Can't resist mentioning that sometimes simplest is best and most impressive. While bemoaning the lack of great produce this time of year, I found some beautiful globe artichokes. Took home and simply steamed (I know many of you out there will gasp in dismay, but I do this in the microwave oven!!). Served with my favorite easy dipping sauce. Invited a freind over who I thought loved all things artichoke, only to know she'd never had a simple, pull-and-dip, plain artichoke before! Needless to say she loved it -- she'd had them prepared many ways before, just never simply trimmed, steamed, allowed to cool to touch, and pull them apart and eat them. She was quite interested to see the 'choke', watch me trim it out, then to taste the very heart (oh, yummm!). It was such a fun thing to do; something hubby and I do often, but didn't realize some never have tried. Strikes me, too, as being fun for kids.