Artichoke & Dipping Sauce Mariel Lewis August 28, 2012 Appetizers, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Latin American, Low Carb, Low Sugar, Nut Free, On a Budget, Paleo, Soy Free, Vegetarian 2 Comments Kids often get asked “what’s your favorite color?” or “what’s your favorite food?” Well, as a child when I was asked what my favorite food was, I responded with an innocent voice: “artichokes”. No joke. It was hands down my favorite thing to eat; in my mind it was ten times better than pizza, hamburgers, ice-cream…it beat them all! I was a great eater. Any mother wished they had me as their own child when it came to eating well. I would like all meals and lick the plate clean (literally). I would eat anything. I remember my mom sitting down with us after school every day and having lunch with us. Three courses usually: soup/appetizer, entrée and dessert (not always, only if we were lucky...my mom didn’t like to consume very many sugars, and since she was the queen of the house, it depended on weather or not she felt like indulging a bit!). My eyes would open wide and brighten up when my maid or mom would inform us we were having artichokes as the appetizer. So good! It was so good because eating it was a total experience. From removing each leaf and dipping it in the sauce, to getting rid of the small “thorns” that led to the artichoke’s heart (my favorite part of the artichoke)...it was all amazing. [You’ll get a better grasp at how this process works; it’s explained later in this post, below the recipe’s steps.] Plus, artichokes are so pretty! They look like flowers with big, bold green flower leaves. Love them! Today, I’ve decided to take you all back to my childhood days and share my favorite appetizer. This recipe came straight from Ecuador, just for you! Get the full recipe here! 2 Responses Beverly September 3, 2012 Made tonight…first time ever for 45-year-old hubby to have artichokes…very good… Mariel Lewis November 2, 2013 How fun! Hope you two enjoyed eating artichokes this way!