Tuesday Tribute

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on June 28, 2011

in chicken/turkey, family, grilling

Sunday would’ve been my dad’s 60th birthday.

Instead of planning a surprise party, or fancy dinner, or a trip out to visit him, I spent the day doing things that reminded me of him.

I made homemade bagels, and topped them in the best way I knew how:




I always remember going to get fresh bagels with my dad and my sister on weekend mornings, and while my dad went to get the chive cream cheese from the cooler in the side room of the bagel bakery, the manager of the bagel store would press warm mini bagels into our hands. “Just for you!” he’d say…

I bought us a new grill


Then created a delicious summer meal he would’ve loved, including Tyler Florence’s brined BBQ chicken with my grandpa’s BBQ sauce recipe. My dad was known for his whole bbq chicken, and always took great care when making one so that every bite was as good as the one before. His chicken would take hours to cook and minutes to devour, and we’d wait days after eating one to break the pink-smoked wishbone in half.



I truly miss my dad each and every day… but have found comfort in little things, like bagels, and barbecue, and malted milkshakes, which he used to treat my sister and I to after a long hard day of cleaning our rooms.

And now, I sleep… because I have a long day of counting things to prepare for Wednesday in Numbers!



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Rebecca June 28, 2011 at 10:58 PM

What a sweet post, Mara!


Becki @ Becki's Whole Life June 29, 2011 at 5:38 AM

It’s great to remember your dad through your blog..what a great tribute. My dad always grilled on a Weber charcoal grill and his specialty was BBQ Chicken as well so your post brought back great memories of my dad. Keep the memories alive – he sounds like a great man:-)


Lauren June 29, 2011 at 5:46 AM

Your dad would have been proud that you celebrated his life like this! :)


mom June 29, 2011 at 7:52 AM

lots of celebration with food in our family… the tradition continues!


Biz June 29, 2011 at 9:07 AM

What a wonderful tribute to your Dad Mara! I am sure he’s smiling down on you!!


Jenn (eating bender) June 29, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Beautiful post and tribute, Mara. Thinking of you.


Roz June 29, 2011 at 1:59 PM

What a beautiful tribute to your Dad! He sure raised a special daughter!


Jackie June 29, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Mara- this is beautiful! What a great way to honor his memory.


Marianne July 1, 2011 at 6:15 PM

I’m sure your dad is smiling upon you for your tribute to him :)


miri leigh July 2, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Wonderful post Mara!


MarathonVal July 8, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Sorry I’m so late to this post… this was such a sweet post.

Also, just read your most recent post too and you are SUCH AN AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER!!! Wowza, Mara!!


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