Father’s Day recipes inspired by some of our favorite TV dads

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Father’s Day is right around the corner and this year we’ve decided to highlight recipes to honor some of our favorite TV dads, past and present. Perhaps the characters and series included here remind you of your own father or evoke memories you shared while watching them. Or maybe it’s just a fun exercise to think about all the cooking scenes Homer had in “The Simpsons.” Either way, let these recipes inspire you on what to cook — or have someone cook for you — this Father’s Day.

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Twice-Baked Cheesy Potatoes Honor My Dad, Who Knew What He Liked

Al Bundy from “Married… with children” — Anthony Bourdain’s Beef Bourguignon, above. Peg Bundy was a leisurely housewife, better known for eating candy than cooking a meal for her family. In this clip, Al brags about a non-existent “beef stew made from scratch” to try and take on his rowdy neighbors, so I thought he’d enjoy a bowl of this French classic to celebrate the day.

Uncle Phil from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” – Essential mashed potatoes. Although Hillary is a culinary influencer in the revamped version of this series, it is Uncle Phil who is the foodie character in the original. Thanksgiving is her favorite meal, and of all the typical items on the holiday plate, it’s the “stuffed mounds of mashed potatoes” that stand out to me the most.

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Bob Belcher from “Bob’s Burgers” – Italian style burgers. The name of this show alone tells you what kind of recipe the Belcher family patriarch would enjoy. But what kind? In my limited viewings so far, I’ve enjoyed the creative specialty burgers offered at the family restaurant, so I figured Bob would also like a burger that isn’t the norm, and this one with crispy prosciutto , mushrooms and Taleggio seems to fit the bill.

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Sandy Cohen of “The OC” – The best bagels. Considered a “cream cheese artist” by his wife, this California dad is more than happy to “teach you how to schmear.” And what better canvas than this reader-favorite bagel recipe?

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Hank Hill from “King of the Hill” – Seared and Slow Roasted Steak. Hank is a grill expert who likes his steaks medium-rare. But if you’re more of a steak novice and want a surefire way to get a medium-rare rosé, this two-pronged method from Modernist Cuisine at Home is here to help.

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Carl Winslow of “Family Matters” – Whole Lemon Pie. In the first season of this ’90s sitcom, viewers learn about the Winslow family’s secret recipe, passed down to the men of the family for generations. Seeking to make a profit, they agree to sell it to a local restaurant who places an order for 12,000. Naturally, calamity ensues. But if you’re looking to make just one delicious lemon pie, this recipe is perfect.

Homer Simpson from “The Simpsons” – Vanilla Glazed Brioche Donuts. As I pondered which recipe to choose for TV’s longest-running dad, I realized how much food was part of the show. To name a few, there’s chili, bacon, a whole New Orleans food scene, and of course, all the beer. But, to me, there’s nothing more central to Homer than donuts.


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Rozella J. Cook