Friday, June 5, 2009

Give Dad a Break... Father's Day Menus!

Pin It Father's Day is a tough one for me. Both my father and my husband died at a very young age, 52 and 42, respectively, and its been a long time since we celebrated the day in my family. Regardless, I publish a blog on food and entertaining, so to skip it or ignore it would not be very professional. So what would I cook if I had a Dad around the house? The first thing that comes to mind is..his favorite dish. Absent that, I would think of something robust, meaty and chocolaty. Dads like grilled things but, in most cases, they are usually the ones who manage the grill. On this particular day, though, we want to give them a break. What comes to mind in this situation is a simple menu that involves minimum work on the grill or no grilling at all. Since I know that a lot of Dads will use this day to do their favorite activities, I also have a menu that can be taken on the boat, to the beach, hiking or camping. You can also pack it for him to take to the golf course!

Menu Suggestion #1

This is the portable Father's Day menu! If you are going to be spending the day at the beach, the lake or the pool, why don't you make the recently published Pulled Pork Sandwich recipe with Cole Slaw. You can also bring along some Gazpacho in the cooler and some Outrageous Chocolate Brownies for dessert.

Menu Suggestion #2

If you have a group of dads coming to your house, why don't you make what the Argentinians call an Asado and serve Skirt on the Grill with Saffron Rice, Tomatoes Provencal and a yummy chocolate dessert. You can start with grilled sausages , preferably Argentian from El Gaucho, served with mustard and chimichurri sauce on a baguette. A nice Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignion from Argentinian producer Luigi Bosca would complement the meal very nicely.

As to what to get Dad for a present, that is for you to answer. If he were my Dad, a big hug and a great bottle of wine, I think, would do the trick!

Click on the title to get the recipes.

Father's Day on the Boat!


Father's Day Barbecue

Luigi Bosca Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon

If it is a hot day or you are entertaining in the middle of the day, why not serve Tinto de Verano for cocktails? Your wine supply will go a long way.

Luigi Bosca's second wine, La Linda, is excellent. You can use it for the tinto de verano or serve with the main course as a less expensive alternative.

Cook's Note: *If you cant find Mojo Criollo, marinade with orange juice, lime juice, garlic and Worcestershire Sauce

The picture is of my son Ted and my granddaughter, Taylor Rose, at Lake Toxaway, North Carolina, where I'm sure they will be spending Father's Day!


  1. oh what a wonderful picture of son and grandaughter. I didn't realize your husband had been so young; I can't imagine how hard that was for you and your children....
    I'm in my office right now about to print out some of your recipes!

  2. She's a real trouper..they are training her young!


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