While I’m scrubbing my burnt pot, here is a roundup…

by Patricia on April 12, 2009 · 2 comments


I have cooked artichokes myself exactly twice.  Both times steamed.  Both times just kind of winged it from a “how to cook artichokes” I found online that says to put a clove of garlic, lemon slice and bay leaf into the water to add some flavor.  My first outing was successful enough.  1 artichoke in the steamer for 15 minutes, and I had an edible artichoke.  The second time, however, was a slightly different story.  You see, I don’t measure the water when I’m steaming stuff.  And I’m not an expert steamer.  I just don’t steam things very often.  Anyhow, I put the artichoke in the steamer basket, set a timer for 20 minutes (why did I change from 15 to 20? I have no good answer.  What I learned though? If 15 is good enough, stick with 15… or add more water if you want to go 20).  I walked away to do some things.  Easy enough, right?

When I returned I smelled smoke.  Not huge billowing amounts, but still a little smoke.  The kind of smoke smell you get when you walk outside and a neighbor has a fire in his fireplace.  Not a bad smell, but not really what you want to smell in your kitchen.  I removed the lid from the pot and a puff of smoke escaped.  Uh oh.  The artichoke looked ok enough… just a little smokey.   So I tried it.  It had a slight smokey flavor but was not bad.  The pot though was not a happy pot.  The water had completely evaporated and there is a semi-permanent char on the bottom that no amount of scraping has helped.  I am currently working through these steps from eHow.  So far no change, but I am trying to salvage my poor pot.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  

But while I’m scrubbing, here is a round up of a few things that caught my eye this week:

– Bakerella is up to her usual magic with these Easter basket cupcakes.  Too cute!

Maple pan-roasted baby carrots from Noble Pig.  These look delicious and would be a perfect side for Easter supper.

– Katie from Salt and Chocolate asks “Who wouldn’t want some cheesecake?”.  You know, I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love a slice of this vanilla bean cheesecake.  I know I’d love a big slice of it right now.  For dinner.  And maybe dessert too.

– And because I’m kind of on a “back to basics” kick lately in a lot of my life, I am really interested in trying to make my own butter like Amy from Angry Chicken did.  I mean, I love butter.  How bad could homemade be?

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