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I'll be honest with you: I have no idea what kinds of foods "dads" like.

I'm not a dad! But even if I were, who am I—who is anyone—to say what dads want to eat on Father's Day? As a category, "dads" includes a hugely diverse range of human beings: Do they all like pancakes (I'm falling asleep right now) or grilling (can you hear my snores?) or fancy gadgets (yawn) or puns (I just hit the snooze button)?

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There are dads in Tokyo, dads in Sardinia, dads in Dar-es-Salaam, in Lyon, in San Antonio, in Uruguay, in Marrakesh, in Chengdu. There are old dads, young dads, middle-aged dads. Dads who are doctors, who are law enforcers, who are security guards, train conductors, clowns. Dads who are very good people, dads who are not so much. Dads who go to every soccer game or sumo match; dads who are, sadly, absent. Dads who are avid home cooks, dads who don't cook at all. Dads who don't even know what a pancake is—and who are dads all the same.

So to avoid a collection of recipes that will, at worst, offend, and at best, put you to sleep, here's a round-up of recipes that remind me of my dad—not because they're foods he likes but because they're oldies (sorry, Dad) but goodies: They might not be the glitziest or the flashiest (and some might need their photo re-taken), but they're ever-reliable, they're soothing in their familiarity, and they're deserving of attention—this Sunday and into the future.

(And yes, there is a pancake on the list. But it's not because all dads make them well.)

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Yogurt Bread with Molasses
Yogurt Bread with Molasses
Braised Moroccan Chicken and Olives

Braised Moroccan Chicken and Olives by Sonali aka the Foodie Physi...

Prosciutto and Fontina Panini with Arugula Pesto

Prosciutto and Fontina Panini with Arugula Pesto by PhoebeLapine

David Eyre's Pancake

David Eyre's Pancake by Amanda Hesser

Lamb Burgers with Cilantro Yogurt

Lamb Burgers with Cilantro Yogurt by naomi

Chard Gratin
Chard Gratin
Cowboy Rubbed Rib Eye with Chocolate Stout Pan Sauce

Cowboy Rubbed Rib Eye with Chocolate Stout Pan Sauce by Aliwaks

Rosy Chicken

Rosy Chicken by Merrill Stubbs

Squashed Potatoes

Squashed Potatoes by Amanda Hesser

Roasted Radicchio and Shrimp with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Roasted Radicchio and Shrimp with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette by EmilyC

Linguine with Breadcrumbs and Kale
Linguine with Breadcrumbs and Kale
Summer Squash Gratin with Salsa Verde and Gruyere

Summer Squash Gratin with Salsa Verde and Gruyere by Amanda Hesser

Cherry Tomato Tequila Butter Salsa with Fried Fish

Cherry Tomato Tequila Butter Salsa with Fried Fish by Sam1148

Summer Squash Couscous with Sultanas, Pistachios and Mint

Summer Squash Couscous with Sultanas, Pistachios and Mint by theicp

Summer Farro Salad

Summer Farro Salad by Jennifer Perillo

Pad Thai Redux
Pad Thai Redux
Radish Cous Cous

Radish Cous Cous by Cristina Sciarra

Chicken with Creamy Dijon Mustard Sauce

Chicken with Creamy Dijon Mustard Sauce by Maria Teresa Jorge

Potato Salad with Arugula and Dijon Vinaigrette

Potato Salad with Arugula and Dijon Vinaigrette by Merrill Stubbs

Roasted Broccoli with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette and Marcona Almonds

Roasted Broccoli with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette and Marc... by arielleclementine

"Greek" Lamb with Orzo
"Greek" Lamb with Orzo
Pasta with Prosciutto, Snap Peas, Mint and Cream

Pasta with Prosciutto, Snap Peas, Mint and Cream by lechef

Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken by mrslarkin

Nectarine Slump

Nectarine Slump by Amanda Hesser

Blueberry Tart

Blueberry Tart by Cara Eisenpress

"Cuppa Cuppa Sticka" Peach and Blueberry Cobbler
"Cuppa Cuppa Sticka" Peach and Blueberry Cobbler
Foolproof Ice Cream

Foolproof Ice Cream by Tammy

Secret Cookies

Secret Cookies by Veronica

Grown-Up Birthday Cake

Grown-Up Birthday Cake by Midge

Raspberry Custard Cups

Raspberry Custard Cups by SLD

What's your dad's favorite food? Tell us in the comments below!


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