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Forky Friday: 6/14/13

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Gadzooks! Father’s Day is THIS SUNDAY! But don’t fret if you’re unprepared—I’ve got you covered. In this edition of Forky Friday, I’ll share links about how to make the perfect steak and the best grills to cook it on. I have plenty of other ideas for gifts, too. Nothing’s too good for the top Pop in your life, right?

Even if dear old dad prefers Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joes to real food, I bet he wouldn’t turn down a home-cooked meal. For breakfast, you should make him a satisfying plate of Paleo-friendly Eggs Benedict (by Spoon & Knife, the self-described “gluten-free meat-atarian” site by my new pal Christine and her husband Mike), or my personal fave: steak and eggs!


Want some great tips on making the PERFECT steak?

  • As longtime readers know, my favorite fool-proof technique for cooking steak is to dunk it in a water oven and sear it when I’m ready to eat. I’m kind of a sous vide nut. If you haven’t yet tried this cooking technique, check out this new video and post from Serious Eats’ J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, which explains how to hack your own sous vide cooker with a beer cooler. His technique for browning the steak with a combination of a hot cast iron skillet and blowtorch is absolutely brilliant.

  • If you love to cook and aren’t a regular reader of Serious Eats, you’re missing out on tons of wonderfully useful tips. I learn something new from the site every day—including what NOT to do when cooking steak. The biggest takeaway for me? Invest in a good meat thermometer.
  • Looking for more videos of “dudes grilling things”? Check out this collection of handy tutorials and recipes compiled by Bon Appetit. (Faced with the wrath of the Internet, Bon Appetit later posted an apology for coming across as sexist in implying that “women aren’t just as masterful at the grill,” and posted links to a bunch of videos of women grilling.)


  • If you want to give dad a 90-minute video tutorial by award-winning Master Chef Michael Mina on how to cook steaks perfectly, click this link here.
  • But whatever you do, I FORBID you from topping the steaks with a dollop of Paula Deen’s new line of finishing butters. Make your own (the ever-effervescent Joy the Baker has a great recipe) if you don’t want your “butter spread” to contain canola oil, modified food starch, and other bizarro ingredients. Seriously: finishing butters should contain nothing more than butter, herbs, and seasonings.


In terms of big-ticket gifts, smokers and grills make most dads smile. I’m no gadget expert, so I rely on the wisdom of the folks behind ConsumerSearch and The Sweethome to tell me how to get the best bang for my buck. 

Don’t have oodles of cash to blow? Get the food-obsessed dad in your life a useful and inspiring cookbook!


  • For dads who want to perfect their cooking techniques, look no further than Ruhlman’s Twenty. It’s a no-brainer.


Toodles! Now go celebrate with your dads!

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