I just wanted to come on here and say that I’m insanely impressed with Monterey farms artichokes.

I am not affiliated with them in any way, I just went into the fresh market a couple of weeks ago looking for artichokes. They are such a pain to clean and grill and I found their packs in the produce section and figured I’d give them a try.

The flavor is really good for pre-cooked artichoke hearts. I made a risotto with duck confit, the artichoke hearts and roasted beets on top.

Well, they are a small company and I had forgotten the name, so I tracked down their contact information and gave them a call to find out how I could get their products online. Jane, the owner, said she was in the final stages of setting up payment on their website and it should be ready by the end of the month this month./www.montereyfarmsartichokes.com

I was hoping to get some for easter to go with some grilled leg of lamb, but no luck. She then said she would overnight some to me.

Not only was this unexpected, but her customer service was AMAZING!!!

I will be cooking leg of lamb on the grill stuffed with garlic, herbs, cheese and preserved lemon.

For sides, I am going to do artichoke hearts, roasted corn, grape tomatoes, and herbs tossed in a vinaigrette.

She has made my week!

Chowhound.chow.com/topics/780318 | Posted by jameshig | April 22, 2011