Get cooking with Father’s Day meal ideas from Food Network and Cooking Channel

Meal ideas for Father’s Day

Molly Yeh

With Father’s Day just around the corner, families are no doubt in search of new dinner ideas that will enhance dear old Dad’s enjoyment of his special day.

Toward that end, Food Network and Cooking Channel are veritable fonts of knowledge when it comes to dishes sure to please Papa. So turn on the flat-screen, fire up the stove or grill and get cooking on these suggestions.

Molly Yeh has a few ideas on “Girl Meets Farm” the morning of Saturday, June 20, on Food, in which she celebrates a visit from her father by preparing a spread of family favorites including chicken pot stickers with dipping sauce, scallion pancakes with maple carrot slaw and green beans with her versatile magic sesame sauce. The exotic tastes of the Far East.

A little later on Food’s “The Pioneer Woman,” Ree Drummond and son Todd are delivering dinner to her father and stepmother, with the menu consisting of creamy chicken cacciatore soup, parmesan herb drop biscuits and Italian salad, and for dessert, a dark chocolate cheesecake. Dad, no doubt, will love those antioxidants.

And who doesn’t love bacon? Roger Mooking certainly does on Cooking’s “Man’s Greatest Food,” in which he surveys the 12 tastiest bacon dishes in America, learns everything there is to know about pigs and their parts and talks to bacon-loving chefs about their favorite recipes. Hog heaven for the swine connoisseur.

At midday on Food’s “Barefoot Contessa,” liquor is the word as host Ina Garten shares techniques for making red wine-braised short ribs and shows how to mix up mimosas, kir and raspberry Royale cocktails and a champagne VSOP. Because, well, Dad deserves a drink – or several – on Father’s Day.

If competition series are of interest, “Guy’s Grocery Games” in early afternoon on Food has an episode titled “It’s a Fieri Father’s Day!,” in which Guy Fieri’s son Hunter serves as co-host for a family dinner in the express lane as the contestants, all fathers, set out to make a guilty pleasure.

And if pasta is Dad’s thing, the Thursday, June 18, edition of Cooking’s “Yum and Yummer” finds host Eddie Jackson hard at work sharing a combination of savory sauces and a variety of textures to bring his own spin to this ever-evolving ancient dish.

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George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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