It used to be that artichokes were hard to come by. But now you see them in pretty much every grocery store, all year round. But for me, they are a signal of spring, and I like to especially eat them at this time of year more than any other time.

There are lots of fancy ways to prepare them, too, but this tried-and-true method is plain and simple … and delicious!

METHOD: Wash artichokes under running water. Steam until tender, about 30 minutes. Let cool until easy to handle. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Hold firmly on cutting board, and with large knife cut straight down in half. Remove fuzzy center near the heart with a paring knife. Lay cut-side up on baking sheet. Brush with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste. Roast until tips of leaves are charred. Serve with melted butter, lemon wedges, and hummus for dipping. Mmmmm!

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