Grilled Artichokes with Garlic Butter and Friday Faves

by heidi on May 31, 2013

Grilled Artichoke with Garlic Butter |

This weekend is a biggie for one 8-year-old about to be 9-year-old in our house. Birthday time!

If you’ve followed be for very long, you know my daughter Smudge prefers pie over cake any day, which means I’ll be making and adorning her favorite Yellow Cake Pie with candles for the third year in a row. This year I’m going to pardon the mousse pudding mix in favor of the homemade pudding I made in Lauren’s Chocolate Cream Pie recipe mixed with some whip cream for loft. 

I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a hit once again for the twelve 9-year-olds who are sleeping over. All those girls in one house, high on sugar and water slides and karaoke? Why oh why do I do this to me and my husband? Oh, that’s right. Because I’m a mom to a rock-star-lover-girl! I’d do anything for her, especially on her birthday. 

Once we’ve sent the gaggle of girls home with their own parentals, it’ll be time to get the family birthday BBQ into high-speed prep. While we have a few menu ideas on the short list, we haven’t quite made up our minds as to which direction we’re going. Traditional cookout, Mediterranean or something Asian inspired? Any input here readers? 

Grilled Artichoke with Garlic Butter |

If we go for the traditional grilling route, this Grilled Artichokes with Garlic Butter recipe I created for Go Bold With Butter would be tops on the list. I made them for dinner just two nights ago since my favorite artichoke producer finally showed up in Costco. I don’t know if I’ll ever eat a choke with plain butter and mayo again thanks to the caramelized garlicky chunks I now scoop up with each leaf. More napkins please. 

Grilled Artichoke with Garlic Butter |

In the midst of peeling off meaty leaves and wiping the dripping garlic butter from my chin, I’ve been busily working on the summer issue of FoodieCrush along with some super talented food bloggers who’ve created some outstanding recipes, inspired retreats, and just overall summertime goodness.

behind the scenes |

Look for the summer issue to launch mid-June, and of course I’ll be letting you all know via the usual channels. Until then check out last summer’s issue of FoodieCrush and here’s a little peek behind the scenes of one of the stories soon to come to the summer 2013 issue thanks to Annalise and Kelley.

I know I don’t say it often enough, but thank you all so much for following and reading FoodieCrush in all of its incarnations. If you follow me on Google Reader (shutting down on July 1) be sure to switch over and add me to Feedly (see below), Blog Lovin’ or The Old Reader or if you can always follow me on Facebook where I post an announcement about each post or sign up to receive the posts in your email box by entering your name in the Subscribe to the Newsletter field over in the right hand column. Or, you can always just check in when the mood strikes.

Have a fantastic weekend and happy Friday Faves. 

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Posted in: friday faves,recipes,vegetables and fruits

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Marian (Sweetopia) May 31, 2013 at 3:19 am

Making me hungry, as usual, Heidi! Have a great Friday!


Tieghan May 31, 2013 at 6:31 am

Happy Birthday to Smudge! Sound like you guys are going to have a fun pie filled weekend!! Totally awesome!!
These grilled artichokes are right up my alley!! I need to make them possible tonight! I am getting hungry!


Liz @ The Lemon Bowl May 31, 2013 at 6:37 am

Happy Birthday Smudge!!! I love reading your blog now that a) I can hear your voice in my head and b) I know the back story behind the nickname Smudge. :) xxoxo


Belinda @themoonblushbaker May 31, 2013 at 7:26 am

When you get fresh artichokes, the best way is to eat then simply dressed with the best salted butter you can buy a good piece of bread. great friday post


Abby @ The Frosted Vegan May 31, 2013 at 7:27 am

These artichokes = the bomb, I can’t wait to whip out the grill pan this weekend for these! Happy Birthday to your girl!


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough May 31, 2013 at 8:04 am

Happy birthday, Smudge! So looking forward to seeing the summer issue, too!


Deborah May 31, 2013 at 8:20 am

I remember her last birthday like it was yesterday! I cannot wait to try these artichokes – they look amazing!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet May 31, 2013 at 8:29 am

These artichokes are calling me, Heidi! Love the garlic butter! Your Friday Faves are fabulous as always! Have a fabulous weekend!


Maria May 31, 2013 at 8:31 am

Happy Birthday to Smudge! Love the artichokes!


Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen May 31, 2013 at 8:43 am

Happy birthday to Smudge! I can never turn down grilled artichokes….so delicious!


Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 31, 2013 at 10:04 am

Artichokes and garlic butter?! Yes please!


Kathryn May 31, 2013 at 10:18 am

Happy weekend Heidi and happy birthday to Smudge! I remember how grown up I felt on my 9th birthday ;)


janet May 31, 2013 at 10:31 am

Happy Birthday to your daughter!
We are celebrating out daughter’s b-day tonight but she has decided to do the beach thing on her actual b-day so tonight it is! She has requested homemade coleslaw on the side and eggplant, red pepper, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, and tomato sandwiches on hard rolls. Her cake is actually a trifle using gluten-free vanilla cake mix, lemon pudding and fresh macerated strawberries.


heidi May 31, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Janet, that sounds absolutely divine! How old is your daughter turning? She must be a pretty adventurous eater if she’s liking eggplant! That is fantastic! Happy birthday to her!


janet June 1, 2013 at 4:32 am

She is 23! She LOVES and I mean LOVES her birthday!! It is so fun to be her mom :)


Arthur in the Garden! May 31, 2013 at 11:07 am

Wonderful! Hmm, might have to try these this weekend!


nessa May 31, 2013 at 11:22 am

Drooling over that garlic butter! Happy birthday and good luck with the sleepover!


Cassie May 31, 2013 at 11:40 am

Happy birthday to Smudge! Hope you guys have a fabulous weekend celebrating!


heidi May 31, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Thanks Cassie, hope the new job is treating you well!


Leah May 31, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Happy Happy BD Smudge! Daughters are the best…


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious May 31, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Looking good for a summer issue! Happy birthday to your girl. Mine just turned 8 and thinks she should be President or something authoritative…shades of the future but still sacks loads of fun to see them grow and become smarter and wiser!


heidi May 31, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I’m with you! The entitlement, sheesh. You’d think they were 10-year-olds or something.


ashley - baker by nature May 31, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Happy Birthday, to your girl! I love the sound of a birthday pie…! I may have to make myself one next month. But for now I could definitely live a happy woman off some of the grilled artichokes. Sooooo perfect, Heidi!


Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig June 1, 2013 at 8:03 am

So I never really thought of grilling artichokes and suddenly I am in love. Must try this. Beautiful photos.


Denise | TLT June 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Happy birthday to your daughter, Heidi! I’m so much looking forward to the next FC issue, can’t wait!


Megan @ Country Cleaver June 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I have been on a redic arti kick lately. Buttah me, baby! And happy birthday to the kids! Hope your sanity held up this weekend.


Angie | Big Bear's Wife June 3, 2013 at 10:17 am

I’m with your daughter, I’d much rather have pie over cake. Cake is ok… but pie… that’s amazing! Happy Birthday to her!

Also those artichokes look lovely! I only normally eat artichokes in dip or pasta so I’ll have to try these


Adri {Food-N-Thought} June 3, 2013 at 11:21 am

As crazy as this may sound, boiled artichokes with melted butter were my fave when I was a kid, they always bring sweet memories of grandma’s house.


Donna June 3, 2013 at 1:39 pm

You mean you can do something with artichokes other than STEAM them??? They look gorgeous!


Bev @ Bev Cooks June 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Oh my guuuudness, those chokes are pretty.


carrian June 5, 2013 at 7:32 am

Oh my goodness! This looks divine!


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