In honor of the men in our lives, a proper Father’s Day feast should feature manly fare with an indulgent flair. Few dishes are as masculine as a grilled steak sandwich, but managing the sandwich’s star ingredient is often laden with preparation pitfalls.
While chef Jaime Laurita was on tour cooking for Steven Tyler, the Aerosmith front man told him: “You know, I really wish you’d let your freak flag fly.”
When I was a kid and my Dad would go out of town on business, my mom and I invariably dined on a dinner of meatloaf and beets at least once while he was away.
Throwing grass seeds, spreading mulch and cutting back unwieldy vines sets the stage for a welcome onslaught of sunny days, cook-outs and summery cocktails. Planting hardy perennials, flavorful herbs and delicate annuals brighten any yard in advance of the summer entertaining season, but meal planning often takes a backseat during the busy march toward Memorial Day.
Breakfast in bed is the universal “thank you” for Mom on Mother’s Day. The tradition is so widespread that celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse annually hosts a Breakfast in Bed contest. Lagasse surprises one lucky mom at her home and cooks breakfast for her — in bed.
Motherhood is a gift. But let’s be honest, some days the gift feels more like opening the misshapen rummage sale sweater your loony aunt Bernice picked out instead of that fetching piece of jewelry you’ve had your eye on.