A guest posting from Scottery:
This weekend was a big one like all of the rest. Food, family, friends and fun on the horizon. As far as my weekend on a manly scale, I thought I had it figured out. Wedding would be erased by BBQ on the water. More BBQ would negate the Home and Design Show. And Sunday would tip the scales with a trip to a dock for some fishing. With all of the Premier League Soccer in the morning, I was bound to have a much manlier weekend than reality would prove. Such is life. Married life.
Friday was business as usual at the office of making miracles happen. Then I remember that Annifer has been tapped to help make flowers for a wedding. I laugh to myself as I realize I will be at the office all day, not running around making bouquets and trying on boutonnieres. That is, until I volunteered myself to be lunch delivery boy. What could go wrong? All I have to do is pick up Chick Fil A (yeah, sometimes even Annifer dives into the world of fast food) bring it by the venue and everyone is happy while I go on my merry way.
It was decided that a couple of adult beverages would help the happy floral crew, complete with a new-comer who was blindsided with the proposition to make pretty flowers. A good sport, the best quote I got all day was, “I am a girl -- we love this stuff!” Upon arrival to the wedding venue, I realized that I hadn't just brought lunch and ran, I had been fully committed to the madness of making it happen. Now I was even happier that my cooler included that shot of Fireball for the team. That was my lone manly contribution of the day.
Saturday was booked full. A B-Day BBQ, a graduation BBQ and the Charleston Home and Design Show. B-day BBQ starts with me coming up with a pinteresting idea for my buddy's birthday gift: two mason jars full of homemade BBQ sauce topped with Camo fabric and a note of the origin of each sauce. I came up with that...All On My Own. 13 days til football season for Clemson, so I guess I am “well balanced.”
The evening of more BBQ and the Home show were redeemed by the fact that I had a partner in crime at each. Graduation party includes me allowing the host dog to take a taste of mac and cheese. She liked it so much she came back for seconds. My dogs don't do that to me, so I kinda liked it, but felt bad. I guess she was more the criminal and I was the lookout in this case.
The Home and Design show featured my favorite pregnant lady and her knight in a shining Z71 from Anderson. Without him, the 'finish-your-beer-each-time-your-wife-signs-up-to-win-something' game wouldn't have been that much fun. I felt invincible to the pull of the Home and Design Show. Only suckers would be drawn into the flashy back porch spread complete with an outdoor bed. I guess I was wrong. The very next morning, I was itching to do some re-arranging and up-grading on the porch.
So on Sunday morning when the Premier League games are finished, I announce with great certainty that today is the day, “we re-arrange our back porch!” On to every store in town that was open, and some not open, to buy and choose and design the perfect screened-in get away for the fall. Not much got accomplished, save for one thing: I finally got my propane tanks re-filled. That means, I get to end my weekend with the manliest of all evening activities, I get to burn...err...grill dinner.
Chicken and veggie kabobs, pan seared steak, and a tasty Founders Centennial IPA to wash it all down.
Nothing says manly like cutting up meat and then throwing it on the grill and drinking beer. And nothing says I had ended on a high note until I came inside to get sucked into a McConaughey film. While I wait to see what happens to Conner Mead in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Annifer will be happy to share the pictures and recipes for tonight's dinner.
Scottery's Manly Chicken and Vegetable Dinner
A note from Anne: This is a super healthy dinner and is easily adaptable for one person or ten! These are big portions -- since we were trying to be a little healthy after a weekend of barbecue and more barbecue, I wanted to load up on the veggies and protein, and forget a side of rice or anything else. If you have sides with yours, you'll have plenty of leftovers!
- 5 oz. chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
- 5 oz. New York Strip (or your favorite steak), cut into bite-size pieces
- 1/2 Squash, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1/2 Green Pepper, cut into bite-size pieces
- 4 large mushrooms (or 8 small) -- halve large mushrooms or leave small ones whole
- 1 Shallot, cut in half and then peeled into individual layers
- 1/4 Cup Fat Free Italian Dressing
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients except salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix with your hands to make sure all pieces have a coating of the dressing.
Skewer* the steak and chicken separately from the vegetables, then sprinkle on the salt and pepper to taste.
Put skewered meat on an oiled, medium-hot grill. When the meats are halfway done, flip them and put on the skewers of vegetables, flipping the vegetables when they are browned on one sides. Ideally by putting the vegetables on halfway through the meat's cooking, they should be done at the same time.
Be careful of the hot skewers and unskewer everything, dividing pieces evenly among two plates, and dig in!
*We love to use Firewire skewers -- although they are harder to flip, having the flexibility on a prep board and on the grill is great. If you're using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water while you're prepping everything else so they don't burn!