This past weekend my grandparents invited us to their house for a picnic style dinner. My grandmother made a dozen little dishes and we sat around the coffee table and listened to stories, eating all of our favorite picnic foods.
My grandparents grew up in the same neighborhood in Trenton, New Jersey. They’ve known each other for almost all their lives. So when they tell stories about the people they grew up with, it’s the same people. They know each other more thoroughly than any two people I’ve ever met.
When they were a young married couple Poppie’s family (the Waldrons) would have large picnics in the backyard. Poppie is one of nine, so family gatherings were big events. They would eat potato and macaroni salads, summer sausage and roast vegetables, standing over the grill or sitting in circles, chatting.
But while most of the group ate sausages and hot dogs my great-grandfather, Pop-Pop Waldron, would sneak something special on the grill- steaks. These steaks, cut thin and grilled to perfection, would end up on snowflake rolls with nothing but a few tomatoes and a little seasoning. These steaks must have been something because all these years later, my grandparents are still talking about them.
Grammy’s Steak Sandwiches
Steak, thinly cut
Snowflake rolls, freshly baked
Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, oregano, basil
Salt and pepper your steak. Grill for 5-7 minutes, or until medium rare. Quarter the tomatoes and toss in olive oil and seasoning. Make your sandwiches and enjoy!