Last month, in honor of Mother’s Day, Sunday Supper shared recipes that Mom would enjoy or dishes we were taught to make by our mothers. I wrote a little piece, with the help of internet friends, called What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day. As Father’s Day rolls around, it seemed only fair to reach out to the dads and let them have their say as well. Plus, make sure you scroll down to the end because, of course, we are also sharing recipes our dads love.
First off, I collected data to find out what dad really wants for Father’s Day by posting this on Facebook, both in our Sunday Supper Movement group and my personal Facebook wall:
Hi, Dad friends and those who have dads! For Mother’s Day I wrote a piece for the Sunday Supper Movement website about what moms really want for Mother’s Day. I’d love to write a similar one for Father’s Day. So: What DO dads really want for Father’s Day? Let’s pretend money is no object and your children can actually cook – if it’s special dish you want. 🙂 But it doesn’t have to be food! Time with children, day alone relaxing? If anyone wants to add their husband’s or own dad’s response, that’s cool too. Seriously, go ask! I’ll be here waiting. Thanks in advance!
Since females outnumber males in my friends list by more than eight to one, (67 males, many of whom are not fathers, out of 663 total friends) you can see that I also allowed females to ask their males and record the responses. (Our Sunday Supper Movement group is likewise mostly female.) I was afraid I wouldn’t get enough responses to form some sort of conclusion. Turns out, I needn’t have worried. There was already consensus amongst the males.
What Dad really wants for Father’s Day
Fire up the Grill. Most dads wanted some sort of grilled food. Things cooked on the grill, steak, burgers, hot dogs, even a big traditional breakfast on a campfire grill was mentioned. Some would cook it themselves, others didn’t care who was doing the grilling. With money being no object, two dads opted for fancy meals out at highly rated restaurants they couldn’t normally afford. Tex-mex got one vote, as did canned chicken noodle soup and fried pork chops with mashed potatoes.
Plan a day trip to a nearby lake, river or beach. With the heat of summer coming on, I was not surprised by the number who wanted water to be involved in their special day. Tubing down a river, fishing, sailing, beach time and an all-day boat day on the water featured often, with the responding dads giving each other virtual high-fives at the idea.
Pack the cooler and a picnic basket. Dads want to be outside. I got votes for picnics in the park feeding the ducks, afternoons splashing about with kids in the pool, a day at the camp. One dad, an avid golf player, wants a ticket to the Masters so he can spend his day in the sunshine, watching the pros.
Hand over that remote. But when they are inside, dads want complete control of the remote! Give it up for Father’s Day.
Chill those beers. Kicking back with an adult beverage featured high on the list as well, both in indoor and outdoor settings.
Give Dad some space – and peace. Most of my respondents are dads with older children but one with a three-year-old ball of energy said, quite simply, “Sleep!” Another who already has grandbabies said, “A nice middle path between some solitude and time with children/grandchildren.” And from another, “All I sincerely want is for everyone (the kids) to get along … and go just one day without asking me for money. ;)”
Just sit and talk a spell. And let dad share his wisdom. For those with children who have left the nest or are on the cusp of departure, several dads just wanted to hang out, swap stories and impart wisdom while they still can. One friend pointed out that swapping stories about shared experiences – worst teacher, worst date, best athletic moment, favorite car, prom, late for curfew, etc. – no matter your age, gets us little closer those around us when we revisit those moments separated by miles, or years that actually have everything in common. In his words, it’s about figuring life out together.
To know that he has set a good example. As one young dad said, “What I want and hope is to have my own children and grandchildren look up to me the way I did my grandfather. To be able to look back and say, ‘Yep, they got from me everything that he taught me. I’ve passed it on.’” If your dad has been a good mentor, let him know!
For you to spend time with him. The most common response to the question of what dad wants most for Father’s Day is time spent with their children. I heard this over and over. Here are just a few of the quotes.
“Just a kiss and a hug from my daughter.”
“Hanging out with the kids…no big activity.”
“A day spent with my daughters.”
“If my dad was still alive and I asked him what he wanted, he would say ‘nothing.’ But I know he treasured time with family.”
“My family and old friends with me or, if not possible, in each other’s hearts. I can’t go wrong.”
“It is not what you do, it is who you do it with. Family and friends.”
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What are you getting your dad for Father’s Day? We hope you take some of the suggestions above! Meanwhile, you might want to cook your father something special, from our Sunday Supper tastemakers:
Appetizers, Snacks and Beverages
- Best Popcorn Ever (with Nutritional Yeast!!) by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Bourbon Sweet Tea Cocktail by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Easy Homemade Pretzel Recipe by April Golightly
- Nana’s Pimento Cheese by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Dad’s Favorite Blueberry Pancakes by Family Around The Table
- Steak & Egg Breakfast Skillet by Caroline’s Cooking
Condiments & Sauces
- Chipotle Lime Cole Slaw by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
- The Ultimate BLT Pasta Salad by Cooking with Carlee
- Bacon Patty Melts by Cookin’ Mimi
- BBQ Salmon Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing by PancakeWarriors
- Beef Shepherd’s Pie Casserole by Cooking Chat
- Buffalo Chicken Tacos by Palatable Pastime
- Carolina-Style BBQ Burger by The Redhead Baker
- Coffee-Rubbed Prime Rib Roast by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Fried Chicken by Tramplingrose
- Grilled Chicken and Beef Stir Fry by The Freshman Cook
- Grilled Filet Mignon with Zip Sauce by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Italian Sausage and Peppers by Monica’s Table
- Moroccan Preserved Lemon Chicken Tagine by Curious Cuisiniere
- Philly Style Slow Roasted Pork Sandwich with Broccoli Rabe and Provolone by The Hungry Goddess
- Sharp Cheddar and Crispy Onion Burgers with Horseradish Sauce by A Mind Full Mom
- Skillet Spaghetti and Meatballs by From Gate to Plate
- Spicy Fish Tacos with Garlic-Chive Aioli by Wholistic Woman
- Turkey Chorizo Burgers with Guacamole by Books n’ Cooks
- Vegetarian “Philly Cheesesteak” by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Walnut Cauliflower Zucchini Boats by Beauty and the Beets
- Apple Crisp by Ninja Baker
- Banana Berry Bread by Desserts Required
- Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream by Simple and Savory
- Black Bourbon Walnut Brownies with Maple-Candied Bacon by The Crumby Cupcake
- Blueberry Ice Cream Cookie Bars by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Cherry Garcia Bars by Pies and Plots
- Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcakes by Crazed Mom Lifestyle & Recipes
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Coconut Cream Pie by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Tempura Strawberries by Baking Sense
- German Chocolate Brownie Pie by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Graham Cracker Chocolate Chunk No-Churn Ice Cream by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Grilled Fruit Kabobs with Fresh Whipped Cream by Helpful Homemade
- Peach Crumble Bars by The Finer Cookie
- Personal Banana Cream Pie by Food Lust People Love
- Strawberry Rhubarb Pie by The Chef Next Door
- Maizena Tamal by Basic N Delicious
- Mom’s Carrot Cake by Jennifer Cooks
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