As I’ve said before, when I think of cookouts, I think of tradition, family and fabulous food.
I simply adore the idea of gathering those I love to relish in a moment, indulge in good food and make memories to cherish for a lifetime.
And that’s exactly what we enjoyed this past weekend.
I decided to set the scene with my great-grandmother’s antique blue Transferware dishes. There’s just something so comforting and personal about entertaining with items that have been passed down from one generation to the next.
So simple and elegant.
Fresh cut lilacs from the yard made for lovely and fragrant centerpieces.
Some fresh appetizers kept everyone busy while the main meal was being prepared and My Yanni was getting the grill ready to go.
Family mingled and reveled in the day.
Aunt Marcey and Sweet Cheeks enjoyed many a moment together.
We relaxed as my youngest entertained us with her own rendition of “There She Goes” by the La’s (she’s an alternative music lover, I raised my girl right).
There’s just something so medicinal about an acoustic guitar.
Meanwhile My Yanni prepared the flank steak for the grill.
For as long as I can remember, a delicious flank steak has been the backbone of our family cookouts. I can still feel the sting of the sun on my cheeks and the crunchy dried chlorine in my hair as I peddled my bicycle home from the pool as fast as I could to enjoy our family summer cookouts.
My Yanni prepared a delicious French marinade that we all loved!
These are the ingredients,
Herbs De Provence, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, red wine, olive oil and garlic.
I on the other hand was slaving away in the kitchen.
I prepared the savory, smokey, delicious baked beans.
This is my secret…
I opened a can of Bush’s Grillin’ Smokehouse Traditional baked beans…
poured them in a pot…
Heated them and poured them into one of my great-grandmother’s gorgeous antique bowls.
Voila! That’s all there is to it.
My Yanni grilled the flank steaks to perfection.
Would you just look at all of that gorgeous food?
The flank steak was so melt-in-your-mouth-tender and juicy.
It paired beautifully with the smoky flavor of the beans and the crunch of the salad.
Once grace was said, we just couldn’t dig in without giving a traditional lemonade toast.
As I glanced around the table smiles where spreading amongst the guests…
as they enjoyed the fabulous food,
and the many faces of Uncle George.
Magical moments where captured as Nana gazed upon…
and more sweet melodies were served up,
along side the strawberry shortcake.
It was indeed a day full of indulging in fabulous food, enjoying all that family has to offer and relishing in the traditions that make memories to last a lifetime.
Make sure you enter the Grillin’ Kit Giveaway below!
Happy Grilling to you & yours!
Here is the scrumptious flank steak recipe:
French Marinated Flank Steak
1-2 pounds flank steak
1/2 cup Bordeaux wine
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons Herbs De Provence
2 garlic cloves- crushed
1 teaspoon salt & pepper
Here’s what to do:
First grab a fork and poke some holes all over the flank steak. This will help all of the yummy marinade absorb into the meat.
Place steak into a large plastic storage bag, add all marinade ingredients. Make sure bag is completely sealed, then squeeze and massage the bag until all ingredients are incorporated and the meat is thoroughly covered. Let meat marinate in refrigerator for at least two hours or overnight.
Grill steak on medium heat about ten minutes on each side to desired temp. Cover steak with aluminum foil and let rest, thinly slice across the grain.
Now don’t go anywhere…
Don’t forget to enter the fabulous giveaway for the Grillin’ Kit below.
Bush’s Grillin’ Beans Grilling Kit includes:
- Emile Henry Dutch Oven
- Rosle Barbecue Tools
- Bush’s Apron, Can Opener, and Grillin’ Beans
- $50 Visa Gift Card
To enter the giveaway just leave me a comment below answering this question:
What’s your favorite cookout memory?
This giveaway begins today and runs until Monday, May 30, 2011 at midnight EST and is open to all U.S. residents. One winner will be randomly selected and announced sometime on Tuesday May 31, 2011 EST. Please make sure to leave a valid email address so that we can notify you about prize details!
Disclamer: The cookout and giveaway are in partnership with Bush’s Beans. However my opinions, thoughts and photos are 100% my own.