Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day Feast!

Father’s Day Feast!

My husband and I are feeling like lucky ducks indeed. We had a wonderful Father’s Day Feast out on the deck this evening and enjoyed gifts that were given to both of us! We enjoyed a wonderful Montagne-Saint–Emilion given to me by a colleague as part of my retirement send-off. The wine guy told my friend to be sure the recipient would allow this wine to breathe a bit so I dutifully decanted it and I have to say it was tres magnifique!!

A few days ago our thoughtful son and future daughter-in-law sent us a bounty of frozen goodies—steaks, burgers, chicken, potatoes! We decided to go for the gorgeous sirloins for Father’s Day.

I had seen a wonderful marinade for steak the other day on the Splendid Table E-Newsletter I get on Wednesdays and decided to go for a really simple dinner of perfectly grilled sirloins and salad. It was splendid indeed—the wine was perfect, the steaks were perfect and we celebrated having such kind and loving family and friends!

The wine:

Château Tour Bayard

It really does like to breathe as it got better and better! YUM!


1 ½ tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp sweet paprika
2 tsp dried basil
3 Tbsp vodka
2 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp olive oil
4 large garlic cloves, minced

Put all in food processor and blend. Pour over meat and marinate at least 30 minutes

We had 5 oz. sirloins and we like medium rare—so these cooked fast—like 2 minutes and then another two on the other side and then I covered them with foil and let them rest for five minutes. You’ll need to vary this depending on the size of your steaks and your preference.

The Salad:

Mixed greens
Vidalia onion sliced
A jar of quartered artichoke hearts
Feta cheese
Balsamic dressing (I used Paul Newman’s)


  1. Wish we were there to celebrate and help eat all that M-E-A-T! Did you guys get burgers as well? You were supposed to. I hope they didn't substitute burgers with KNIVES! Makes my mouth water looking at all the pictures.