There they were, nestled together and looking seductive and tempting in the produce section at Whole Foods Market. I have a serious love for artichokes, and these looked extra beguiling. "I would look good bathed in butter" one artichoke was saying to me. "Love me some lemon." another was cooing. So how could I resist? And why would I even try?
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Here's my favorite way to steam artichokes:
Prep 2 artichokes by clipping off the pointy tops of the leaves and cutting off the top and bottoms of the bulb. Fill pan 2 inches deep with water, and add 2 cloves garlic, a teaspoon of oregano, 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Cut a lemon in half and rub over freshly cut area of the artichokes. Toss lemons into the water. Place artichokes upside down in water or on top of a steaming basket if you have one. Simmer on low heat for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the artichoke. Serve with lemon butter—1 tablespoon lemon mixed into 2 tablespoon melted butter. Oooh, you really DO look good bathed in butter, you purple goddess!
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