Happy Father's Day to my Dad and all the Dad's of the world, today and everyday!

When I was growing up, we didn’t make a big deal about Father’s Day. We would have a cake or dinner out, but we generally adhered to Dad’s annual admonition, “please don’t spend my money to get me a gift.” In fact, he was always of the mind to get my mom and sister and me to stop spending money.

Jamie's Dad

This year, I was thinking of buying him a Father’s Day gift I saw in a Jewish catalog: It’s a money clip that says “GELT.” I know he would like it more if it said “Don’t Spend This Gelt.” Then I thought the wiser and decided he wouldn’t want me to spend my gelt on shtus (nonsense) like that. So I turned the page.

I’m sticking with the under-$25 picture of my kiddies on a mug gift. (He really does appreciate that. I should know. I give him one every year.) If I lived closer I would bring over a bottle of homemade BBQ sauce, but instead, we are making a special BBQ in his honor that we will enjoy together over video since he is in the US and we are in Israel. Uh-hum, correction: Hubby is making the special BBQ because he grills the best steaks, burgers and dogs this side of Kansas City. Daddy loves a great piece of meat, just like Hubby. Come to think of it, Hubby also doesn’t love when I spend so much gelt. There’s a pattern here, folks. We will miss being together in person but we will enjoy the quality time technology affords us. 

Here are some of the BBQ meat and sides I will make for Father's Day and hope they inspire you. 

BIG TIP! How to warm your rolls if your grill overfloweth (with) hot dogs: You can warm the buns by wrapping them in a damp paper towel and microwaving for about 10 seconds, steaming them briefly in a vegetable steamer or toasting them in your oven.

I can’t say Dad is ever too surprised when I do something well, because he expects great things from me! The fact is that he gave me the confidence to believe in myself, and the gumption to do anything and everything I ever wanted. For that -- and for teaching me how to ride a bike and how to drive a car (“Look where you’re going! Look where you’re going!”) I want to say thank you.

I looked where I was going, Dad -- and now, see where I am. I Love You!

So here’s my question of the day for all of you out there: When you look back on your life, for what can you thank your father?