Grilled Artichokes with Sun Dried Tomato Dip and My First Award!

As most of you know, Savoring Every Bite came about as a way for a mother to get her family favorite recipes to her daughter away at college.  Beginning her junior year in college, Gina moved into an apartment and casually asked her mother for a few recipes.  Recipes?  My daughter is expressing an interest in cooking?  Is this really MY daughter?  The one who was always too busy to spend time with me in the kitchen?  The girl with the limited attention span?

I didn’t just want to “jot down” a few recipes; she’d probably just toss the paper.  Creating a “family” cookbook? No, she’s just not a “book” person.  Gina is forever online, shopping, searching, chatting.  She must follow every fashion blog out there… and there was my connection.  I’d start a blog.

I’d cook, I’d post and occasionally Gina would leave a comment.  Honestly I knew nothing about blogging, taking photos or making it look nice like all the others.  I still can’t say I understand this fully, but I have enjoyed every moment and have found so many new “friends” on my blogging journey.  And because of these wonderful, amazing, talented new friends I received this:

I was first presented with this award from the adorably talented Lianna from The Little Spork.  She is a college student baking and cooking her way along with some quite impressive recipes!  My second “nomination” was from Yummy Chunklet, her blog caught my attention when she was celebrating her birthday the entire month!  She definitely knows how to treat herself well and post “yummy” recipes.  And lastly from Ginger Couturier .  I can always count on Ginger bringing a smile to my face and a little chuckle as her posts tell it like it is!  She’s seems like a friend you can feel comfortable telling anything to as she writes so real about life, motherhood and homemaking.

The “rules” for accepting this award is to write 7 things about yourself that no one knows and to then pass on the award to other amazing bloggers.  I don’t think I could ever top Ginger’s 14 facts about herself, but here goes…..

1.  I love to hula hoop.  I still own my very first hoop; the pink color has faded and scratches from hitting the concrete replaced the smooth feel but when I hula the beads still swirl through the hoop with the sounds of my childhood memories.

2.  After watching Under The Tuscan Sun I wished I had moved to Tuscany following my divorce instead of Florida.

3.  Which leads to my dream to one day vacation to Italy and Sicily.

4.  I loved Home Ec class in high school but was embarrassed to tell anyone I could enjoy being a homemaker.  And then Martha Stewart came along and made a fortune giving domestic tips on cooking, gardening, homemade crafts to laundry, party planning and “Living” the Martha way.

4.  Early mornings are my favorite time of the day when the house is quiet, my puppies are still sleepy and their noses are dry.  Yoga wakens my body, hot espresso charges me up; Every Day is a New Beginning (my favorite thought).

5.  I hate Diets; I hate to hear people talk about being on a Diet and then being off their Diet.  The ‘way’ people eat is their “diet”; some have to avoid gluten, other’s follow their nationality’s style of food, some eat breakfast, some don’t.  I prefer to eat real, eat light and not combine my proteins with my carbs, though it’s not a deal breaker in my life!

6.  Chihauhua’s are my favorite little dog.  They are tiny, but fierce.  They love endlessly.

7.   I am a hopelessly romantic woman; I believe in happy endings and love everlasting.

I follow and enjoy many food blogs.  The following are my favorites; those I look forward to reading and seeing what they are cooking or baking up next!  Over time, I’ve come to “know” them through their posts, especially those that share their family stories.  I’m sure many of them have received this award before or other awards acknowledging their talents and wonderful blogs.  Therefore, I forward this Award to those I am so thankful to include in my circle of friends, and truly I could list so many others:

A Spicy Perspective 

Chef in Disguise

Eat, Play, Love

Kitchen Belleicious

Rufus Food and Spirits Guide

Smart Food and Fit

Sweet and Crumbly

Sweet Caroline’s Cooking

Grilled Artichokes with Sun Dried Tomato Dip

I love playing with my food appetizers; pulling the leaves, dipping in a sauce and scraping the tangy goodness off of each petal.  For this platter, I used 2 large artichokes.  I trimmed each globe’s pointy leaves, sliced the top and trimmed the stem.  The cut artichokes were rubbed with lemon and submerged in a large pot filled with water, 1 teaspoon salt and the juice from one lemon.  Partially cover the pot, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and gently cook approximately 35-40 minutes, or until a leave is easily pulled and the bottom can be easily pierced with a knife.  Drain well and set aside.  Can be made a day ahead at this point and refrigerated.  A few hours prior to grilling and serving, cut the artichokes in quarters, remove the fuzzy center and marinate with vinaigrette mix of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, kosher salt and pepper.  Heat a large grill pan, drain artichokes from marinade, place artichokes cut side down and grill until nice grill markets appear, turn and grill other side.  Plate and serve with a butter sauce or the following Sun Dried Tomato Dip:

Sun Dried Tomato Dip:  Combine 6 large sun dried tomatoes, ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, 2 chopped garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons chopped onion and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil in a blender.  Begin to blend and slowly add in ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil, until combined well, add Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.  Can be made one day ahead, refrigerate and bring to room temperature to serve.

30 thoughts on “Grilled Artichokes with Sun Dried Tomato Dip and My First Award!

  1. Congrattles on the award! Nice to see someone shares my love of sun-dried tomatoes. I’m trying to convince my wife – she thinks they’re the most vile thing in the world. The dip looks great – I’ve actually just bought some new sun-dried tomatoes at home so I’ll give this a try, thanks!

  2. Thanks so much Linda! What a wonderful surprise this morning! I love that you created this site for your daughter – and what wonderful recipes she has to choose from! I hope that you get your vacation in Italy some day. I know I would love that as well! And I love that you still have a pink hula hoop! Miss A would totally get a kick out of that too. 🙂

  3. Hmm, you know I started cooking and trying out the family recipes in college. I also did well in Home Ec:) Thanks for including me on your list. I love your blog too. There’s such a great mix of classic Italian recipes (you know my bias!) and healthy fun stuff. I still have to make those espresso jello shots at a party. I love today’s recipe. I don’t think I’ve ever used my grill pan, it’s right there on the other side of my griddle. Do you think these would fall apart on the grill? Probably.:)

  4. I never knew the story behind your blog origins–I love it! What a great reason to start blogging and sharing recipes (especially ones that look so delicious!).

    I love your facts, as well, it just seems like you enjoy life! (I mean, how could an life un-lover ever claim to appreciate a good hula hoop??). And early morning rituals are the best.

  5. Thank you so much Linda!
    I love your blog..love the recipes and the tips..love everything about it..
    Your daughter is very lucky to have such a talanted mum.
    I hope you will get to fulfill your dream of going to Italy and having a happy ending..
    Again..thank you so much for the award..I am honored 🙂

  6. Oh thanks so much girl! I am honored and so excited! You definitely deserved those awards and those artichOkes – what can I say! A masterpiece. So beautiful abd looks so delicious!

  7. Linda…congratulations on your award..sure well deserved, and I enjoyed learning more about you 🙂
    The grilled artichoke looks delicious, specially with such a tasty dip.
    Have a wonderful week!

  8. Thank you SO much for the award, Linda!!! I’m forever grateful that Gina started to request recipes from you–otherwise, you’d have never created this lovely blog. You’re not alone on the home ec class, I absolutely loved the cooking and sewing classes back in high school! BTW, these artichokes sound and look deeelicious. 🙂 xx

  9. I am so impressed that you can hula hoop! For some reason that was always a challenge to me, I could never go for more than a minute or so! This recipe is definetly one I look forward to trying, with my daughter 🙂 You certainly deserved those awards and thank you for the nice things you said about me.

  10. This is an amazing looking dip! So yummy! And, congrats on the awards. You definitely deserve them! Fyi, I also wanted to move to Tuscany after reading Frances Mayes’ book!

  11. Congrats on the award Linda! It was a nice surprise to see my blog mentioned, thanks so much! I have to pass this award along, Kay sent me one and I have been terrible and need to pass it along to other bloggers!
    I think it’s great you started this blog to share your recipes with your daughter away at college. Sounds like you are an outstanding mom and cook! Wow, I wish I could hoola hoop, I never could do it not even as a kid! I too loved home ecs class, but still have lot’s to learn!
    Your sundried tomato dip and grilled artichokes look wonderful. I cannot wait to try it; as a matter of fact, I think I’m going to make this for Father’s Day for my dad he loves artichokes!
    Thanks Linda and have a great day! 🙂

  12. Thanks so much Linda! I adore reading your blog and check back here often as well. These grilled artichoke look charred to perfection. I have never grilled an artichoke before…gasp! Your photo and recipe belong in Bon Appetit. It’s stunning and the recipe sounds divine!

  13. Hi Linda – Congratulations on your award! I’m really glad you enjoy playing around with appetizers because I’m always on the lookout for good ones and this one looks delish! Have not tried grilling artichoke yet, your post has inspired me to do so. Thanks.

  14. Hi there, and what a lovely blog. Came across it via The Food Doctor and so glad I found you! We have lots of atrichokes growing in our vegetable patch and I have a few sun dried tomatoes left from last summer, so am feeling very inspired! Congrats on your award too.

  15. What a lovely post! I love artichokes! I grew up in Naples & Rome because my dad was in the Navy – so, I absolutely encourage you to go! But, you may never want to come back!

  16. I’ve ALWAYS wondered how to grill artichokes… This is an amazing recipe. For a “skinny” alternative, dipping the artechoke in dijon/lemon mixture is suprisingly rich and delicious.

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