Father's Day

 

Made With Love For Father’s Day

 

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Growing up, my father was a Commander in the U.S. Navy. His position meant nothing at home of course, where my mother had him out-ranked. Still, it was ‘civilian’ Dad who taught me one of the most important lessons I ever learned in the kitchen. He taught me how to cook with love.

My father was the Sunday morning chef. He taught my siblings and me how to make all-manner of eggs, French toast, waffles with ice cream, and the best sandwiches ever! He explained the difference between just throwing the ingredients together in a bowl and taking ownership and responsibility of what we make. He explained to us that it was not just about the right measurements or even using the best ingredients, what mattered most in the kitchen was what mattered most in life. The secret ingredient was an attitude. He taught us, the most important part of the process was making the food with love.


 

Father’s Day Comfort Food Redux

 

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Growing up, many summer Sunday nights were spent in the car traveling from Long Island back to Manhattan.  There was always one June weekend when we left unusually early in the day to beat post-barbecue Father’s Day traffic.   I learned two things, 1. Avoiding traffic is a game of strategy and 2. Barbecues are a popular Father’s Day minhag (custom/tradition).  As you can guess my family didn’t celebrate with a barbecue, because we were busy avoiding traffic, but you can’t help but love some of the classic foods served at summer barbecues.  That being said, many of those foods are served all year long and could use some revamping to help make the day special, below are 5 comfort foods perfect for a Father’s Day barbecue or just a quiet day with Dad.

 


 

A Father’s Day Menu

 

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Mother’s Day bring brunch and breakfast in bed.  Father’s day usually means BBQ often with Dad doing all the work.  That’s okay, cause I think he likes it as long as he is only in charge of the meat.  Here is a menu that will let the Dad’s enjoy the grilling and the meat and  everyone else enjoy the celebration.

pina colada smoothie

Pina Colada


 

Father’s Day Recipes

 

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Based on everything I read and hear from my friends and neighbors, Father’s Day often involves grilling hot dogs and hamburgers. That’s also what I ate, growing up, when we spent every Father’s Day at my Uncle Herb’s house.

But those days are long gone. My daughters and their husbands come to my house for the Father’s Day weekend and, to tell the truth, the men would really rather have something else.


 

New Father’s Day Gift Idea – Homemade...

 

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Finding the perfect gift can become a real guessing game. Some people become overwhelmed with doubt, unsure whether the gift they choose will be appropriate and appreciated. Yet one thing that is always sure to please is a present made with a personal touch, chock-full of love. For the modern day foodie, the go-to DIY gift is, naturally, a gourmet treat.

And there is no better place to start than with homemade flavored olive oil, also known as infused oil. It is a quick yet sophisticated option to be
given out at various holidays and occasions: At dinner parties or birthdays, as housewarming gifts, or “just thinking of you.” You will be giving more than a fantastic kitchen staple that can be used for salads, sauces, garnishes and more; it will be a gift of your time, thought, and little bit of yourself too.


 

Father’s Day Gift Guide

 

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Father’s Day is fast approaching, you have less than 2 weeks to get the dads in your life something to let them know you love them.  BBQ is usually the theme of the day.  Not sure when that started, but it has become a tradition for many families to get together to grill on Father’s day.  If that is what you do then the gift giving is easy.  There are so many fantastic BBQ related gifts.

You could make your own spice rub, really any flavor goes, but this is the recipe from our grilling expert – Homemade Spice Rub. Package it in a nice spice tin.


 

A Mexican Fiesta for Father’s Day

 
 

This year Father’s Day is June 17th, just around the corner.  So what to do for dad that shows how much we appreciate him?

Mother’s Day brings brunch or breakfast in bed to mind, but how can we turn Father’s Day from the discouraging, “Don’t get me anything. I have everything I need,” to one that truly honors dad? Trust me, he doesn’t need any more ties, socks, or pajamas.


 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas – Make Condiments, Get...

 

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To be honest, I usually don’t do much in the way of actual gift giving for Father’s Day.  My dad lives in Florida and so I usually just call him on the phone.  My father in law lives nearby and we usually get together and maybe buy him a book or CD.  A few years ago, though, I did send my dad a gift.  I found cedar planks and kosher certified spice rub at William Sonoma.  It was the early days of cedar planks and my dad never heard of it before and loves to barbecue, it was the perfect gift!

He now loves using a cedar plank to barbecue and has even replenished his spice rub at least once.


 

Father’s Day Hot Dog and Burger Topping Recipes

 

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Father’s Day is coming up. I look forward to hosting a backyard barbecue for my dad on a sunny, cloudless day. Hubby is grilling. I sit poolside, sipping a pina colada as the kids splash around. After the party’s over, I’ll lounge a while with a novel.

Spicy Fried Onions


 

Father’s Day Unique BBQ Sauces

 

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Let’s get real. We all know how uber important good BBQ sauce is to the success of your grilling. If you’ve got the right one, it’s all the seasoning you need; if you’ve got the wrong one, ain’t nothin gonna save your meat.

There are great bottled brands on the market, and “best” is a matter of taste. But if you are feeling a bit adventurous, why not try your hand at an easy homemade BBQ sauce recipe? I admit I never thought of creating my own BBQ sauce until I was inspired by the “DIY (Do-It-Yourself ) Diva” columnist, Felisa Billet, in my Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller magazine. It turns out there are some DIY recipes which are easier than you or at least I thought.


 

Coffee Flavored Father’s Day Gift Ideas

 

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I admit it – I created a monster.  It all started a few years back when I traveled to Israel and was treated to strong, fresh coffee every morning at my hotel.  So upon my return it was I who initially insisted on fresh brewed coffee every morning at home – the instant stuff just wouldn’t cut it anymore.  Prior to this time, my husband was a tea man, preferring his loose English Breakfast blend brewed in a tea ball to just about anything else.  Now, however, it is an entirely different story.

My husband has now become the bigger coffee snob in the family (since we are both coffee snobs now).   He gets up first every morning and brews our large pot of fresh coffee – we have settled on a mutual favorite after trying several brands and blends.  Though he dilutes his with milk more than I do, he insists on the “good stuff” every morning and even sets the timer to brew fresh coffee on yom tov.  And although we usually share fairly, sometimes we do fight  over the last half cup in the pot!


 

Happy Father’s Day, Dad – Thanks for...

 

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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.


 

Father’s Day on a Budget – 5 Wallet...

 

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The third Sunday in June is Dad’s special day. These 5 budget-friendly approaches will help make Father’s Day fun.

As you think about the possible ways you might spend Father’s Day – walking around town, playing sports, perhaps a fishing trip – don’t forget about the most meaningful meal you’ll be planning. Not the one at the restaurant, but the meal, or party if you’re adventurous, you can make at home, on a sensible budget.


 

How to Do Father’s Day the Right Way –...

 

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Does father know best? When it comes to health and well-being many dads are so busy working and taking care of everyone else they neglect to look after themselves.

This is the time of the year when the man of the house is in the spotlight and gets applauded for all that he does. Whether it’s having a catch in the backyard or catching a fish from a boat, or playing a round of golf or playing around with the remote control, fathers will be celebrating their day in all sorts of ways.


 

For Grads & Dads: Kosher Party Grub with a...

 

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With graduations galore and Father’s Day coming up on the 20th, June is full of parties. Time for some crowd-friendly comfort food.

It’s June and there will be parties! All kinds of parties. Graduation parties, pool parties, garden parties, summer dinners … not to mention Shabbat meals and Father’s Day celebrations. Parties equal hungry people, but summer comfort foods can also be the enemy of maintaining that perfect beach bod.  So, with a little help from my friends, here are 7  kosher party dishes that offer healthy  alternatives to conventional recipes and are sure to please the scads of guests running through your backyard. Serve any of these with a refreshing summer cocktail like EatingWell.com’s Island Limeade.