Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, January 31st

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

Title:Artichoke Artist:Kate McRostie

And what better way to inspire you heart than with artichoke art, because artichokes are good for your heart.

"California Artichokes are a low calorie food, a fat free food, a cholesterol free food, low in sodium, a good source of fiber, a good source of vitamin C, a good source of folate, and a good source of magnesium. California artichokes are a delicious fit for a healthy lifestyle. One large artichoke contains only 25 calories, no fat, 170 milligrams of potassium, and is a good source of vitamin C, folate, magnesium and dietary fiber." (Dip into healthy living with California Artichokes)
It is also believed that a daily dose of artichokes with help with lowering cholesterol, stimulating the liver, improving digestion. The California artichoke is also an antioxidant, and is also being studied for its benefits as a diuretic, for kidney disease, and proteinuria. (Herballove)
(I don't know what proteinuria is either.)

Just for the record, I am fully willing to take criticism from those more learned than I in the art arena, the artichoke field, or from a heart specialist. I fully admit that these subjects are not my forte, and this blog is amateur at best.

Title:Artichokes and greens arranged on burlap Artist:Bill Curtsinger

But, we can't have food inspired art without recipes!

Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip

1 8 oz pkg cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Juice of one lemon or 2 limes
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 can artichoke hearts, rinsed & chopped
1/4 pkg frozen chopped spinach
thawed and squeezed
1 pkg of favorite dry salad dressing mix
1 avocado (this is a recent addition to my recipe... It's mighty good)
Diced tomatoes to top

Mix all ingredients but tomatoes together in medium sized bowl. Heat in microwave 1-2 minutes until cheeses are melted. Decorate top with tomatoes.

Title: Two Artichokes Artist: Will Rafuse

Artichoke Bruschetta Recipe

1 14-inch loaf Italian bread
1 cup drained, canned artichoke hearts, chopped
1 cup chopped, seeded, fresh tomato
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, pressed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Fresh-grated Parmesan cheese(Optional, but I wouldn't leave it out unless I was at the end of a paycheck and I had two flat tires.)

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. With a serrated knife , cut off ends from bread and reserve for another use. Slice remaining bread crosswise into twenty-four 1/2-inch thick pieces. Place bread slices on ungreased baking sheet; bake 10 minutes or until lightly toasted.

2.In medium bowl,combine artichoke hearts, tomato, onion, garlic, oil, vinegar, and pepper.

3. Divide artichoke mixture among toasted bread and spread to cover surface. Drizzle any juice remaining in bowl over bruschetta and sprinkle with cheese, if desired. Arrange bruschetta on platter and serve. Yum!

Title:Artichoke Artist:Sarah Waldron

If you are totally disgusted with my spin on Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, please check out this organization Art with Heart. The organization's mission statement is:
"Art with Heart empowers youth to deal with crisis through creative publications and programs that foster self-expression."
Their website covers really well the individual programs that they offer in the communities. I, personally, was quite touched by the services that they offer, and to whom they offer said services. I am hopeful, when I come across organizations like this, that the world isn't headed somewhere in a handbasket because of our current presidential lack of social agendas. I guess that there are enough good people in the world to counter act his blind ear.

Boy, that was a bunch of mixed political mush. Sorry.


LL said...

My dear! Where is the recipe for your Italian Artichoke Pizza? It changed my life- how can it not be here!? Last friday night my husband made gf pizza for me and put pepperoni on it. I almost asked "Where are the artichokes? And jumbo olives? And grilled chicken with Italian seasonings?" But I didn't want him thinking "Where is my normal-ish wife?" (I don't want him thinking about that before the fourth month of marriage. Wouldn't be healthy.)
Anyway, it's a fine thing, your artichoke pizza, and I think you should share it with the world. It certainly helps me maintain a positive attitude amidst the cutting of inspired social programs and butchering of mundane words.
By the way, is it entirely responsible for you even to be sharing your recipes with unknowing others? I don't see any link to a full disclosure in which you describe how you sold your soul to the devil to gain the gift of culinary art. Not that I'm judging you. I just want to know if using one of your recipes implicates me in any way. That might leave a bit of a bitter taste in the mouth, and California artichokes should be enjoyed by a clean palate.

Absent-minded Secretary said...

The scrumptious Artichoke and Olive GF pizza... Remember how your roommates refused to eat it, or did we refuse to share it? As for full disclosure of that Faust-ish rumor... it is a rumor. (You started it, and no-one believes it.) And even if it weren't a rumor, I haven't made any major adjustments to the Bruschetta recipe, so that one is free and clear. But, here is the recipe for Gluten-free Artichoke and Olive Pizza, (In order to enjoy to the fullest, you must eat with a dear friend!) 1 Chebe Pizza Dough Mix (Can be found in the gluten-free isle of any health food store, and it is the best brand, we've tried them all, or almost all.); 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce, I prefer the chunky kinds with mushrooms; 1 jar of Artichokes; 1 jar of giant olives; 1 chicken breast sliced and sauteed in olive oil, garlic, pepper and itallian seasoning; and shredded mozzarella. Follow instructions for creating pizza crust. Be sure to bake in the oven a little before topping the pizza to maintain a crispy crust. Sauce the pizza crust according to your taste. Layer toppings and cheese alternating them so that all the cheese doesn't pull off with the first bite. Bake according to instructions on crust package. This is the best GF pizza ever, and must be eaten with a good movie and lots of chocolate!! I miss my gluten free pizza and movie nights!

Master Fob said...

Mmm... Artichoke dip... Mmm... Artichoke pizza...

It seems to me, by the way, that it's not so much a lack of social agendas as focusing too much on the wrong social agendas. But then perhaps he's just too busy buying people's souls for the gift of culinary art.

Absent-minded Secretary said...

Bush is culinary? I am so much more impressed with him than I was five minutes ago... Then again, maybe not.

Third word verification is the charm... can we say cntubbg?

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