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Some Kinda Good with Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser: Treat Dad to a home-cooked meal
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Grilled Panzanella Salad is a Tuscan salad of fresh, seasonal vegetables and grilled Italian bread. - photo by REBEKAH FAULK LINGENFELSER/special

In my book, cooking a meal for someone you love is one of the greatest expressions of care and appreciation. In the South, we've long shown our love by feeding each other.

As a child, I can remember going to Grandma Dot's house for supper and the excitement and anticipation of it all. In her home, the sounds of her knife chopping against the cutting board and the smell of buttermilk biscuits - or cathead biscuits, as my daddy would say - baking in the oven wafted from the kitchen. While she put the final touches on the meal, the family would migle in the living room and help out if there was anything to be done. The table for eight was set, and just before she called everyone to gather around for the blessing, Grandma would disappear into the back of the house to her bedroom, where she would change from her nightgown and "get her clothes on."

The meal, often pork chops or baked spaghetti, was always from scratch, home-cooked and served family style, where dishes were passed around the table until everyone's plates were filled. Being the gracious host that she is, Grandma acted as a sort of waitress throughout the meal, filling tea glasses and asking if she could get us anything else. Despite my grandpa's insistence that she have a seat and join us at the table, her main concern was taking good care of her family, ensuring we enjoyed every morsel and offering us seconds. She eventually would sit down, but not until she was satisfied and everyone was happily eating. I didn't know it then, but those early childhood memories would shape my love for food and entertaining and go a long way in teaching me how to take care of the men in my life.

If you've read my column for any length of time or follow my food blog at, you know that I'm passionate about food and love to explore good restaurants. I also began culinary school this summer, and I'm learning so much about flavor combinations.

To my dad, though, no matter how many restaurants I discover or flavor pairings I explore, he likes what he likes. Sometimes I think expanding his palate is a hopeless effort, but one can always dream! I could be the greatest chef in the world, and I think he still would request fried shrimp or hamburger steak with a baked potato and a basic toss salad with Thousand Island dressing. Michelin-starred restaurants and fine dining concepts are lost causes where he is concerned. For all of his amazing qualities, being open to new foods is few and far between. He's not alone in this way of thinking, though; he represents a large part of his generation. Especially when you're hungry, you want to eat what you know rather than taking a risk on something you don't. I can't blame him for that.

In the spirit of my fad's penchant for good ol' fashioned down home cooking, here's my suggestion for treating your dad to a meal that's Some Kinda Good this Father's Day: Keep it simple, and cook with quality ingredients. If you're really on top of things, you will have visited the Statesboro Main Street Farmers Market yesterday for some really delicious, local vegetables, sweet corn on the cob and a few mouthwatering Hunter Cattle Company steaks.

Fire up the grill, season the steaks well - salt and pepper is a no-fail solution every time - and get cooking. Dice up some potatoes and toss them on a sheet pan. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil, tossing to coat evenly. While the corn on the cob and steaks are grilling, roast the potatoes in the oven at 425 degrees for 25 minutes, turning halfway through the cooking time. Serve the grilled steaks and corn on the cob with the roasted potatoes alongside my grilled panzanella salad. It's a Tuscan salad of fresh, seasonal vegetables and grilled Italian bread that even my dear ol' dad would enjoy!

For more manly man recipe ideas, including Skillet Barbecued Pork Chops and Chicken Fried Steak with Garlic Roasted Mashed Potatoes, plus dessert ideas, visit Remember, whether you're cooking a five-course fancy meal or something less fussy, make the main ingredient love, and do it from the heart.

Happy Father's Day!

Georgia native Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser is the personality behind the blog A self-described food enthusiast whose cooking adventures have led her twice to appear on national television and to star locally as host of "Statesboro Cooks," she currently is taking her passion to the next level as a student at the Culinary Institute of Savannah. Search Facebook for Some Kinda Good or tweet her @SKGFoodBlog.

Grilled Panzanella Salad

2 large bell peppers (any color), quartered
1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise
1 medium onion, cut in half
1 cucumber, sliced into half-moon pieces
3 medium tomatoes, halved
1 loaf of ciabatta or Italian bread, halved lengthwise
½ cup torn fresh basil
Balsamic vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
Lemon juice
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Brush grill with olive oil and season vegetables with kosher salt and black pepper.

Grill bell peppers, zucchini and onion for about 4-5 minutes, turning once, until grill marks are visible. Chop the grilled vegetables into bite-size pieces and place them in a large mixing bowl.

Meanwhile, drizzle the bread with olive oil and grill over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes.

Add the chopped tomatoes and cucumber into the bowl with the grilled vegetables. Remove bread from grill, cut into cubes and toss together with the vegetables.

Drizzle the mixture with equal parts of balsamic vinegar and olive oil, just enough to dress the salad lightly, and season with more salt and pepper. Squeeze about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice over the mixture and add in fresh basil.



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