Ray's Boathouse, Seattle, Washington. Chef Charles Ramseyer uses a pastry bag to pipe the herbed cream cheese into the steamed artichokes, which you can do as well if you want a fancier finish to the filling, though a plain old spoon works well too. The artichokes can be stuffed up to 2 hours in advance and refrigerated until ready to serve. To eat, use the leaves to scoop up some of the cream cheese filling, scraping the tender flesh from the base of the leaf as you draw it between your teeth. From The Best Northwest Places Cookbook (Volume 2) by Cynthia Nims.