34 of the Best Recipes from Our Archives

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)?

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.)

Breakfast

Yogurt Bread with Molasses
Yogurt Bread with Molasses
by Marian Bull
Crispy Salt and Pepper French Toast
Crispy Salt and Pepper French Toast
by aliyaleekong

Entrees

"Greek" Lamb with Orzo
"Greek" Lamb with Orzo
by fiveandspice
Linguine with Breadcrumbs and Kale
Linguine with Breadcrumbs and Kale
by Hotplate Gourmet
Pad Thai Redux
Pad Thai Redux
by Weird & Ravenous

Sides

Summer Squash Gratin with Salsa Verde and Gruyere
Summer Squash Gratin with Salsa Verde and Gruyere
by Amanda Hesser
Squashed Potatoes
Squashed Potatoes
by Amanda Hesser
Radish Cous Cous
Radish Cous Cous
by Cristina Sciarra
Chard Gratin
Chard Gratin
by Amanda Hesser

Desserts

Louisa's Cake
Louisa's Cake
by Jennifer Wagner
Magical Marvelous Memorable Cookies
Magical Marvelous Memorable Cookies
by drbabs
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
by Kate Williams
Foolproof Ice Cream
Foolproof Ice Cream
by Tammy
Secret Cookies
Secret Cookies
by Veronica

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

This article was originally published in June last year. It has been updated to include more recipes.


(via Food52)

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