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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 classic caesar salad, my father's favorite salad.

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

Classic Caesar Salad

Strawberry-Cream Cheese Tart
Graham Cracker-
Almond Crust

Preparation Notes: In the morning, prepare the dessert and refrigerate. Rinse the lettuce (unless pre-washed) and refrigerate. Prepare the croutons for the salad, cool, place in an air-tight container and keep at room temperature. 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. Heat the grill and oven and cook the potatoes and squash as indicated in the recipes. Make the dressing 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.