The dinnertime struggle of working parents is real: You have limited time and often a limited budget, and you’re cooking for an audience of outspoken, pint-sized food critics whose palates are less than exemplary. James Briscione knows the feeling — he might be a chef and culinary instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education by day, but at night he’s just a regular dad trying to get dinner on the table.
If you find yourself getting unexpectedly tipsy while enjoying a glass of wine or two, check the size of your glass. A new British study, led by researchers at the University of Cambridge, has shown that drinking wine from a large glass — even when the amount of wine in the glass is the same as usual — encourages you to drink more wine in a shorter amount of time.
Contrary to popular belief, not every dad turns into a hardcore tie collector or grilling aficionado on Father’s Day. Some guys just want to be appreciated, indulged and subtly reminded about how they’re No. 1. And what better way to say, “Dad, you’re the best” than by baking up a homemade sweet or savory treat? We’ve rounded up some can’t-miss ideas for the man in your life.
Carrot Cake or Cheesecake—or Both?
It isn’t fair to ask Dad to choose between his two favorites on Father’s Day, and now he won’t have to. Combining the best parts of two beloved desserts, tender carrot cake is crowned with a halo of tangy cheesecake in this showstopping mash-up.
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Celebrate the dads in your life this weekend with ideas from your favorite Food Network chefs. First up, Ree Drummond’s dad is retiring after 45 years in medicine, so she’s making him a dinner of all his favorite foods, including Burgundy Beef Stew and Mini Chocolate-Cherry Bundt Cakes. Then on Farmhouse Rules, Nancy and her grandkids are putting on a special Father’s Day putt-putt golf event, featuring a decadent surf-and-turf dinner for the whole family. After, Valerie Bertinelli is cooking up a hearty meal for the men in her life with some new recipes, including Chipotle Cheeseburgers with homemade barbecue sauce and her Mom’s Onion Rings.
Then on Sunday, tune in as four dads duke it out on Guy’s Grocery Games as they compete for the chance to bring home $20,000. To win big they’ll need to decipher grocery lists made up of emoji symbols and putt for their protein in a round of Grocery Golf. After, the finalists on Food Network Star work to create a NASCAR-worthy tailgate meal, and guest judges Katie Lee and Chef Robert Irvine will help decide who gets sent home.
From King’s Hawaiian
Few places conjure distinct ideas about food and dining quite like the Hawaiian Islands. But do you know what role food and traditions have played in Hawaii’s history? Find out here, plus get a recipe that packs all the flavors of Hawaii into one mouthwatering bite.
Although pineapples aren’t native to Hawaii (it’s believed they originated in Paraguay or Brazil), this spiky fruit certainly has impacted the islands’ diversity. At the height of production, Hawaii was responsible for three-quarters of the world’s pineapple supply, which drew workers from all over the world. Today only 10 percent of the Aloha State’s population is native Hawaiian.
With the island’s strong ties to pineapple, Hawaiians are well-versed in creating amazing dishes with it. The sweet, golden fruit can be found in salsas, slaws, marinades, cocktails and desserts. To highlight its sweetness, Hawaiians often grill the pineapple before using it in recipes.
When it comes to planning a Father’s Day meal, we’re not above the cliches. Grilled? Yes. Burgers? Surely. Bacon? Of course. Why? Because these recipes are sturdy, reliable and super-fun — just like Dad.
Bacon, Cheese and Chive Buns (above)
Cinnamon muffins will always have a soft spot in our hearts, but we bet Dad will totally make room for their savory cousins, filled with all of his breakfast favorites.
There are a lot of one-trick ponies out there, but let’s just start by saying zucchini is not one of them. In fact, we can’t help but think of this versatile, in-season squash as a seriously magical ingredient. It can fill many roles, taking the place of potatoes, bananas, chicken and more. Don’t believe us? Go on and see. Zucchini is capable of countless feats; these 10 recipes are just the start.
1. Slice, bread and lightly fry zucchini into this Zucchini Parmesan Crisps (pictured above).