Thursday, June 20, 2013

Father's Day Feasting

I think I might still be full from Father's Day.

Rather than go out, we decided to have some of Rob and my Dad's favorite things. (Rob's Dad was just getting back in town, so he missed out.) I was too busy with baby and cooking to take many photos, but here is our menu:

Father's Day Feast

Pina Coladas
Fresh Fried Okra
Grilled Corn
Grilled Chicken
Rum Cake
Chocolate Cake

You can find the okra recipe already on my blog--it's a favorite of our family and super simple. Sawyer asked about this dish for days after I bought the okra.

Though I hate eating corn knowing all about GMOs, there is nothing like grilled corn with butter and fajita seasoning. I liked corn on the cob growing up, but moving to Texas, it's been all about grilled corn with heavy spicy seasonings. Ask me, and I'll tell you honestly that my favorite things about theme parks here is roasted corn.

The cakes were basic--good but nothing to write about. If anyone has a great rum cake recipe, share it! My husband is a rum-cake snob. Totally. I keep thinking drenching any old cake in rum will fool him...but no.

Two recipes I can share: pina coladas and a chicken marinade.

Pina Coladas

Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut
Real Pineapple Juice
Rum (vanilla rum makes these extra special, but any rum will do)

Blend 1/2 cup Coco Lopez (after stirring the can--it may be separated solid and liquid), 1/2 cup pineapple juice, and 1 cup rum with ice. Drink responsibly: with a big straw and paper umbrella on top.

Marinade for Grilled Chicken

This is a staple for me, and it's pretty basic but changes slightly each time. Meaning, this is how I go about making a marinade and what might go in it. I don't measure with these. Ever.  Basically you want something acidic, an oil, and heavy spices. Not everything stays on with a marinade, so go heavy or go home. Since I'm not a huge vinegar fan (pickle hating, anyone?), I like to try different acids--specifically citrus fruits like pineapple or orange. Lime and lemon are okay too, but I love sweet fruits. If you are cutting into a fresh pineapple, just save all the things you'd normally throw out and stick that in a bag.

1/2 orange, juice squeezed out into bag with peels
vegetable oil
fajita seasoning
tony chacheres

Mix together and place in bag (or large, covered bowl) with chicken pieces. Let sit in fridge for 30 minutes to a few hours. Turn the bag over at least once to make sure all parts of chicken get covered. When you grill, discard marinade.

Any great meals or celebrations for Father's Day? My favorite gifts were from the boys. We made little books for Rob, Turkey, and Boppy where I wrote down answers to questions like: What are your favorite things to do with ___? What have you learned from ____? Describe ____. Draw ____.  I plan to do one every year.

I'll leave you with my favorite one from Lincoln. "Daddy is....Rob."  Well-played, Lincoln. Can't go wrong with the truth.


  1. Yum!! Sounds delish. Hey, what exactly is Tony Chacheres? We don't have it here in the RVA - or not that I've seen.

  2. Pickles are the devil! Going to have to try the chicken marinade... maybe it'll cure my poultry boredom as of late. Pina Coladas MUST be enjoyed with umbrella and straw. It's a rule.


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