This is the time of the year where Artichokes are at their peak. If you haven’t tried them, Elise at Simply Recipes has done a great job on how to cook and eat them.
I remember when Chris first tried them at our house WAY back when. He had never tried an artichoke and didn’t want any of us to know. He watched around the table, followed all our steps, and he just didn’t get it. He said that is alot of work for a little bit of flavor! What he didn’t know was that there was a prize at the bottom.
He never did become a fan of artichokes. Paige and I we adored them. I planted three plants in the garden just so we could gorge ourselves on them. Today our plants are no longer there. I have to pay the outrageous price at the store (2.69 ea today) for the delicious treat.
Keeping in tradition with Grandma Benson’s Birthday, I am posting her dipping sauce for artichokes. She never did tell the recipe to us, but my mother after many attempts figured it out and here is her adaptation of Grandma Benson’s artichoke dipping sauce.
Grandma’s original recipe**I have tried different flavored vinegars, added a spice or two, cut down the oil. . . But it is really the best just as Mom does it. She had a neighbor in California that was very secretive about this Dressing Recipe; but one day the neighbor lady left in a big hurry to attend the birth of a grandchild, and asked Mom to go over and check to see if her stove had been left on. Right there on her counter was all the ingredients for this Dressing, and Mom jotted them down. After several tries, she came up with the following recipe.Ingredients:
1 Can Bordon’s Sweet and Condensed Milk
1 Cup Salad Oil
1/2 Cup Vinegar
1 Large Egg
2 tsp. dried Mustard
Salt, Pepper and Paprica to taste. Combine in Mix Master Bowl; and Beat! Beat! Beat!There you have it! It is to die for. Thanks mom for passing it on.