I haven't cooked very much unusual stuff lately, so there's not much to post here. Nonetheless, the no-shopping experiment is going well. I'm into the home stretch. The frozen fruit is getting eaten, and the frozen veggies are gone. I cooked a roast tonight. It had been in the freezer for a year and a half, but it tasted ok. I've got a few pork chops and a turkey left. The turkey is getting cooked on Mother's Day, and a lot of the unopened canned foods and dried goods are getting donated to the postal service food drive.
I visited Missy this weekend. As usual, I stopped off at Pedrick Produce on the way back. It's in Dixon, a few miles from Davis. They specialize in really cheap produce. You can get a great deal, if you don't mind buying big bags of whatever is in season. It's usually very fresh, and I end up buying huge quantities and sharing the bounty with my parents. My favorites are the watermelons for $0.09/lb, and cherries and asparagus for $0.99/lb. Other items of interest are the extensive selection of grains, beans, dried fruit, candy, seasonings, etc. There's also a wide variety of hot sauces, homemade style tortillas, and pies. It's always really crowded, but it's worth the wait. I recommend stopping there if you're on Highway 80.
Anyway, the no-shopping experiment means that I haven't hit up the dried goods lately, but I still pick up produce. We're at an in-between season here. Strawberries are going strong, but it's been rainy so the quality isn't up to par. I scored some pears, mangos, and jumbo artichokes. The artichokes were 5 for $4. If I'd gotten them at the farmer's market they'd cost at least $2/each.
I cooked them up tonight since my parents were coming over for dinner. They take about an hour, but are easy. Just cut off the stem* and top, place them in a pot, and cook in salted water with a bit of lemon juice until tender. Serve with melted butter, balsamic vinegar, or salad dressing. These were the first ones I've had this year, and it really hit the spot.
* The stems are pretty tasty. Cut off the discolored end, peel, and cook with the artichokes.