Brooklyn can't decide if it wants to be winter or spring, and the afternoon brought a schizophrenic frozen rain after days of snow. I'm gearing up for spring with a little help from the steamed artichokes I had for dinner tonight.
If you know how to boil water, you can do this.
Trim the stem of the artichokes, steam them until the base is tender (about 15-20 minutes), and voila! Spring forward.
Some of the photos are out of sequence due to my continuing technology struggles. Oy vey. Bear with me.
Melted butter is the perfect accompaniment for dipping your artichoke leaves. Butter is my dip of choice, but some like mayonnaise, aioli, or vinaigrette.
You can trim off the tops if you like. I left them alone because I thought they were so pretty.