We don’t need an acre of land and a straw hat to enjoy walking out our door and harvesting your own vegetables & fruit, and sharing it with your family & friends.  This week I harvested artichokes, strawberries and basil to make a delicious appetizer that the whole family enjoyed.

Today I’m going to share with you a few tips for preparing your artichokes and a great dipping sauce.

  1. Harvest artichokes when they are starting to open but have not blossomed yet.  (This is when they will have the most “meat”)
  2. Soak your artichokes in water and drain 2-3 times in order to free any dirt or bug that may be inside.
  3. Cut the tips of the artichoke petals with a scissor since they are sharp.
  4. Steam the artichoke with 1/2 lemon for ~30 min.

Sauce recipe:

  1. Small jar (16oz) of Mayo or veganaise
  2. 3 Tbsp honey or agave
  3. juice from 1/2 a lemon
  4. Handful of washed basil
  5. 3 dashes of celery salt
  6. 3 dashes of paprika
  7. 3-6 cloves of garlic (depending on how much you like garlic)
  8. *optional slice of hot pepper


There is nothing like fresh ingredients and a garden that can inspire a few new dishes and some variety in our meals!