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Father’s Day Recipes

Father's Day is almost here so it's time to whip up some of dad's favorite recipes. Dad is generally pretty easy to please when it comes to food, but there are certain dishes that always seem to bring a big smile. Here are our best Father's Day suggestions as well as some great gift ideas dad will love. SNFD is an Amazon Affiliate and we do receive a small commission when you purchase products through our links.


Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken 

Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken | Something New For Dinner

Fork-tender, this delicious island-style chicken is a long-time favorite at our house.

Rack of Lamb 

Rack Of Lamb | Something New For Dinner

Rack of lamb is a special treat in our house. Sear it on the grill and finish in the oven. Who knew something so easy could be so good?

Salmon Burgers 

Salmon Burgers With Ginger & Wasabi | Something New For Dinner

If dad is a fan of burgers, but is looking for something a little healthier, these salmon burgers are just the thing. They are quick to make and the Asian flavorings will fill your house with tantalizing aromas. Better yet, dad can stay completely away from the barbecue because these burgers are made on the stovetop.

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Slow-Cooked Carnitas with Minted Tomatillo Sauce 

What dad doesn't love carnitas? The problem is that really good traditional carnitas are hard to make at home and get their wonderful flavor from being deep fried in a vat of lard. I discovered Kenji Lopez's method of making healthy carnitas at home with olive oil, onions, citrus and herbs and it is down right amazing. Here is my recipe using Kenji's method. Don't skip the Minted Tomatillo Sauce. Who knew how incredibly delicious mint is in Mexican food?

Grilled Steak and Potatoes with Chimichurri Sauce 

Steak & Potatoes With Chimichurri | Something New For Dinner

Steak and potatoes gets a big flavor lift when served with a slathering of Chimichurri Sauce, the Argentinean answer to Italian pesto. Serve this easy-to-make dish with some sliced tomatoes and you have a complete meal dad will love. 

Orzo Salad with Tomatoes, Basil and Feta

Everyone loves this easy pasta salad. It is the perfect side dish because it can be made in advance and served at room temperature. This recipe is particularly ideal if you are celebrating dad's day with a potluck gathering.


The Best Mac & Cheese 

The Best Mac And Cheese | Something New For Dinner

It is a special day so why not celebrate with a little splurge? What dad doesn't love mac & cheese? This recipe is one of the best. I adapted it from a dish served at Le Bistro d’ à Coté in Paris.


Kale, Broccoli and Tomato Caesar Salad

Kale & Broccoli Caesar Salad | Something New For Dinner


This recipe is a delicious and healthy version of every dad's favorite Caesar Salad.

Spinach Salad with Dates, Almonds and Sumac Pita Croutons 

Spinach Salad & Sumac Croutons | Something New For Dinner

Here is another great salad from Ottolenghi that can be made in advance and assembled at the last minute. Great with burgers, steak, chicken or fish.

For Dessert

Hawaiian Chocolate Bread PuddingHawaiian Chocolate Bread Pudding | Something New For Dinner

 This easy-to-make, absolutely delicious bread pudding is the definitive choice if your dad is a chocoholic. The secret ingredient is King's Hawaiian bread.

Nectarine Crisp with Salted Honey Whip

Salted Honey Nectarine Crisp | Something New For Dinner

Does your dad love a great fruit crumble? This recipe takes advantage of seasonal nectarines, honeyed whipped cream and some flakey Maldon salt.


Gift Ideas For Dad


Portable Corn Hole


This Corn Hole set is light, comes with its own carrying case and is the perfect game to take to a picnic or the beach. 

GoPro Hero5 Black

Dad will love this durable, waterproof GoPro with a 2" touchscreen display and voice commands.


Mira Stainless Steel Water Bottle


There is everything to love about this stainless steel water bottle. It is handsome, holds a 750 ml of liquid (yes, a whole bottle of wine will fit in this bottle), keeps liquids cold for 24 hours and liquids hot for 12 hours. Best of all, it is only $21.97 on Amazon at the time of this post.



2" Ice Cube Molds


Dad deserves an ice cold cocktail and these oversized cubes insure a cold and undiluted drink. 


 Here is a family picture taken with my father in Honolulu in the late 60's

 And here is a picture of our family, including our dog Linda, on a summer camping trip.


Thank you to my husband JP for being such a great dad and husband. 

Happy Father's Day to Everyone!

This post was updated on 6/3/2017.


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