Every dad is special, and Father’s Day gives us the perfect opportunity to show dad how much we care. The one day of the year where he gets to be center stage. Everyone knows the best way to a man’s heart is with a delicious hearty homemade meal. So set up the picnic table, start up the grill and let Dad enjoy the great outdoors and this fantastic dinner.
Peel and eat shrimp are a great way to start things off right. All you need is some shrimp, seasoning a lemon and a big pot of boiling water and they are done. They can even be made a couple of hours ahead of time and stored in the fridge. Serve them up with some delicious homemade cocktail sauce and keep dad busy while you cook the rest of the meal.
Nothing will satisfy dad’s hunger and fill up his belly better than a big plate of slide off the bone barbequed ribs. Paula’s baby back ribs are the perfect main course to wow dad. The bourbon BBQ sauce gives these ribs a real kick of delicious flavor. Grilled potatoes are a fabulous dish to go along with your ribs. Parboil the potatoes ahead of time in the house and then finish them on the grill for that irresistible smoky flavor.
To lighten things up a bit and add a healthy component to this big meal, whip up a batch of Paula’s broccoli and red cabbage slaw. Sweet dried cranberries and salty sunflower seeds are added to this salad for an extra crunch and bite of sweetness. The broccoli tastes delicious and adds more nutrients. This is another dish that can be made ahead, leaving more time to spend with dad. Stir up a pitcher of Paula’s strawberry basil lemonade for him to wash it all down with. Sweet fresh strawberries counteract the sour lemons in this delicious drink. Basil adds a unique flavor and burst of freshness. This is a fantastic beverage for a warm summer day.
Peach tart is the ideal dessert to finish off this meal. Peaches are just in season in June, and nothing is better than a sweet and juicy fresh peach. This tart is simple to make and looks so beautiful, top it off with some homemade whip cream or vanilla ice cream.
Really make Dad feel special this father’s day with a wonderful homemade meal. These recipes are simple to make and huge in flavor. A gift that Dad will be sure to remember.
Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
Ann in A Perfectly Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece on December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
Pat Walker in Love at Last on December 02, 2013 at 8:45 pm