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Recipes From Our Dads

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When we talk about heirloom recipes, we’re often referring to recipes passed down from moms or grandmothers. But it turns out our authors have gotten some pretty serious culinary inspiration from their fathers as well.

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    Louisa Shafia's Persian Rice

    Louisa's father, who grew up in Iran, taught her the art of this iconic side dish, including how to create the tahdig, that essential golden-crisp crust of rice at the bottom of the pot.

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    Todd Richards' BBQ Sauces

    BBQ chef Todd Richards grew up in a barbecue-obsessed household, where his dad’s sauces were the food of legend. His father didn't consider the sauce a supporting player to the meat, but thought it deserved top billing.

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    Grace Young's Wok Cooking

    Grace's father was a wok aficianado, regaling her as a young girl with stories of the best wok chefs in San Francisco's Chinatown. The genius of the wok, he explained, is its broad shape and concave sides, making it perfect for far more than just stir-frying.

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    Pat LaFrieda's Grilled Skirt Steak

    Renowned 4th-generation butcher Pat LaFrieda began working with his father at age 10, and like him, claims skirt steak as his favorite cut, especially for grilling. Why? Put simply, it packs the most flavor.

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    Lee Ann Whippen's Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Turkey

    Lee Ann gets her BBQ chops from her father, who grew up on a hog farm and cooked barbecue from a tender young age. he’s been cooking and eating barbecue since he was little. They have competed together on the national barbecue circuit for over 20 years, and this bacon-wrapped smoked turkey is one of her specialties.

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    Samantha Seneviratne's Coffee Creme Bundt Cake

    Sam didn't learn to make this cake from her dad, but it is inspired by her dad, who drinks his coffee supersweet and creamy, thanks to sweetened condensed milk. Though she rolled her eyes at his coffee her youth, she's come to appreciate it with age, and turned it into this tasty coffee cake.

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    Denise Mickelsen's Buttermilk Pancakes

    Denise's pancakes are the stuff of legend to Fine Cooking staffers past and present, and the recipe comes straight from her dad. The pancakes are lofty and tender with just the right amount of buttermilk tang.

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    Anjali Patak's Glazed Spice-Rubbed Spareribs

    Anjali's family founded the Patak's line of Indian prepared foods (including chutneys, curries, and spices) so it's no surprise that her dad has a deft hand with spices on these ribs that he makes in the summertime.

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    Ellie Krieger's Chocolate Egg Cream

    Ellie's dad dad made these New York soda-fountain classics for her when she was a kid, showing her the right way to maximize the glorious foam head and insisting on the addition of a pretzel rod as an edible stirrer.

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    Diana Andrews' Kourabiedes

    Diana grew up making these classic melt-in-your-mouth Greek almond cookies every holiday season with her dad. Though they may be a holiday treat, you'll find yourself craving them all year round.

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