Make it. Eat it. Love it.
I would sit at the bay window in the den each night waiting for the car lights to shine on the driveway signaling that my dad was home. It was a tradition I had started before I can even remember. There is something special and unique between fathers and daughters. Maybe it’s that us daughters will forever be daddy’s little girl and in the back of our minds, no matter how old we get, we know that. As father’s day is right around the corner I remember back to little things in my childhood that have stayed with me till this day and secure the ever changing bond I have with my father.
”Do it again!” I would yell and my dad would oblige. I would lay on the bed and he would make me into a sandwich, piling towels on me as meat, shirts as cheese, socks as olives and so on. After he was done he would ‘eat’ me, by tickling me until I couldn’t breath. I dont know why, but I got such a kick out of it. Sometimes he would wrap me up in a blanket and swing me around until he got dizzy. He would talk to me in his best Donald Duck impression which I would always try to imitate. I ate french fries two at a time because thats what he did. He rode roller coasters with me and took me to Yankee games. When I was to old to sit on his shoulders with my hands tightly around his eyes preventing him from seeing, he would hold my hand. And, I knew I just had to look at him with puppy dog eyes and I would get 2 toys at the toy store instead of just 1, every time. As I got older his jokes became ‘corny dad jokes’ but he would still tell them none-the-less, making the edges of my lips curl in a slight smile. He would wake me up for school by tickling me even though I had an alarm clock set. And, every time he said ‘No’ I knew it would very quickly turn into a ‘Yes”. I have called him with bad news and good news and whether he wanted to kill me (like when my friend and I crashed my new car into a fence after a night at a party when we were supposed to be studying) or cry from happiness (like when I told him I was engaged) he was always there for me.
Being pregnant I look at my husband and am overjoyed at the thought of traditions our daughter will make with him and the memories of little things they do together that will bond them. Not even born yet and she is already daddy’s little girl and has him tightly wrapped around her tiny finger. Soon enough he will know how special a father daughter bond is.
Father’s day at my home growing up meant getting together with family and having a big BBQ. Typical ‘dad’ food would be consumed, ribs or steak, heros, chips and dip, ect. Always with dad on the grill. This year since I won’t be with my dad I will virtually be cooking up one of my childhood favorites for him with a bit of a twist. Grilled cheese. And, I will be serving it to my hubby, the daddy to be.
Grilled cheese is a total comfort food and is still a go to favorite of mine when curbing those late night munchies at the diner. White bread and american cheese was the only way I knew grilled cheese to be and even adding something as simple as tomato to it would be sacrilegious. Boy have times changed. This sandwich is a total grown up grilled cheese that is perfect for dad this Father’s day. Based on the popular bar snack, jalapeño poppers and the classic children’s favorite, grilled cheese, it’s a win win for dads and kids alike.
After frying up a few strips of bacon until nice and crispy, I took some jalapeños and sautéed them in the bacon drippings until charred. On a thick whole wheat bread, cream cheese was smothered on one side and shredded cheddar mounted on the other. In between the 2 slices the crispy bacon and jalapeños were placed. The first mangos of the season are rearing their heads in the shuk and being my husbands most treasured fruit, I added a few slices to the grilled cheese, which made for a perfectly sweet accompaniment to the spicy jalapeños and salty cheese and bacon. Tons of flavors and textures going on in this sandwich and after being fried in the remaining bacon fat (hey, no one said this is a heart healthy meal) is a big hit for everyone, especially dad.
|Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Mango||