Father’s Day is coming up on June 21 [Still looking for a gift? Try here.], so we asked some of our employees to share their favorite memories of meals made by their dads.
“My dad makes the best breakfast crêpes from scratch on his favorite All-Clad stainless fry pan! He stacks them high on a plate and everyone builds their own with favorite fillings. They’re a tradition at my house whenever the kids are all home for any occasion!” – Aimee Sherman, Assistant Manager at Providence Place Mall in Providence, RI
“Hirinó krasáto (Greek pork braised in red wine) is my all-time favorite dish my dad makes. He is from Greece and only eats/cooks Greek food even though he has lived in America over 40 years. He’s the MOST excellent cook, and I love everything he makes, but my ultimate favorite is his pork. He is famous for it in our circle of friends and family. Whenever he knows I’m coming over for a special occasion he always makes this for me. The thing that makes this dish so special is the joy it brings my dad when he makes it, knowing it’s everyone’s favorite. My dad is never happier than when he is feeding someone. He will admit that he is a total food pusher and will always try to get everyone to “eat some more”— his famous last broken English words at any dinner table.” – Joanna Karas, Executive Assistant; Seattle, WA
“Banana cream pie — amazing!!!” – Lynne Just, Resident Chef at Stony Point Fashion Park in Richmond, VA
“Flying Saucers (aka: a way cooler name for tostadas)” – Laura England, Human Resources Coordinator; Seattle, WA
“In our family, my husband is the peanut butter ball (buckeyes) king. He makes them for every occasion. Recently a member of our church asked him to make them for his wedding reception!” – Doralece Dullaghan, Director of Strategic Partnerships & PR; Virginia Beach, VA
“My dad has invented some rather unique dishes (peanut butter and pepperoni sandwich with yellow mustard and grated parmesan, anyone?) but growing up, my absolute favorite thing he made for my sisters and me was our birthday cakes. Nearly every birthday up until around age 8 we would select a Wilton character pan and mom would bake us up a cake in the flavor of our choosing. Once it was cooled down, that’s when the Dad-Magic happened. He would sit for hours with a pastry bag, delicately adding bursts of colored frosting using a no. 21 decorating tip. We have stacks of pictures of us giddily gathered around Raggedy Ann, Scooby Doo, Strawberry Shortcake, Superman and countless other Saturday morning heroes. It just wasn’t a birthday without one of dad’s cakes. So while dad’s from-scratch pizzas and alphabet pancakes were delicious and showed more of his culinary skill, the cakes are definitely the most special and most memorable. Thanks, Dad!!” – Susie Pribbenow, Production Manager, Ecommerce; Seattle, WA
“Saturday night was either grilled steaks or ribs at our house, two of my dad’s signature dishes. It was the one night of the week that we were all able to sit down and eat together. Mom and dad played cards for a few hours and then it was time for one of two meals!!” – Katie O’Conner, Sur La Table Cherry Creek in Denver, CO
“Traditional coffee cake from scratch – on school mornings! My Dad arranged with his bosses to have a late start time each day to allow time to make breakfast, brown bag lunches, and get my bro and me to school each morning.” – Joan Bartz, Executive Assistant; Seattle, WA
“My Dad’s favorite dish to cook is pizza, because he is able to experiment and get really weird with it. He combines foods that were never meant to be eaten together — let alone be near each other. My favorite pizza he makes is refried bean and broccoli pizza — don’t knock it till you try it; it’s amazing! And his favorite (my least favorite) has mushrooms, pineapple, SAUERKRAUT, mozzarella, and then after it’s cooked, fresh chopped tomatoes. *Shiver*” – Megan Ryan, Office Coordinator; Seattle, WA
So that’s it for us — what’s your dad’s best dish? Let us know in the comments!