Yum. You can buy a big box of these tender little baby artichokes for only $2.50 at Trader Joe's right now. They range in size from a golf ball to a pool cue. Rob and I ate them last night with a quick dinner in between the gym and the laundromat. This isn't much of a recipe, just some tips:
Boil an ample pot of water with a lemon cut in two and a splash of olive oil. Cut the artichoke stems down and chop off the top 1/2 inch from the top if desired. Add the artichokes. Cook for about 20-40 minutes, depending on the size.
While the artichokes cook, make your dips. I like either a balsamic vinaigrette or the "aioli" a a friend introduced to the family. It consists of good quality mayonnaise mixed with soy sauce. Sounds weird, I know, but it is tasty. You can also make a quick traditional aioli with mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic and truffle oil.
Drain the artichokes and serve with your dip. Because these artichokes are so small, you can eat most of the small leaves and the heart directly. No need to spoon out the center.