Father's Day is the one day a year set aside to honor the most influential man in our lives — that would be dad — but sometimes Father's Day is an avalanche of not-so-awesome gifts. Bad ties. Socks. Cheap cologne. Or a grilling doodad.
That's not because dads don't deserve better. It's because so many dads are so darn hard to shop for!
Google gives dads a gift that won't be exchanged this year: A Father's Day Google Doodle. The interactive doodle is kind of a slot machine meets a cross section of the nation's dads as they grill, chill at the beach and drink coffee. It's a nice little tribute to dear old Dad.
Sooner or later, though, Dad's gotta feast, right?
And it would be nice to let someone else do the grilling for a change so Dad can sit back and relax. (Unless, of course, you have one of those dads who won't let anyone else near the grill. In which case, you sit back and relax.)
We pored through the Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen's recipes for some dishes that are sure to be a hit this Father's Day.
We've got naked ribs — seen above. It's a recipe developed by Times Food Editor Russ Parsons, and so named because these ribs are so good they don't need any sauce. And we have plenty of other recipes for steak, chicken and more.
And we did not forget about dessert. You could go with something light and sweet like a dessert you can grill: Slivers of fresh pineapple drenched with a rum and long pepper glaze. If you're looking for something with a little more oomph, we've got recipes for lemon meringue pie and an ultra-luxurious cheesecake.
Just one more thing: If you decide to go ahead with any of these recipes, just remember that even though they are all pretty easy, many require marinating time, or chilling time, in the case of the cheesecake. Plan accordingly!
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.
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