June 7, 2011

Dad Food & Father’s Day Giveaway {Naptime Entertaining}


I love my Dad, he is one of the most special people in the world to me. I am sure many of you feel the same way about your fathers too. When it comes to celebrating Father’s Day I like to break out what I consider “Dad Food.” Mother’s Day is all about sweet breakfasts in bed, Father’s Day is all about hearty fare, grilled dishes and stick-to-your-rib hot sandwiches. It is not that my Dad, or my husband for that matter, are overeaters, but they do eat differently than I do. I prefer lighter dishes and sweat breakfast, while they always prefer a savory, more substantial meal.

To help you with your Father’s Day cooking I am going to give you some great tips today, and a great new Dad Food recipe tomorrow. Today I am also throwing in Anolon Nouvelle Copper 10-inch Skillet for a fun giveaway. This new skillet is made of fast and even-heating hard-anodized aluminum with a durable metal-utensil safe nonstick interior and allows you to flip omelets and pancakes effortlessly everytime. It is even oven safe to 400ºF. Now, wouldn’t Dad love one of those? Yes, he would! Read on.


If you are cooking for Dad on Father’s Day here are my suggestions for some great Dad Food:

If You are Thinking Breakfast…

Farmer’s Market Quiche: An easy make-ahead quiche, this delicious egg pie contains all the delicious offerings from the farmer’s market. Add any of his favorite ingredients and serve it with fresh fruit and coffee for a fabulous breakfast.

Bacon & Green Chili Quiche: For a spicier breakfast meal try this recipe. It is so easy to make ahead of time and Dad will love the sweet salty kick.

Homemade Cottage Cheese Pancakes: You really can’t go wrong with a big stack of pancakes for Dad. Just be sure to top them with bacon, butter and maple syrup to make them extra substantial.

If You are Thinking Lunch or Dinner…

– Three Cheese Mac & Cheese with Pancetta: Take everyone’s favorite comfort casserole up a notch or three with this creamy dish that is sprinkled with salty pancetta. Dad will love the new take on a former kids favorite.

– Steak with Gorgonzola Sauce: Bistro night at home! Dad will love this easy steak dinner. Make the sauce ahead of time and grill the steaks up right before you are ready to eat!

– Burgers Stuffed with Chive-Parsley Butter: Burgers are almost always a hit with Dad and this decadent recipe is bound to become an instant classic. I mean, who doesn’t want a burger stuffed with herbed butter?!

– Walnut-Tarragon Chicken Salad: Pile this delicious salad onto a fresh baguette or slices of toast for a great Dad sandwich!

Lemon Pudding Cake

If You are Thinking Dessert…

Peppermint Patty Brownie Sundaes: Take these minty brownies and top them with a scoop of ice cream, rivers of chocolate sauce, clouds of whipped cream and plenty of sprinkles. Dad will love it!

– Chocolate Chip Coconut Oatmeal Cookies: These fabulous cookies are great to take to work, eat at home or even fill with ice cream to make sandwiches.

Lemon Pudding Cake: I had to throw in this favorite of my own Dad’s. For those who don’t love chocolate, this lemon pudding cake is a delicious treat the whole family will enjoy.


To Enter to Win the Skillet:

1) Leave a Comment detailing how you plan to celebrate Father’s Day.

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3) Sign up for The Naptime Chef newsletter (upper left hand corner)

4) Contest runs from June 7th at 7:00ET to June 13th at 11:59pm.