Daddy’s Favorite Foods

June 21, 2009

Happy Father’s Day, everyone.  As we’ve mentioned before, we lost our dad on January 21, 2007, so this is our third Father’s Day without him here.  The other day, I was thinking about another approaching Father’s Day, and started remembering some of D’s favorite foods and what we would have if he was with us now.  I made a list of some of his favorites that came to my mind, and wanted to share some really good recipes for them.

  • Lemon Meringue PieGrandma’s Lemon Meringue Pie from AllRecipes sounds great, and got excellent reviews.  D liked his lemon pie very “puckery” and so do we all!
  • Banana Pudding – this recipe for Old Fashioned Banana Pudding from RecipeZaar sounds very similar to the way we’ve always made it since we were kids.  Homemade vanilla pudding, vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, and NO meringue, no cream cheese, no Eagle Brand!  Not that there is anything wrong with any of those ingredients; we just choose not to include them in our nana puddin.
  • Chicken Fried Steak from Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar” in Las Vegas – we found this recipe a while back, and now we can’t put our hands on it.  Cook’s Illustrated has a recipe that sounds really yummy, but you can only see it if you have a membership as I do.  BTW, I love their site, and this is the only web site I pay for access to, except for Consumer Reports.  But if you don’t want to pay for recipes, you could check out Alton Brown’s Chicken Fried Steak.  Alton seems to know what he’s doing, so I imagine his version is good even if he’s not Texan.  :-D
  • Sardine-Mustard-Onion Sandwich – no recipe needed!  We all have our unusual favorite combinations, right?  This was one of D’s.
  • Schlotzsky’s Pastrami Sandwich on Dark Pumpernickel – we love this sandwich place, and I’m really sorry that you can’t find them all over the country.  One of the special things about them is their bread.  Here’s a copycat recipe for Schlotzsky’s bread, although I haven’t tried it yet.
  • Keurig Coffee – the best coffeemaker, hands down!  Get yourself some Green Mountain K-Cups, and prepare to enjoy a wonderful coffee experience.
  • Red Beans with Ham and Cornbread – Paula Deen should know how to make pinto beans, right?  She has a Slow Cooker Pinto Bean recipe that sounds pretty simple.  Lots of recipes use tomatoes, kidney beans, bay leaf, roasted garlic, etc. but we were never that fancy!  We also didn’t pre-soak our beans. All of the ingredients went into the pot, and they simmered for hours til tender.   I think this recipe for cornbread from Hillbilly Housewife sounds great!  It uses buttermilk and a cast iron skillet, so it’s off to a promising start.
  • Sunday morning breakfast with eggs, biscuits and bacon – who doesn’t love the smell of this meal cooking, not to mention getting to eat it?  It maybe one of my favorite smells ever.
  • Potato Salad – we’ll give you our family recipe in another post. It’s a good one!  It originally came from SisMama’s dad, who was a magnificent cook with a fiery German personality!
  • LilSis’ Brisket – LilSis will share her recipe in a separate post too.

Most of all, D loved to eat anything that SisMama made.  If you are fortunate enough to still have your dad, make one of his favorite foods for Father’s Day!

~BigSis

6 Comments so far

  1. Posted by SisMama

    June 22, 20099:36 am

    Here’s another of his favorites for a late breakfast with a cup of that good coffee…Grilled cheese sandwich with a slice of cheese on both pieces of bread, with thin slice of ham and a well done fried egg in the middle..Brown both sides of the sandwich in a non stick skillet with some Smart Balance..the sandwich is nice and brown and cheese is melted into the ham and egg…It was a pleasure to cook for him, as he enjoyed everything I made…He is much loved and missed by all of us, today and every day..

  2. Posted by Laura

    June 22, 20091:16 pm

    Oh lawd. Nanner pudding and country fried steak? Also, big props for mentioning Cook’s and AB all in one paragraph! You’re my kinda gals!

  3. Posted by BigSis

    June 22, 20093:55 pm

    Hey SisMama, Thanks for adding that yummy sounding sandwich to the list. Daddy did love everything that came out of your kitchen. Maybe you could share one of his favorite recipes of yours with us sometime?

  4. Posted by BigSis

    June 22, 20093:57 pm

    Hi Laura,

    Thanks for coming by and taking the time to comment. We really appreciate it. You can’t go wrong with Cook’s Illustrated and Alton, right?

  5. Posted by lisaiscooking

    June 23, 200912:53 pm

    What a nice way to remember your Dad! Now, I’m thinking of what some of my Dad’s favorite foods were. I’ll have to make a list for next year.

  6. Posted by BigSis

    June 23, 20095:00 pm

    Hi Lisa. Thanks so much for writing! It’s funny how many memories are wrapped up in a person’s favorite foods. If you made a list of your dad’s favorites, I bet you’d find the same thing…that lots of things come back to your mind that you haven’t thought about in a long time. Thanks again.

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