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Some of the most famous chefs in the world are men, but usually when you think your memories in the kitchen, they probably don't involve your father. Most men, for some reason, aren't overly fond of hanging out in the kitchen, creating a meal for their family.

My own dad was one such man. He could cook, don't get me wrong - it just wasn't high on his list of fun activities. Except for fudge - and peanut blossom cookies. My dad could make the kitchen hum with activity when he uttered those famous words - "Let's make some fudge". He'd pull out the saucepan, grab the milk and the cocoa, and create the most delicious fudge. It wasn't your typical thick and creamy fudge, but it was a more thin confection, with an almost snap to it. It was a recipe that was, for years, found on the back of a Hershey's Cocoa container, but that recipe has almost disappeared from society today. Which is a shame, because that fudge is the stuff of dreams, right there.

My dad is coming to visit at the end of the month. I wonder if I could get him to make me some fudge. If I'm able to convince him, I'm planning to take the entire batch to my room with a good movie and just enjoy the heck out of it.

Dad was also known in our family for a love of the peanut blossom cookies. Peanut butter cookies that are baked until just done - softly set, as opposed to crunchy in texture - and then removed from the oven and the garnished with a chocolate. When I was a kid, he used the Brach's Chocolate Stars, but those, too, have almost disappeared from store shelves. Now he uses Hershey's Kisses, which are just as yummy and delicious but don't have quite the same memory feel as the Brach's Chocolate Stars.

The great thing about baking with your family is the fantastic memories that it makes for everyone involved. At any given moment in time, no matter what is going on in your life, you can pull up those memories and be bathed in comfort.

Most of us probably remember Dad out in the yard, working on a car or watching a football game - but did your dad create a kitchen memory with you?

Do you have a food that you remember cooking with your father?


by on Jun. 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Jun. 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM
he was the (steak & potatos) kind of cooker.
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by Danelle on Jun. 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I don't remember cooking much with my dad, but he is a wonderful cook.

by Bronze Member on Jun. 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Not cooking but when I was little I remember eating sardines with my dad. I think about it now and EW lol.

by Bronze Member on Jun. 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I loved making ANYTHING with him!  He was a great cook!

by on Jun. 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM
haha! nope my daddy never cooked while we were growing up.. when we had weekends with him, he either ordered pizza or his mom cooked for us
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by Amanda on Jun. 12, 2012 at 7:32 PM
Probably goulash or corned beef & cabbage. My dad is a great cook!
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by Margaret on Jun. 13, 2012 at 9:50 AM

I have never cooked with my father although he cooked for us at times.  His favorite meal to cook was scrapple and eggs.  Now he likes cooking okra, corn and tomatos which my kids love and he'll make it for them a few times a month.

by New Member on Jun. 13, 2012 at 1:14 PM

My Dad did/does a lot of the cooking. Since he moved in with us over 2 years ago & my husband & I love to cook too, we came up with a schedule. Dad cooks Mon, Wed & Fri. I cook Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun. In the summer my hubby will grill on either Sat or Sun sometimes both. My Dad cooks a lot of Polish food. Cabbage rolls, pierogis(not Mrs. T's either)

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by on Jun. 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM

my dad went french cooking school, to this day he is the only one who really cooks in my parents house and when he cooks he cooks! My DH can't beleive I wasn't over weight coming from that house hold!

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