Kitchen Krafts


Show your father that you love him by cooking him a delicious meal this Father’s Day! With an older person’s help, you can prepare these recipes for dinner or for an “I Love You” treat.

Mini Pizzas

8 whole English muffins

1 can (15 oz/425 g) tomato sauce

6 cups grated cheese

toppings of choice (pepperoni, pineapple, green pepper, etc.)

  1. 1.

    Slice English muffins into halves.

  2. 2.

    Spread tomato sauce on each half of muffin. Cover with cheese and toppings of choice.

  3. 3.

    Place mini pizzas on a cookie sheet and place in a toaster oven or conventional oven.

  4. 4.

    Toast or bake until cheese is melted. Makes 16 pizzas.

(You can also microwave these mini pizzas on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave them on high for 20–30 seconds, or until the cheese is melted.)

Father’s Favorite Bread

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 eggs

1 cup cooking oil

2 cups sugar

2 cups “Father’s Favorite”—bananas, zucchini, pumpkin, or apple (make sure the fruits or vegetables are peeled, chopped, or mashed)

3 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup nuts (optional)

  1. 1.

    Sift together the first five ingredients in a medium bowl.

  2. 2.

    Beat eggs in a large bowl, then add cooking oil, sugar, Father’s Favorite, and vanilla.

  3. 3.

    Mix in the dry ingredients, then add nuts (if desired).

  4. 4.

    Pour the batter into two well-greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 325° F (160° C) for one hour. Makes 2 loaves.

Frozen Strawberry Dessert

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1 quart fresh strawberries

1/3 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 cup heavy cream, whipped

  1. 1.

    Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Boil for 5 minutes, then let cool.

  2. 2.

    Puree strawberries in a blender.

  3. 3.

    In a large bowl, combine strawberry puree, orange juice, lemon juice, and sugar water. Fold in the cream.

  4. 4.

    Pour into a 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33 cm) pan and freeze until firm. Makes about 1 quart.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Mark Robison