Sunday, October 4, 2009

Semi-Fine Dining

Well, Sunday is here and that means Monday tomorrow, but hopefully you all had a super weekend! We had Friday off of school for homecoming and such, so I was not complaining of a 3 day weekend =) So what did I do with 3 days? Homework, cleaned, shopped, and cooked a meal for my dad and I! He hasn’t seen my apartment since it was all boxes because he’s a over-the-road trucker, so our schedules usually conflict. This weekend my mom was gone, so it was perfect!

Not seeing my dad for 3 months was extremely crazy—he makes me laugh, and I needed a dose of dad humor and of course a big hug! I already knew what was on the menu for us—he and I are huge seafood fans (my mom doesn’t like it), so here’s our menu! It turned out fabulous!

Dad & Daughter Menu

  • Crab Stuffed Chicken (recipe here)
  • Homemade Roasted Garlic Wheat Bread (recipe below)
  • Sliced Garden Tomatoes
  • Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, and Fennel (recipe below)

My dad was so excited—check out when I delivered his plate to him! (don’t mind the hat hair ha ha)


Love him!

With a look at this, could you blame him for his excitement?



Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, and Fennel

(This was so flavorful, and perfect as a side dish for any fall meal!)



  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 large carrots
  • 2 fennel bulbs
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp olive or canola oil
  • Salt/pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • Peel sweet potatoes and carrots in to your desired size/shape.
  • Slice fennel bulb and cut into four sections.
  • Toss all veggies with oil and brown sugar. Add salt and pepper.
  • Take a casserole dish or roasting pan and spread veggies in a single layer.
  • Cover pan with tinfoil and roast for 45-60 minutes, stirring every 15-20 mins. Roast until sweet potatoes and carrots are tender and fennel starts to brown.


Roasted Garlic Wheat Bread (bread machine)

Makes 2 pound loaf


  • 1 c water
  • 1/2 sour cream
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 c bread flour
  • 2 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp wheat germ
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast


  • Place ingredients in bread machine in above order.
  • Choose wheat bread cycle if available, otherwise just the standard.

If you do not have a bread machine, you could easily make this my prepping yeast, mixing, and letting rise, then baking. I would suggest following another similar oven-baked bread recipe for a basic time guideline.


Erica said...

awwww so sweet! Love that you enjoyed your time with your daddy. Great meal- I bet he loved every bit. I cannot believe its Sunday!

Jenny said...

3 months with no poppa sounds brutal! I'm happy you were able to spend some time with your sweet daddy this weekend -- you certainly spoiled him on the food front :) Lucky guy!

Kim said...

I'm glad you all enjoyed your time together. What a great meal :D My dad lives 6 hours away from me and it can really be hard. Such a special bond fathers and daughters have!!

Krista said...

With a meal like that I can see why your Dad was SO happy! Lucky man!! :)

Kelly said...

I love that you made your dad a special meal. It sounds delicious.