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 YouTube: friday 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.)
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.
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.
- 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons drained capers
- Let steak stand 30 minutes at room temperature. Sprinkle steak with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and salt.
- Preheat grill to high heat.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2 OZ Rye
- .75 OZ Dry Vermouth
- .75 OZ Sweet Vermouth
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- Branded Cherry, for garnish
- Add all ingredients save for the garnish to a mixing glass with ice and stir until cold.
- 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.