Here are three fantastic recipes from Big Joe's sold-out cookbook, perfect for this Memorial Day Weekend. Grill up this mouth-watering, Marinated Flank Steak and pair it with Nana's Homemade Potato Salad. For dessert Big Joe shares Susan's refreshing Blueberry Sour Cream Cake. Enjoy!



A good marinated flank steak is a real treat! I enjoy it! For those of you who enjoy a nice piece of meat but don’t want a lot of the fat, flank steak has one of the least amounts of fat of any other cuts of beef. I like to marinate this steak for a while so plan on 4-6 hours of marinating (even overnight) and it will really make a difference.

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You'll Need:

2 pound flank steak with membrane removed

¼ cup of red wine vinegar

½ cup of Worcestershire Sauce

¼ cup of soy sauce

¼ cup of oil (vegetable or canola)

2 cloves of garlic, minced well

2 tablespoons of brown mustard

1 lemon juiced

ground pepper

How to Put it Together:

In a mixing bowl, mix red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, oil, garlic, mustard and lemon. Wisk or blend all ingredients, place mixture in a freezer/zip lock bag, add flank steak and marinate flat for 4-6 hours minimum or preferably overnight.

When steak is done marinating preheat grill on high, remove steak and add generous amount of fresh pepper.

Grill steak about 6-7 minutes on each side for medium rare, grill less or more for preferred doneness.

Once steak is off the grill let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. I suggest slicing against the muscle making about ¼ inch slices.



I adored my grandmother, and I had the pleasure of living with her for a lengthy period of time as I was growing up. In the Bronx when I was kid, every night when my grandfather was alive and he and my mom would come home from work, on the table there was always a meal, good meal.

In the summer it was lighter fare, but mostly you could count on meat and potatoes at 6:00pm on the dot every week night, 5:00pm on Saturday and 4:00pm on Sunday. As a kid I didn’t have a watch, still my butt was in that seat for dinner or I wouldn’t eat and you know how I feel about not eating!

I was there on time every night. My grandmother always cooked the hell out the meat because that’s the way they did it back then. Lamb was always well done, not charred, but well done, pot roasts, every kind of meat was cooked well. Sometimes you needed dental charts to identify it but it was all good.

I really enjoyed sitting around the table chatting with my grandparents and mother and enjoying those family meals. It made me appreciate the importance of sharing a meal with people you love. My nana made a great potato salad, just outstanding! When I was in college she had moved in to our house so she shared that recipe and we made it together. I memorized the recipe because I loved it so much. I loved her so much as well. Here’s her recipe.


3 pounds of Red Bliss potatoes, peeled and cubed (some of you may want to

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2 1⁄2 ribs of celery finely chopped( as small as you can)

1⁄2 large red onion, finely chopped (as small as you can)

3 hard-boiled eggs (discard two of the yolks and finely chop the egg whites and set aside cooked yolk)

1 1⁄4 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise (I only use Hellman’s mayonnaise in all of my dishes that call for mayo. There is no other brand.)

1 tablespoons mustard

1 tablespoon sugar

3 tablespoons of vegetable or canola oil

1⁄4 cup of white vinegar

salt and freshly ground pepper

1⁄4 cup of freshly chopped parsley for garnish

How to put it together:

Boil potatoes until they are fork tender. Drain and if peeling potatoes, now is the time to peel them.

Cube potatoes and add to a large bowl. While they are still warm add the vinegar. Mix well, let cool, keep covered in refrigerator for 1 hour minimum.

Once potatoes are cool, in a separate mixing bowl, mix the mayonnaise, mustard, sugar and egg yolk finely chopped.

In bowl with potatoes add the oil, celery, onion, egg whites and sugar. Mix in mayonnaise mixture in with potatoes. Add salt and pepper and stir well so that all the potatoes are covered with mayonnaise mixture.

Sprinkle with fresh parsley. Let the potato salad chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 1⁄2 hours, preferably overnight, to let all those ingredients blend in nicely.



Blueberries are so refreshing and Susan Dormont of Manalapan comes up with a great way to enjoy the freshness of blueberries in a satisfying dessert. When I tasted this very tasty dish it had a great balance of flavors and the dish was surprisingly lighter than I expected. Nice job Susan and thanks for the recipe.

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Combine in a Large Bowl:

1 ½ cup flour

½ cup sugar

1 stick softened margarine

1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix above ingredients and put in a greased 10" spring form pan. Cover with 2 cups of blueberries (rinsed and drained).

Combine and Pour Over Blueberries:

2 cups sour cream

2 egg yolks

½ cup sugar

1teaspoon vanilla

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until edges are lightly brown.