September 01, 2009

Labor Day Giveaway!

Who wants to save money on your Labor Day BBQ this weekend? What's better than free food?!

Labor Day marks the end of summer and a last hurrah before returning to school or heading back to work. Before we start bundling up for the crisp fall air, it is time to fire up the grill for the final barbecue bash of the season!

As a gift to the "Budget Diva" readers, I am giving away vouchers for 4 free cans of Bush's Best Grillin Beans. You can buy a bunch of your favorite or try one of each delicious flavor. Simply leave a comment on this blog entry sharing your favorite Labor Day BBQ tradition, recipe or tip, along with your name and email address (so I can contact you if you win!). My goal is to save you money on your grocery bills, and what could be better than free? But hurry! The contest ends Thursday night at midnight. The winner will be contacted via email and then the free vouchers will arrive just in time for your Labor Day Bash!

Looking for a new recipe to try this weekend? This is one of my favorites...It is super easy, has a unique twist and it pairs perfectly with the Bush's Grillin' Beans.


1 teaspoon cumin seed
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 New York Strip Steaks, about 6-8 ounces each
1 can Bush's Steakhouse Grillin' Beans
1 large mango, peeled and sliced into 4 lengthwise pieces
2 limes
Chili powder for dusting

1. Heat a small, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Place cumin seeds in skillet and toast seeds, shaking pan frequently, until seeds are lightly browned and fragrant, about 2-1/2-3 minutes. Place seeds on a work surface and coarsely crush with a rolling pin. Place the seeds in a small bowl. Add the brown sugar, salt, and black pepper; toss to combine.
2. Prepare outdoor grill for steaks. Coat both sides of steaks with brown sugar-cumin mixture. Grill steaks, turning once, for about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare, or until desired doneness. Let steaks rest for 8-10 minutes before serving.
3. While steaks are grilling, place beans in a saucepan to warm. Place mango slices in a bowl and squeeze on the juice of 1 lime. Cut remaining lime into 4 wedges and set aside for garnish. After removing steaks, place mango slices on grill and grill on both sides, about 1-1/2 minutes per side.
4. To serve: Place each steak on serving plates. Spoon about 1/2 cup hot beans onto each plate. Place a grilled mango slice on each plate and dust mango with chili powder. Garnish each plate with a lime wedge and serve. Serves 4.

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Love2grill said...

You're right! Who doesn't love free food? Put my name in the pot! Here's my email:

Missie70 said...

Okay, I'll go for it, too. I'd like to try your recipe anyway. It sounds great!

Missie70 said...

Whoops! I forgot to post my tip: When forming hamburgers to grill, add some crushed ice to the meat and then form into a burger. The ice keeps the burger nice and juicy! I read this in a James Beard cookbook years ago.

Rosie W. said...

I love Labor Day, and I love baked beans, so enter me in the drawing. My tip for keeping hot foods hot if you are taking a dish to pass at a picnic (like baked beans!)is to wrap the covered hot dish tightly in newspaper, then wrap tightly in a towel. The food will stay hot for more than an hour.

Lisa J. said...

We are having a big family picnic on Labor Day, so 4 free cans of baked beans would be great! Put me in the drawing. Wish I could give you a great recipe, but I am a bad cook. All I can do is open cans and heat, like baked beans. LOL!

Kristina The Budget Diva said...

Congratulations to Rosie W! You are the lucky winner! I will be contacting you for delivery of your prize.

I wish everyone a happy and delicious Labor Day weekend. Stay tuned to for more contests and giveaways to come!

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