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!