Father's Day CelebrationI think it is safe to say that one of the ways to a Dad's heart really is through his stomach. Knowing this, I took some quick opinions of the fathers I know and came up with a dinner menu to please even the pickiest of Dads. I also have some quick ideas for jazzing up your celebration. The best memories are created not by fretting over perfection, but by the laughter and love that is present as family membersjoin together to make Dad's day a special celebration.
By Brenda Hyde
A Father Day CelebrationDecorating Ideas
Buy one poster board for each child, plus paint, markers and constructionpaper. Fold each poster board in half and crease to create a giant card.Let each child sit on the lawn, picnic table or floor and make Dad a specialgreeting.
Buy paper plates, napkins and cups in a theme for Dad, but instead of usinga Father's Day design choose something fun such as race cars, ocean animalsor whatever the family thinks he would enjoy. Let Dad be a kid for the daytoo!
Buy flowers for Dad! Bouquets can be picked up inexpensively at most grocerystores. Men like flowers too!
These are just a few fun ideas, but you can pick a theme and continue touse it throughout the entire day.
Father's Day Dinner Menu
Country Style Ribs Homemade Cornbread Sweet Coleslaw Corn on the Cob Crumb Apple Pie
Country Style Ribs
4 pounds country style ribs
BBQ Sauce-Dad's favorite
salt and pepper to season
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
Combine the vinegar, water and spices in a shaker bottle or a bowl (use brushto baste).Cut ribs into 1 rib portions. Place a large piece of foil overthe coals to catch drippings. Place ribs on grill about 6 inches above coals,or gas grill unit. Season with salt and pepper. Close hood and cook for 10minutes. Sprinkle the ribs, turn them, and sprinkle or baste the other side.Repeat this every 10 minutes; closing the hood in between basting. Cook atotal of 50 minutes, then brush on the bottled sauce the last 15 minutesor until the ribs are done. Makes 8 servings.
Sweet Cole Slaw
1 large head green cabbage, shredded
2 medium carrots, shredded
1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise or salad dressing
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vinegar
Optional: one handful of chopped chives or green onions
In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage, carrots and green pepper. Inanother bowl, mix salad dressing, or mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar. Spoonthe dressing over the cabbage mixture. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.Add chives or onions just before serving. Makes 8 cups coleslaw.
3 cups cornmeal
1 cup flour
6 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
1/4 cup oil
4 eggs, slightly beaten
2 cups creamed corn
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a 9x13 baking pan. Combine cornmeal,flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in mixing bowl. Combine the milk, yogurt,melted butter, oil and eggs in another bowl. Add to the cornmeal mixture.Stir until just combined. Stir in creamed corn. Pour batter into the greasedpan. Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on rack.Note: You can make this the day before, and store covered.
Corn on the Cob
Allow 2 ears per person. Choose fresh green husked corn without blemishes.Put on a large pot of water to boil. Husk the corn and remove silk. Placein pan so it is just covered with water. Cook 3-5 minutes. You can also startwith cold water and cook until water reaches boiling, then remove corn. Servewith butter, salt and pepper. For a special treat mix a stick of butter witha tablespoon of finely chopped chives the night before, so the flavors havetime to develop. Crumb Apple Pie
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/4 cup ice water
7 medium Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup chilled butter or margarine, cut into pieces
Place rack on lowest position. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. To prepare crust;in a medium bowl mix together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender or 2knives (I also use my fingers) cut shortening into flour mixture until coursecrumbs form. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork, untila dough forms. Shape into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 30minutes. On a floured surface, using a floured rolling pin, roll dough intoa 12 inch circle. Fit into a 9 inch pie plate. Trim dough, leaving a 1 inchoverhang; pinch a decorative edge.
To prepare filling; peel, core and very thinly slice the apples. Mix togetherwith other filling ingredients. Spoon into crust.
For topping, in a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, flour and cinnamon.Cut butter into mixture until course crumbs form. Sprinkle apple fillingevenly with topping. Bake pie until topping is lightly browned and fillingis bubbly, 35 minutes. If pie is overbrowning, cover loosely with foil. Coolon a wire rack. 8 servings
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