Happy Father’s Day everyone! It’s a special day. In part this week, we focus on our own fathers. First up, in a nod to Roy’s father’s delicious meatball recipe, we share our lighter version made with turkey. Next, we remember Kevin’s dad’s love of pie with our apple gallette (not as fancy as it sounds). We think you’ll like Martha Stewart’s crafty card ideas, and this week’s garden update. And we couldn’t mention our fathers without a little bit about their and our beloved Red Sox. Let’s get started!
Roy’s father, Bill, used to make big batches of delicious fried beef meatballs. He always made enough to freeze and enjoyed them as part of quick and easy meals for months to come. Here, we share our recipe for baked turkey meatballs. We love the beef ones, but these are a little healthier.
You will need: 1lb. lean ground turkey, 3/4 cup breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic herb mix (such as Mrs Dash), 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons tomato paste (we like the type that comes in a tube).
- Mix all ingredients thoroughly,
- Roll into ping-pong sized balls. Makes 24.
- Bake on parchment paper at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
- These versatile meatballs freeze well, so make a double batch! Great with tomato sauce on pasta or grinder rolls. Also delicious with brown gravy or as an appetizer!
Here’s Roy’s father trying out his new electric razor one early Christmas morning in the 1960s.
EASY AS PIE (Actually it’s a little easier!)
Kevin’s father, Warren, was a big fan of pie. For his birthday celebrations, he preferred birthday pie to cake. Both of our fathers had a sweet tooth and would regularly bring their mini boxed Table Talk pies to work in their lunch boxes. Here, we share a recipe for apple gallette, an easy to make rustic tart with the flavor of an apple pie, but less work. Make one for your dad!
You will need: one 9 inch ready-made pie crust, 4 apples, 1 tablespoon of flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, dash of nutmeg, pinch of salt, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons butter or margarine.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Peel and slice apples, combine with sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice.
- Unroll pie crust onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Pile apple mixture in the center of the crust leaving a 2-inch border.
- Fold crust up around the apples, top the fruit with butter or margarine pieces.
- If desired, brush crust with milk or melted butter for a browner crust.
- Bake 40-45 minutes until brown.
Here is a picture of Kevin’s dad when he received a Red Sox jacket as a Christmas gift. Kevin inherited the beloved jacket and wore it for many years until he passed it on to his nephew and godson, James, at Christmas a few years ago.
Both of our fathers were lifelong Red Sox fans but, sadly, neither saw the Sox win a World Series during their lifetimes. Coincidentally, one thing they had in common was that they both enjoyed watching the game on television with the volume off and the radio on. Both said they liked the radio play-by-play better. (Great minds think alike!)
We think of them often while watching Sox games. GO SOX!
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Seedlings planted (Wish us luck!!!)
Last weekend, we planted our seedlings in the garden. We have high hopes for the basil, marigolds and pansies. At this point, we have 18 cherry tomatoes and 4 green peppers.
Impatiens, a family favorite!
Roy’s father used to have Impatiens on his fence in garden boxes. Kevin’s mom, Irene, also grew them on her condo porch each year. Ours are in a large concrete pot surrounding yellow snapdragons, which they are threatening to overwhelm. PRETTY AND COLORFUL!
We bought the bee ornament in memory of our beloved niece and friend, Christine, who was an avid beekeeper and gardener.
SOME RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT DADS
“The greatest gift I ever had came from God, I call him dad.” author unknown (source: Sayings Images)
Mark Twain wrote of his father:
“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in 7 years.” – Mark Twain (source: Good Reads)
JOKE OF THE WEEK
How is the baby bird like it’s dad? It’s a chirp off the old block! (Source: Boys Life)
WORLDS BEST FATHER
The little statue at the top of the page, which reads “WORLD’S BEST FATHER”, sat on Roy’s father’s bureau for more than 30 years, a gift from his kids. We both feel blessed to have had kindhearted, hardworking, devoted fathers. We applaud all the great fathers past and present, for doing their best and being there for their kids. Many of us feel that our dad, is or was, the “World’s Best Father”, and for all of us who believe that – it’s true!
Happy Father’s Day!
Roy and Kevin