Artichokes are a pain, but totally worth it–especially if you want to make someone feel like itís a special day!
2 large artichokes or a handful of baby ones
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1. Rinse artichokes in cold water
2. Use a sharp knife to cut the top 1/3 off of each one. Trim the stems to about 1 inch, and remove the smaller leaves from around the base. Use scissors to remove any remaining leaf tips.
3. Cut each artichoke in half from the bottom to the top, then use a spoon to scrape out the hairy choke. Rinse again to remove any residual hairs.
4. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
5. Add the garlic, and saute for about 1 minute to flavor the butter.
6. Arrange artichoke halves cut-side down in the skillet. Saute for about 5 or 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
7. Reduce heat to low, and pour in about 1/4 cup of water, cover, and let steam for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the artichokes are tender. A fork should easily pierce the stem.
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Jen Dalton is an organic home cook and slow food organizer who uses fresh local ingredients. This summer she is partnering with Care2.com and LocalHarvest.org to promote the “Love Your Farmer’s Market” contest. Jen’s 7 episode cooking show will raise awareness of local foods and community farmers markets. Be sure to visit the Love Your Farmers Market contest website to vote for your favorite market.
By Jen Dalton