La Buena Vida

La Buena Vida is a blog by Nicole Franzen about food, photography, travel and design. Nicole is a food/ lifestyle photographer based in Brooklyn New York who loves to travel and explore new places. She invites us to follow her on her photographic journey. There are so many wonderful recipes on her blog with great photographs, I hope to share many of these with you like todays :

Roasted Baby Artichokes

1-2 pounds of baby artichokes
1 lemon
sea salt & pepper
olive oil


Only buy very fresh artichokes, best when they are in season. To clean artichokes; remove outer tough leaves, using a peeler clean the stem if needed and cut in half. To keep artichokes a vibrant green color place in a water bath with lemon juice. Dry and place artichokes on a sheet pan. I find that the smaller artichokes dont have the spiky hairy center the way the larger ones do. So I didn't remove the center and just roasted them whole. If there seems to be that fuzzy center use a small spoon to scoop it out before baking. Drizzle artichokes with a little olive oil, sea salt and pepper.

Place in a preheated 400 degree oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes until tender, turning a few times to ensure even cooking. In a small bowl add the zest of one lemon, the juice of half and drizzle in olive oil. Season with a little salt. When artichokes are finished, leave to cool. Plate the artichokes and drizzle the vinaigrette, and top with shaved parmesan. The addition of fresh herbs is nice.

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