Friday, July 3, 2009

Weekend Menu Ideas & One Year Blogiversary

The best thing about summer is being able to grill and eat outdoors.

Here, in New Jersey, we only get to do that for about 3 months out of the year, and sometimes it's too hot and humid to want to be outside, that's when air conditioning is king.

I made these excellent filet mignon kabobs and grilled pizzas for a weekend BBQ.
Served up with some easy corn & asparagus salad and a big bowl of potato salad, and summer never looked so good.

Filet Mignon Kabobs: serves 6

3 lb. piece of beef tenderloin (filet mignon), cut up into cubes
1 red, 1 yellow bell pepper, cut up
1 red onion, cut up to fit on skewers
12 cherry tomatoes (2 for each skewer)

lemon or lime juice
kosher salt and pepper
a bit of olive oil

About an hour before grilling, salt and pepper your beef cubes and keep them on the counter at room temperature.

Thread your skewers, alternating vegetables and meat.
Put a little more kosher salt over the vegetables and meat skewers and drizzle with olive oil and squeeze a lemon or lime over the kabobs on a platter.

Grill on medium-high heat to your desired temperature.

Grilled Pizzas:

I purchased fresh focaccia bread and drizzled with olive oil.

Place sliced fresh Bufala mozzarella pieces on top & roasted tomato pieces.
Finish with fresh basil and place on the top rack of your grill, while the kabobs are cooking.

I just realized that my blog turns one year old today!
Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend with your friends and family!


doggybloggy said...

the first anniversary is paper so shuffle a bunch for me - happy first birthday.

Anonymous said...

I know time flies... but this year did MORE than fly.
Congratulations to YOU!!
A fantastic creation with sensational food and photographs.

Lori Lynn said...

Happy Anniversary Stace! Congrats, your blog is terrific! And I just saw your grilled asparagus and corn salad as Top 9 at Foodbuzz today. Whoo Hoo!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Happy Blogiversary, Stacey! And what a tasty year it has been! Wishing you many more! TW

PS - Wish my grill were working - I really want to make grilled pizza!

Nicisme said...

Happy blog birthday Stacey! Doesn't a year just fly by??
Great grill food, like those pizzas.

Kat said...

Congratulations on your First Anniversary in Bloggerland!

And your grilled creations/ideas look fabulous. I may have to go out and get the missing items for my holiday grilling. Thanks for some great ideas and recipes

kat said...

Happy bloggerversary! I've so enjoyed reading you over the last year, your photos are beautiful & recipes delicious!

Eileen @ Passions to Pastry said...

Happy anniversary, and enjoy the weekend

~~louise~~ said...

Happy Blogoversary Stacey! I'm raising a glass to you and your mouth watering blog "as we speak!" I just don't know WHAT to sink my teeth into first:)

A Safe & Happy 4th to you and yours:)

Proud Italian Cook said...

Happy Blogiversary Stace! Is it just a year? Your blog has been an inspiration to many, your cooking and personality shines through with every post, and might I say, your posting is off the charts! My mornings wouldn't be the same without checking Staceys blog first, along with my coffee.
It's been a joy to know you and I look forward to another year of Stacey Snacks! Cin Cin!!

SarahB said...

Sta, really, I am so glad you started this blog. If it was just the recipes and pictures it would be great but you put so much of yourself in it, and that's why I love it so much. Thank you for all of the time you put into this! Keep on bloggin...

noble pig said...

Happy Blog Day! And these recipes are something to celebrate with...yum.

StaceyEsq said...

Happy Anniversary! My family has never eaten better since your blog came into being . . .

A happy and safe 4th to you and your family!

Colloquial Cook said...

Joyeux anniversaire Stace!

Randi Lynne said...

Happy 1 year Anniversary to your blog! Please keep up the GREAT recipes and tips!

Karen said...

Happy 1st! that grilled pizza looks yum!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

One year! I'm so glad that I discovered your food blog. I have enjoyed so many of your recipes, and I've made several. You got me into the habit of antipasto, and you've inspired me to improve my photos. I love ya, "Sta"! One day, I'm flying East and your doorbell will ring on a sunny Friday.

Deb (still hoping for a cookbook by you)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Congratulations on your one-year blogiversary. I can't believe how you've kept up such high standards with the frequency and quality of your recipes. You're an inspiration. Now if only I could get some of that pizza or filet mignon kebobs right now - it's dinnertime and I've got no energy to cook.

LaDue & Crew said...

No way- only a year??! You got this thing down, girl..!! Happy blogiversary! Like Proud Italian Cook, my mornings wouldn't be the same without you, I've learned SO much!

maris said...

GET OUT OF HERE. I can't believe you've only been blogging for a year. You rock! : )

Krysta said...

it's been a year all ready???!!!! congrats. that pizza is wonderful looking. another dish you need to make me! on top of all those sandwiches...

Culinary Cory said...

Happy Blogiversary! I didn't realize you've only been blogging for a year. Here's to many more great posts. Love the grilled pizza.

lisa said...

Happy Anniversary, and happy 4th of July!

We Are Not Martha said...

Happy blog anniversary!! We totally forgot our until weeks later! That pizza looks amazing! Have a fun 4th!


John and Lisa Howard-Fusco said...

Happy Anniversary, Stacey! - John

Dana said...

Happy blogiversary to you! It's amazing how much you have accomplished in a year. Look foward to the next one!

Talita said...

I love kabobs and these grilled pizza looks so different! Surely everything is yummy!

The Food Hunter said...

Happy Blogiversary! That grilled pizza looks amazing!

Kerstin said...

Happy Blogiversary!! Awesome pizza too!

Colleen said...

Happy Blogiversary! Great ideas here!

Kim said...

Happy one year blogiversary!! Love the filet mignon kebabs- yum!!

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