Springtime BBQ

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Sometimes it’s funny how things work out.  Not really here, though. We just started thinking that we should introduce a new outdoor space and instead decided to fix up an underutilized one.

There’re two things you need to know about outdoor furniture. It’s expensive and, it’s generally pretty ugly. We drove around last Saturday trying to put something together searching yard sales, antique shops, and eventually ending up in Target curled up sleeping in a corner.

Then we remembered we already had a table and two chairs.  The yard sales were great to find more ceramic planters, and Target was great for more cheapo plastic ones.  We built up some legs for a couple with some wooden dowels.

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Maggie’s sister and kids were coming over Sunday and we wanted to make the space nice before that.  We’ve still gotta make our lives seem good enough that she abandons her child’s school and moves closer into the city, so we don’t have to drive as much.  We were going to grill some wrapped zucchini, artichoke spread, mushroom spread, eggplant, tomato and then eat the spiral with a blob of mozzarella.  We were jokingly calling it our Pinterest dream dinner.

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We also got some corn and decided that the kids would probably like eating chicken wings more than veggie wraps, so we got tons of wings too. Quantity seems to be key with mid-size children.

I prepped it all in a circulator. It’s nice to not have to worry about much other than getting your cheapo tiny grill as hot as possible and searing everything like crazy. Especially if you’re cooking for a crowd. I like to do corn with some of the husks, butter, and salt. I did the wings at 70C for 4ish hours, one buffalo spicy and one garlic herby. We tossed in some spices and sauce, but it got a bit diluted with the chicken juices. Next time I’d leave a little more time to make a final sauce with the cooking juices, but sometimes it’s better to cut your losses and enjoy the good weather with family.

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