Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wedding Wednesday: Rehearsal Dinner Idea

Our friend came over last night for her first-ever artichoke. It was a great little dinner party! We played a round of scrabble while everything cooked. I served ham and baked jacket potatoes along with the giant artichokes and three kinds of dip.

It got me thinking about how fun it would be to have an "artichoke boil" party. Sort of a California version of all those classic New England lobster boils and clambakes.

It could be a great idea for a rehearsal dinner in the spring. Just work with a caterer or helpful relative to boil up a huge amount of artichokes, make a few different dip choices, toast some sourdough bread and set the tables with butcher paper.

7 comments:

Jessica said...

I think that's a really cute idea! My sister lives in south Texas and she had a crawfish boil for their rehearsal dinner. It was a blast!

liso. said...

okay, i'm a gal livin in the desert. and i tried artichoke for the first time while i was staying with a girlfriend and working in Moss Landing on a real quick 3 week stint forever ago. ab-so-lutley loved it. but when i see it at the grocer, i'm nervous to buy it. it would be awesome if you could do a little tutorial on how to select, how to cook, and how to eat those tasty little suckers. just an idea, and maybe i'm the only one in lala land here...

HeatherBee said...

I'm obsessed with artichokes. Seriously... they're hands down my favorite food ever!! I'd love to know how you cooked them as I'm always looking to master it. Did you just put minimal water in (to the stems) sit them up and steam them? Or did you do it another way? Yumyum!

Anonymous said...

I agree, liso.! I would love to try an artichoke but have next to no idea how to pick them out at the grocery store, let alone how to cook them.

Smiling Mama said...

I'd like to third the comments above about a little tutorial...I've never had an artichoke not out of a can or jar but you've definitely wet my taste buds!

Amanda said...

I would like to come to this party. Except all these mentions of delicious sourdough bread, coupled with my NYC bagel problem, are KILLING me. Mmmmm. Sourdough.

love.boxes said...

What a fun idea!