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Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Dad!

Today’s theme post is more like a theme and member feature combination. Most of you know that this weekend is the weekend that dads get to be in the spotlight, and I figured we’d start early. So today at Tasty Kitchen, it’s all about the guys!

(Disclaimer: I need to say up front that I had no way of systematically picking out all the men from our list of members, since we don’t even ask you for your gender when you sign up for an account. So for the most part, I relied on memory. Which, in my case, is probably the worst possible approach. So if I missed you, please accept my deepest apologies. Then be sure to let me know about it in the comments below!)

Let’s start at the very beginning: breakfast. Our guys think nothing of taking over the kitchen first thing in the morning and whipping up the morning meal. And they have the recipes to back them up. Seriously, there’s just something about dad making eggs and pancakes in the morning that just makes the day feel really special. It’s even more special when it means you get to lounge around in bed in your jammies for a few extra minutes.


Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Dad! (Breakfast)Clockwise from top left: Huevos Rancheros from daxphillips, Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes from mrnate, Homemade Protein Bars from Cooking Ventures, Daddy’s Special Waffles from matthewebguy, and Truckstop Buttermilk Pancakes and (White) Chocolate Pancakes from clarkitect.

Guys like to nosh, too, and fortunately, they’re quite adept at making great stuff to munch on. Whether it’s appetizers or dips, spicy or mellow, they’ve got it covered. They sometimes get all fancy and exotic, too. (I like to think they do that for us ladies. Making assumptions in our favor is a small hobby of mine.)


Tasty Kitchen Blog The Theme is Dad! (Appetizers)Left column, from top to bottom: Steve’s Gooey Cheese Bread, Spinach Balls from daxphillips, and Creamy Chicken Cracker Dip from JasonJ. Center column, from top to bottom: Zucchini Cakes from detzelpretzel (a.k.a. Pastor Ryan), Chili Cheesecake from dnvrbronco, and Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos from boturner. Right column, from top to bottom: Goat Cheese and Pistachio Stuffed Grapes from montanaeats and Petite Braunschweiger Cups from jimguymd.

And main courses? Fuggedaboutit! I’m not just talking meat and potatoes here, although we’ve got plenty of that. Along with hearty, uncomplicated meals like goulash and fried chicken strips, we’re also talking tostadas, shrimp creole, and linguine with clam sauce.


Tasty Kitchen Blog The Theme is Dad! (Main Course)Top row, left to right: Cajun Meatloaf from detzelpretzel, Budget-Friendly Goulash from Cooking Ventures, and Margarita Shrimp Tostada from daxphillips. Middle row, left to right: East Buffalo Chicken from matthewebguy, Q’s Southern Fried Chicken Strips from qcancook, and New Orleans Style Shrimp Creole from Frank. Bottom row, left to right: Linguini with Spicy Clam Sauce from calou84523, Popeye’s Chicken from goodthingks, and Pulled Pork Pockets from patiodaddio. Not pictured: thatedeguy’s Chili recipes and Caveman Cooking’s delicious-looking (and sounding!) 2+2 Tequila Chili.

To end the meal, we’ve got some great dessert recipes from them too. Cheesecakes, tortes, ice cream, pies, cookies … they do it all!


Tasty Kitchen Blog The Theme is Dad! (Dessert)Clockwise from top left: Barbecued Sweet Potato Pie from patiodaddio, MeMe’s Cheesecake from BigDaddy, Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream from daxphillips, Mini Chocolate Souffle from montanaeats, Apricot Coconut Cloud Torte from JasonJ, and Orange-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies from dnvrbronco.

Do you have any special weekend plans for the dad in your life? If you’re wondering what to make for them this weekend, I figured I’d cheat a little and peek into the Community Recipes that they saved in their recipe boxes. (Sneaky, eh?) You know something? Lots of them had soup recipes saved. All kinds of different soups. Who knew!

Of course, they had other great stuff saved, too. I picked out those that appeared in more than one recipe box and put them together in the collection below.


Tasty Kitchen Blog The Theme is Dad! (Their Bookmarked Recipes)Clockwise from top left: Crash Hot Sweet Potatoes from Donalyn Ketchum, Cinnamon Bun Pancakes from sapeylissy, Divine Breadsticks from Melanie, Volcano Cakes from mamabunny, Sweet Potato Fries with Lemon-Chipotle Mayo from Jessica, French Toast Bites from crystalscozykitchen, Beef and Potato Tacos from Cooking Ventures, and Funnel Cakes from HeatherD.

And there you have it! Our small tribute to the fathers (and by fathers we mean dads, grandpas, father figures, and fathers-to-be) everywhere who do what they do so well. You carry so much on your broad shoulders, and often let us take credit for it. You let us inflict our kitchen experiments on you, and you don’t complain too much when we try to serve you a salad as a meal. And you even pretend to enjoy dishes you really hate, just because you like us.

We hope this weekend brings something special to all the fathers who deserve it. Now it’s your turn to chime in! Tell us the most wonderful thing about your dad (or husband). Yes, you can pick more than one.



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Dawna on 6.23.2010

Steak with red gravy & mashed potatoes. So easy my girls all grow and gone all have it on their menus.

Monet2 on 6.22.2010

Based on the choices you showed, I want to marry daxphillips.

Jessica Campbell on 6.21.2010


ZPurple on 6.21.2010

I’m new to all this, being recently married and not much of a cook – my career took priority over food! Ree you’ve inspired me to enter the kitchen and cook up a storm… I actully enjoy experimenting and an added bonus is my husband loves whatever I make!

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shadowman on 6.20.2010

Great looking recipes and thanks for the Fathers Day comments. love the BUG photos too! ♥

Kirk on 6.20.2010

Thanks for posting this!

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swantine on 6.20.2010

Creamed corn over biscuits with crisp bacon on the side. That was my father’s favorite thing to cook for the kids on Sunday morning. He made the creamed corn from scratch, either using fresh corn he cut off the cobs or frozen, whole kernel corn. He started with a bechamel sauce in a large cast iron frying pan and added cream or buttermilk and he really spiced up everything. He made the biscuits from scratch, too. This all had something to do with his childhood favorite breakfast in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Another thing he liked was leftover cornbread crumbled into a tall class with buttermilk poured over it. We all said “ewww!” but he dug into it like it was a Dairy Queen milkshake.) I don’t know why we liked the creamed corn breakfast so much but it was really GOOD!

Stac on 6.20.2010

We hit some hard times there for awhile. My husband has always taken care of us, better than I could ever have expected when I met him in high school and he didn’t have a job. Today he is working a 12 hour shift, same as always. 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, until they don’t have to anymore- last announced date is December. We miss him so much…

Cyndi - The Adventures of HarryJack on 6.20.2010

What a lovely tribute – I have a great guy who cooks and appreciates everything I cook….these will end up on our table! Thank you for taking the time to put this all together. Growing up without a father then seeing my awesome husband dadding our boys makes my heart squeeze.

Chef Carlos on 6.20.2010

Ree , you really are the coolest . You just helped make my day – I knew you would that’s why Icame to your site today – I felt like you were talking about me there for a minute – about being in the kitchen in the morning while my wife is still in bed ! Happy Father’s Day to all us Dad’s out there !

Puna on 6.20.2010

What a wonderful gathering of great food! I do hope all these men have a wonderful father’s day!

LyssaLuv on 6.17.2010

My hubby is a daddy-to-be, due this fall. He’s the best, and I can’t wait to see our little baby in his arms. My Father-in-law is so wonderful to us, and raised good kids. My Dad is my hero. They’re both pretty eager Grandpa’s to be too, first grandbaby on both sides!

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JWeaver on 6.17.2010

Such delicious stuff! Where to begin?

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3bakingsheets on 6.17.2010

My dad had to grow up with 5 women in the house (my mom and 4 daughters) and somehow, through all of the mood swings, bad hair days and late night runs to the drugstore for “feminine items”, he managed to make it out alive.

Today, he’s also a grandfather to 5 grandkids and they love him just as much as my sisters and I do. We’re so blessed.

Bryan on 6.17.2010

Oh wow… Making me hungry.

Wilna on 6.16.2010

I see some great recipes sumitted by the guys, saw some I must try.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s. Mine was the best, nothing he couldn’t do, plumbing, building, fixing things and problems. It was always about family, and so it is with my husband….I’ve been blessed.

Catherine McP on 6.16.2010

What a great tribute to men who cook!!! I love them!

Georgia Pellegrini on 6.16.2010

What a great way to honor the dads. Happy Father’s Day!

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Sex, Food, and Rock & Roll on 6.16.2010

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, grandfathers, and stepdads!! My own dad has always been very supportive and taught me to do my own thing and learn my lessons, even if he didn’t agree with what I was doing. My boyfriend is such a loving father, and I love watching him with his kids.

Wenderly on 6.16.2010

It all looks gorgeous! Happy Father’s Day to my Grill Master and all of the other Grill Masters out there!

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Ree | The Pioneer Woman on 6.16.2010

Erika, this is amazing, and such a nod to all the men in our lives—AND the men who love to cook.

Thank you guys for your contributions to TK…oh, and the world in general. ;)

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Beau @ on 6.16.2010

I’ve been told I have to stay out of the kitchen on Father’s Day. That’s ok by me as long as I get out of doing dishes, and I’m still allowed behind the bar!

PatioDaddio on 6.16.2010

Thanks so much for the kind words, and for the inclusion.

Being a husband and father is the highest calling and blessing there is.


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Caveman Cooking on 6.16.2010

A very happy and flavorful Father’s Day to all! Personally, I can’t think of anything more rewarding than fatherhood.
And, a huge “Thank you!” to TK for the shout out on my 2+2 Tequila Chili recipe.

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cookincanuck on 6.16.2010

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dad out there. The most wonderful thing about my husband? He spends as much quality time with our kids as he can – teaching them, being silly, and showing interest in their favorite activities. What more do kids want than time with their parents?

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carolinagirl on 6.16.2010

I’ll be cooking for my new husband, who is now a step dad to my grown up boys! I think one of these days he’ll make a great gradnpa! I’ve cooked Pastor Ryan’s cajun meatloaf and zucchini cakes and about 600 spinach balls from daxphillips! Looking forward to trying some more of the guys’ recipes! Happy Father’s Day to all!

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rachelhockey on 6.16.2010

I also lost my dad just over a year ago. He was an amazing chef and has inspired me to cook wonderful meals for my family. I was so very blessed to have him in my life.

Although, my husband is by far the best father in the world, and our baby girl is so very blessed. (So is the baby in my belly!) Looking forward to spoiling him this weekend :)

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sylvie10 on 6.16.2010

We lost Dad last Aug. My husband is the BEST dad to our two girls, even though they are all grown up. But neither one of them could have passed Chemistry without his help and patience.

Regina on 6.16.2010

Two of the wonderful things are listed in your blog – East Buffalo Chicken and Daddy’s Special Waffles are just a smidge of the good eats in our house. Mattthewebguy also has the handyman gene, so if I need something built or fixed, he’s the go-to….plus he’s crackerjack with bedtime stories, games, and anything else our 5 year old munchkin needs. My Dad rocks, too -even at nearly 79!!!

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Kimi B - the Qtswede on 6.16.2010

Oh, and I should say – I can’t think of any one thing about my Dad. Just that to me, he is the whole world, and all the stars. <3

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Kimi B - the Qtswede on 6.16.2010

I’ll be making dinner for my Daddy & husband, planting flowers in memory of my Grandfathers, and trying to find a way to save our family farm for Daddy. So …. no pressure.
Happy Father’s Day to all the fabulous Dads out there !!

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Alyssa Walters on 6.16.2010

My husband is a hands-on, loving father who can’t wait to get home from work and play with his kids. My dad is reliable, generous and taught my mom how to cook, and now encourages me to try experimenting! My father-in-law is encouraging and thoughtful and works really hard to maintain a relationship with his grandkids! TOTALLY blessed by these three men and the impact they have on my 3 sons and my daughter!

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mrsdavis728 on 6.16.2010

My husband is willing to eat just about anything I make– I am grateful as I’m still learning and experimenting in the kitchen!