Earlier this week I purchased artichokes for the first time. I remember eating them at my Nana's house as a kid and I do love them, but I hadn't a clue how to cook them. All I can say is Thank God for YouTube: How To Prepare An Artichoke. Instructional videos like this one are so much more helpful than reading a "How to". I'm not a particularly adventurous chef. I tend to cook variations of the same 2-3 Italian meals my mother taught me; deferring to my nights dining out to try different plates.
Chicken breast sauteed in olive oil w/ onions, carrots and sage
Couscous w/ blanched almond slivers and cranberries
Artichoke steamed and flavored with salt and the juice of 1 lemon