanced nutty flavor!"

We simply cut them in half put them in water flavored with garlic cloves and lemon or lime halves and Kosher salt.  We put the lid on the pot, bring the water to simmer, for about 45 minutes.  

We clean out the thistles, and serve them with melted butter.  If we are using the barbecue to cook, we brush them with olive oil and Ron chars them a bit.  

Artichokes do not pair well with wine.  We usually serve them as a starter, and then serve wine.  

Wishing Everyone an abundance of Saturday Smiles!

 

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Comments (32)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD the same goes for asparagus ,  We use them as a starter.  A

Jan 22, 2022 10:58 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Will Hamm they are huge, and that is why we share one.  We buy two for the week.  A

Jan 22, 2022 11:00 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
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I love most crunchy veggies, so I eat them fresh like salad or stir-fry.  I never had "stir-fried" artichokes, so I'll stick with your way of cooking them! 😑

Jan 22, 2022 11:00 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Carla Freund we agree, especially good with butter.  In Italy they fried the artichokes, and they are little ones.  I have been told there is a restaurant in Castroville that is on par with Italy for this delicacy...Next time, we feel like a long long drive, we will check it out. A

Jan 22, 2022 11:02 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Aura Alex I don't think they would be good stir fried, although you could it with the hearts of artichokes.  A

Jan 22, 2022 11:04 AM
Aura Alex

Oh, there's a thought! I'll get right into the "hearts" of artichokes. I will keep you posted on my stir-fried artichoke hearts experiment.

Jan 22, 2022 11:09 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho I gather they do not send them to Idaho.  They are easy to grow, I planted them years ago..  A

Jan 22, 2022 11:05 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Michael Jacobs we agree, it does not hurt to try as Kat Palmiotti stated.  Then you really know.  All vegetables are not created equal.  A

Jan 22, 2022 11:07 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wayne Martin I have on occasion stuffed them.  However, we prefer them this way, less work!  A

Jan 22, 2022 11:08 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Roy Kelley Ron will be grilling tonight, so an artichoke is on the menu also.  A

Jan 22, 2022 11:09 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog you are welcome, enjoy your weekend.  A

Jan 22, 2022 11:09 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Nina Hollander, Broker when in Rome, I love the small artichokes that are fried...I am told there is a place in Castroville that does them.  I just wish it was not a 4 hour drive.  LOL A

Jan 22, 2022 11:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Ron and Alexandra Seigel 4 hours is a bit of a long drive for an artichoke!

Jan 22, 2022 12:26 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I understand,  We all have preferences when it comes to veggies.  A

Jan 22, 2022 11:12 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kat Palmiotti we are also looking forward to the dark red version of the artichokes.  They have no thistles to clean out, and are even nuttier in flavor.  A

Jan 22, 2022 11:13 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Brian England You would not be a good vegetarian eater.  LOL A

Jan 22, 2022 11:15 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Ron and Alexandra- I love artichokes!!! My grandmother cooked them all of the time when they were available and my mother used to stuff them. I love eating them and then when finished with the leaves, go to the artichoke heart!

Jan 22, 2022 11:25 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

We grow them every year and the leaves very decorative in a landscape, not to mention the purple flowers if left unattended. My husband likes to grill them and then I make artichoke dip. That sounds so good right now!

Jan 22, 2022 06:28 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! When I grew them, I always left the last artichoke flower.  I love the color.  I am so delighted that we are getting them.  We had one tonight that Ron grilled!  It was big enough to split...A

Jan 22, 2022 09:00 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kathy Streib I stuffed one, once, and we prefer eating them as I described.  Sometimes we dip them in a chipotle aioli that our favorite restaurant makes.  They always give us some to take home.  A

Jan 22, 2022 09:03 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Alexandra, first let me tell you I had no idea that was the reason for the 'sun burn' now I know... now with that said I guess Diane and I have bigger appetites, when I make it as an appetizer we each want our own large one:))Endre

Jan 22, 2022 11:53 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Endre Barath, Jr. Good for you!  Appetites differ, I am looking forward to buying the dark red variety.  It has a limited season, and they are a big favorite for us. Trader Joe's has a whole bunch of these, and I hope yours does.  They are amazingly good.   Happy Sunday.

Jan 23, 2022 08:22 AM