From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from raw ingredients to your dinner tonight, free of measurements and complicated techniques. It’s a method you’ll remember and whip out whenever you like. It is the most basic way to make the thing you’re making.

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  • • a medium saucepan with a lid
  • • a steamer basket
  • • a serrated knife
  • • a timer
  • • one lemon, cut in half
  • • one bay leaf (optional)
  • • a few black peppercorns
  • • a handful of parsley (optional)
  • • two artichokes
  • mayonnaise, melted butter, or the dipping sauce of your choice

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