Dining with dad: how to get your pops to chat

Fervent Foodie is a contributing writer for the official Urbanspoon blog. 


The thought of partaking in a lengthy conversation is enough to make most dads grimace. It doesn’t mean dads don’t care; talking just doesn’t come as naturally to them as, say, changing your car’s oil or scaring the crap out of your new boyfriend. Deep down, dads are softies when it comes to their kids, despite the stone faces and frequent radio silence.

This Father’s Day, find your dad’s inner Chatty Charles with one of these one-size-fits-most conversation topics.

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Speaking of dads, if you’re looking for a sweet treat for Father’s Day I have the perfect gift idea. I recently sampled a box of sweets from Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies. These are hands-down the best cookies I’ve ever received in the mail, and honestly better than most I’ve had fresh from bakeries. Don’t get me wrong–I’m an avid cookie consumer, but few get an audible “WOW” on the first bite like Heidi’s do. The cookies are preservative-free, and you can store them in the freezer and enjoy them cookie-by-cookie for weeks to come. My two favorites had similar flavor profiles: the toffee chocolate chip (chocolate chip cookies topped with a layer of crunchy gourmet English toffee candy) and sea salt caramel bars (luscious caramel and Mediterranean Sea salt). As an added bonus, the cookies come in adorable little gift boxes. So, order some for your dad and for yourself (and for a certain blogger whose birthday is in July 😉 ).


Rugelach… Rugelwhat?

If you’re like me, each morning when you sit down at your desk  and open up your inbox you secretly hope to see one of THOSE emails.  They come with subjects like “Goodies in the kitchen!” or “Get it while it’s hot!” or simply “DOUGHNUTS.”  These are glorious emails:  ones that don’t result in agitation or stress or silent shaking of an angry fist at the monitor.  These emails confirm your department has, in fact, employed an angel, and the treats–be they muffins, homemade cookies, or (if you’re really lucky) the GOOD bagels–turn what might otherwise be a monotonous beginning to the daily grind into a full out PARTAYYY.

OK, maybe not a partayyy, per se, but they definitely make everyone a lot more smiley throughout the day.

Today, we got one of these very emails letting us know there were “rugelachs” in the library for our eating pleasure.  Rugelachs?  The library?!  Yes, we have a library chock full of old tax filings and millions of pages of decaying tax code and free rugelachs.  My first though was, rugelach?  What the heck is that?  I pounced from my desk to the library, camera in hand, all the while asking myself–what is a rugelach?!


Cookie. Coma.

Tis the season for excessive amounts of cookies and glorious baked goodies!  Fa-la-la-la-la…. la la la laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!


Everywhere I turn there are COOKIES!  I love ithate it….





A Foodie Gift {cookie-mix-in-a-jar}

In my opinion, nothing is better than the gift of food!  For Christmas this year, I decided to make some cookie jars using one of my favorite cookie recipes – the Nestle Tollhouse Recipe for Oatmeal Scotchies (oh-so-conveniently located on the back of the butterscotch chips bag).

These gifts are so easy, and with a little elbow grease and creative flair they really turn out beautifully!


First step is to mix the following in a bowl:

  • .5 cup + 2 tbsp Flour
  • .5 tsp Baking Soda
  • .25 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • .25 tsp Salt

Dump this into a 1 quart jar, then layer on:

  • 1.5 cups quick oats
  • half a bag of butterscotch chips

In another bowl mix together:

  • .25 cup + 2 tbsp White Sugar
  • .25 cup + 2 tbsp Brown Sugar

Toss the sugar mix into a ziploc baggie and tuck inside the glass jar (on top of the chips).

Next up, write out a note with the following instructions:


Then it’s time get your creative flair on!




Last but not least, I baked up a batch of the Oatmeal Scotchies and included a half dozen wrapped in a cellophane bag along with each gift jar.



Cookies.. the gift that keeps on giving Winking smile