Artichoke Benedict

Written by Rocky Mountain Woman on November 19, 2014 – 1:02 pm -

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Hands down, the most elegant breakfast I can think of…

To serve four people…

Ingredient list:

4 artichokes
8 eggs
2 T white vinegar

for the hollandaise:

3 egg yolks
1 1/2 sticks butter, cut into cubes
1 1/2 t fresh lemon juice
1/2 t salt
few grinds of pepper from the mill

Rinse the artichokes thoroughly

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trim the stems from the bottom

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trim the long spikes from the top

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cook until tender – I use a pressure cooker for 15 minutes in two cups of water or you can steam them in a covered pan in water for 30 or 35 minutes until tender

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For the Hollandaise:

Put the egg yolks and lemon juice in a heavy bottom pan, start on low heat and increase slightly if necessary, whisk for a few minutes and then continually while you add the butter one cube at at a time letting each cube melt before adding the next – keeping the heat low will ensure the eggs emulsify instead of just scrambling.

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For the eggs:

Fill a pan with water to within a few edges of the top, add white vinegar and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer, break the eggs into a small bowl one at a time and then add to the water carefully. Turn off the heat and cover the pan for five minutes.

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assemble the Benedicts by opening up the artichoke, putting two poached eggs in the center and covering with hollandaise, salt and pepper to taste

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This post is in honor of the letter “A” and part of Jenny Matlock’s Alphabet Thursday. For more articulate “A” posts, please click here http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/

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Central California Coast

Written by Rocky Mountain Woman on November 14, 2014 – 7:45 am -

oceanI enjoyed my trip to the Coast.  I feel energized, happy and ready to take on winter.

I visited a few wineries, played golf a few times, but mostly I just drove up 101 until I saw a beautiful beach and then walked along it with my camera and a book.  It was perfect!

There really isn’t anything more restorative to me than a little time with sand in my toes and salt water on my face…

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Zion

Written by Rocky Mountain Woman on November 12, 2014 – 1:03 pm -

I may or may not have taken my family to Zion National Park last spring just so I would have something to write about for the letter “Z”…

 

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Zion in the spring is magical!

The highlight of the trip, though, at least for the little ones, was the splash pad in St. George…

 

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This post is in honor of the letter “Y” and part of Jenny Matlock’s Alphabet Thursday. For more “Y” posts, please click here http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/

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