Date Night In – Take me “out” to the ball game

Today’s a a bit of a sad day in our house (for my husband at least) – last night the Pittsburgh Penguins lost in game seven in their Stanley Cup Playoffs run. I’m not the biggest sports fan but I still hate to see my home team loose. It’s not that I dislike sports, but I generally prefer to be at the game watching them in person, rather than on TV.

Now that hockey is officially over in our house, I know Jim’s attention will now focus on the Pittsburgh team that is currently playing – the Pirates. In an effort to make the season more enjoyable for both of us, I’ve come up with the idea of trying to recreate a night out at the ballgame at home. So take me “out” to the ball game and let’s watch some baseball!

A Feteful Life: Take me "out" to the ballgame


1. Pirates Pennant – I’m not planning to turn my family room into a sports den anytime soon but a vintage pennant to hang or to wave around is a classic.

2. East End Brewery – I love me some craft beer and this beer is no exception. If Pittsburgh isn’t your team, be sure to pick up something more local.

3. Gourmet Nachos – Don’t just pop open a can of nacho cheese to dip your chips into – make these amazing nachos instead.

4. Homemade Cracker Jack – There’s nothing more classically baseball than a box of Cracker Jack. If you can’t find a box, here’s a simple recipe to make your own.

5. Pirate’s T-shirt – Almost every sports t-shirt I own is from Old Navy. I love their vintage feel and you can’t beat the price!

6. Apple TV – If you don’t live in the local viewing area for home team, what are you to do? Luckily with an Apple TV and MLB.TV you can get all of your hometown team games no matter where you are.

Grilled Flank Steak

A Feteful Life: Faye's Flank Steak

I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and some of my fondest memories as a kid are playing in our backyard with my sister as my Dad and Mom sat on our back porch grilling dinner. There was something about the wonderfully fresh smell of summer in western Pennsylvania combined with the savory smell of a steak cooking on the grill.

A Feteful Life: Three Rivers Cookbook

One of our family favorites was a grilled flank steak from The Three Rivers cookbook: Faye’s Flank Steak. This cookbook was first published in 1973 and my mom still has her original copy – it is all torn and tattered and lovely. There are three other books in the series and they all hold a recipe or two by which I can define my childhood.

A Feteful Life: Faye's Flank SteakThis marinade is so easy and is made up of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. I always make my marinades in a plastic bag resting in a bowl or pyrex measuring cup to keep cleanup easy. Once the marinade ingredients are added to the bag, I zip it up and give it a good shake to make sure everything is well combined before adding the steak. I let the steak lay flat in the marinade and keep the bag in a baking pan to catch any liquid that might leak out of the bag.

A Feteful Life: Faye's Flank Steak

Waiting… it’s the hardest part with recipes like this but it is critical. Let the steak rest a minimum of 5 minutes after coming off the grill before slicing. Then slice the steak into fairly think cuts (1/4″ max) against the grain. I like to serve this flank steak with a salad or those yummy rosemary potatoes I posted a few months ago. Now get outside and get grilling.

A Feteful Life: Faye's Flank Steak

Faye’s Flank Steak (from Three Rivers Cookbook I)


1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons vinegar (I use cider vinegar)
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 chopped onion
1 flank steak


Combine all ingredients, except steak. Add the steak to the marinade and marinate the steak a minimum of 8-12 hours. Cook 3 to 5 minutes on each side, depending on whether you want your meat rare or medium-well.