We like artichokes. I found these beauties for a dollar a piece yesterday and couldn't resist. They were large and just about perfect.
You slice the stem off of the bottom and cut off about an inch of the top. Then with kitchen scissors, you cut the thorny tops of of each outside leaf. Put them in a large pot, like a dutch oven or soup pot. Cover with water and add some cloves of garlic if you like. Bring pot to a boil and boil for about 1/2 an hour, until some of the lower leaves fall off.
This is what they look like when they are done. Lovely, lovely, lovely. Serve with lots of melted butter and salt. Dip each leaf in the butter and scrape the fleshy part of the artichoke off with your teeth. When you get down to the center, use a spoon to remove the prickly "choke"and throw it out. Do not try to eat it, you will be miserable. (this is said from personal experience) Then dig in to the very best part of the artichoke - the heart. Oh my. Oh my my.
Thank goodness for spring and reasonable prices on such treats. Artichokes and avocados make me wish we lived in California where they are grown, but I'll have to settle for having one once in a while and enjoying them thoroughly. Delicious.