The only decent food photo I have taken post trip.
I had a fantastic time in Las Vegas last weekend. Don't get me wrong, I hate Las Vegas. It is where the term "ugly American" applies to 50% of the population on the Strip. Luckily redeemed by a high concentration of excellent restaurants, and a wonderful place to meet your husband for a get away. With Sophie (and Harris) ensconced with the grandparents, Ian and I were free to people-watch, wander the Strip and eat many a good meal. Check back soon for restaurant reviews in the Travel Eats section.
The only thing I lost in Las Vegas was my headphones. Ian wound up ~$150 ahead on the craps tables--promptly spent by yours truly on a Shun 8" chef knife. I figured he owes me for time spent as a geographical single mother this past 7 months....
I wish I could say I cut the above artichoke with said chef knife, but alas I used my cheap Korean knife. I am saving the Shun for when I actually deserve it. Not for cutting some half-frozen artichokes that I forgot about in my refrigerator. They were steamed into oblivion so you only get to see the before picture.
Here is the recipe for the vinaigrette I ate them with:
1 cup carmelized onions (left over from making "Volcanoes" from Momofuku cookbook)
1 TBS grainy Dijon mustard
4 TBS sherry wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
Blend. You can add a little water to thin out if necessary. Dip or serve with a salad.
I served some corn chowder at the same time. Again, rescuing vegetables from the refrigerator. Not great. Sophie decided to have a >1 year old bowl of Asian noodles from the freezer rather than left over chowder on a subsequent night while I was toiling in labor and delivery. Not my best work.
No recipe for you.