Tuesday, July 05, 2011

THIRD of July Food!


On the Sunday before the July 4th holiday,

just the two of us were home for our evening meal.


Our strawberry dessert was made with CandiQuick instead of white chocolate.

It melts easily in the microwave & sets up to a hard shell when cool.

If you put the blue sugar in a shot glass,

it makes it easier to dip just the tip of the strawberry.



I also made this Hula Kabobs recipe

which came from Val So Cal

Thanks for sharing it, Val!


I made a few additions & substitutions based on what I had on hand.

Go see her gorgeous shot of the ones she made!

Hula Kabobs

  • 1 kielbasa cut into 1 inch chunks
  • half of a pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 2 teaspoons sherry (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 red or white onion, cut into chunks
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1) In a shallow dish, (I used a gallon zip-lock bag) mix soy sauce, brown sugar, sherry, sesame oil, ginger and
garlic powder. Stir in the kielbasa, pineapple, peppers and onion and stir
until well coated.
Cover and marinate for at least 2 hours.

2) Preheat the grill to med-high heat.

3) Lightly oil the grill grate. Layer your kielbasa and veggies onto the skewers.
Throw away any remaining marinade!
Grill 15 to 20 minutes or until veggies are tender.

Keep a close eye on them because the brown sugar content
will cause them to burn if you're not careful.

This photo was taken before going onto the grill.

You can see, I added some white button mushrooms (which were NOT marinated)

just as I was threading them onto the skewers.


Onto the grill, smelling so good!!!


Ready to serve with rice pilaf & a side salad.


Oh & don't forget that dessert!


Thanks for stopping by The Gazebo House.

I hope you had a wonderfully safe & happy 4th of July!



I'm joining Marty's

Tuesday Tabletop

just because this looked so pretty on the back patio table

with the matching patriotic colored flowers.

I will also link up to

Michael Lee's

Foodie Friday

& The Tablescaper's

Seasonal Sundays


Yvonne at StoneGable for

On The Menu Monday


  1. Hi Mrs. R,

    TY a mill for dropping by. I had posted for the TTT. Nothing special but fun to join.

    Check it out with the xtra giveaway.

    Hope you have a great day.


  2. Your dinner looks great and the dessert is so pretty Rett:@)

  3. Everything is beautiful and I love those strawberries!

  4. Oh my goodness - that looks sooooo good!

  5. HI RETT!!!
    I LOVE THOSE DIPPED Strawberries!!!I will have to remember that for next year. Try and remind me!!!
    Great looking kabobs!!!Your tomato plant looks perfect too, I spotted one big one!!!I bet more is there, I just saw 1 big one!!!

  6. Now that is the BEST 4th of July dessert I have ever seen. Adorable! And I love that you created it when it was just the 2 of you to enjoy it. Why wait for company? Love that!

    The kebabs look yummy -- I'm a kielbasa fan, and I like the addition of mushrooms, too. Hubs just got a new grill . . . I think I'm going to give these a try this weekend.

    Those strawberries, though -- SO pretty!

  7. Scrumptious looking kabobs, Rett. And your strawberries are a perfect July 4th dessert. Hope your holiday was a happy one.

  8. What a fabulous looking dinner and dessert. Have any leftovers ... lol? I hope you had a nice 4th of July.

  9. Those strawberries are so festive and look delicious!! Your dinner looked amazing!! Love your blog. Now your newest follower!!

  10. I hope you had a wonderful 4th! Everything looks beautiful and delicious!

  11. I've never seen the red, white, & blue strawberries. So on my list for the next appropriate holiday...and I can envision other possibilities, too. Thank you for sharing them. Cherry Kay

  12. Rett, those strawberries look delicious and soooooo very patriotic! Kabobs are one of my favorite dishes. Yours look delicious. Hope you had a fabulous 4th. ~ Sarah

  13. Love the look of the strawberries, I can just imagine how good they were to bite into.. The k-bobs look scrumptious too. I loved the mixture! thansk for dropping in.. many blessings,marlis

  14. What a beautiful dessert! They look too pretty to eat! Kabobs look great as well! Thanks for visiting with me, you're a sweetie!!

  15. Aww, I'm so glad you enjoyed the kabobs!! You made my day!! Thank you!

  16. Those strawberries look fabulous! Blue sugar, who knew?
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    Thanks, Rett!

  17. Hi Rett, Beautiful strawberries! How creative! We had kebabs for dinner on the holiday too. Yours are prettier. Thanks for visiting my 4th of July tablescape. The hydrangeas this year are not as dark as last year. More like a pale blue now. The hydrangea bush that had the dark one last year is a different variety and it has not one single bloom this year! :-(
    You asked about the red wine bottle: it's from Jasper Winery here locally. Have a good wknd, Rett!

  18. Those strawberries are absolutely fabulous! I can't wait to copy your idea for a family cookout. Thanks, Rett.

  19. Hey Rett, what a great idea to do the blue and white with strawberries. Somehow I will try to remember that for next year. Your kabobs look GREAT!!


  20. These are so cute and easy! Gotta remember for next year. Those kabobs look great. My hubby loves them.

  21. Everything looks delicious and colorful! Perfect for the 3rd of July! :D :D :D

  22. Hi Rett! Oh, Those kabobs look so good and how did you know strawberries were my favorites! :)
    Thanks so much for visiting m today.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  23. the berries my fav...RETT, you sew inspire me x

  24. Oh Rett, Your strawberries look like a patriotic tribute as well as a dessert! So adorable.
    And this is a keeper recipe. I love anything that has the word kielbasa in it! YUMMY!
    Thank you for bringing your sweetness and flair to ON THE MENU MONDAY!
    xo Yvonnne

  25. Love this Rett. Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing it with Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper


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