When I was a youngster you could have not gotten me to eat an artichoke for any amount of money. They looked disgusting and smelled worse.
But then, when I was in Europe, I had a pasta dish made with artichoke hearts. It had artichoke hearts, garlic, rotini, olive oil and bacon.
Bacon makes everything better.
It was pretty good.
I didn't become an artichoke eater overnight but I did stop my personal campaign to remove them from the list of edibles.
Several months ago, Tab and I were at the Ojai Valley Inn. We ate at one of the restaurants at the resort. There was an artichoke appetizer listed on the menu.
I don't remember exactly how it was prepared but it had something to do with an artichoke, garlic, olive oil, and fire.
It was good - darn good.
And it doesn't give you stinky pee like my other favorite veggie.