Cooking Up a Perfect Saturday!

Ok… I may be getting a little carried away! But, yesterday I experienced one of the best BBQ’s Todd has hosted! With the help of good neighbors and family it was a day that had to be recorded for posterity!

Todd fired up his pit around 10:30 am…

The Menu:

Mesquite grilled Tri Tip with Santa Maria Rub, served with fresh tortillas and Todd’s famous chili relish, and Rondi’s soon-to-be-famous ‘gut bomb’ beans! The meal was made perfect and complete with the addition of our neighbor, Lori’s, incredible appetizer and desert….

No Lori!…..That’s exactly why you should do a cookbook!!! Your culinary skills are incredible…thank you for sharing!

Baily enjoyed as wellAs Todd was inside preparing the meat…

Todd threw the meat on the grill about 4:30

Ahhhh…..and a few margarita’s later….


And Baily’s ready for dinner!

And finally, the ultimate desert!….

Thanks to Rod and Lori Erikson, Mom, Doug, Donna, Todd, Cooper, Baily, Lulu and even Zoe, for making Saturday, March 20 a glorious day in Todd’s Backyard! Now, I hope I can find some left overs….my mouth is watering!

Salmon ala Todd….A delicious weekend!

I waited for 2 weeks,  enduring 10 days of a Michigan work trip, to get back home and enjoy a beautiful warm weekend! BBQ, wine and sun soaking into my cold, snow weary bones!  Unfortunately,  I seem to have brought the cold weather back to Arizona with me!  The entire weekend was cold, rainy, windy….the worst of Southern Arizona weather! And it still rains….58 degrees…ugh!  But Todd did come through with one of his gourmet meals!

Pecan wood grilled/smoked salmon! I ate  left overs for lunch today!

I will be going into more details on another post, about Todd’s incredible BBQ- A Santa Maria style pit, equipped with a adjustable rack that sits over an open flame. He uses either mesquite or pecan to grill!  Yum! My weekend was worth all the bad weather, just for a bite of Salmon ala Todd!

Sundogs… Going to celebrate this weekend!

I’m home sick and sun deprived! I’ve spent the past week in cold, snowing and gray Ann Arbor Michigan during the worst snow storm of the year! (so I’m told!)  I’m just trying to imagine the sun soaking into my bones, and smelling Todd’s mesquite grill!  I cannot wait to be back in Todd’s Backyard!!!

Lulu BlissHang in there Lulu!…Mommy will be home to enjoy the afternoon happy hour with you soon!!

The BoysSoak up some sun for me!

ToddCelebration this weekend!….with a beer and a BBQ! I can’t wait!!