My favorite too! MMMMM! And I found an article recently that artichokes are the only source of silymarin that is showing great success in fighting cancer by inhibiting tumor growth! Let's see if I can find it again... ok not yet but I found this page which is really interesting http://www.vegparadise.com/highestperch48.html
aha, here is the one about cancer - http://www.cancerdecisions.com/021902.html
I found a ton more all about how great they are for you!
I usually steam them and have them with garlic mayo (aoli)
although occassionally I will halve them and grill them over fire and serve with aoli and salsa. Mmm!