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dipping sauce for artichokes

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You will need:

  • Artichokes
  • Lemon
  • V8 (1 1/2 TBS)
  • Ranch dip packet (1 TBS)
  • Mayo (1/4 cup)
  • Large pot of water
  • Salt
  • Scissors
  • Serrated Knife

While you prepare the artichokes bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.

Gather artichokes, serrated knife, and scissors.

Cut off the top inch of both artichokes. Trim as little off of the stem as possible. (The inside of the stem is edible)

With your scissors cut the spike off the top of each leaf. Then rinse under water.

Half a lemon and rub the tops and sides of artichokes to help prevent browning.

Place both artichokes in boiling water, cover with lid and set the timer for 30-45 min. Smaller artichokes like the ones pictured will take approximately 30….larger artichokes will take closer to 45 min.

(I used 2 artichokes but you can cook 1 or as many as your pot will hold)

While the artichokes cook make the dipping sauce.

Mix 1/4 cup Mayo with 1 1/2 TBS V8 and 1 TBS ranch seasoning  in bowl until combined. Taste and tweak if needed.




To eat pull off one leaf at a time, dip white fleshy bottom and pull through teeth to remove the soft, delicious portion of the petal. Discard remaining petal. Continue until all of the petals are removed. Then with your fingers or a spoon, scrape out and trash the inedible fuzzy part covering the artichoke heart. The remaining bottom of the artichoke is the heart, and the best part! Cut into pieces and dip into sauce to eat.

Hope you enjoy!


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Do you see what I see?! ^^ Try to find the “object” in the above picture before scrolling.

Old sheep herders house in the middle of nowhere – southern Colorado…… I think it is pprreettyy neat!



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blue cheese steak salad

blue cheese steak salad recipe

blue cheese steak salad recipe

blue cheese steak salad recipe

blue cheese steak salad recipe

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This recipe is my version of the Blue Cheese Steak Salad from Zebadiah’s in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Ladies, even my husband likes this salad!


  • Romaine lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red or yellow onion
  • Sliced almonds (candied, honey, plain, whatever you like)
  • Blue cheese, crumbled
  • Your favorite marinated steak
  • Balsamic vinegar


  • Marinate and cook your favorite steak. I like to cook mine on the grill.
  • Let the cooked steak cool in the refrigerator
  • Chop lettuce and onion (I prefer red onion on this salad, I just chopped yellow incase my husband didn’t want red)
  • Cut cherry tomatoes in half
  • Build salad with listed ingredients
  • Top with steak, almonds, blue cheese and balsamic vinegar

I did not list any measurements because I like to keep everything in separate pyrex containers in the refrigerator and build my own individual salad. When you get tired of blue cheese just swap it out for shredded cheese and easily make a completely different salad




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