There are many things that I miss about the South. Particularly this time of year the nice weather that runs on a 2 month delay here in the North pole. But one thing they certainly got right on the East Coast is the abundance of no-work holidays. These people celebrate everything. Not only that, they even found a way to create a celebration inside a celebration—and get a Monday free from work!
Enter Patriot’s Day. Or affectionately known in Boston as “Marathon Monday.” For those southerners reading, you can equate this day to opening day at the races, or the return of flag football season. It is a glorious day; where the roads shut down and the crowds fill Beacon street to cheer and support those crazy enough to run the 26 miles up and down heartbreak hill. Water is in full supply, as well as street vendors handing out freebies to those who aren’t too drunk to partake. I did the cheering the sidelines once. And have every year since decided to throw my own shindig and await those who tire from the sidelines. (This has taken the place of my festive Derby Day party that I so fondly remember from Southern days—no one seems to give a hoot up this way 😛 ). I was feeling a bit ambitious due to the one nice day we’ve had this year and had my heart set on a BBQ. So, Mr. PC and I ventured out to purchase a grill. A hefty $9.92 later, we were set to fry the kabobs! Despite the 45 degree weather and constant threat of rain, we set up shop on the front sidewalk and BBQ’d away. I was skeptical—seeing as I’m used to the huge stations set up for master grilling, and I’m not convinced that apt living is a good fit for grilling—-but I must admit, the bargain grill was a huge success!!! It handled our steak and chicken kabobs like a pro. We fully expect to get 1 to 3 more uses out of it, and that is our money’s worth 10 times over. Lesson learned—don’t be constrained by the city! Bring a little tradition wherever you go. 🙂
The Boston Grill. Served its purpose well.
Chicken cutlets, steak cutlets, green peppers, yellow peppers, pinapple–all cut up in medium size chunks
Stack and marinade in a bag with seasoning (mix italian, garlic, sage yourself—or purchase a pre-mixed) mixed with EVOO. Pour over the top and flip the bag a few times to distribute the oil.
Marinade in the refrigerator a few hours prior to grilling.