Last weekend, while at the Farmer’s Market, Beth commented that she hasn’t been brave enough to cook her own artichokes.  I grew up on artichokes-we always used to FIGHT over the heart and my Dad would cut it up into little slivers for us.  They’re actually quite easy to make! Beth this is for you!

1. Get some artichokes!


2. Cut the stems off.


3. Cut the tops off.


4. Rip the little leaves off the bottom:


5. Trim the tips of the leaves with scissors.


6. Put about 1.5 inches of water into a pan with a steam insert.


7. Rub artichokes with lemon, place into insert-base of artichoke down, and squeeze lemon juice over the artichokes. Then add lemons in with the artichokes.


8. Cover, bring to a boil, and then simmer for 30-45 minutes. Make sure your pan has enough water throughout (I’ve ruined a pan making artichokes with not enough water). At 30 minutes, test for doneness.  Test by trying to remove a leaf-if it comes easily, taste it-if it’s the right consistency (not tough) it’s done.  If it’s still tough, cover and check every 5 minutes until it is the right consistency. 


9. Remove from pan and let cool.

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10. Enjoy! I serve mine with mayo and reduced balsamic vinegar.


Lu liked them!

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