A handful of favorite artichoke recipes. They really aren't hard to cook with, please don't be intimidated if you've never given them a try. Look for the baby artichokes in spring, and you don't have to worry about the chokes at all. When buying artichokes look for a closed shape - like a clenched fist. And good color.
Braised artichokes - baked for an hour, covered, in an unctuous slathering of olive oil, white wine, olives, mint, garlic and orange zest. Make them on a Sunday night, use them throughout the week to make your lunches A-plus.
A primer on how to cook artichokes, particularly the baby ones. A lot of people are intimidated by the process, or they think it's not worth the effort. But with a little patience, salt, and fat - you can absolutely cook some of the best artichokes of your life.
The bean & artichoke salad I made to take to Easter this year - pickled celery, chopped kalamata olives and toasted walnuts, along with tender artichokes, and lots of the white cocagne beans I picked up at my neighborhood farmers' market.
An updated, healthier version of my favorite artichoke dip recipe. Artichokes pureed with yogurt, tofu, Parmesan cheese, and garlic and baked until golden.