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Lemon + Garlic Fresh Artichoke Dip

This post is sponsored by Ocean Mist Farms.

On Oscars Sunday, my husband and I were busy diving into today's recipe for Lemon + Garlic Fresh Artichoke Dip. This flavorful vegan dip is served warm and cheesy. It was SO GOOD. And surprisingly easy, btw. But before I get to the recipe... Three things.

- Number one, I grew up in Santa Cruz California, just a short drive away from Castroville, the "Artichoke Capitol of the World." We drove by that iconic giant artichoke so many times on our way down to Monterey!
- Two, I write a vegan food blog for a living and have published two cookbooks. I cook a lot. Especially with veggies.
- Now here comes the crazy part, number three, I have never worked with fresh artichokes in my kitchen. Whaaa? Madness.

Like most people, I have used artichoke hearts many times. Artichoke hearts that come in a jar or can, where you can have access to 10-15 hearts just by twisting a lid. But trust me, the prep work with using fresh artichokes is worth it! And you get access to those lovely, edible leaves as well.

As I worked with my beautiful fresh artichokes from Ocean Mist Farms, I learned a few things! I am excited to pass on my newfound knowledge to you. And hopefully inspire you to buy fresh artichokes the next chance you get.

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