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I’ve been a freak about vegetables for as long as I can remember. When I was a little kid, my mom always made whatever I wanted for dinner on my birthday, and you know what I always requested?

Steamed artichokes.

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No pizza or chicken nuggets for this girl…I wanted vegetables. Or maybe it was the butter that you get to dip artichokes into.

Either way.

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I don’t own a steamer basket (they’re probably like $5), so I just use my little colander. I like to put lemon and garlic in there because it makes the house smell amazing. And you can sort of taste it when you eat the artichoke.

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Then I just put my colander over a big pot of boiling water and cover it with foil and a lid. It does the trick nicely.

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Steam for about 30 minutes (or until the leaves peel off easily) and you are done!

Except for the butter. Ooooh the butter.

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I like to roast a head of garlic and squeeze that in there, too. I’m actually salivating as I type this.

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I wish that was a swimming-pool-sized ramekin.

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Then just tear those little leaves off starting from the outside – dip each one in that buttery garlicky heaven and scrape off the meat with your bottom teeth.

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You are welcome.

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