I got a new steamer basket, so I thought I would try it out.
Artichokes (a large steamer basket will fit 2-3 artichokes)
1 clove garlic
1 slice lemon
1 bay leaf
Using kitchen scissors, cut off the thorny tips of the leaves. Cut off the top of the artichoke, about 3/4 inch. Cut off the stem so it will be able to stand up in the steamer basket. Rinse the artichokes under cold running water.
In a large pot, pour in a couple inches of water and add the garlic clove, lemon slice and bay leaf. Place the steamer basket in the pot and stand the artichokes up in the basket. Cover the pot, bring to a boil them simmer until the leaves can be easily pulled off. This will take between 25 and 40 minutes depending on their size.