Four Tips and Tricks for Cooking for Father’s Day

Father’s day is right around the corner, and planning for dad has begun! We know that most dads love to cook and grill, but how about giving dad a break this Sunday and treating him instead? Instead of going out and trying to fight with the crowds, high menu prices, and waiting to get seated, why not stay in and enjoy a nice time at home? Never cooked before or not as skilled in the kitchen?  No worries, we’ve got some cooking  tricks and tips to make it as easy and delicious as can be! Go ahead, and treat dad this Sunday with a home cooked meal.

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  1. Think about buying large beef roasts or pork shoulders to make during one of your weekend nights. After you have this for dinner, store it in your fridge so that you will be able to create many different types of sandwiches, as the week progresses. Maximize your value and limit your expenses by conserving food.
  2. Saute tired salad greens. If your salad greens have seen better days, don’t discard them – saute them! Salad greens such as radicchio, arugula and endive make a tasty side dish when sauteed. Cook them quickly in olive oil, chopped garlic and sea salt. Sprinkle with a little bacon and goat cheese, and you will be happy that you didn’t throw away those unused salad greens!
  3. To reduce the fat and calories in a recipe that calls for a lot of mayonnaise, simply replace half the mayonnaise with sour cream. Since mayonnaise serves primarily a textural purpose in many of these recipes, replacing it with similarly textured sour cream gives you the same texture with a lighter, healthier taste.
  4. Vegetables are just better all-around the faster they are cooked. Using a slow cooking method is sometimes suggested, but the results are less nutritious and don’t taste as good. The quick cook methods generally make the vegetables tastier and more nutritional. You should only cook them just as long as it takes for them to be done.

Impress your dad with your new-found cooking skills. With a bit of effort, some love poured into the cooking, you can take your cooking up a notch. Time in the kitchen should be enjoyed. Use what you have learned, and go cook up a storm for dad!

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