'Tis this season for artichokes and I've always felt a little guilty about not liking this vegetable much. I may not have had the right experiences with this vegetable and I admit I have never cooked it. I grew up eating raw artichokes, it was our snack when they were in season. We'd sit and pull off each leaf one by one. The bottom part of each leaf has a small white bit that is edible and we would chew on the leaves. When we peeled away all the leaves my mother would clean out the choke, cut up the heart and sprinkle lemon juice and salt on it for us. This is also commonly served with ouzo or raki. I still enjoy raw artichokes very much but when it comes to cooked I'm not so keen. There's something about them, the flavor is delicate but yet it takes over. It is hard to pair with wine and with other flavors. It colors the palette bitter. So what are your recipes for artichokes? I do want to try.