Look What Else She Does!
On September 23, 2008, Elaine was featured in the "Who's Cooking"
column of the Long Island Newspaper "Newsday". While copyright
laws prohibit us from reprinting that complete interview here we have
included excepts from the article. As many have asked for the recipe
for her delicious artichokes, we have included it below.
My favorite place to visit nowadays is Fra Amichi, a great Italian
restaurant in an old converted Friendly's restaurant building on Route
107 just south of Hempstead Turnpike. I try to get there once a week
for luch with my girlfriend because the prices are so reasonable. We
love the fresh rolls they serve with every meal - they're outstanding.
Our favorite meal is the walnut gargonzola salad with salad greens,
hearts of palm, olives, candied walnuts, and tomatoes. We always ask
for the raspberry dressing (the one they use on their spinach salad)
because we like it the best.
ELAINE'S ARTICHOKE RECIPE
1. Cut artichokes lengthwise, stem to top; if artichokes are hard, cut off pointy tops. With a small, sharp knife remove choke and pink-red prickly leaves from artichoke, leaving a clean cavity. Place in bowl of water until ready to use to prevent too much browning.
2. Take artichoke halves out of water and loosely fill the cavity with dill.
3. Place 4 artichoke halves in bottom of 6-quart pot. Layer generously with scallion greens. Sprinkle a layer of kosher salt over everything. Repeat. Add lemon juice and olive oil to pot.
4. Fill pot with water to about 2 inches from top, covering artichokes. Bring to full boil on high for 15 minutes with the cover ajar. Reduce to a moderate boil, cover and cook about 40 minutes or until tender.
5. Remove pot from heat and let cool to room temperature. Put artichokes and juice in a container and refrigerate for at least 8 hours to let flavors marinate. Serve cold with juice as desired. Makes 4 to 8 servings, as an appetizer or side dish.
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