Preparing food is just one way to Dad’s heart

June 13, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON - Since June 19, 1910, Father’s Day has honored all of the father figures - fathers, stepfathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers, great-grandfathers and other male relatives or friends contributing to the role of a dad - on the third Sunday in June.

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd had the idea for the celebration in 1909 when her mother passed away giving birth to the sixth child, leaving her dad, William, to raise the newborn and five other children on a Washington state farm.

In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made the occasion to be celebrated on the third Sunday. In 1972, President Richard Nixon made the event a national holiday.


Some people send cards or gifts, such as ties, sports items, electronic gadgets, tools or other items to interest the male species. Others take them to a restaurant of their choice, while others prepare food at home using recipes such as these provided by RiceKrispies.com


3 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 (10-ounce) package regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows

6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Food coloring


Cookie cutters

Melt butter over low heat in large saucepan. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Stir in food coloring. Remove from heat. Add cereal. Stir until well coated. Stir in Sprinkles. Remove mixture to wax paper. It will start to cool off quickly. Spray cookie cutters with cooking spray or butter and place rice krispies into cookie cutter to form shape.


6 Rice Krispies Treats

1 can red frosting

1 can white frosting

1 package mini Oreo cookies

6 Rolos candy pieces

12 flexible straws

Green food coloring

6 graham crackers

Cut flexible straws in half. Discard bottom half and keep end with flexible part. Take two of straws and fold flex part and attach these together by pushing one inside the other. It will look like a “U” shape. Spread layer of red frosting on top of each Rice Krispie treat, then place Rolo candy piece in center of each. Take one straw “U” (these are your lawn mower handles) and push ends into Rice Krispie treat, on one side. Repeat with each Rice Krispie treat until all have attached “handles.” Take apart 12 of mini Oreo cookies and scrape out filling. Use white frosting to attach four cookies to sides of each Rice Krispie treat to look like wheels. Scoop remaining white frosting into small mixing bowl and add few drops of green food coloring gel. Stir until well mixed; add more coloring drop-by-drop until you reach your desired shade of green. Spread green frosting on six graham crackers to resemble grass. Gently place lawnmower Rice Krispie treat on top each graham cracker, pressing slightly so that “lawn mowers” attach to “grass.”


These recipes are from “Kraft Kitchens:”


1 (7.5-ounce) can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

6 eggs

1/3 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon pepper

3 ounces cream cheese, cubed

6 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Separate biscuits; press onto bottom and up side of 9-inch pie plate. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, melt butter in medium skillet on low heat. Whisk eggs, milk and seasonings until blended; pour into skillet. Cook 4-5 minutes or until eggs begin to set, stirring occasionally. Add cream cheese; cook 3-4 minutes or until cream cheese is melted and eggs are completely set, stirring occasionally. Spoon egg mixture into crust; top with bacon.


3 pounds pork baby back ribs

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper

1/2 cup water

3/4 BBQ sauce classic sweet and thick

Heat grill to medium heat. Place half ribs in single layer on large sheet of heavy-duty foil. Combine sugar and seasonings; rub half evenly onto both sides of ribs. Bring up foil sides. Double fold top and one end to seal packet. Add 1/4 cup water to packet through open end. Double fold remaining end, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Repeat with remaining ribs to make second packet. Grill 45 minutes to 1 hour or until ribs are done. Remove ribs from foil; discard foil. Return ribs to grill; brush with half the barbecue sauce. Grill 15 minutes, turning and brushing occasionally with remaining barbecue sauce.


4 ears corn on cob, husks and silk removed

1/4 cup butter, softened

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

Heat grill to medium-high heat. Rinse corn under cold water; wrap individually in aluminum foil. Grill 15-20 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally. Mix remaining ingredients; spread onto corn.