Monthly Archives: June 2012

Beef tenderloin, it’s what’s for dinner.

Mrs. Shoo the other day brought home a 3lb beef tenderloin home. Other than it was on sale, she had no other reason. It was a huge piece of beef that really perplexed this occasional steaks, dogs, and burgers griller. In the words of Barney from HIMYM, “Challenge accepted.”

Like any man in the modern age, I went straight pass the cookbook for the iPad to Google “grill beef tenderloin.” First link I hit was golden.

Getting started, I think my cut was ‘discounted’ because it wasn’t the best cut of tenderloin or at least the prettiest. (No doubt the end result tasted delightful) Everything else on the net shows the tenderloin cut as a long “tube.” I managed to make it work though.


The first thing to go is the fat on the the outside. This is a really tender low fat cut of beef.


Some handy work of the knife. I cut the meat in half and bound it together with twine. This way the meat will cook evenly.


There are a ton of different rubs you make and put together, but I went with Weber Chicago Steak seasoning. A light dash adds quite a bit of flavor.  Because all of the fat has been removed, you’ll want to lightly coat the exterior with vegetable oil before placing on the grill.

While the grill was warming up I made a salad and cut up some zucchinis.


All from the farmer’s market.


When grilling, the tenderloin will need to be cooked in indirect heat. So coals on one side, meat on the other. My meat thermometer wasn’t working, but I’ve cooked enough steaks to have a good idea when meat has reached medium. Also the blog post up above said to shoot for 20-25 minutes. It was right on.

To give the tenderloin a good tasting exterior, it should be seared 1-2 minutes over the hot coals. Depending on what you read, some say to do before roasting others say to do before removing from the grill. I seared before I took it off the grill.

In the rush of trying to get everything put together my photo of the first cut was totally blurry. You’ll have to deal with my Instagram photo from up above. But I can tell you that this is an excellent dish.



Dear Grayson – 8 Months

Dear Grayson,

You’re almost 8 months old. Incredible to think a year ago you were just this “bug” inside your mommy’s belly. We were full of anticipation and wonder to see what you’d be like. Little boy, you’ve turned our world upside down. In a good way of course.


You smile all the time. This weekend were in Franklin, Tn, visiting your Uncle Sean. We dropped mom off at a local yarn store, which is the worst place we could leave her by herself, and we went to REI to peruse the bikes and outdoor sports gear. While checking out, the cashier noted that you were the happiest baby she’d ever seen. I let her know that your only bad times are when you’re hungry or tired.

After, we stopped to tear mom from the hanks of yarn. She had made friends with the local Knitties and had talked you up. You were smiling, laughing, and jumping up and down in my arms at the Knitties. One lady noted your blond hair and long eye lashes. Mom and dad made a pretty cute kid.

I handed you off to one of the Knitties. You just made her day with giggles and laughs. So far you know no stranger.

The schwag, or #yarnporn for @soozyknits

Mom’s stash from the trip


You are my little guy. As dad, I specialize in bath time. We gave mom a shot at it, but there are just some things dad does well. Mom beats dad out in a lot of other things. But that’s why you have two great parents.

This week you learned that you could crawl in the bath tub. Previously when you tried to get down on all fours, you would slip up and end up taking a mouthful of bath water. But this week you’ve discovered it’s not a problem. Bath time is now play time, crawling up and down the tub, splashing with your hands, and plopping down on your butt from the side of the tub. It’s amazing that I get you clean.


Boy does your mom love you. We’ve been lucky enough that mom has been able to take a leave of absence from her job so she could be with you most of your first year. It’s one of the best things we could do for you.

You’re growing so fast. It’s amazing.