It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. And what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. Here are our thoughts on how to drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.
Since you’ll likely be firing up the grill this weekend for burgers, steaks and smoky ribs (a.k.a. Dad food), try pairing this meal with a summery beverage too (a.k.a. a little something delicious for everyone)? While you’re waiting patiently for those ribs to become meltingly tender, pull up a lawn chair and slowly sip on this Watermelon Jalapeño Lemonade. Word of caution: It’s spicy, so go slowly.
This refreshing summer treat has just enough bite to make Dad love it. While pureed jalapeño adds the spicy dimension, blended watermelon sweetens the deal. Add an additional jalapeño if you dare. Though it’s best with a splash of tequila, the original version is booze-free.
Bottoms up, folks.
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If your dad’s perfect Father’s Day is spent lording over an open flame with beer in hand, honor him with one of the manliest treats around: a frosted cupcake. Kidding aside, these aren’t just any cupcakes. They’re flame-jumping, steak-searing, barbecue-revering replicas of a piping hot grill. After baking classic chocolate cupcake recipe, spear some gummy kebabs and mini chocolate “patties” over a flaming twirl of orange frosting flames. It’s a mighty fitting end to a day of grilling.
For more ways to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, check out these dad-friendly recipes from Cooking Channel:
• Cowboy Steak with Coffee and Chili Rub
• Fried Chicken
• Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea
5 Hot Links We’re Loving:
1. The Gunny Sack re-imagines an ice cream truck classic as bite-sized doughnuts topped with a scoop of fluffy orange buttercream.
2. Breakfast just got a whole lot sweeter, thanks to these cardamom-infused sweet potato sticky buns from the Sugar Hit.
3. Still planning the perfect Father’s Day menu? We bet Dad will ask for seconds of the Endless Meal‘s crisp-skinned pork belly with chipotle aioli.
4. A piping bag and colorful sprinkles are Oh Joy‘s tools for turning classic chocolate cupcakes into favorite summer fruits.
5. Load flaky biscuits with pepper-flecked berries and whipped goat cheese to make these fancy strawberry shortcakes by 10th Kitchen.
You love your dad. That’s why you should cook him a Father’s Day menu that’s as healthy as it is delicious. Here’s a Father’s Day menu that takes advantage of fresh summer produce and grilling to add flavor without a ton of extra fat and calories.
Start the meal off with a flavor-packed salsa fresca.
We here at Cooking Channel love a good party. But throwing a memorable event requires more than just gathering some food and drink. We show you how with just five main “ingredients” (including recipes, big-impact decorating ideas and easy DIY elements) you can throw a party that feels like it has a cohesive theme — minimal work required.
Though our dads deserve a big bash to honor their thankless sacrifices, Father’s Day is often underserved with a simple, lackluster barbecue. This year, attempt to repay Dad with a Southern-inspired comfort food brunch that features his favorite flavors and something different than the steak-and-burgers, beer-and-sports routine. (Why should brunch — a hearty, any-time-of-day meal — be saved for the moms only?) A buffet setup keeps this party concept laid-back, while a neutral palette proves that the manliest of men can be celebrated with themed decor.
To host your own Father’s Day brunch, you’ll need five essential ingredients:
• family photos, new and old
• Bloody Marys
• printable Father’s Day cards (download the template here)
• potted succulents
• Virginia ham biscuits
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This Father's Day, skip the polo shirt and treat Dad to kitchen gadgets he can use to grill up his favorite steak recipe.
The quickest way to Dad’s heart is, of course, through his stomach. And the quickest way to his stomach is gadgets that make cooking easier. If you’ve gotten your dad too many polo shirts (Hi, Dad, I’m sorry!) or you suspect he hasn’t used the mani-pedi gift card you got him last year, we have a solution! Below, find our top picks for must-have kitchen gadgets that every geeky dad can get excited about.
Bonus: He’ll be obligated to make you a meal using them.
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Perfect for Father’s Day, Esquire magazine’s new cookbook Eat Like a Man is about the skills and the confidence to delight and satisfy yourself and the people you care about, says David Granger, editor-in-chief of Esquire. We thought that sounded like our kind of cookbook, so we gave it a spin-through.
From the masterpieces (Coca-Cola-Brined Fried Chicken) to the quick and simple (Bread ‘n’ Butter Pickles) this cookbook covers all a man’s cooking needs. Like grilling. If you’re firing up the grill this weekend in honor of Dad, check out these eight tips from the cookbook to get you started.
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Your dad deserves a beer-pretzel cheese ball.
What do you make for the man who claims to have invented “pull my finger,” and who still responds to “I’m hungry” with, “Hi, Hungry, I’m Dad”? The man who proudly drove a minivan with the vanity plate GR8 DAD throughout your youth, dishing out lame puns (“Did you hear the Energizer Bunny got arrested? Charged with battery!”) as he carpooled you around town.
This guy deserves the best. And the cheesiest, to match his humor. Make him a cheese ball, a dad-friendly anytime snack that’s perfect for pop.
Because what says dad better than beer, pretzels, cheese . . . and bad jokes?
Here’s the recipe:
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Make Kevin Gillespie's Grilled Flat Iron Steak the main dish at your Father's Day cookout.
This Father’s Day, treat Dad to an afternoon of bonding over hot coals and sizzling meat — you may even be able to teach him a thing or two with these grill-master tips from Kevin Gillespie. Add a menu full of great cookout sides and a decadent chocolatey sweet, and the perfect dad date is complete. Now go get grilling!
Follow Kevin’s lead to grill the perfect steak. Kevin likes using flat iron steak because it has nice marbling, it’s flavorful and it’s less expensive than more traditional cuts. He uses a simple marinade, adds salt and pepper and throws the steak onto a super-hot grill, just like the best steakhouses.
For a different take on steak, see Mark Bittman’s tips, spice-rub ideas and marinade recipe.
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