A pregnant friend forwarded a video which she called the "feature presentation." The baby's ultrasound had been taken a week earlier.
It showed six delightful minutes of guessing whether a moving mass was spine or brain, or if a stick figure was a leg poking and floating. Mom's comment or giggle was unmistakable, but the soon-to-be dad's voice, full of awe, repeated two words again and again. He kept telling the technician "thank you" for showing him the little human the two of them had sprouted.
Kudos to dads this weekend!
Original gifts always seem the goal. Dads take less offense when they use electricity or heavy-duty batteries. It may be a deluxe trimmer for outdoors. A power saw might satisfy the new homeowner's creative streak. Since many dads relax at the family grill, a knife sharpener may be a welcome surprise.
Too late to order a mug with the kids' photo? Craft stores offer those for inserting your own or printing a favorite family quote, such as "Ask Your Mother." The same idea could frost a cookie.
The aroma of grilled food whets weekend taste buds. On Saturday the Belleville Rotary Club hosts a competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society at Eckert's Belleville Farm. Plenty of free advice will be available from those grilling chicken, ribs, pork and brisket for judges, but guests also can buy and have their fill. Entries in sideline contests for desserts, "anything butt" and sauces will be gathered Friday. How could anyone resist the music, demonstrations and other events, like the "Are You Smarter Than Your Dad Show," at 1 p.m.
A dad-style meal — easy, tasty and hearty — can be made entirely on a grill. Vegetables cut the same size and skewered cook consistently. For easy cooking, combine veggies, cut small — potatoes, green beans, mushrooms, carrots, minced garlic, whatever else dad likes, drizzle with a little olive oil and, if desired, a few spoonsful of beer, salt and pepper. Seal combos in flat, aluminum foil packets. Cook with the lid down, then flip over the packets to finish when the entree is added.
My husband sticks with ketchup, pickles and onion, but Schwan's lists many ways to top a beef or salmon burger, which it can deliver. A hearty cowpoke would like sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onion, tomato, bacon and horseradish mayo dressing — dolloped with chili ketchup. Tex-Mex pico de gallo, Southwest ranch dressing and pepper Jack cheese top a burger in a tortilla. Or let spinach-artichoke dip melt on top. For 57 more mix-and-match ways, search for "60 Burger Toppers" under "Recipes" at www.schwans.com.
Will dessert be ooey-gooey or tangy-sweet? Strawberry Lemonade Pie from Karo syrup combines fresh strawberries with sweet-and-tart lemon.
STRAWBERRY LEMONADE PIE
1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust
3/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp. flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. light-colored corn syrup
1/3 cup plus 1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. freshly shredded lemon peel
3 cups thinly sliced strawberries
Sweetened whipped cream and thinly sliced lemon, if desired
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Fit pie crust into 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom and trim edge, or into 9-inch pie pan and flute edge. Line crust with double sheet of foil. Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes. Remove foil and cool slightly.
In medium bowl, stir together sugar and flour. Add eggs, 1/2 cup corn syrup, 1/3 cup lemon juice and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Pour into partially baked pie shell.
Bake about 30 minutes longer until top of filling is golden brown. Cool.
Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Combine remaining 2 tablespoons corn syrup, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and lemon peel. Cover and set aside.
Just before serving, arrange sliced berries on top of baked filling and drizzle with lemon mixture. Top each serving with whipped cream and slice of lemon slice.
Makes 8 servings.
Note: If using tart pan, remove rim from pan before serving.
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