Sent by AllisonEditor: Allison, we understand about the BBQ thing. For years we didn't have a grill and so the wonders of chargrilled foods were pretty much lost to us. If you don't have a grill, no problem. There are lots of good ideas out there. One fun idea is tamales! You could even have your friends help stuff and steam them, or else do them ahead. Here's one recipe for yummy tamales (no one will miss the meat).
However, if you do have a grill, what about grilling some vegetable skewers and some smoked sausages? The sausages are already cooked; you don't have to worry about them being raw. Just get some smoky flavor and heat on them. The vegetables are also hard to mess up.
Readers, do you have any advice for Allison?
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