Father's Day is around the corner (June 20th) and that has me thinking about my dad and all the wonderful things he and my grandfather cooked for us when I was growing up.
My dad is the best cook! Really. And his dad was the best, too (hey, the man's nickname was actually "chef"). He ran a butcher shop for many years and my father trained under him but meat wasn't their only forte. The meanest—as in most incredible, blow you away, you will remember this experience for life—potato kugel came out of my father's (and his father's kitchen). Of course, there were no measurements. It began with a bunch of potatoes, close to a dozen eggs, more oil than you want to know and it was salted and peppered to perfection. The outside was a golden brown crunch, the inside a light and fluffy 6-inch high masterpiece. Nothing compared to daddy's Sunday breakfast eggs and potatoes either. Dad spoiled me because I expected that every man should cook and cook well. Luckily for me, G-d knew what I needed and I married a former catering kitchen pro who clued this clueless bride in. So, this Father's Day, Daddy dearest is coming over to our place and guess who's cooking? Hubby! I'll post the menu as soon as we decide whether we are going with a brunch or a bbq. Hard to live up to either of daddy's areas of expertise but he's a great sport, has a great appetite and thankfully is just happy to be with us.
Love you dad. Happy Father's Day, today and always!
Is your dad a great cook? Please share your stories of dad cooking prowess by leaving me a comment.
Try my Potato Kugel Cups recipe. Not quite my dad's or grandfather's, but it does come with measurements.