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Meaty Dishes for Dad’s Day

Father’s Day celebrations often revolve around cooking out.
    My father is neither a cook of any skill nor a deft grill master. Yet come Father’s Day dinner, he is put to work. If left to his own devices, peanut butter and jelly and Lean Cuisine with a side of Entenmann’s donuts would supply all the sustenance he requires. But Father’s Day is more than about the man. It’s about the role he plays in the family dynamic, and for that he’s got to man the grill.
    Mia Staton from Annapolis’ Whole Foods Market offered this simple but flavorful meat for his grill.

Grilled Flank Steak with

Honey Mustard Glaze (serves 4)
¼ cup Dijon mustard
¼ cup honey
1 ½ lb. flank or skirt steak
¾ tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

    Prepare a grill for medium-high heat cooking. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard and honey. Set aside 2 tablespoons of mixture for glazing the steak while grilling; the rest will be used as a sauce.
    Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper, and grill for 3 minutes on each side. Brush both sides of the steak with the 2 tablespoons of Dijon and honey mixture and continue to cook, turning once or twice, until the steak reaches the desired doneness (2-5 minutes longer).
    Let the steak rest covered loosely with foil for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Meanwhile, whisk reserved Dijon mixture together with 1 tablespoon water. Serve the extra sauce over the steak or on top of side dishes.

    To complement your barbeque this weekend or throughout your summer, I share my brother’s famous baked beans recipe. In our family, no cookout is complete without them.

Uncle Timmy’s Famous Baked Beans

1 lb. of dry lima beans (or bean of choice)
1 lb. dark brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
1 medium sweet, yellow onion, chopped
Sliced bacon

    Soak beans overnight in water. In the morning, drain and rinse beans.
    Boil over medium heat in 6-8 cups of fresh water, 2 hours until tender.
    Add brown sugar, ketchup and chopped onion. Mix well and pour into baking dish.
    Top with sliced bacon. Cover with foil and bake at 325 degrees for approximately 4 hours, until thick and tasty.
    Serve warm or room temperature.

    After two years, Kahve Café on Main Street in South River Colony in Edgewater closed its doors on June 9.