How to cook artichoke
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Many different ways to prepare artichokes but the most classic is steaming them. Here's a basic recipe
Not quite as fancy as breadandbeta's recipe, but some crotchety ol' geezer posted a writeup on basic artichoke steaming at http://mantestedrecipes.com/recipe/8607/spring-hill-ranch-basic-steamed-artichoke.aspx
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"Embracing the Artichoke" by Melissa Clark at nytimes.com: