Friday, April 23, 2010

The Intimidating Ingredient

I consider myself a pretty good cook considering my complete lack of formal training.  I'm usually willing to try anything once, and don't have a problem tackling strange ingredients or recipes (usually those of the Asian variety).

But there's one food that leaves me shivering at the very thought of preparing.  No, it's not tripe.  Nope, not blowfish.  Not even the dreaded Macaron.

It's this cute and unassuming little artichoke.   I'm afraid of the thorns!  I'm scared of the choke!  I'm terrified of being afraid of a vegetable!  Okay, I'll stop.  This weekend, I'm overcoming my fear and preparing artichokes using this handy step by step guide.

Wish me luck.  I'll let you know how it goes.

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