small, round artichokes with tightly packed leaves that squeak when squeezed.
in a plastic bag for up to five days.
the stem so it stands upright. Slice off the top inch of the artichoke. Remove the tough outer leaves and snip off any thorny tips.
until a leaf pulls off easily, 30 to 45 minutes.
with a dipping sauce--nothing tops melted butter with lemon.
by pulling the leaf through your teeth to scrape off the soft flesh. Cut away the fuzzy layer in the center to reveal the edible heart -- try it sliced in a salad or chopped for a pizza topping.TRY THESE RECIPES: