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Grumblegrumblegrumble. What was that honey? What day is it?
Grumblegurmblegrumble. It is Father’s Day! Grumblegrumble.
Of course, that’s why the children woke you up at five am to serve you undercooked scrambled eggs, burnt toast, soggy kids cereal and purple colored milk. Grumble. Wait! Let me get you some coffee.
Father’s Day, I remember running in, jumping on my parents bed, trying to wake them before my little brothers brought in our version of the complete breakfast. It might not have been completely edible, but my father was a true sport and choked it down with a smile. This might have been the true motivation for my father teaching me how to cook.
How many father’s days can one survive?
The first father’s day after I began to acquire new culinary skills was much more tolerable. I perfected the scrambled eggs, and learned to make breakfast chops. I put my brothers on pop-over duty, and on pouring overseeing, they were great at that.
As the years passed, I made more hearty and complicated breakfasts. However, it was when I had children of my own -and a husband to wake at five in the morning by jumping up and down on the bed, just so our kids could bring in their versions of a breakfast- that I fell back on some of the more simple kid friendly recipes. I also began to pamper him throughout the day: for lunch, the kids and I fanciefy the largest hoagies that anyone has ever seen; for dinner, I don my fireproof aprons and hit the coals. A nice easily seasoned steak, with twice baked potatoes and his favorite steamed vegetable is all a man truly needs, excuse the giggle.
For the evening dessert, we sit down with a Black Velvet, which is 2 cans of canned Guinness stout and 1 bottle of Champagne, mixed half-and-half in tall glasses, and watch the children attempt to burn down the house with dessert. The house specialty for this day is oatmeal and date brownies.
When it comes to father’s day -dads take heed- a little prevention can go along way. Teach them how to make some simple treats, and say goodbye to the soggy cookies and room temperature milk. And to my daddy, Happy Father’s day from your honey baby sweets.
Dad's scrambled egg recipe | top
Homemade scramble eggs are the perfect way to wake daddy up.
6 large eggs
1/4 cup (115 ml, 7-8 Tbs) heavy whipping cream
salt and ground black pepper to taste
diced ham or scrambled sausages
chopped green peppers
shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
- Beat the eggs and heavy cream together well. pour into a preheated skillet, over medium heat.
- Mix in the salt and pepper to taste.
- Scramble eggs. When they are still wet but beginning to clump together add all but the cheese and salsa. Continue to cook and scramble until desired moistness has occurred.
- Remove from heat, sprinkle on cheese and a dollop of salsa.
Dad's popovers recipe| top
- Place oven racks in the lowest position and preheat oven to 450°F (230°C). Place and empty muffin pan into the oven to heat while preparing the batter.
- Whisk together the four and salt in a medium bowl. In a 2 cup Pyres measuring cup, whisk together lightly, the milk, eggs and butter. Pour the wet into the dry ingredients all at once. Whisk together until just blended.
- Remove pan from oven and use the addition melted butter to grease.
- Pour the batter into each cup, filling it only half full. Bake for 20 minutes. DO NOT open the oven door during this time.
- Reduce heat to 350°F (175°C) and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the popovers are a rich brown in color. Serve warm.
Dad's breakfast chops recipe | top
Breakfast or dinner.
2 breakfast style pork chops
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp (30 ml) olive oil
Heat oil in a heavy skillet, over medium heat. Place pork chops in pan, add salt and pepper to taste, and cook for 2-4 minutes on each side. The longer they cook the more done they will be, and the drier. Serve with a bit of applesauce over top.
Twice baked potatoes recipe| top
What else could a dad want on Father's Day?
- Scrub potatoes and arrange on oven rack. Cut an X into one side of the potatoes and bake at 450°F (230°C) for 45-50 minutes, or until tender.
- Cut a thin slice from the top of each potato; scoop out potato into a bowl, leaving shell intact.
- Add milk and eggs, beat until fluffy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté mushrooms until tender. Stir the mushrooms and butter into the potatoes.
- Heap potato mixture into the shells. brush potatoes with additional butter and sprinkle with chives.
- Continue to bake until the potatoes are lightly browned.
- Be sure to use baking potatoes. These have thicker, less delicate skins than some other varieties. Don't scoop out all the flesh, down to the skin. Leave a good 1/4 in (5-6 mm) of potato on the skin.
Date and oatmeal recipe| top
House specialty for Father's Day
- Break apart the chocolate and melt, either in a microwave set on high for 2 minutes or in a pan over very gently simmering water.
- Allow the chocolate to cool, stirring occasionally. Grease and then line an 8 inch square cake pan with waxed paper, then preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Beat in melted chocolate, vanilla and eggs.
- Pour into prepared pan, smooth out the top to make it level. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until firm at the edges and still soft in the center. It is important not to overbake them.
- Cool, and cut into 16 squares. Serve.