We often refer to Pat LaFrieda, Jr. as the “Magician of Meat,” but we seem to forget that Pat LaFrieda, Jr. comes from a meat empire — a family-run meat empire. Pat Jr. runs a third-generation wholesale meat purveyor business in New Jersey with his dad, Pat Sr., and while we see the dynamic duo take viewers on a high-”steaks” ride with a side of humor on Meat Men, we wanted to know just how much the two agreed on meat.
We asked father and son the same questions to see how different (or similar) their answers would be, including who’s the better grill master in the family.
What’s the best cut of pork in your opinion?
Pat Jr.: Pork butt
Pat Sr.: Rib chops
If you had to choose between having beef, pork, veal or chicken as your last meal what would you pick?
Pat Jr.: Boneless loin lamb chops
Pat Sr.: Shake ‘N Bake pork chops with applesauce (laughing out loud) — because they’re good.
Find out who the grill master is
Father’s Day is all about chocolate and letting Dad watch whatever TV he wants that day. At least it is in my family. You see, in our family of four, there is only one guy, my dad. We out number him in everything. He wants to watch football? Too bad, we’ve got the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy to watch. Game seven of the playoffs? Nope, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills just started. So you see, the girls win almost all of the time. But not on Father’s Day. We’ll let Dad watch just about whatever he wants and we promise to only complain a few times.
My dad is a chocolate fanatic. I don’t know how he manages to stay so fit when he always has a constant supply of homemade chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate brownies, chocolate layered cake etc., stocked in the freezer in case of a sweet tooth “emergency.” So when Father’s Day rolls around, it’s a no-brainer that we’re going to make him something that’s going to satisfy his chocolate sweet tooth.
This year’s Father’s Day treat is The Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Sheet Cake.
It’s decadent to say the least and it’s exactly what Dad needs this coming Sunday. Plus, it makes a boatload of cake that you could share with your neighbors or fellow dads celebrating this special day.
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Sure, tool sets, golf lessons and automotive magazine subscriptions are all fine Father’s Day gifts, but those presents are pretty been-there-done-that, right? This year, give Dad the one thing he never can have enough of: home-cooked meals. Below is Food Network’s list of the top five Father’s Day recipes, made into a can’t-miss menu of Dad-approved breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert dishes that are easy to prepare and beefy enough to satisfy the heartiest appetites. Check out our favorites below and tell us what you’re cooking for Dad this weekend.
5. Baked French Toast Casserole With Maple Syrup – Warm, soft and laced with fragrant cinnamon and nutmeg, Paula’s five-star breakfast bake can be prepped at night and quickly cooked the next morning.
4. Baltimore Beef Bad Boy – Guy’s mile-high sandwich is stacked with slices upon slices of herb-marinated grilled beef, a generous spread of a creamy horseradish sauce and crunchy raw onions.
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This year, wrap Dad’s Father’s Day gifts to look like a big, juicy cheeseburger. Each set of this wrapping paper includes six sheets that look like buns, a patty, lettuce, tomato and cheese; when they’re stacked, they look like dinner. Creators Sarah Fay and Justin Colt came up with the idea when they were wrapping a gift for a McDonald’s-loving friend. Coming soon: s’mores and birthday cake sets. $25 per set; giftcouture.com
Here in Food Network Kitchens, we love simple, classic recipes. We are also paid to think about food all day. So we’ve taken classic foods and drinks and reimagined them into three, four or five different ways. No standard recipes here, just the occasional technique and pictures. Think of it as a picture recipe.
We love grilled wings. Spicy, sweet, salty: No matter which wing you choose, you’ll make Dad happy this Father’s Day. I can’t help but love the classic Buffalo hot wing, so that one was my favorite.
First, start with the classic
This summer, Food Network’s Grilling Central is packed with recipes for the entire family’s taste buds — boasting the best in burgers, dogs, chicken and more all season long. But with so many recipes, where do you start? Each Friday, FN Dish is giving you a complete menu that will cook up in 30 minutes or less. This weekend, it’s all about dad:
Salad: Grilled Romaine With Blue Cheese-Bacon Vinaigrette
Main Dish: Food Network Magazine’s Flank Steak with Salsa Verde (pictured above)
Side Dish: Grilled Potato Salad
Dessert: Chocolate Cream Pie
Drink: Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea
Planning on making one of these dishes? Snap a photo and post it on Food Network’s Facebook wall.
Guy Fieri and his dad prefer to spend Father’s Day grilling out in Guy’s Santa Rosa, CA backyard over a restaurant dinner to celebrate their special day. For the Fieri’s, cooking is a multi-generational family affair — Guy’s kids get involved, cooking alongside their dad and grandfather. They plan the menu well in advance, choosing recipes that everyone loves and that everyone can help cook, too. For inspiration, they look no further than Guy’s new cookbook, Guy Fieri Food — now a New York Times bestseller — for recipes spanning Guy’s whole career.
To celebrate dads everywhere (and Guy’s book making the bestsellers’ list) we’re giving away 3 copies of Guy Fieri Food! All you have to do is let us know, here in the comments, how you’re celebrating Father’s Day this year. Do you and dad cook together, or does he prefer a restaurant meal? Do you whip up a special dessert just for him, or grill him a juicy steak? We’re giving away one copy of the cookbook to three randomly-selected, and very lucky commenter’s.
Find out how to enter and read contest rules after the jump »
- How about Bobby's chipotle-spiked sliders for Dad?
Right around when your little boy or girl is three years old, buying Dad a tie—again—for Father’s Day feels tired. Instead, grab the grilling gear and win him over with Food Network as a revved-up sous chef. Guy’s on a family roadtrip with killer roasted turkey sandwiches, packed and ready to go. Big Daddy Aaron McCargo, Jr. is grilling marinated flank steak. And King of the Grill Bobby Flay has smoky chipotle baby sliders on the menu. That’s just the start of options for what to feed him.
- Very special utensils from Etsy: Everything is better with bacon.
But what to give him? Our younger sister site, Food2, is showing off a gallery of handmade gifts to buy for food-loving fathers from our crafty pals at Etsy. Choose from a rugged retro bottle opener or a hot-shot grilling mitt, or splurge on a high-end hand-hewn meat cleaver. My pick? Well, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth, but can be sure the Dad in our house has one (a bacon-gilded one) in his.
What are you doing for Father’s Day this weekend?
p.s. Cooking Channel is sifting through Father’s Day ideas, too–look at what they found.