Tomorrow will be the 8 year “anniversary” of my dad’s passing. It’s crazy to think it’s been a whole 8 years… but at the same time, it seems like just yesterday. It’s a strange contradiction. My dad enjoyed eating good food. And by good food, I mean meat, potatoes, Coke, M&Ms, and popcorn (swimming in butter!). With a dietitian for a daughter, he would definitely be eating a little healthier now if he were still here!!
When I was younger, it was always a special treat when Sunday morning came and dad would say “Get around, we’re going to Red Lobster!” If you knew my dad at all, you knew he was always early for everything. If memory serves correctly, Red Lobster opened at 11… and by golly, we were gonna be there by 10:45… waiting at the door! Gotta beat the crowd!
The four of us were all big fans of the shrimp scampi, Caesar salad, and baked potatoes with the crunchy garlic-salted tops. But the most fabulous part of lunch at Red Lobster was the garlic cheddar biscuits. We always ended up with a second basket. We made it home, with bellies full, before most people even thought about having lunch.
Today I wanted to make a meal in honor of my dad. I asked my mom what she thought dad’s favorite meal was. After we tossed around a few ideas, we decided a Red Lobster re-make would be the best.
Dad’s Red Lobster Re-Make
* New York Strip Steak
* Shrimp Scampi
* Garlic Baked Potatoes
* Garlic Cheddar Biscuits
* Caesar Salad
* Peanut Butter Cake
“Red Lobster” Biscuits
– recipe from here
2 cups Bisquick baking mix
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I used a little more)
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 tsp garlic powder
I also added some garlic salt and finely chopped parsley
– Mix biscuit mix with cheese, stir in milk
– Spoon onto ungreased baking sheet
– Bake at 425 for 8-10 minutes
– Melt the butter and combine with garlic powder, garlic salt, and parsley
– Brush butter mixture on biscuits (liberally!) immediately after they come out of the oven
– Source unknown, pretty much my own combination of various recipes
1 lb raw, peeled, deveined shrimp
1/2 stick butter, melted
1/4 cup olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1-2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup parsley, minced
– Combine all ingredients and let marinate for about 20-30 minutes.
– Cook in skillet until shrimp are pink and cooked through.
Peanut Butter Cake
Luckily for me, mom brought dessert today (because we all know how much I love baking…). Unfortunately, I can’t share the recipe. It comes from my dad’s side of the family and my mom had to do some begging to get it herself! This cake was definitely one of my dad’s favorites (along with grandma’s chocolate mayonnaise cake!). We ate this cake a lot growing up, so it definitely takes me back! The cake is so moist and has a delicate peanut butter flavor, while the frosting is like a thick, rich peanut butter fudge.
As for the rest of the meal.. the steaks were simply brushed with canola oil, seasoned with pepper, Lawry’s salt, and a steak blend, then broiled. The potatoes were sprayed with Pam and seasoned with garlic salt, then baked. The caesar salad was just one of the bagged mixes that had the croutons, parm, and dressing included.
This meal was awesome, if I do say so myself! It really was quite similar to Red Lobster… especially the biscuits! I know that dad would have enjoyed it, but even more, I think he would have been pretty impressed with his daughter’s cooking skills!
C.L.L. ~ 5/5/55 – 8/30/01 ~ Forever Missed