phew! that title is a windful! it is true, this is simple artichoke dip with none of that extra stuff like spinach or whatnots. but what it has in plainness and unphotogenicness, it makes up with the delish factor.
i first made this for last year's holiday party and it was a perfect start of the evening. then this weekend a friend hosted a party and made a special request, so of course i obliged and it was just as yummy as we all remembered. it is a bit messy to make, but you can always assemble ahead of time the day before, and then bake off right before you need it.
recipe can be found here. i don't usually do the leaves on top. i would also suggest that you not warm up the milk ahead of time. when thickening a sauce, typically the two items need to be of different temperatures (hot to cold or cold to hot). it's not a big deal if you warm it, but you may find it easier to whisk smoothly if you don't. maybe room temperature milk is a happy compromise?
but rest assured, warm milk or not, this will be the hit of your next party! :)