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Grillin' It Up for Dad

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What does Dear Old Dad really want for his Father’s Day Feast? In all likelihood, he’s probably not that picky — as long as there’s meat at the center of the meal … preferably sizzled up on the grill. (That’s why they scheduled Father’s Day at the beginning of the summer grilling season, right?)

Well we’ve got a trio of tasty grilled meat ideas — beef, pork and chicken — plus a terrific salmon recipe, if Dad prefers surf over turf. In addition to our main dish suggestions, we have an array of 
veggie recipes for your Father’s Day Feast…all geared for the grill.

Since it’s his day, maybe you should take over the tongs this year and let Dad relax and enjoy the show. Or perhaps he’s the one-and-only Grillmeister who won’t let anyone else near the fire. That’s okay, too. You and the kids can do all the prep and cleanup—we’re pretty sure he won’t mind that.

If he’s a beef lover with an appetite for adventure, let him try our Jamaican Flank Steak. The spicy chipotle butter really accents the rich beef flavor of this cut of beef.

Here’s another grilled specialty Dad may not have experienced: Tuscan Grilled Chicken. You’ll need two bricks, wrapped in aluminum foil, and a whole bird. You’ll end up with savory, juicy chicken—and it cooks up really quickly using this method.

Our third meat-lover’s recipe, Rosemary Grilled Pork Tenderloin yields a truly extraordinary and succulent main dish. Dad will definitely be ready to dig into this one.

And our fish selection for Dad’s Day cooks up beautifully on a hunk of wood. Our Cedar Planked Salmon with Sweet Soy Basting Sauce is a marvel. Ever tried plank cooking? You really should. The cedar plank adds an incredible wood-smoked flavor that complements the salmon.

Our Roasted Corn Kabobs and Grilled Asparagus dishes are outstanding choices that partner well with any of our meat suggestions, and the Grilled Eggplant with Red Onion sides magnificently with the Planked Salmon—and uses the same sweet soy basting sauce. Our Smashed Baked Potatoes recipe calls for oven prep, but finishing them on the grill adds an extra flavor punch.

Other ways to make sure Dad enjoys his day

• If he’s a big sports fan, let him watch the big game—more importantly, watch it with him, and share in the cheering for his team. Father’s Day is also the final day of the U.S. Open PGA golf tournament. Is Dad a fan of Tiger or Phil? Find out and root along with him.

• If Dad’s a big music lover, put on some of his favorite CD’s or plug his iPod into to the speakers, and crank it up loud like he likes it.

• Let him relax with the Sunday newspaper, or nap on the couch if he feels like it.

• Watch a “guy flick” together in the theater or at home. Something with lots of explosions, car chases and action heroes. Or whatever he’s into.

• Encourage the kids to make handmade Father’s Day cards. And the opening of presents should be conducted with a lot of fanfare.

• Father’s Day is June 20. Make this year’s celebration one he won’t soon forget. But don’t fret about it. Most dads aren’t really too hard to please. Let the Dad times roll![[In-content Ad]]


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