Unlike Mother’s Day, our celebration of fatherhood has few, if any, guidelines. There are no longstanding traditions of breakfast in bed or brunch or lunch or special family activities. I could be wrong but I seem to remember that there was one, maybe only one, truth or myth about dad on his day. He was off the hook for yard work and household chores. Instead of mowing the lawn, he was free to flee the coop and play golf or tennis with his pals. Oh, and if he was lucky someone remembered to buy him a new tie.
These days, I think we can do a little better, even if we do make him work the grill. Most dads will appreciate it if you keep it t-shirt casual and take it outdoors. Whatever you do have a great time!
Here are a few ideas:
Invest in one of dad’s favorite artisanal beers or ales and serve it with his favorite appetizers. Spicy Tequila Chicken Wings are a good bet and how about some chips and Corn, Black Bean & Avocado Salsa.
Eventually, you’ll want dinner. Sooner rather than later if little kids are involved. For a dad-friendly feast, how about a great steak made even better with a delicious Compound Butter or Gorgonzola Sauce? If you can find some asparagus, toss the spears on the grill. If not, zucchini, eggplant, onions, peppers … are all good choices for grilling.When it comes to salad, my dad’s favorite is Caesar, so I’ll go with that. Or maybe, another favorite Mixed Greens with Gorgonzola & Walnuts and some New Potato Salad Dijon or Grilled New Potatoes.
Have fun with your dad and bon appétit!
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© Susan W. Nye, 2014