Without or without a particular celebration, it won’t hurt to show your father some lovin’, and what could be a better way to do that than to personally prepare him a meal? From your own kitchen! With your own hands! He would probably be too proud to notice that your average cooking skills—if you’re skilled at all! It’s the thought that counts anyway!

Grilled Cheese with Bourbon Melted Onions


This, ladies and gents, is your typical grilled cheese—with a hint of Dad. Caramelized onions and bourbon? Yes, please! (RECIPE; photo by Johnny Valiant)

Skillet steaks with Gorgonzola Herbed Butter Recipe


Feeling especially celebratory? Try this recipe from Add a Pinch! If you’re extra celebratory, surprise your dad with a special steak knife – Check it out!

Crisp Chicken Wings with Chili-Lime Butter


For your short-tempered man, because this one only takes thirty minutes to prepare! No need for extravagant ingredients either; find the recipe at Food Network.

Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken


I mean, we all love KFC but chicken does taste a bit better when prepared with love and not capitalism. Kidding! This one’s a basic fried chicken recipe, kicked up a notch with buttermilk and a special flour mixture. Access the recipe here, and thanks to Tina Rupp for the photo.

Big breakfast with Asparagus


Start your dad’s day with a bang, while also lessening the number of dishes to wash and clean! This simple recipe will surely get your dad’s day going because bacon and eggs are heavenly, obviously.

These recipes don’t need a trip to the supermarket because, really, who has the time for that? Or at least for someone whose kitchen is always stocked up with fresh ingredients and necessities. It doesn’t have to be a special day for you to surprise your dad; you simply have to surprise your dad t make the day special.