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The way to a man's heart is through his stomach! Looking for a Father's Day gift might seem challenging, but with help from these food stars, Dad's tummy will feel the love.

Make Father's Day special by combining two of Dad's favorite things - sweet treats and the grill. Hot dogs have gone gourmet and a big, juicy hamburger or steak is a tried-and-true classic. But, this year, show Dad how much you love him with a healthy twist on two American favorites - the chicken wing and watermelon. 

If Dad is usually the one manning the grill, review these simple tips for cooking chicken outdoors before you begin:
  • Preheat the grill on high.

  • Make sure the grate is well oiled to prevent sticking.

  • Transport the chicken to the grill on one plate and use a clean plate to take the prepared food back to the kitchen. 

  • Use tongs to turn the chicken instead of a fork, which may tear the meat.

  • Keep the grill covered as much as possible for quicker, more even cooking. 

  • Have a spray bottle filled with water handy in case of a flare up. 

  • Once you remove the chicken from the grill, allow it to "rest" for five minutes so it will retain its juices when cut. 
Get the kids involved in the meal preparation by creating a fun dessert. They can use a small ice cream scoop or melon baller to scoop out watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew. Serve the cool, refreshing treat in a pretty bowl or thread the melon balls onto skewers. Slices of watermelon can also be cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters. Add the shapes to the plate for a fun garnish or place one or two on the rim of a glass to add a festive flair.

Chipotle Maple Citrus Watermelon Wings 

Watermelon Glaze:
  • 2 cups watermelon puree

  • Juice from 3 fresh lemons

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (can use light version)

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, or to taste
  • Chicken wings or drumettes

  • 2 cups pineapple juice

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 3 cloves minced fresh garlic
To prepare the watermelon glaze, simmer ingredients together in a heavy saucepan for 20 minutes or until sauce is thick. Makes 2 cups. Keep warm.

To prepare the chicken, place the chicken in a large zipper lock bag with rest of the ingredients and seal tightly. Allow to marinate at least 2 hours or up to 12. Grill until cooked and arrange on a warm platter. Pour the glaze over the chicken and serve immediately.

Brown Sugar Pancakes 

Serves 6  • Prep 5 min • Cook 10min • Courtesy "The Batali Brothers Cookbook" (ecco, 2013)

When famed Italian cook, Mario Batali, was about to turn 50, his son's Benno, Leo and his wife, Susi, conceived of, planned and photographed the "Batali Brothers Cookbook" for his birthday present. The outcome is a compilation of the recipes the family would make together every summer in Michigan. The boys (aka Bros) wrote, cooked and styled the dishes while Susi photographed the finished products on her iPhone. Sunday pancakes in the Batali household are a recipe for happiness, plain and simple. These pancakes with a twist are without a doubt the best pancakes to share with your family. $14.99;
  • 2 cups flour 

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder 

  • 1 pinch salt 

  • 1 tablespoon sugar 

  • 2 eggs 

  • 2 cups milk 

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, plus more regular butter for the pan and more for the table 

  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
Put a nonstick or cast iron pan on the stove over medium heat. In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and granulated sugar together. 

In a large bowl, beat the eggs in with the milk. Add the vanilla extract and the 2 tablespoons melted butter, then whisk some more.

Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in thirds and whisk. Make sure to get all the lumps out of the batter. When you are done whisking the batter crumble two tablespoons of brown sugar on top and barely mix it in.

Take some extra butter (not melted butter) and put it on the pan so it melts and bubbles. Then cook in batches: Pour the batter onto the pan (not all of it — just a ladle at a time; we like a 2 or 3 ounce ladle) so you form good round circles. Flip the pancakes when they are ready (bubbles form on the raw side) and cook them till they are ready.

Serve hot with maple syrup and more butter on the side. Makes 12 (3-4 inch) pancakes.

Per serving: 150 calories; 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat; 24 percent calories from fat); 22 g carbohydrates; 46 mg cholesterol; 157 mg sodium; 4 g protein; 1 g fiber.

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