Celebrating the Men in Your Life

Whether you're cooking for your own father, or for your husband -- the father of the house -- Father's Day is a time to bring out the favorite foods.

In my house this means beer, great grilled meat, and a really decadent, pull-out-the-stops chocolate dessert. Experience tells me this works wonders on most men, so beware -- I have found men milling about on my lawn when I've been smoking meat on the grill. If you're single you could end up with a marriage proposal. If you're married, let your husband do the grilling, though even he may get a few offers -- this steak recipe is really that good.

As always, most of this meal can be made ahead, leaving you time to enjoy the company of the men you love the most.

The Menu

  • Dandy Shandy
  • Beer-Marinated Peppered T-Bones
  • Panzanella (Bread Salad)
  • Summertime Tortellini
  • Today's Silk Pie

Dandy Shandy

Of course most guys would say that beer is the perfect summertime thirst-quencher, and nothing is more manly than stout beer. The Dandy Shandy, however, takes what could be a rather heavy beer for hot days and it turns into a refreshing cocktail, great for Macho or Metro Dads.

View Dandy Shandy recipe

Beer-Marinated Peppered T-Bones

Sounds like a recipe Homer Simpson would invent, to be sure, but this steak will please sophisticated palates, too. Mmmm...meat.

View Beer-Marinated Peppered T-Bones recipe

Panzanella (Bread Salad)

Day-old bread is best for this marinated Italian salad. Men who try to avoid vegetables will end up eating some just to get at those flavor-packed bites of bread.

View Panzanella (Bread Salad) recipe

Summertime Tortellini

Cool off with this warm-weather pasta salad. The presentation will add panache to Dad's Day.

View Summertime Tortellini recipe

Today's French Silk Pie

If you're lucky, you'll still have some tomorrow -- but all bets are off once he gets a taste of this pie.

View Today's French Silk Pie recipe

The Day Before

  • Make the silk pie

The Morning of the Dinner

  • Marinate the steaks
  • Make the pasta salad

One Hour Before Dinner

  • Make the panzanella
  • Take the pasta salad out of the refrigerator to warm slightly

45 Minutes Before Dinner

  • Light the grill

While You're Grilling

  • Serve Dandy Shandys

Gift Ideas

If grilling is an everyday affair at your house, consider getting a few accessories for cooking outdoors. A silicone basting brush is essential, and a grill-wok or fish grate will make it easy to expand the barbecue repertoire.

Finally, if you have young children who want to do something nice for Dad, let them make breakfast and have a whole day of celebrating Dad.

Extra Recipes

Mustard-Rosemary Grilled Lamb

Lamb chops turn any meal into a special occasion. Add the smoky flavor of fire, and you've got heaven.

View Mustard-Rosemary Grilled Lamb recipe

Grilled Beef Fillet with Portobello Relish

A perfect match: tenderloin, the king of steaks, with portobellos, the king of mushrooms.

View Grilled Beef Fillet with Portobello Relish recipe

Frozen Chocolate Nougat Mousse

This will please the candy-loving boy in every dad.

View Frozen Chocolate Nougat Mousse recipe

German Chocolate Cake

He'll be going back to the refrigerator in the middle of the night for this one.

View German Chocolate Cake recipe

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