Friday Pin-Ups: I Heart Artichokes

One of my favourite signs of spring is the baskets of tender baby artichokes that begin to appear in front of the Danforth’s greengrocers.

I’m sure there’s a really great metaphor hiding in there somewhere, just out of my caffeine-deprived brain’s reach – something to do with the spiky armor-plated exterior, the thready choke lurking within, the somewhat fussy preparation process, and the methodical method in which whole artichokes must be dismantled and eaten.  In a 30-minute meal kind of world, artichokes remain adamantly inconvenient.

But oh, what deliciousness awaits those who are willing to brave the artichoke’s defenses and patiently work their way down to its tender heart.

Need a little motivation? Allow me to present five gorgeous artichoke-based dishes that are absolutely worth the hassle.

Italian-Style Stuffed Artichokes (Food Blogga)

Source: via Isabelle on Pinterest

Braised Artichoke Hearts with Olives and Feta (Tartelette)

Source: via Isabelle on Pinterest

Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese (A Couple Cooks)

Source: via Isabelle on Pinterest

Grilled Fresh Artichokes (Pass the Sushi)

Source: via Isabelle on Pinterest

Baby Artichokes and Lima Beans in White Wine Sauce (Food Wanderings)

Source: via Isabelle on Pinterest


  1. says

    As usual Isabelle, love your post and especially your writing. The 2nd paragraph gave me my first good chuckle of the morning!! So true they are a bit daunting but here is a brand new recipideo for you and your readers that might sway you to add it to our 30 minute meal world?? Maybe, maybe?? Let me know what you think! I heart artichokes too!!!!!

  2. says

    I definitely have to get on the artichoke train again. Those grilled artichokes definitely look tasty. Which recipe would be foremost on your menu?

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