We have one week to put together our anticipated Father’s Day Menu and I am excited to share with you some of Ellen’s and my favorite ‘man-food’ recipes. For my husband this would include anything meaty and stick to your ribs goodness. It would not include anything with rice or warm fruit. Needless to say I won’t be cooking him any curry dishes this Sunday. So, I have had to branch out a little and prepare some hearty, meaty dishes to share with you (I have to admit I didn’t mind and am actually part carnivorous myself 🙂

This first recipe takes a simple, boring steak to a whole new level! The Parmesan Herb Butter you brush on the steak as it’s cooking, as well as adding it on top of your cooked steak, gives this steak a huge boost of flavor. Grilling the steak also gives the steak a nice, flavorful char on the outside but keeps the center of the steak nice and pink and tender. This steak pretty much will melt in your mouth and will take an inexpensive cut of beef to a whole new level! The men in your life are sure to love this dish!

Grilled Parmesan Buttered Steak
Ingredients
  1. 2-3 lbs. boneless or bone-in beef steaks
Parmesan Herb Butter
  1. 1 stick butter, softened
  2. 3/4 c. parmesan cheese
  3. 2-3 T. fresh parsley
  4. 1 clove garlic
  5. Dash cayenne pepper
  6. Dash paprika
  7. 1/4 t. black pepper
  8. 1/4-1/2 t. salt
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Instructions
  1. Broil or grill steak to desired doneness. The steaks on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat a grill to medium-high heat and place the steaks on the hot grill. Grill on both sides until the center of the steaks are cooked to your liking. While the steaks are cooking, put all of the butter ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth and the parsley and garlic have been broken down. When steaks are nearly done on the grill, spread a thin layer of parmesan butter on top of the steak. Remove from the grill and place on a plate to rest. When ready to serve, place another dallop of butter on top of the steak to enjoy while eating.
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 Extra Herb Butter can be frozen for a later time in a small tupperware.

Serve this steak with Garlic Roasted Broccoli (recipe coming this week) and Roasted Potatoes
makes for a well rounded and pretty dish. For these potatoes all I do
is cut russet or red potatoes into 1/2 inch pieces and place on a cookie
sheet. I drizzle olive oil on them and then sprinkle a packet of dry
onion soup mix on top. Toss to coat and then sprinkle the top of the
potatoes with a little seasoning salt. Bake at 425 for 15-18 minutes or
until the potatoes are tender and golden brown. The melted Parmesan Butter on these potatoes makes them absolutely amazing!

In honor of Father’s Day, Ellen and I wanted to post each day this week about a father who we love, and who has affected our lives. I am saving my own Father’s post for Saturday,  but couldn’t let this year go by without telling the father of my children how much I love him! I have known Todd ever since I was six years old. We grew up one house away from each other and have cared about, and loved each other as long as we can remember (minus his awkward 14 year old stage where his name was ‘the it’ and none of my girl friends would even say his name…he was that annoying! Thankfully that stage passed quickly and I was head over heels once again a year later 🙂

When I was 12 I wrote in my journal that I wanted to marry him (scary thought now that I have a 13 year old!! AHH). From a young age, Todd reminded me of my own Dad who I looked up to and adored. He is one of the most fun loving, patient, temperate, kind, non-judgmental, funny, positive people I know. He does not have a mean bone in his body–I’m not kidding. It’s almost scary how kind he is! Compared to me anyway 😉

I truly feel blessed and thank God every day that I have him in my life. He is my best friend and someone who I can lean on through good times and bad. We have had some rough years and big trials to overcome through these short 14 years, but every experience has made us stronger and helped us love each other even more. Marriage is not always easy, but for us, it is totally worth it and the best part of our life!

Not only is Todd an amazing husband, he is hands down, the best Dad I know. He is extremely busy and yet he takes so many small moments to hug the kids, play a game with them, snuggle the kids, throw a ball with our sons, go to their sporting events, goes to scout camp and does everything he can to be involved in their lives. We feel so blessed that he can work from home (he’s the brains behind the business portion of Deals to Meals) and has so much time to be with our kids. Although he has more to do than there is time, he is always taking those small moments to walk away from work and give the kids the one-on-one time they need. He really is so amazing and I am thankful this year, as well as all years, that I have been blessed with the man of my dreams! I love you Todd!!