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Our good friends and neighbors (who live just a short walk away here in the woods) had us over for a BBQ recently. It was a warm evening on their beautiful deck and it was fun to meet and hold their adorable new baby chicks!

We grilled lots of veggies but my favorite thing they put on the grill were artichokes! I’d never seen that before and they were delicious- brilliant idea. Just slice them in half and drizzle a little oil and salt. It’s best to steam them first to make them cook faster. Dip in a garlic aioli afterward (DIY: mayo + minced garlic). I also brought this Orange Avocado salad which was great with all the smoky veggies and cold beer.

For more summer grilling ideas, come to the Twitter party I’ll be part of TONIGHT from 7-8pm CST. A whole crew of food bloggers will be sharing summer BBQ menu ideas- should be good. My twitter handle is @theforestfeast. Follow the @BHG feed and look for #BHGGrilling.  Hope to “see” you tonight!