10 Cooking Projects for Father's Day

June 11, 2013

Mother's Day brings breakfast in bed -- who's to say that Father's Day can't bring a long-cooked, sticky-fingered, hard-earned dinner? This Father's Day, join your dad (or, if you're a dad, your kids!) in the kitchen, and cook one of these dishes that will leave you glazed-eyed and happy, dishes that you wouldn't make on any given afternoon: dishes to make the day special. You deserve it.

Matilda, Maple & Garlic Pork Shoulder with Crispy Skin by ENunn

Matilda, Maple & Garlic Pork Shoulder

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Michael Ruhlman's Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken by Genius Recipes

Fried Chicken


Cacio e Pepe Pizza with Roasted Radishes by fiveandspice

Cacio e Pepe Pizza


Ian Knauer's Sticky Balsamic Ribs by Genius Recipes

Sticky Balsamic Ribs


Beet Ravioli with Goat Cheese, Ricotta and Mint Filling by bethmichelle

Beet Ravioli


Frito Pie by arielleclementine 

Frito Pie


Slow Cooked Pork Tacos by merrill 

Pork Tacos


Moorish Paella by NWB

Moorish Paella


Sunday Pork Ragu by cookinginvictoria 

Sunday Pork Ragu


Pavo en Kol Indio by aargersi

Pavo en Kol Indio



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Andreas D. June 12, 2013
Because us dads, we like our meat. In fact, it's all we eat. All the time.

But seriously, what a boring, predictable and really somewhat patronizing selection. Ribs. Pork chops. Pizza. Because that's what men are supposed to like. In 1954.

I'd say the men who frequent food52 today, and cook with love, knowledge and enthusiasm, deserve better than this.
dymnyno June 12, 2013
Really?? I missed the ingredient of meat in two of the recipes, the pizza and the ravioli. I think all the recipes including the ones with meat are delicious, easy to make and perfect for father's day and other occasions.
Andreas D. June 12, 2013
I didn't say they weren't delicious. My complaint, if it can be called that, was that these recipes strike me as being unimaginative and pandering to stereotypes.
dymnyno June 12, 2013
I think that Mother's Day and Father's Day are designed to pander to stereotypes. The children are supposed to make breakfast for mom and a masculine meal for dad. We love stereotypes...isn't dad always the one with the fork and beer manning the BBQ?
Winifred R. June 11, 2013
With pork shoulder a good price I've been doing slow cooked pork quite a bit lately, so I'm afraid it wouldn't be a treat at my place this year despite the fact that he does like it. Paella is well appreciated and hasn't been made for awhile (like a year or more) so might be a better selection here. Just ideas for those folks who don't have plans yet!