Marinated Artichoke Hearts:
Trim leaves of artichokes and rub cut portions with a lemon half. Place in a pot and cover with water. Squeeze in juice of 2 lemons and drop lemon halves into water. Simmer artichokes until base of artichoke pierces easily with a fork, about 40 minutes. Drain and cool.
To prepare hearts, pull away leaves and remove spiny center of heart. Peel outside of stem with a paring knife and cut hearts into quarters. Toss with remaining ingredients and season to taste. Chill until ready to serve.
Quick Pickled Mushrooms:
In a sauté pan over medium high heat, add oil and whole mushrooms. Sauté until all liquid from mushrooms evaporates, about 5 minutes. Add vinegar, garlic and thyme and continue to cook until balsamic is absorbed, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cool to room temperature, then season to taste.
Store mushrooms refrigerated, but serve at room temperature.
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