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Canyon Lake Car Show in Pictures

By CanyonLakeSoCal | Featured

The 2015 Canyon Lake Car Show rolled into the lodge parking lot yesterday and it was an impressive display of gleaming chrome, high horsepower engines, and highly polished paint. It was a hot day on the pavement (nearly 100 degrees), but that didn’t stop car enthusiasts from coming out to look at the hundreds of […]

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Lodge Remodel Set to Begin

By CanyonLakeSoCal | Featured

Canyon Lake Lodge RemodelOne of the key features and favorite amenities in Canyon Lake is the beloved lodge.  It’s been a central part of the community for many years.  The current lodge gets great use as a restaurant, meeting & event space, and bar for events and TV sports… and of course delicious Sunday Brunches.  But over the years, many folks have expressed an interest in remodeling the lodge to make better use of the space.  So this month, the long anticipated remodel begins.  Here are a few details from the good folks at the Canyon Lake Property Owners Association about what to expect during the remodel process and what the completed project will look like:

The Association will be starting the expansion of the bar and lounge area at the Lodge on March 3. This project has a six to eight week timeline.

The plan is to make a larger bar and lounge area at the Lodge by enclosing the covered patio, as well as remove the center staircase to create space for a new dance floor. The current “L” shaped bar will be replaced with a new expanded “U” shaped bar that will more than double the existing seating capacity of the whole bar area. The uncovered patio space outside would still remain.

The dining area will be enclosed with double doors and the existing fireplace will be removed and replaced with a sound proof wall. Enclosing the dining area and adding a soundproof wall will enable the restaurant patrons to enjoy a private dining room for quiet dinners.

The Lighthouse Restaurant will suspend services in both the restaurant and bar area beginning March 3. The restaurant will only be open for special events and holidays such as Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day.

Canyon Lake Lodge Remodel Dance Floor SiteThe kitchen, Holiday Bay Room, Pool View Room and Sunset Beach Room will still be available during the project, so banquets and parties will still be able to take place during this time. For the lower level rooms, the main access point will be through the dining room elevator located near the entry door of the facility. All restrooms will be accessible on both lower and upper level floors of the facility.

Once complete the Lodge will have approximately 1,800 square feet of added usable space. The objective of this project is to make the facility much more functional for residents and increase the revenue the facility brings in.

Once complete, there will be a festive grand opening celebration that members are invited to attend. This event will feature signature Lighthouse Restaurant entrees and drink specials. The date and more details for this event will be announced as the project completion date nears.

 If members have any questions about the closure of the facility or upcoming banquets or events should contact Jeffrey Main, Director of Food and Beverage at 951-244-6841 ext. 723.   For more information and updates on this project members are encouraged to follow the Association on Facebook.

Check back here for construction and completion photos in the coming weeks.  We’re looking forward to the remodel and we’ll see you all down there after it’s done!

Volunteering During the Holidays

By Elle | Featured

So this is Christmas…  It’s the time of the year when we all start to think of gift ideas.  One idea is the gift of time, the gift of YOUR time ~ in the form of volunteering!

Neighboring areas are in need of volunteers throughout the year but this Christmas season is when events are held all around town and the spirit of giving is so very welcome!

Lake Elsinore/Wildomarpresent

Cornerstone Community Church hosts their Annual Adopt-a-Family for Christmas Program where you can volunteer to make the Holidays special for those in need.  There are four ways you can participate.

  1. The first way is to take care of a family in need by providing them with a Christmas Tree, gifts for the kids and a Christmas Dinner
  2. Another way is to select a child from their list and give that child the gift of their choice that can be found on his/her wish list.
  3. The third way to volun-gift is to purchase grocery store gift cards in denominations of $25 or $50 so they can be provided to an Adopted Family in the program.
  4. Make a monetary donation in any amount by check to Cornerstone

The adopted families in this program are the neatest people who are just down on their luck.  If you can bring some joy and spirit into their Christmas just by your humble act of giving, it’ll make all the difference in the world.

WildomarChristmas boy

Community Outreach Ministry (COM) serves the community’s at-risk kids.  This year marks the 13th Annual Angel Tree Christmas Party where COM puts together a memorable event for the kids and the children get to interact with local Police, Sheriff’s Deputies, Firefighters, California Highway Patrol, Sheriff’s Explorers, and Border Patrol Agents.  Each group will educate the children on the importance of safety.  Then, the kids will receive Christmas presents donated by local businesses such as Curves, Massage Envy, Health Professionals, Wells Fargo and Beauty Salons.  There will be face painting and entertainment conducted by middle school and high school students.

There are two parties scheduled for these kids.  The first took place today and the next one is slated for Saturday, December 21, 2013.  If you would like to volunteer, contact the ministry at 951-698-7650 or email them at info@communityoutreachministry.org.

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Menifee

The 4th Annual Menifee Christmas Dinner Group is looking for Volunteers.  On Christmas, food will be served to families and individuals in need.  Boxed dinners will also be available hot meals will be delivered on Christmas day to the homeless and seniors in the community by Volunteers.  Building up to Christmas, there will be food and toy drives resourced by Volunteers as well.  If you’d like to help this wonderful group of people either before Christmas or on the actual day of Christmas for the dinner, you can visit the Facebook page rightly called Menifee Christmas Dinner.  There will be toys and crafts for children to participate, dinner for the families; and of course, Santa may drop by.  If you’d like to help during the toy and food drives, serve dinner, help facilitate the event on Christmas or help drive the boxed dinners to the homeless and seniors in need; please let them know via the Facebook page, call 951-852-1668 or email menifeechristmasdinner@yahoo.com.

turkey dinnerTemecula

Buck Kemmis started this dinner years ago to bring the community together and now heads this year’s 19th Annual Community Christmas Dinner.  This will be the first year with the dinner held at the Mary Phillips Senior Center.  Anyone is welcome to join and celebrate Christmas.  The dinner is a completely free sit-down turkey meal, sponsored by multiple anonymous donors and the Temecula Town Association.  Volunteers help by decorating, serving and organizing the day’s event.  Santa is there to give the kids presents as well.  For those that aren’t able to make it to the actual dinner, meals can be delivered to those who have health issues and are not able to drive or leave their home.  Volunteers are also in charge of wrapping the presents and and carving the turkeys.  If you’re interested in helping out and giving your gift of time, please call 951-678-2471 or visit TemeculaCalifornia.com for more information.

You’ll make all the difference in the lives of the people you unconditionally give your time to during the Holidays….and you will spread the spirit that is Christmas for sure….

 

 

 

Canyon Lake Homes Lit Up For The Holidays

By CanyonLakeSoCal | Featured

Every year there are some spectacular light displays during the holidays in Canyon Lake.  Apparently, some of our residents got their degree in “Exterior Illumination” from the same school as Clark Griswold.

So grab some hot cocoa, throw the family in the car (or golf cart) and take a drive around the neighborhood to see what your fellow Canyon Lakers have done to beautify their homes for the holidays.  There are just a few of the many great displays of holiday spirit all over the neighborhood.

The homes in this gallery are all in the areas of Continental, Meadowlark, Gray Fox, Emperor, Cinnamon Teal, Buck Tail, and Cruise Circle .

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If you’ve got a spectacular home you want featured, please contact us at info@canyonlakesocal.com

 

Mission Inn Festival of Lights

By Elle | Featured

courtyard lightsTis’ the season for Christmas cheer, when we play and listen to Christmas music, start to see Christmas lights strung up on buildings brightly lit up and colorful, and people are wrapped up and bundled just like the Christmas presents under the tree…  There are Christmas events that have become tradition such as watching Christmas Parades and watching Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies.  One of the area’s most popular places to visit during this Holiday Season is the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside which is about a forty minute drive from Canyon Lake.

What happens at The Festival of Lights?  Once the sun goes down, the historic Mission Inn is transformed into a beautiful holiday vision ~ the entire property is decorated in splendorous Christmas decor, lit with over 4 million lights plus a spectacular fireworks display.  The Mission Inn’s 21st Annual Festival of Lights is running through January 4th, 2014.

The extravaganza also includes appearances by Santa Claus, the world’s largest mistletoe measured at 12 feet by 8 feet, more than 400 animated figures, snow, horse-drawn carriage rides and of course, the beautifully lit and decorated Christmas Tree located in the lush and elegant hotel lobby.

mission inn festival of lights on canyon lake socalIf you’re thinking of dining at the Mission Inn while you’re there to view this Holiday spectacle, being a 4 diamond hotel; you’ve definitely got fantastic dining choices to boot!  There’s Duane’s Prime Steaks & Seafood where you can indulge in top notch meals, there’s delicious signature comfort food at the Mission Inn Restaurant ~ where you can dine indoors or outdoors situated in the Spanish-inspired courtyard garden area of the inn, or you can get that Italian cafe feel at Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro.  Additionally, there’s the eclectic lounge type of aura at 54 at Duane’s where you can taste great wines paired with sushi and tapas and to close up the night, have a signature cocktail at the Presidential Lounge ~ appropriately named since it formerly served as a guest room for President Roosevelt and was the venue for Richard and Pat Nixon’s wedding.  Let’s not forget dessert at Casey’s Cupcakes!  Now….  If you’re thinking of staying the night (or two), there’s the Inn’s superior in-room dining via room service which is served from 6am-11pm and 6am-1am (Fri & Sat).

During the Festival of Lights timeframe, the Mission Inn is featuring eleven various all-inclusive room packages from their Holiday Lights and Delights room package to one called Santa’s Suite.  The others are appropriately named as well and details can be found on the Inn’s Festival of Lights webpage.  We can’t forget to mention that the Mission Inn has special Christmas and New Years Dining, too!

So, make sure to check out the Mission Inn’s Festival of Lights this holiday season and give you and your family a treat!  Happy Holidays!

You Might be a Canyon Laker if…

By CanyonLakeSoCal | Featured

Canyon Lake sure is a one-of-a-kind community and if you live here you know that Canyon Lakers have their own language, customs, and idiosyncrasies.  Wondering if you’ll fit in here or if you truly are a Canyon Laker?

You might be a Canyon Laker if…

  1. Your golf cart has more miles on it than your car.
  2. You can back up a boat or recreational vehicle better than most people can back up their cars.
  3. You park your car outside in the weather so you can fit all your toys inside the garage.
  4. You know what any of the following are: Lily Pad, Sky Ski, Dredger, Solar Bee, Causeway, Goetz Hill, Algae Bloom, Boat Tunnel
  5. You always check the lake level and temperature page first when the Friday Flyer comes out.
  6. You have to explain to everyone you meet where Canyon Lake is.
  7. You’re an expert at removing decals from your car windshield.
  8. Your boat cost more than your truck did.
  9. Paddle RegattaYou own more than one set of any of the following: golf clubs, fishing poles, water skis, wakeboards or paddleboards.
  10. You can drive 35mph continuously without looking down at your speedometer.
  11. You have more than one Canyon Lake sunset stored in your smart phone photo album.

See you around the lake.  Happy Holidays!

10 Things To Be Thankful For in Canyon Lake

By CanyonLakeSoCal | Featured

It’s that time of the year when Canyon Lakers give thanks for the good in their lives.  Besides family, friends, health & home, many of us are thankful to be able to live in such a great community.  Some also make great sacrifice to live here, like commuting to work great distances every day, but it’s worth it.  We put together a list of the things that we hear people express thanks for the most often in the community.  Here they are in no particular order:

1. Sunsets

Canyon Lake SunsetWow! We have some amazing sunsets.  If you’ve never gone down to the lake at dusk and just marveled at the beauty of the sunset over the water, you are really missing out.  Try it sometime.  Head down to Indian Beach, Holiday Harbor, or the aptly named Sunset Beach and soak it in.  It’s a great way to end the day.

2. Low Cost of Living

Relatively speaking Canyon Lake is very affordable.  Housing prices are reasonable especially for the area and the amenities.  The taxes are low at just over 1% for every property in the area including new homes which is almost unheard of in most housing tracts.  And our HOA at $248 is still a bargain for everything we enjoy.  Look at new home tracts all around and many of their HOA’s are $100-$200 a month and they might get a park, a swimming pool, and some landscaping for the community.  Go to Orange County and the same limited amenities will cost $300+.  We have a private lake, gated security, 14 parks and beaches, equestrian center, tennis courts, lodge, campground and so much more.  It’s really pretty amazing that our dues pay to maintain all of that and much of it’s use is free or extremely cheap.

3. The Lake

Boat DocksThe lake that draws so many of us here is an incredible resource.  We have the ability to boat, fish, water ski, wakeboard and more.  And the best part is you’re in the water in 5 minute from anywhere in the community.  Do you realize that there are only about a half dozen places in California where you can park your boat on the water right outside your back door.  It’s such a unique recreation body of water.

4. Safety and Security

Canyon Lake certainly has some crime, but it’s so minor compared to many other communities.  Violent crimes are so rare and most of the local crime is minor vandalism and theft.  And for a city with nearly 15,000 inhabitants, the crime rate is pretty low.  Overall, it’s still one of the safest cities in California every year.

IMG_30515. Vibrant Community and Interesting People

If you’re open to meeting people, there is no shortage of interesting, colorful people in Canyon Lake.  We have movie stars, world class athletes, amazing artists, self sacrificing public servants, and more than a handful of heroes not to mention all the good folks who have lived here at one time or another and left their mark on the community and humanity.  Want to meet some of them?  Just get out to the many events that are held inside the community every year.

6. Great Location

It’s been said that Southern California is America’s playground.  And we are smack dab in the middle of it.  Snow skiing an hour and a half away.  The beach less than hour.  Los Angeles, San Diego, and Palm Springs all easily drivable.  There is so much richness, culture, art, and recreation all around us in every direction, that it’s hard some days to narrow down what to do!

7. Wildlife

The lake and our location and climate bring us some amazing winged wildlife – spotted owls, blue herons, hawks, ducks, geese and more.  If you are a bird watcher or wildlife enthusiast, you don’t have to go far to see some beautiful species.

8. Volunteers

Our closeness as a community brings out the philanthropy and giving in others.  Not many places have so many people willing to help out others in the community by volunteering their time and money the way Canyon Lakers do.  And special recognition really goes to the many clubs that give so selflessly through their events and fundraisers like The Lions, Jr. Women’s Club, CLAWS and many others.  And let’s not forget the Tuesday Work Group that does a lot of beautification projects on the golf course for free.

9. Great Weather

What else can we say?  It’s the day before Thanksgiving and the temperature is 72 degrees and it’s a beautifully sunny day with not a cloud in the sky.

10. Things to Do All Year

IMG_1772It would be an understatement to say that Canyon Lake is a recreational community.  With events like, Fiesta Day, Taco Tuesday, Christmas Boat Parade, The Car Show, 4th of July Spectacular, Weekly Farmers Market and more it’s impossible to get bored around here!  To have so many well organized events that are within a walk or golf cart’s drive from your home is really something special that most cities and communities would envy.

Canyon Lake really is something special and a place to be thankful for.  What part of our community are you thankful for and what other blessings do you have this Novemeber that you want to say “Thanks” for?  Leave us a comment and let us know.

Pumpkin Patches Around Canyon Lake

By CanyonLakeSoCal | Featured

PumpkinsHalloween is only 10 days away so this is prime time to find that perfect pumpkin to create your jack-o-lantern masterpiece.  There are some great pumpkin patches within a short drive of Canyon Lake, many that offer rides and other activities for the kids and adults alike.  Here’s a rundown of the best local pumpkin patches:

Norris Amusement Pumpkin Patch – 18614 Dexter Ave., Lake Elsinore

You’ve probably seen this little patch from the I-15.  The good folks at Norris Amusement can be seen out there every Halloween with pumpkins and at Christmas time with a tree lot.  They have a lot of pumpkins, small rides for the kids, and other entertainment.  Get off at HWY 74 and turn left at Dexter, right behind the Burger King.

Wickerd Farm Pumpkin Patch – 26852 Scott Rd., Menifee

The good folks at the Wickerd Farm have been bringing some of the best pumpkins to the area since 1991.  They are open everyday from 10-8 and until 9pm on Friday and Saturdays.  For next weekend they will have jumpers for kids, local vendors and food.  There will also be a pumpkin pie eating contest and costume contests.  Haunted Hayrides start at 8pm.  Get more information and driving directions on the Wickerd Farms website.

Toms Farms Pumpkin PatchTom’s Farms Pumpkin Patch – 23900 Temescal Canyon Rd., Corona

Tom’s Farms has a great pumpkin patch every year and with all the other attractions at this local farmer’s market, you could spend the whole day there.  The pumpkin patch is open every weekend and there is even a pumpkin carving contest this weekend.

Hunter’s Pumpkin Patch – 40820 Winchester Rd., Temecula

Open every day from 10am to 9pm at the promenade mall Hunter’s Pumpkin Patch is a great time for everyone.  They have a huge inflatable slide that you can’t miss and there is so much more… tractor rides, petting zoo, hay maze and inflatables.  And of course, there are lots of pumpkins.

Big Horse Corn Maze and Harvest Festival – 33320 Temecula Pkwy, Temecula

Big Horse Feed and Mercantile offers a one of a kind experience with an 11 acre corn maze – one of the only corn mazes in Southern California.  This weekend, you can take the kids for pony rides, jump in the “corn box” or try pumpkin bowling.  Open weekdays from 1-5 and weekends from 10-4.  Check the Big Horse Corn Maze website for details.

Want some tips on carving a pumpkin?  These are pretty easy instructions to follow.

Happy Halloween!

 

 

Dog-Friendly Eateries And Parks In And Around Canyon Lake

By Elle | Featured

dog friendly in canyon lake Have you ever wanted to take your dog out with you, but didn’t know if your destination(s) would be dog-friendly or not?  Have you ever wondered if there were any dog parks nearby or if there were any coffee-shops that allowed dogs on the premises or at the least, around their patio areas? Well, here’s a list of dog-friendly eateries/coffee shops and dog parks that we’ve put together covering Canyon Lake and the surrounding areas.  We’ll be posting a more detailed list of dog-friendly restaurants at a future date.

Keep in mind that your dog(s) should be well-mannered for the safety of others….and of course, yours, too.

Though these places are considered “dog-friendly”, it’s always a good idea to bring water, snacks for the pup(s) and perhaps, a collapsable drinking bowl with you. Additionally, always bring a leash regardless of a no-leash notation.

Canyon Lake:

  • Sports Stop Pub & Grill (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Canyon Lake has four parks that allow leash-only dogs on the grounds. They are:
    • Eastport Park, Emerald Park, Harrelson Park and Lions Park. Though all four are regulated to leashed dogs only, Eastport Park is in the planning stages to eventually have a fenced-in, no-leash section for dogs to run and play in. Bookmark this post for future updates.

Canyon Hills:

  • Grapes and Tomatoes (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Baskin-Robbins (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Hana Sushi of Canyon Lake (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Canyon Hills Dog Park (unleashed dogs are invited to play in designated fenced-in areas. There are separate sections for large and small dogs.)

 Lake Elsinore:

  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio table area only). Sometimes, they even put out a doggy water bowl for the visiting pups!
  • Starbucks on Grape Street (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio area only). Sometimes, if you go through drive-through and they see you have a pup in the car, they’ll give you some doggy treats!
  • Hell’s Kitchen (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio area only)
  • Morgan Trail is a moderately easy, 6 mile hike in Cleveland National Forest that will take 2.5 hours to complete. Leashed dogs are allowed on this hiking trail.
  • San Juan Loop Trail is a 2 mile hike in Cleveland National Forest which would take an hour to complete. Leashed dogs are allowed on this hiking trail.
  • There are three Lake Elsinore City Parks that have designated unleashed dog areas.
    • Canyon Hills Community Park, Mc Vickers Pak and Rosetta Canyon Community Park.

Menifee:

  • Countryside Marketplace Outdoor Eating Area ~ Chipotle, Panda Express, Subway, Starbucks, Trio BBQ (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio area only)
  • The Breakfast Club (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio area only)
  • Aldergate Park has a huge no-leash dog play area.  Here’s a Youtube video we found (filmed in 2011) that shows some furry pups playing at Aldergate.
  • Menifee Dog Park – Dogs are allowed to play off-leash in designated areas. The park is located near Newport and Murrieta Road

Corona:

  • The Shops at Dog Lagos is a dog-friendly outdoor mall.  Up to 30 stores allow dogs inside (as long as they are leashed).  These shops will have stickers indicating so on their windows.  Leashed, well-mannered dogs are also welcome in the common areas.
  • Dairyland Dog Park (unleashed dogs are invited to play in designated fenced-in areas).  Nearby restrooms, picnic tables, water features.
  • Harada Heritage Dog Park (unleashed dogs are invited to play in designated fenced-in area with separate section for smaller pets)
  • Dog Park at Butterfield Stage Trail (unleashed dogs are invited to play in designated fenced-in area)
  • Parkview Meadows Dog Park (unleashed dogs are invited to play in designated fenced-in area)dog ready to eat

Murrieta:

  • HoneyCutt Farms (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Torrey Pines Park (unleashed dogs are invited to play in designated fenced-in area)
  • JC Pooch Park (unleashed dogs are invited to play in designated fenced-in area)
  • Fisherman’s Camp Trail is a moderately easy 6.5 mile hike in Cleveland National Forest 3.5 hours to complete. covering 38,000 acres; it is the largest in the forest.  Leashed dogs are allowed on this hiking trail.
  • Santa Rosa Plateau’s Sylvan Meadows Multi-Use area allows leashed dogs, horses and mountain bikes along the North side of Clinton Keith Road.  In addition to entrance fee, there is a $1 charge for each pet.

Wildomar:

  • Teak Woods Bar and Grill  (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)

Temecula:

  • Bailey’s Winery (allows leashed dogs in the tasting room)
  • Churon Winery (allows leashed dogs in the tasting room and outdoor areas.  The Inn does not allow dogs)
  • Oak Mountain Winery (allows leashed dogs in the tasting room and outdoor areas)
  • Frangpani Winery (allows leashed dogs in the tasting room, outdoor areas and lower picnic area)
  • Miramonte Winery (allows leashed dogs in the tasting room and outdoor areas)
  • Hart Winery  (leashed dogs are welcome)
  • Palumbo Family Vineyards  (leashed dogs are welcome)
  • Dog Park Cafe (Restaurant for dogs – people bring their own food.  Pet supplies and groomer on the premises as well)
  • Front Street Bar and Grill  (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Bushfire Grill  (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Gershon Bachus Vintners offers seated wine tastings. (leashed dogs are welcome)
  • Temecula Hills Winery (leashed are dogs welcome)
  • Temecula Dog Exercise Area (unleashed dog park includes plenty of room for dog owners to relax while pets romp and play)
  • Carol’s (Sundays Only – leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor dining area)
  • Marie Callendar’s (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Lazy Dog Cafe  (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Redhawk Dog Park at Redhawk Community Park  (unleashed dogs are invited to play in designated fenced-in area)

NOTE:  Please feel free to contact any of these locations to gather details on their dog-friendly status before you make a visit ~ just to make sure they meet your expectations!  We also recommend checking out reviews on Yelp, too; so you’ll hear what other dog-lovers have to say about these dog-friendly places!.

If we missed a dog-friendly locale, please let us know below and we’ll add it to the list!  Thanks so much for visiting!

It’s Summer Grilling Season in Canyon Lake

By CanyonLakeSoCal | Featured

Memorial Day weekend usually marks the beginning of the summer BBQ season and it’s no different here in Canyon Lake.  It’s been a busy weekend with the Annual Canyon Lake Fiesta Day parade and activities the last few days.  Boaters are out in force and it definitely feels like summer.  If you plan to get together with family and friends to fire up the barbie, here’s a few surefire recipe suggestions that will impress even the gourmet critics at the table.

Burgers

Memorial day bbq in canyon lakeAhhh, the traditional hamburger.  Nothing says holiday BBQ like a hamburger, but this year why not dress up the old burger with more than ketchup and mustard.  Try one of these Top 10 Burger Recipes from Taste of Home.  Their top ten includes Taco Burgers, Paul Bunyan Burgers, Terrific Teriyaki Burgers and good ol’ BBQ Bacon Burgers.  There is sure to be something to please everyone at the table with this comprehensive list of top burgers.

Steak

grilled steak on the bbq in canyon lakeLooking for something a little fancier.  How about this Grilled Garlic Citrus Flank Steak recipe with marinade from the folks over at Spark Recipes?  This hearty and healthy steak recipe is great because flank steak is a lean, affordable and flavorful cut of beef  It’s a little tough sometimes though, so marinating is a great option to get good flavor and a more tender texture.  Make your marinade in the morning following the recipe and by afternoon, you’ll have the perfect steak.

Chicken

How about the Ultimate Barbecued Chicken Recipe?  It’s a big claim, but one that the folks over at Food Network stand behind.  This one takes a little more time and a few more ingredients and the cooking is done in the oven instead of the grill, but if you want unbelievably good BBQ chicken, it’s what you gotta do.

Portobello Mushroom Burger

portobello mushroom burgers in canyon lakeWant a little less meat but all the flavor?  How about picking up some beautiful big Portobello mushrooms at the store and grillin’ them up for a more vegetarian option?  The folks over at DadCooksDinner.com offer up their best Portobello Mushroom Burger with Grilled Onions for your approval.   Portobellos are known to be high in antioxidants and vitamin D and they make delicious and filling burgers.  Follow the instructions carefully on this one because the trick with Portobellos is to cook them just right.

Shrimp Pesto Pizza

This has become one of our favorites every summer and we actually cook it on the gas grill.  It’s easy and fast and filling.

JB’s BBQ Shrimp Pesto Pizza

  • 1 Boboli Ready Made Pizza Crust
  • 16 oz. Pesto sauce or Sun Dried Tomato Pesto (usually found in the deli or dairy section)
  • 1 lb. pre cooked shrimp – I like to buy raw and throw them on the grill with some Old Bay Seasoning to get them partially cooked and then stick them on the pizza
  • 1 cup of cheese of your choice – mozzarella is good but so is Mexican cheese blend, parmesan works too
  • 1/2 thin sliced onion
  • Handful of cilantro

Spread the sauce, and throw on all the ingredients.  Here’s the trick,: get the BBQ as hot as possible like a pizza oven.  On a gas grill, 400+ degrees is optimal.  Just throw the pizza on the grilling rack or a pizza stone if you use one.  It only takes about 5-10 minutes to cook at this temperature.  If you put it directly on the rack, just make sure to keep the flame low and to turn it often so you don’t burn your crust.  Serve and enjoy!

Shrimp Pizza

So after you pay tribute this Memorial Day or come back from a day of fun on the lake, give one of these great recipes a try.  Happy Memorial Day!

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