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Happy Father's Day 2014

What Dads Really Want for Father's Day

  1. To sleep in and wake up with the kids in bed with them.
  2. To have breakfast, lunch or dinner together.
  3. To golf just 9 holes...maybe.
  4. To have the kids wash the car and clean the interior too.
  5. To have total control of the television remote control all evening.
  6. To watch his favorite family movie with the kids or go to a movie with the family.
  7. To go for a long bike ride, roller blade or head to the park for some family fun.
  8. To have a whole day with no sibling squabbles.
  9. Lots of hugs and kisses of appreciation.
  10. Something handmade from the creative mind of a child!

Father's Day Recipes

Dad's Strawberry Lemon Pancakes

2 baskets strawberries
1/2 c honey
1 c orange juice
2 c unbleached flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3 tsp maple syrup
2 c milk
3 tsp butter
2 ea egg yolks, beaten
3 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp lemon rind, grated
1 tsp orange rind, grated
2 ea egg whites, stiffly beaten
1 tsp oil

Clean and cut strawberries. Crush 1/4 of the berries. Combine crushed berries and their juice with honey and orange juice. Gently stir in remaining berries.

Set topping aside until pancakes are ready.

Sift together flour and baking powder and set aside.

In a separate bowl, blend together maple syrup, milk, butter and egg yolks. Add lemon juice and grated citrus rinds. Stir in flour mixture, until just moistened. Carefully fold in egg whites.

Use 1/4 cup of batter per pancake. Cook until each side browns, about 5 minutes.

Serve immediately, topped with strawberry topping. Makes about 12 pancakes

Baked Cinnamon-Apple French Toast

This baked cinnamon-apple French toast can be prepared in advance and then simply popped in the oven. Yum!

3 cups nonfat milk
2 cups liquid egg whites, pasteurized, such as Egg Beaters
3 Tbs honey
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 loaf egg bread, sliced
1 cup apples, (3 ounces), chopped dried
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 Tbs icing' sugar

Whisk milk, egg whites, honey, vanilla and salt in a large bowl.
Trim crusts off 8 bread slices and set aside. Cut the crusts and the remaining bread into 1-inch pieces. Toss with dried apples, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg in another large bowl.

Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Transfer the bread mixture to the pan. Lay the reserved crustless slices evenly on top, trimming to fit. Whisk the milk mixture one more time, then pour evenly over the bread. Press the bread down with the back of a wooden spoon, making sure it's evenly moist. Cover with parchment paper, then foil, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 350∞F.

Bake the casserole, covered, for 40 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until puffed, set and lightly browned, about 20 minutes more. Let stand for 10 minutes; dust with confectioners' sugar and serve.

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