Recipes: Whip up Dad's favorite foods this Father's Day


Michelle Ann Anderson


Papa, vater, papi, père, padre-no matter how you say it, dad is a great reason to celebrate. Give him the great taste of barbecue on his special day. Just add a green salad and juicy watermelon and his special meal is complete. Kids of all ages can help get these recipes on the table in no time.

Besides her two favorite jobs of wife and mom, Michelle Ann Anderson is also a freelance writer who enjoys writing cookbooks and sharing her love of food.


Dad's Favorite Ribs
¼ cup dark brown sugar
¼ cup paprika
3 Tablespoons granulated garlic
3 Tablespoons granulated onion
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons ground cumin
¼ cup kosher salt
2 pounds baby back ribs
1 bottle prepared barbecue sauce

These mouth-watering ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender. And, since they're cooked in foil, clean up is a snap.

Mix together the brown sugar, paprika, garlic, onion, pepper, mustard, cumin and salt in a small bowl.

Tear off a piece of heavy duty foil that is 2¼ times as long as each rack of ribs; coat with cooking spray. Place each rack of ribs on a piece of foil; sprinkle the seasoning mixture all over both sides of the ribs. Fold the foil to completely wrap the ribs. Place on a baking sheet; refrigerate for four-eight hours.

Place foil-wrapped ribs on a baking sheet; bake in a 350 degree oven for two hours. Remove from oven and carefully open foil pouch. Brush both sides of the ribs with a generous amount of barbecue sauce. Return to oven. Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until bubbling.

Makes 4-6 servings.



Cheesy Herb sides

Cheesy Herb Bread
4 hoagie rolls, split
Cheesy Herb Butter
Lime zest is the secret ingredient-unexpected, but delicious.

Spread the cut sides of the hoagie rolls generously with the Cheesy Herb Butter. Place buttered side up on a baking sheet. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until golden.

Makes 4 servings.



Cheesy Herb Corn
4 large ears of corn, husked
Cheesy Herb Butter

Corn on the cob is a must with ribs. This version has fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese for a delicious change to the plain kind.

Brush each ear of corn with a generous amount of Cheesy Herb Butter. Wrap in foil, place on a baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.

Makes 4 servings.



Cheesy Herb Butter
1 pound unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 Tablespoons minced fresh basil or cilantro
1 teaspoon lime zest
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and set aside.

Makes 1 pound of butter.



Tie cupcakes
1 recipe of cupcakes, any flavor, frosted as desired
Fruit leather, various flavors

Father's Day wouldn't be complete without some mention of the ultimate Dad's Day gift: the tie. Here's a fun dessert that the kids will love to make.

Unroll the fruit leather; leave on the plastic backing. Using scissors, cut fruit leather into necktie shapes to fit on the cupcake.

Remove plastic backing from the cutouts. Decorate each tie with stripes, dots and other designs cut from contrasting fruit leather colors. Place one tie onto each cupcake.

Cooks' note: To prevent the scissors from getting too sticky while cutting the fruit leather, coat the blades with a bit of cooking spray.



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