When I got divorced, my three sons were all in grammar school. My ex-wife and the boys moved fifty miles away to be near her family. My job required I remain in Chicago. This meant I spent a lot of time on the highway to remain a part of the boy’s life. I didn’t want to lose that family feeling with them.
I set up their bedroom with the same bunk beds they grew up with. I wanted the house I lived in to be their home, not Dad’s house. They’d come visit me and I tried to make it as homey as possible. I realized we were eating at restaurants and take out more than we should and more than I could afford. I knew we need to have at least one sit-down family meal when they stayed with me.
I could always cook for myself. Now, I had to learn to cook for a family. I began to gather recipes that would be tasty, healthy, and easy. I looked to the meals my mother made and began to hunt for my comfort foods that I enjoyed when I was the boy’s age.
I didn’t want to spend all day cooking. It took time away from them. Foods that let them help were always a good choice. My son Jim still makes the garlic bread whenever we have pasta together.
Eventually, I found my mother’s old cookbook and inside it, I found little scraps of paper with recipes, handwritten on them. Here were the meals that I loved as a child.
On Monday’s I would go into work and my secretary would ask what I made for the boys over the weekend. Often, she would suggest I write a cookbook for single dads. I always thought, sure once I retire. Well, I retired. My sons are grown up. The oldest just turned thirty. They all know how their way around the kitchen even if they never want to go there.
As a gift to fathers everywhere, each Father’s Day, I offer my cookbook, DINING-NOT JUST EATING, as a FREE Kindle download to everyone. This book is a great start for anyone new to the kitchen, not only Single Dads.
In the book, I show you what you need to start in a kitchen. It doesn’t take much, and it doesn’t need to be expensive. A few simple tricks and you go from eating out of a take-out container to some of the best pasta that you can call your own. Learn to prepare the best steak you’ve ever had and how to dry age a standing rib roast in your fridge for the holidays. Even more important learn to feel comfortable and confident in the kitchen, not simply follow a recipe.
If you don’t have a Kindle reader don’t worry. You can download the FREE Kindle Reader App for whatever platform you like. You can load it onto your phone, tablet, or PC.
Some people wonder why I give away so many free copies. Last year I gave out 580 free downloads of the book. In the two months following I sold over 300 copies. I’m sure people read the FREE Download and decided they wanted the paperback to keep in their kitchen.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO EVERY FATHER OUT THERE.
Hey Moms, there are some pretty good recipes in DINING-NOT JUST EATING that you’ll enjoy too. Rum cake that you will love with a cup of coffee in the morning when no one is looking. The worlds greatest potato salad recipe, My mother made it and I thought the recipe was lost, little did I know, Two Chicken Tetrazzini recipes. My idea and my mothers, both approved by my sons. You won’t be sorry.