With a little help from the internet and Pinterest, I settled on a method that seemed doable and tasty. The process was really simple, and the fresh artichoke tasted delicious. I will definitely be buying more of them in the future!
I started prepping my artichoke by cutting off the whole stem so that the bottom was flat and I could stand it up. I then sliced off a good 1-2 inches at the top. Apparently some people also trim off the little thorns with kitchen scissors so that they don't get poked, but I skipped that step and just decided to be careful. Once cooked, the thorns soften and don't really pose a threat, anyway.
I rinsed off the artichoke, rubbed down the top with a slice of lemon, and squeezed a little extra juice in between the leaves. I heard that this helps to preserve the green color (plus I just love lemon juice).
I can't wait to make this again! It was the perfect healthy appetizer.