In The Kitchen: Father's Day doesn't have to be burnt toast and ties

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By Robin McDaniel
Blount Today

Father’s Day is Sunday, so dads are probably getting ready for burnt toast lovingly prepared by children, crayon scribbled "I Love You" and a brand new tie!

Actually, tribute to dads have come a long way since Mrs. John Dodd of Washington first proposed the idea of a "father’s day" in 1909. Dodd wanted to honor her father, William Smart, who was a Civil War veteran, widowed when his wife died giving birth to their sixth child. Father Smart was left to raise six children on a rural farm in eastern Washington state.

Dodd would not be deterred from her goal of honoring her single-parent father. The first Father’s Day was observed in
Spokane on June 19, 1910. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea as a national Father’s Day. President
Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation making it officially the third Sunday in June in 1966.

Dads are usually pretty basic in what makes their stomachs happy. I think this Grilled Chicken Breast will be a hit with any
father. And, if grilling is a dad-thing and he wants the day off, I’ve also included Lynn Waters’ Fabulous and Easy Italian Roast. It’s a slow-cooker roast, which means its easy for mom, too.

If you are preparing more than three chicken breast, adjust the amount of pineapple juice slightly. It is just for marinating.

Grilled Chicken Breast

2 to 3 skinless chicken breast
1 to 2 cups pineapple juice
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup soy sauce

Combine pineapple juice and soy sauce. Add chicken and marinate for 1 hour. Lay chicken breast on hot grill. Grill chicken until thoroughly cooked. Top with pineapple slices that have been warmed on the grill.

Lynn Waters Fabulous & Easy Italian Roast

1 bottom round roast
1/2 pkg. Good Seasons Zesty Italian dressing mix
1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 jar pepperoncini peppers (with half the liquid)

Place roast in slow cooker. Add all ingredients. Cook for 8 hours on low. The juices make a wonderful gravy to serve over rice.

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