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Spicy Brat-Kabobs

Last Saturday My Yanni and I hosted a tailgate at home to cheer on the Buckeyes on as played (and beat) Illinois. It was a splendid sunny day despite the crazy winds and we all had a ball eating, cheering & chatting and eating some more.

I mean what’s game day without delicious food after all?

I spent the morning setting the scene with some festive and easy DIY decorations  while My Yanni also known as My Grillmaster, got busy preparing the food for the grill. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to tailgating, whether I’m at home or at the stadium, I like great food without the fuss. So that’s exactly what we did, made great food that came together in no time flat.

We served Spicy Brat-Kabobs that were as simple to put together as they were delish.

All you need are spicy Brats, red peppers and onion. We decided to use red & white to keep the theme of the buckeye colors but you could use any peppers or veggies that you fancy.

My Grillmaster used one brat per kabob, cut into five pieces and alternated a piece of brat-pepper-onion-brat, for a yummy and eye pleasing ratio of veggies and meat.

What can I say, he’s an a Renaissance man. That’s why I love him so much.

Make sure to cut the peppers and onion the same diameter as the brat so that they will cook evenly. We used wooden and metal skewers (if using wooden make sure to soak them for at least an hour before using to ensure that they don’t catch on fire.)

And that’s it for the prep. Now that’s what I call no fuss.

Once your brat-kabobs are assembled it’s time for the grilling. Grill the kabobs for about 30 minutes, turning occasionally, until cooked through.

While the kabobs were grilling, I got busy preparing the side.

*wink*

We served Bush’s Country Style Baked Beans.

The Bush’s® Country Style baked beans are slow-cooked with extra brown sugar, in true country fashion, and infused with the robust taste of hickory smoked bacon.

Which meant that all I had to do was open the can and heat the beans.

I’d say that keeps with my theme of great food and no fuss, wouldn’t you?

Just look at that gorgeous piece of hickory smoked bacon. Um…yum.

The Country Style paired perfectly with the spicy brat-kabobs.

It’s a game day dream.

Stress-free & delicious. This is my kind of tailgating.

Which left plenty of time for what’s really important….enjoying good company and…oh yeah, watching some football too!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you’ll come back for the succulent Greek Fetish Burgers and a fun giveaway from Bush’s Beans!

Happy Tailgating!

~ Wenderly

Disclamer: The tailgate and giveaway are in partnership with Bush’s Beans. However my opinions, thoughts and photos are 100% my own.

Spicy Brat-Kabobs

Makes 12    Cook Time: 30 minutes

What You’ll Need:

12 Spicy Bratwurst Sausage
3  red peppers
2   large sweet onion
12 metal or wooden skewers

What To Do: 

Cut each bratwurst into 4-5 pieces. Clean red peppers and onion, cut into square pieces the same diameter as the brats to ensure that they will cook evenly.

To Assemble:

You’ll use one bratwurst per skewer. Start with the end piece and assemble end-to-end placing a piece of onion and pepper between each until you’ve used all of the pieces.

Place kabobs over medium-high heat and cook, turning occasionally, for 30 minutes or until brats are cooked through.

ENJOY!

 

  

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Gameday Tailgate Tips

Fall and football make the perfect combination, don’t they?

The brillant blue skies and the crisp Autumn air make a stunning backdrop for tailgating and game watching.

All of my senses come alive. The colors just seem to pop, the celebratory cheering of the crowds seems to cut through the cool air for miles and the food smells exceptionally fabulous as it sizzles away on the grill.

Oh yeah…and then there’s the football part…

Ahem.

Ohio State football has been an important part of my family for as long as I can remember. And for as long as I can remember I have, well, um, to be honest, gravitated more towards the tailgating and entertaining side of the sport.

That is kind of a sport, right?

The funny part is, my dad actually played football for Ohio State under Woody Hayes. First string linebacker #60 to be exact.

Now I did try to embrace the sport when I was younger. I came up with the idea to be a water girl for my high school football team as a way to show hommage to the sport. While it was exciting and had it’s obvious perks, it was just too stinky and sweaty and I soon found myself back in the stands with my friends putting lip gloss on waiting eagerly for the social that would follow. What can I say? I tried.

A few weeks ago my dad was invited, with other alumni football players, to come back and form the tunnel at the beginning of the first OSU game. He was actually able to get tickets for the whole family and I’ve got to say it was a spectacular experience.

(My daddy is the one in the middle, between 2 legendary fellow teammates.)

We had front row seats and I must admit that I was totally enthralled in the game, caught up in the cheering and screaming and jumping out of my seat like all of the other hardcore fans.

Especially when they made a homerun…I mean touchdown.

Snort. I couldn’t resist. *Hi Daddy*

 

All joking aside, it was truly a magical day as we watched the Buckeyes beat Akron, one that we will all cherish for years to come.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a tailgate party, sponsored by Bush’s® Beans, in the comforts of my own home as we watched the Buckeyes beat Illinois. I had so much fun getting ready for friends to come over to share a relaxing afternoon of eating and fun. Oh, and football too.

Here are a few entertaining tips for a stress-free tailgating experience that can be used at home or in the parking lot.

Decorations need to be simple & festive.

I’m a big fan of paper napkin banners. I use them for everything! They are perfect for game day as they are easy and inexpensive to make. It’s an instant darling decoration.

My next tip…organization is key. I like to use a condiment caddy. I put one together using an antique milk carrier but you could use anything- a basket or even a deep tray.

The condiment caddy holds all of the essentials in one handy place. Napkins, utensils, condiments and cups are all easily carried and contained.

I find it handy to tie a sharpie marker onto the side of my caddy so that guests can claim their cup by writing their name on it!

And speaking of drinks, check out this handy tip that My Yanni enlightened me with! Mix about 1/4 cup iodized salt with about a of cup of water and pour it into your tub filled with ice to chill your drinks in about  half the time! I kid you not. My Yanni saw this on Myth Busters episode #29.

Our Root Beer, Cola and waters were frosty in no time flat.

Another simple time saver tip is to tie a bottle opener onto the handle of the drink tub.

That way nobody ever has to go looking for it and I always know that it won’t get lost. It’s a win, win.

See how easy it can be to entertain without stress and fuss?

And guess what? The food was as easy as the entertaining! We served Spicy Italian Brat-Kabobs and Greek Fetish Burgers alongside tasty Bush’s Baked Beans.

I’d like to say a big thank you to the kind folks at Bush’s Baked Beans for sponsoring our tailgate!

It was a perfect day. I was relaxed which meant My Yanni was relaxed and in turn we got to enjoy our guests, the food and the game. Hope you’ll stop back for the delicious recipes and a fabulous Bush’s Beans giveaway!

~Wenderly

Disclamer: The tailgate and giveaway are in partnership with Bush’s Beans. However my opinions, thoughts and photos are 100% my own.

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We Have a Bush’s Beans Grillin’ Kit Winner!

 

 

We have a winner folks!

But before I announce who the lucky duck is, I’d like to thank everyone who left me a favorite cookout memory! I cannot tell you how I much I enjoyed reading the fun and sentimental stories that you all so eloquently shared! I must admit that I shed a tear or two! Cookouts are definitely a memory making occasion indeed!

So now,

without further adieu,

the lucky winner of the Bush’s Grillin’ Kit & $50 Visa gift card and this gorgeous Emile Henry dutch oven is…

Gina who said…

My favorite cook-out memory was 4th of July’s at my Nana & Papa’s house with cousins, aunts & uncles all pitching in, ribs and chicken and burgers, potato salads, deviled eggs, pies and more. After the massive meal my uncles would light fire crackers in the street in the front of the house.”

Congratulations Gina! I will be contacting you about your prize details!

Thanks again for joining in the fun all!

Now go get YOUR grill on and make some delicious memories to enjoy for a lifetime!

Wenderly

Disclamer: The cookout and giveaway are in partnership with Bush’s Beans. However my opinions, thoughts and photos are 100% my own.

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Bringing Family Together with Bush’s Beans & French Marinated Flank Steak

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,

phenomenal company,

and the many faces of Uncle George.

Magical moments where captured as Nana gazed upon…

her granddaughters,

 

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!

Wenderly

Here is the scrumptious flank steak recipe:

French Marinated Flank Steak
serves 6-8

1-2 pounds flank steak

Marinade:
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.

Enjoy!

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.

 


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Getting Ready For Some Thrillin’ Grillin’

Since I taunted you in my last post about summer’s sweet whispers and the medicinal hum of air conditioners the weather in suburbia has taken a turn. And by turn I mean a serious nose dive into 40 degree temperatures, rain and the furnace being fired back up.

But that hasn’t dampened grillin’ my spirits, nooo siree Bobby.

Nothing can hold me back from a fantabulous cookout. Not even Mother Nature. Weather on our side or not, we will indeed be firing up the grill this weekend for our Summer Kick-Off Cookout!

I’ve bean (sorry couldn’t help myself) busy sampling all of the delish Grillin’ Beans and have decided on Smokehouse Tradition to accompany my French Provencal marinated flank steak.

And guess what? I’ve received my gorgeous Bush’s® Beans Grillin’ kit. And oh my do the folks at Bush’s Beans know how to throw a party.

They have so generously put together a grillin’ kit that includes a beautiful dutch oven by Emile Henry.

This lovely dutch oven can be used on the grill by the way! How cool is that?

The kit also includes these wonderful grilling essentials…

as well as a darling can opener that comes in very handy when opening a can (or many cans) of Bush’s Grillin’ Beans ( just sayin).

And if that isn’t enough to put a smile of your face, there is a $50 Visa gift card included in this fabulous grillin’ kit!

Are you smiling now? I sure hope so!

Be sure to stay tuned because next week I’ll be sharing all the delicious fun we had grilling, eating (perhaps even singing) and you’ll get a chance to throw your hat in the ring to win one of these fabulous grillin’ kits that Bush’s is so generously providing!

Until then I’ll be busy doing my cold-rain-go-away-sun-will-come-out dance while setting the table with my favorite antique blue transferware dishes and fresh flowers.

Not all at the same time of course.

Happy Grilling!

Wenderly

Disclamer: The cookout and giveaway are in partnership with Bush’s Beans. However my opinions, thoughts and photos are 100% my own.

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Summer Kick-Off Cookout with Bush’s Grillin’ Beans

Summer is almost here.

The intoxicating aroma of fresh cut grass is filling the air…

the gentle hum of air conditioners accompany the joyful songbirds chatter…

and my Grill Master is ready to… get his grill on.

Summer and grilling just seem to go hand and hand, don’t they?

I’ve been invited to join with Bush’s® Grillin’ Beans to host a summer kick-off cookout (say that 3 times fast) and you’re invited to enjoy the fun! I am so excited to show you how simple it is to throw a delicious cookout Wenderly style, especially when you’ve got Bush’s Grillin’ Beans at your finger tips!

When I think of cookouts, I think of tradition, family and fabulous food and that’s exactly what I plan on serving up! I’m still working on the specific details of my meal but I can tell you that after tapping into my fondest childhood memories a fabulous flank steak will be on the menu!

And guess what? There’s more…the kind folks at Bush’s Beans are providing a beautiful cookout kit for me to giveaway to one very luck reader! And trust me, you don’t want to miss it! I’ll be giving you all the delicious details about the cookout and giveaway in the near future, so be sure to stop back!

Until then, let all of your senses be tantalized by the sweet promises of summer…

And get ready to Get Your Grill On!

Wenderly

Disclaimer: The cookout and giveaway are in partnership with Bush’s Grillin’ Beans.