# of artichokes (1 per person, if really large you can share)
red wine vinegar
Get out your biggest pot, bring it to a boil. Trim your artichokes with kitchen scissors and/or a knife (so that it looks like the one in the picture). You want a fresh cut on the stem, and you want to cut off all the prickles on the tips of the leaves. When the water is boiling, I put a few splashes of vinegar in the water and then- in go the artichokes. (Some people add salt, oil and garlic cloves, get creative if you feel up for it, I keep things simple with these guys). Let them boil for uncovered for 30-40 minutes. To tell if they are done, stick a fork in the stem, if it's soft, it's ready to eat, if not, let them go a little longer (time will very with size of artichoke). You can also pull off a leaf, it if pulls off easily, they are done! Ta-da, how easy was that?
Serve: I like mine plain, my husband eats his with lemon juice and butter... whatever floats your boat I guess!