Pan-fried sea bass sits beautifully atop a mound of creamy beans in Mark Dodson's indulgent recipe. A rich Jerusalem artichoke purée and robust red wine jus are perfect accompaniments, while the suggested plating with deep-fried rocket and sun-dried tomatoes would take this dish to another level.
Giant Artichoke Castroville, California The giant artichoke of Castroville bulges into the parking lot of a fruit stand and restaurant shopping strip. Like an immense leafy alien head, it seems to grin westward towards the Pacific Ocean and the world's less bountiful regions. Don't just stop for the photo op; the adjacent Giant Artichoke Restaurant makes fine dishes out of this unsung hero of the garden.