Artichokes + Friday Happy Hour

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I love a good happy hour. Drinks and small plates at a discount always sounds good to me. But going out isn’t always an option… especially when happy hour ends before you get off work. On Friday’s I usually like to have happy hour at home. There’s nothing better than happy hour in your sweats. Oh wait, I go to happy hour in my sweats anyway. Call me lazy. It’s a bad habit of mine.

The key to happy hour at home is keeping it simple. A few ingredients that require little work. Things like cheese and crackers, bruschetta or bacon wrapped dates. Today we are having one of my favorites: Artichokes and lemon butter.

I love artichokes. They are flavorful, easy to prepare and something you don’t eat everyday. The lemon butter just adds an extra flavor and enhances the artichoke. I promise you will be addicted after the first one. I usually eat a whole one myself…. sometimes two. I’m not ashamed.

Friday Libations: Pull — Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Paso Robles

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Artichokes + Lemon Butter   >>Serves 2

2 artichokes

1/2 stick butter

2 lemons

Cut off the tops of the leaves with scissors. This will get rid of all the pointy ends and make it easier to work with. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Juice one lemon into the water and leave the lemon halves in the water. Put both artichokes into the water and make sure they are covered. Put a lid on the pot and cook for 30-40 minutes. The artichoke is ready when the leaves pull out easily.

When the artichoke is almost done, melt the butter and juice of one lemon together. Now you’re ready to plate! Peel off the leaves one at a time and dip in the lemon butter. The “meat” is at the end of the artichoke. Simple and satisfying.

Happy Hour at home can be just as good as going out!

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