Kitchen helpers

Artichoke season is upon us, and the lovely little plant that we mistook for a giant weed when we moved into our house in the fall turned out to be a glorious Globe Artichoke.

What do the boys think of this? Not much. They aren’t allowed into the garden area, which has a separate fence around it. Much to the boys’ chagrin, it is a barrier to dogs but not to squirrels, who lately think it’s their personal playground.

The other day we picked a few handfuls of our lovely harvest, and brought them inside to sort, trim, cook, and enjoy.

The boys are especially helpful when it’s time to prep dinner. Using their impressive and growing teamwork skills, they scoot the soft kitchen mat away from the sink (where it’s supposed to go) and into a much more central kitchen location, where — if I’m too busy to pay attention — they can be in the center of the action and cleverly control all of my movements. They plop themselves down and enjoy the show.

As it turns out, artichokes are not so delicious to dogs when raw. But you never know when a sweet potato or garbanzo bean might show up — a real doggie treat!

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17 responses

  1. Just discovered your blog. I feed raw food, love my dog and take groups of dogs out on “off leash” hikes. Can’t wait to read your stories …the world is small and so many are on the same path!! (well if a dog is with you, wandering alittle…but the same path :) )

  2. Oh the pittie babies look so precious in the photo!

    Yes, my Piper is also so hopeful & “helpful” during dinner making time. She loves to plop herself right in the middle of kitchen central in great anticipation of what might accidentally fall from the counters. She has look on her face the entire time like, “oh, don’t mind me. I’m just taking a little rest smack dab in the middle of the kitchen.” However, you’ve never seen a little pittie move so quickly at the presence of a fallen morsel.

    Actually…I’m certain that you have! ;)

  3. Oh, neat! I confess, my artichoke experience is mostly limited to spinach and artichoke dip, but I keep meaning to try it elsewhere….

  4. Your boys want to be wherever you are – they’re such a cute duo!! Off subject, but what kind of camera do you use? Absolutely love your photos – you’re very talented. Also, love the bits & pieces of your house that we get to see!! Inside and out!!

  5. Pingback: Chix-a-Lot Friday: meet my new garden! « Love and a Six-Foot Leash

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