When my sister moved back home from college, we decided it would be a good idea to have a “sister sister” night. We would make dinner and watch one of our various night time soap operas (think Gossip Girl, 90210 etc.) For awhile we were even on a baking kick! It was so much fun and a great way to keep our sisterly bond strong. After marriage and a baby we have continued our sister nights but have included a couple more guests. 

One of the things we love to make almost every week is artichokes! They aren’t too hard to make and a fun, yummy addition to any meal. My sister Gabby makes an amazing aioli (recipe below) to accompany them and has perfected it each week. Not only are artichokes delicious but they are also full of antioxidants and packed with vitamins C & K! Here is how we like to prepare them: 
First clip the tips of each exposed leaf approximately 1 inch 
Then wash them thoroughly 
Season the steaming water for a little extra flavor. We like to use lemon, garlic powder, salt, pepper and fresh sprigs of oregano and Rosemary. The fresh herbs can be substituted for dried herbs if you don’t have any handy. 

Steam them stem up in a pot with a steamer rack or basket with about 2 inches of water on medium low heat for approximately 45 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the artichoke. It’s always a good idea to check on them throughout the process so you don’t under or overcook them. Also check on the water in the pot periodically if it’s boiling a little higher. The water level could get too low and may burn the spices. (We know from experience… Oops!) 

And if you are feeling spicy (pun intended) you can try Gabby’s aioli to add some punch to your chokes! 
 Gabby’s Aioli recipe: 

3 tablespoons of Mayonnaise

1/4 of a lemon squeezed (or bottled juice is good too)

2 tsp red wine vinegar 

The following spices to taste:

Granulated garlic powder

Black pepper 

Trader Joe’s Garlic salt grinder 

Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning grinder
You can serve it immediately but we prefer putting in the refrigerator 30 minutes to an hour to thicken a bit. 
It’s so nice to continue our tradition even with significant others, a baby and lots of life happening in between! And what better way to do it than with yummy food! 

Written by Sam Lapid

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