A lot of fathers won’t be going out to eat this year, around 50 million!

That sounds like a lot until you think about Mother’s Day, which is more than 90 million.

Mothers are special. Just watch the champion ship football games when the players are interviewed; they say two things, “we are going to Disney World” and “Hi Mom!”, never Dad.

So, how do we make it a special day this year? To start with, most fathers don’t think about Father’s Day the way we think about Mother’s Day. We truly realize how important mom is to the family and all that she does. They take care of everything; we are along for the ride.

Now, in all fairness, there are a lot of fathers that are stay-at-home or single-family providers that do an outstanding job. God bless you all. I don’t know how you do it! My family would be completely lost without mom, but I do cook for them, which is what a lot of fathers like to do on Father’s Day.

In most households the ladies are doing most of the cooking. Taking them out is a treat, so they can get away from cooking. With the fathers, going out is OK, but cooking at home is more popular.

In more than 50% of households, the husbands and wives are both working. There is an increasing trend of husbands now doing the cooking at home. I think that is because of the many cooking shows on TV; more men are watching and getting interested and want to try cooking new dishes themselves. Once they get the cooking bug, they can’t stop and the ladies are loving it, especially my wife.

Now, every once in a while, I will ask her to make me a special Greek dessert or dinner entrée and I love it. So, going out to eat is not an option. This will happen a great deal this year.

So, if you want to make Dad happy on Father’s Day, make his favorite dish or ask him to cook his favorite dish. He might surprise you and say yes! Let him cook whatever he wants and tell him how wonderful it is! You can always make the dessert, that would be nice. What is his favorite? Try this dessert.

Molten Lava Cakes

Serving: 6 cakes


6 chocolate Kisses

2 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate

10 tablespoons (1 and 1/4 stick) butter

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

3 large eggs

3 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease 6 (6-ounce) custard cups with butter or spray. Melt the 2 ounces of square chocolates and butter in the microwave or in a double boiler. Add the flour and sugar to the chocolate mixture. Stir in the eggs and yolks until smooth. Stir in the vanilla.

Divide the batter evenly among the custard cups. Insert a chocolate Kiss inside the batter of each cake. Place in the oven and bake for 6-8 minutes. The edges should be firm, but the center will be runny. Run a knife around the edges to loosen and invert onto dessert plates. Enjoy!

Costa Magoulas is dean of the Mori Hosseini College of Hospitality and Culinary Management at Daytona State College. Contact him at (386) 506-3578 or magoulc@daytonastate.edu.

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