After a long absence from posting here (and a long winter), I am back and newly inspired, thanks to the abundance of produce available at the spring farmers market here in Santa Barbara. Since these perfectly fresh, seasonal ingredients don't really need a recipe, I'll just post their glamour shots here. We steamed the artichokes and ate them cold with a mayo/chile dip prepared in less than a minute (chopped clove of garlic, mayo, salt & pepper and tsp of hot red chile powder from Chimayo). The carrots were steamed whole, then tossed in a sauté pan with just enough butter to coat, a little salt & pepper, and some fresh thyme. Absolutely simple and delicious!