Artichokes. Yummy with a butter and lemon dip or ranch dressing! I love eating artichokes, but the first few times I tried to make them, I did not succeed. I researched and learned how to cut and clean the artichoke before cooking. The most important thing about preparing artichokes is to wash, clean, cut them and make sure they are ready to cook. There are many videos and instruction pages online that show specifically how to cut artichokes. Remove the outer leaves and trim. Make sure to clean out the choke in the center. Then, go ahead and make an elegant and tasty artichoke meal!