My dad mans the cast-iron skillet, periodically adjusting the burner’s heat as to not incinerate any pancakes. This is Sunday: Every drop of batter counts.
He flips a pancake, using a metal spatula with a chipped white handle sourced from some dollar bin at a random garage sale. My dad claims this is where all the forgotten, spatula gems are found.
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“These are going to be so flipping good,” he says, his face breaking out into a “I just made a pun” look of pride. “HA,” I say, my tween voice dripping with apathy. I didn’t appreciate the power of a pun—yet.
My dad stacks the pancakes high, pouring plenty of the maple syrup he tapped from the trees in our front yard and syruped in our greenhouse-turned-sugar shack. My pancakes are 50% chocolate chips, my sister’s have banana slices, and my dad’s are nothin’ but buttermilk. All are slightly raw in the center. Something that, when pointed out, my dad defends. “Well, batter’s up!” he says, making a motion quasi-resembling that of a baseball player.
These days, I like to think I have my dad’s voracious appetite and work ethic—which may well be the case—and I certainly acquired his affinity for puns. I search for puns in everything, all the time. It’s even better if the pun’s food-related, in queso were wondering. I, like my dad, have a pun face: a slightly spastic smile of anticipation and excitement. We have pun spars over the phone on a weekly basis.
For all the the dads like mine, here are 16 of my favorite dad jokes and puns—plus recipes he’ll love (pun or not). For my dad, I have two words: “Batter’s up.”
What does a nosy pepper do? It gets jalapeño business.