the purrfect manhattan | skirt steak with chimichurri sauce

it’s friday gang!  time to take a deep breath and relax.  finally.  per usual, i’ve got a wonderful recipe and cocktail for you.  a perfect manhattan paired with a skirt steak with chimichurri sauce.  one of my daughter in-law’s, kelly’s, favorites.  you’re going to love it.

it’s been another big week on the blog.  we’ve rolled out a new series on YouTubefriday fives.  every friday, i’ll be showcasing my 5 favorite items that week.  this week, i’ve picked out 5 essential lipsticks for you.  make sure to watch the video below. 

we’ve talked a lot about self-care, change, and growth this week.  today, i want to shift gears, just a bit, and talk about the constants in our lives—the bedrocks.  for me, that’s family.  as you all know, i’ve got three kiddos and a daughter-in-law.  and they mean the world to me.  amidst all the change that’s going on in my life, they serve as a constant reminder of what’s important, and who is always there for me.  

and family isn’t always easy.  it can be a bit messy (or a lot bit).  but it’s worth it.  when the grounds seem to be shifting around us, there’s nothing better than being able to call and confide in those that know and love us best.  and really, what’s better than sitting around the table, cocktails in hand, with sharing a lifetime of family stories on a friday night. 

outfit of the day 

fridays are always about contempo-casual, which is just to say “comfort”.  i get a lot of questions from readers about what i wear when i’m “bumming around the house”.  today’s outfit of the day is a perfect example.  fall’s finally broke here (for real), so i’ve got a beautiful, oversized, cocoon sweater from Talbots.  i’ve paired it with a comfy but classy pleated, silk blouse.  (you can find simile ones here and here.) 

sweater (Talbots)similar blouse 1 | similar blouse 2 | similar camo pants 1 | similar camo pants 2 | driving mocs | similar belt



camo is always in, and this year is no exception.  you can grab similar pants here and here.  pair the whole outfit with a pair of driving mocs, and you’ve got the perfect outfit for lounging around the house or running errands.  

tablescape: modern fall twist  

this month, i’ve shown you several variations on a fall harvest tablescape.  (see here and here.)  i’m continuing with that theme today, only with a modern twist.  i’ve kept with pumpkins (but see also pumpkins 2 and pumpkins), but swapped out my place mates and napkins.  i keep the spirit of fall with plaid, but introduce just a touch of modern flare with black and white. 

plates (Macy’s)glasses (Macy’s)place mates (Pier 1)napkins (Pier 1) | pumpkins 1pumpkins 2 | pumpkins 3

entree: skirt steak with chimichurri sauce

one of kelly’s go-to recipes for entertaining a dinner crowd is skirt steak with chimichurri sauce.  skirt steak is a cheap cut of meat that packs a big punch when cooked on the rarer side and paired with chimichurri.  broil it or grill it, you can’t go wrong.

Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
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  1. 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak
  2. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  3. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1 garlic clove
  5. 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
  6. 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  7. 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
  8. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  9. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  10. 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  11. 1 1/2 teaspoons drained capers
  1. Let steak stand 30 minutes at room temperature. Sprinkle steak with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and salt.
  2. Preheat grill to high heat.
  3. Place garlic in food processor; process until minced. Add parsley, cilantro, and mint; process until coarsely chopped. Add oil, next 3 ingredients (through capers), and remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper; process until finely chopped.
  4. Place steak on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill 2 minutes; turn steak over. Grill 2 to 3 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut steak across grain into thin slices. Serve with sauce.

cocktail: the perfect manhattan

over the past few weeks, so many of you have wondered what happened to Ollie.  well, here she is.  her and Oscar are doing purrfect, and are here to share my cocktail pick of the week:  the perfect manhattan.  

if you’re a whiskey-rye-bourbon fan, then you’re going to love this pick.  this family of liquors pairs perfectly with steak.  

cocktail shaker (Pottery Barn)coupe glasses (Williams Sonoma)


Perfect Manhattan
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  1. 2 OZ Rye
  2. .75 OZ Dry Vermouth
  3. .75 OZ Sweet Vermouth
  4. 2 dashes orange bitters
  5. 1 dash Angostura bitters
  6. Branded Cherry, for garnish
  1. Add all ingredients save for the garnish to a mixing glass with ice and stir until cold.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass, and garnish with a brandied cherry.

alright, gang!  that’s a wrap.  the weekend is here.  Oscar, Ollie, and I all wish you a wonderful one.  for those of you that haven’t left a comment for me this week, make sure to say “hi” below.  we here at a Style at a Certain Age love nothing more to hear what’s going on in your world, even if we can’t respond to all of the comments.  after all, you all are our extended virtual family.  and there’s nothing more important than family. 

sweater (Talbots)similar blouse 1 | similar blouse 2 | similar camo pants 1 | similar camo pants 2 | driving mocs | similar belt




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  1. Cindy D. wrote:

    Beth, I do love a good Manhattan cocktail. Have never made chimichurri though. Not cool enough in SW FL to drink a little bourbon but, when it is, will be trying these recipes.

    Posted 10.18.19
  2. Trisha Lee Eldredge wrote:

    Love the recipes! Thanks for the update on Ollie. I’ve worried that for some reason Oscar had become an only child, a lonely one at that.

    Posted 10.18.19
  3. carolyn wrote:

    Oh My, as soon as I sent you the email saying I couldn’t see any pictures, everything popped up!! It was obviously my computer>

    Posted 10.18.19
    • So sorry for the technical difficulties! They should be resolved now. Let me know if you have any more troubles.

      Posted 10.18.19
  4. Joanne wrote:

    Instead of saying “cheap” cut of meat say “moderately” priced. When I sold women’s clothes I always used that word so I didn’t make the person buying inexpensive clothes feel bad. Have a great Friday Beth, Oscar and Ollie

    Posted 10.18.19
  5. Cathy wrote:

    That was one of my son’s wedding reception entrees! The guests LOVED it.

    Where did you get those tall candlesticks on the hearth in the 2nd and 4th pictures?

    Posted 10.18.19
  6. Martha Williams wrote:

    Love your Blog, Have a wonderful weekend.

    Posted 10.18.19
    • Susan Stokes wrote:

      Hi Beth, hello from the UK. Just watched your Friday fives on lipsticks, loved it. I always enjoy your stylish outfits on your blog and love hearing about Oscar and Ollie. Best wishes, Susan

      Posted 10.19.19
  7. Becky Harter wrote:

    Always a pleasure to see the handsome Oscar & the beautiful Ollie. My weekend includes a mini family reunion.

    Posted 10.18.19
  8. jacinthe briere wrote:

    bon weekend Beth

    Posted 10.18.19
  9. Sherry West wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    Just to drop in and say Hello from Tuscaloosa Alabama. Roll Tide! 😊
    I sure do enjoy reading your post and especially “Friday with Oscar” my favorite.
    So glad to see that your family are with you, supporting you and doing a wonderful job.
    Wishing you a great weekend 😊


    Posted 10.18.19
  10. Marilyn wrote:

    Hi Beth, I’m a huge fan of a great Manhattan. Have all ingredients but the orange bitters. Dashing out now to buy a bottle so I can fix your Perfect Manhattan this evening. Have a lovely weekend.

    Posted 10.18.19
  11. Julie Mycock wrote:

    Hi Beth, love the outfit, very similar to what I wear myself when around the house all day, it’s nice to be comfortable. The recipe looks lovely. Nice to see Ollie too. We moved into our new home September 2nd we have friends coming for coffee and cake Saturday afternoon.
    You all have a great weekend xoxo Julie from England

    Posted 10.18.19
  12. Betty (SC) wrote:

    Wow! I am crushing on your cozy outfit Beth! Still looking ever so stylish in your camo! Love seeing the 4-legged members of your family! Yummy looking recipes! What a lovely autumn table! Can’t get enough of plaid! It’s going to be a restful weekend here, enjoying our football games on the big screen . 😊🏈📺

    Posted 10.18.19
  13. Cyndi wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    This is great weather to enjoy a steak and cocktail in your cute and comfy clothes.

    Posted 10.18.19
  14. Lisa L Dickerson wrote:

    I look forward to your Friday posts. Everything you do is fantastic!, love, love the You Tube videos. I think I have found some new shades of lip-wear to try.

    Posted 10.18.19
  15. Kerri Derbyshire wrote:

    Hi Beth I enjoy your blog and fashion insights although I don’t have much opportunity to dress up I’ live a more casual lifestyle and no longer work. I am amazed how you have kept going after the loss of your beloved husband. I also lost my husband of 44 years in late July and some days I feel a complete mess. Thanks for sharing and don’t work too hard. Kind regards Kerri

    Posted 10.18.19
  16. Marilyn wrote:

    Just love to end my day by reading your posts.
    All through the day I read and/or delete email. But I save and savor styleatacertainage at the end of my usually very busy day!
    Keep up the wonderful work!

    Posted 10.18.19
  17. Mary wrote:

    Hi Beth! I enjoyed watching your first Friday Fives video. Did I miss the name of the Tom Ford lipstick? I’d love to know the name as pink/purple shades are one of my faves.

    Posted 10.19.19
  18. Patricia O’Leary wrote:

    Just wanted to help you out with a small tip. It is not “her and Oscar,” but “she and Oscar.” With so much writing I know it is difficult to keep with the proper English.

    Posted 10.19.19
  19. adeliza wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    love your Friday with Oscar and Ollie always. I do have a German Shepard Rex and cat name Flicka too. They make my weekend so relaxing. Love the lipstick.

    Posted 10.19.19
  20. Michaele Hall wrote:

    Beth, I enjoy your Friday posts, and especially seeing your fur kids enjoying the weekends as much as we do. I love the new format of your blog. Keep posting great info!
    Thanks and have a wonderful weekend.

    Posted 10.22.19
  21. Michaele Hall wrote:

    Beth, BTW in addition to my last message, I forgot to mention that I have been wearing Ruby Woo for about 19 years and will never change. It is a color anyone can wear and it stays on all day, even through meals! People stop me (men and women) to ask what lip color I am wearing! It is my standby, even while going to the gym! Happy weekend! 💋💋💋💋💋💋💋💋

    Posted 10.22.19
  22. Valerie wrote:

    Just wanted to say how stunning you dress. I appreciate all your suggestions! You’re the Best!!

    Posted 10.23.19

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