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Father's Day Recipes and Menu

Father's Day is a time to thank our fathers for all the special things they do. My father's favorite way to celebrate his day was with good food. In his honor, I created a menu that includes some of his favorites. The first course, steamed clams with browned butter, was a favorite appetizer that Dad and I shared often at a small, neighborhood bar and grill, called Hemerley's, when I was young. The main dish I chose was another of Dad's favorites, grilled rib eye steak. Even on Father's Day, he insisted on and was happy to do the grilling while Mom, with a little help from my brother and me, prepared the remainder of the dinner indoors. The side dishes I chose are grilled potatoes, roasted squash and a spinach salad using what was Dad's favorite dressing, creamy blue cheese.

The dessert my father requested most often was cheesecake. With that in mind, I complete this Father's Day meal with an easy and absolutely delicious strawberry-cream cheese tart. If strawberries are no longer in season in your area, other berries, such as blueberries or raspberries, can be used. For alternate choices, there are links to similar or related dishes on each of the individual recipe pages. If you don't find what you are looking for, you can browse through hundreds of recipes in the Recipes Files. I hope you and your father enjoy!


Steamed Clams with Browned Butter
Garlic Bread or Toast

Grilled Rib Eye Steaks with Garlic and Rosemary

Grilled Potato and Onion Packets

Roasted Yellow Squash

Spinach Salad with Bacon, Mushrooms
Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

Strawberry-Cream Cheese Tart
Graham Cracker
Almond Crust

Preparation Notes: The eggs for the salad can be cooked the day before and refrigerated. Prepare the salad dressing and refrigerate.

In the morning, prepare the dessert and refrigerate. Slice the mushrooms and rinse the spinach (unless pre-sliced and washed) and refrigerate. Rinse the squash. The steaks can be marinated early and refrigerated as noted in the recipe. About two hours before serving, prepare the potato packets. Scrub the clams and refrigerate. Assemble the salad and refrigerate, adding the bacon and dressing just before serving. Heat the grill and oven and cook the potatoes and squash as indicated in the recipes. Cook the bacon for the salad. Meanwhile, cook the clams and brown the butter. Serve with the garlic toast before the main meal. All that remains is to grill the steaks and dress the salad. With this menu, you can relax and enjoy the celebration. I know your father will.