1. Cut the bottom stems off of the artichokes so they sit upright on your cutting board.
2. Cut off the top quarter of the artichoke.
3. Peel off the tough, outer ring of leaves.
4. Boil 2-3 inches of water in a big pot and insert steaming rack.
5. Place artichokes in pot and cover tightly with lid.
5. Steam artichokes for 30-40 minutes, or until the outer leaves easily pull off.
6. Peel leaves off, dunk into a dipping sauce of your choice and scrape artichoke meat off with your teeth.