Of course grilling is still a popular choice; there are plenty of different burgers to choose from including traditional beef, chicken, salmon, turkey, vegetarian and vegan. You can dress them up with mushrooms or bacon, avocado or a variety of cheeses; the sky’s the limit.
But you also can bring Dad breakfast in bed (Mom’s not the only one who likes it), make his favorite foods for brunch or dinner or take him out to his favorite restaurant. This last option is becoming increasingly popular, so if you plan to go somewhere reservations are recommended, make them now.
A gift card for his favorite restaurant or taking the time to bake a dessert he likes can be welcome gifts. The New Jersey blueberry season has just begun, and strawberries are still in season, so strawberry or blueberry pie would be a tasty treat if he is a pie lover. If he’s on a diet, try making chocolate-covered strawberries. Along with brownies and cookies, they are a gift that the kids can help with.
Chances are than any homemade food gift will be welcomed as a gift of love.
If Dad likes chocolate, this gluten-free cake recipe from goodhousekeeping.com
could be a winner.
Flourless Fudge Cake
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter,
plus more for pan
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate,
1¼ cups sugar
6 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
powder, plus more for
Whipped cream, for serving
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 9-inch springform pan with parchment and grease lightly.
2. In medium saucepan on medium-low, melt butter and chocolate, stirring until combined.
3. Remove from heat and cool slightly, 5 minutes. Add sugar and mix to combine. Whisk in eggs one at a time until fully incorporated, then stir in almond extract and cocoa powder until smooth.
4. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until just set in center, 25 to 28 minutes. Cool cake in pan on wire rack 10 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool completely.
6. Dust with cocoa and serve with whipped cream if desired.
Father’s Day dining has changed over the years. There was a time when cooking on the grill was pretty much the only option, but today’s dads can pick and choose how they prefer to dine.