What can you get for the man who has everything? And, by "everything," I of course mean me and our two gorgeous kids :) But in all seriousness, he and I both tend to just pick things up as we need them, and we've gotten to a point in our lives when we've accumulated a lot of the usual bigger ticket things we might need for our house or our hobbies. I certainly can't buy movies or music for him. He's got that well covered, and I have no idea what's already in his extensive library. He's quite particular about his electronics so that category only works when he gives me a list.
|On their way to a Blue Jays game|
Something else I can do is relieve him of any cooking responsibilities for the day. After all, I never have to cook on Mother's Day. We generally both do our equal share of the cooking around here. Then whoever didn't cook that meal is responsible for clean-up. It works out well. We each have particular meals that are "ours," and the other one won't attempt. If the BBQ is involved, Hubs is normally in control, although I'm pretty good with the grill too. Lately I've taken to grilling chicken wings, and that's become one of my special meals.
|Proud of his black belt son|
I suspect his meal of choice on Father's Day would probably be a nice thick striploin, but then he'd have to grill it himself. He has steak down to a science, and I could never get his done the way he likes it. It would be a disappointment I'm sure, so that's out. I decided to take inspiration from what might catch my eye at our local FreshCo, as part of a Collective Bias shop.
When I was going through their flyer I saw that Maple Leaf Prime whole chickens were on a major sale. He does like the way I do roast chicken, so I'm thinking I'll take over the grill next Sunday and prepare a manly (and easy!) Beer Can Chicken for him to enjoy.
If you haven't cooked a Beer Can Chicken before, it really is worth a try. You simply season a whole chicken (innards removed) to your taste, open a can of beer, pour half out (into a glass to drink would make sense), make a couple of extra holes in the top of the can, and then slide it inside the body cavity. Place the chicken into a metal pan to catch the drippings, move it to a preheated grill, and cook on indirect medium heat (covered) until done. About 25 minutes per pound. The beer keeps the chicken really moist and flavourful.
I did a test run tonight while Hubs was out. While I was at Fresh Co I picked up some fresh corn (another of his faves). We usually cook the corn in boiling water, but I wanted to grill it this time. To grill corn, you first soak the cobs in cold water for about an hour. Leave the husks on, but remove the silk sticking out the top. The soaking will prevent the husks from catching fire. I added my corn to the grill for the last 20-25 minutes of the cooking time.
|Looks good, right?|
You can find out more about my FreshCo shop and see pictures of my experience over at my Google+ page.