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.

24 Responses to “Dad Food & Father’s Day Giveaway {Naptime Entertaining}”

  1. Erin Cochrane says:

    we will be having an “iou” father’s day and celebrating by going to a cubs game when my dad visits chicago later this summer.

  2. Erin Cochrane says:

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  3. Jadxxv says:

    We’re celebrating fathers day on every third sunday of June to honor the hardworking fathers around the world. That’s why father’s day breakfast is one of the best to offer on our father. A special meal treat to the father comes from their wife can relieve all the the pain in terms of emotional that fathers undergo will easyly wiped out.

    You may check out this great video on YouTube for making a steak & eggs breakfast for your father. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGoi9pMjzoA hope you’ll enjoy it.

    Chris Daily
    father’s day breakfast

  4. Meighan says:

    well, my dad is several states away, so probably just a phone call. 🙁

  5. ilona t says:

    we’re going out for a yummy brunch!

  6. Chris says:

    quiet day, out to lunch. Thanks.

  7. heather says:

    I’m thousands of miles from my father, but I plan to video chat with him, then go on to honor him with one of his favorite turkey burgers. Perhaps a favorite rose to go with.



  8. Tina E. says:

    We will be at the lake with my parents; Father’s Day always coincides with my father’s birthday on the 16th. There will be beer, horseshoes and something on the grill, not in that order.

  9. tiffany fong says:

    This father’s day we’re probably going to celebrate with a potluck at our house with all of my relatives! It’s usually a really exciting event with so much delicious home cooked food, I just can’t wait! 🙂

  10. Elsa says:

    My beloved Dad died a few years ago. Even though we never made a big deal over Father’s Day or Mother’s Day in my family, it does leave a little emotional ding when it comes around.

    I’m thinking that this Father’s Day, I might just stay home and make omelets (one of Dad’s favorite dishes). And I might invite over a couple of loved ones, a mother and daughter who recently lost their husband and father. Just a relaxed, pleasant late supper: omelets, a simple salad, and a glass of wine to toast absent friends.

  11. Schmidty says:

    We’re going to hang out on the deck and cook some steaks, have some good conversation, and maybe, just maybe, someone will bring a dobashe cake for dessert. 🙂

  12. Nancy says:

    We’re just planning to spend the day at our neighborhood pool and then go home to enjoy burgers on the grill ( I’ll be doing the sweaty labor), potato salad, and broc. slaw.   And now, I’m planning on making your peppermint brownie sundaes for a special finishs to the meal!   Thanks!

    P.S. – I subscribe to your newsletter, but I do not participate in facebook for personal reasons.  (BTW-  I also adore Sarah Moulton; I remember her from “Cooking Live” during the early days of the Food Network).

  13. Tristen says:

    My husband wants burgers and chicken wings. My Dad will always eat waffles, so it may be an all day food feast at my house. I need to find out what my preschool wants to make her Daddy too.

  14. Wendy Y. says:

    Taking Grandpa out to lunch!

  15. Sbrockermeyer says:

    My husband will be out of town so taking my kids to legoland and seaworld!

  16. I plan on making fresh english muffins to go with our eggs benedict! 🙂

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  19. Jamie says:

    Make a big breakfast with some sort of egg dish and bacon. We’ll probably grill something for dinner….possibly ribeyes. 

    I am a FB fan.
    I subscribe to your newsletter.

    Thanks for another great giveaway.

  20. Cyndiallison says:

    My Dad died in a traffic accident. I now have a step father. He is great, and I am lucky to have another wonderful person in my life. This great skillet would be real nice in making a yummy meal for the family. Tks.

  21. susitravl says:

    We are going to his favorite Mexican hole-in-the-wall place for lunch, then to a movie, and grilling ribeye’s and veggie k-bobs for dinner.

  22. susitravl says:

    Facebook Fan!! (SusanBenegas)

  23. susitravl says:

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