Kid Chef Artichokes

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Kids find pealing the leaves to eat the artichokes is fun and yummy. High in antioxidants, artichokes aid digestion and reduce cholesterol. Kid Chefs can prepare them for a special treat for a family dinner party. Castroville, California is called the artichoke capitol of the world, but the artichoke is native to the Mediterranean region, where it has been cultivated for thousands of years. Kids can add artichokes for a beautiful addition to their backyard garden. Long stem artichokes are magnificent in a large flower arrangement for the table. Kid Chefs can fill a large pot with 3 quarts of water and 1 tsp of salt and bring it to a boil. Cut off the artichoke stem so the bottom is flat. With kitchen scissors, cut the pointed tip from each of the leaves. Cut 1 lemon in half, rub the lemon halves over the cut leaves, squeeze the lemon juice and add it and the lemon halves to the pot of boiling water. Add 3 or 4 artichokes, using a slotted spoon, and cover the pot with a lid. Turn down the heat to low and cook for 20 to 30 minutes. Carefully transfer the artichokes, using tongs and a small bowl, to a colander set in the sink. Using the tongs, kids can turn the artichokes upside down in the colander to drain the water. Kids enjoy pealing the artichoke leaves and dipping them in either a lemon butter sauce (1 tbsp lemon juice, 6 tbsp butter, salt) or a sour cream sauce seasoned with salt and curry powder. Kid Chefs can serve the artichokes with small dipping bowls of both sauces for a festive family party.

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