I am proud to announce that I am one of eight semi-finalists in ReadySetEat and Dad 2.0‘s Great Dad Cook-Off dadblogger recipe contest. From 12 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 13, 2012 until 12 p.m. EST on Monday, January 14, 2013, you can vote for your favorite recipe (one vote per Facebook user ID/person per day, so please go back every day, and spread the word!) on the Great Dad Cook-Off tab on the ReadySetEat Facebook page (the main ReadySetEat Facebook page is here). The top four vote-getters will earn all-expense-paid trips to the Dad 2.013 dadblogger summit in Houston Jan. 31-Feb. 2 and will compete in a live cook-off to kick off the conference on Thursday, Jan. 31. Needless to say, a free trip to the second annual Dad 2.0 would be awesome, as would be the chance to cook in front of my colleagues and friends for a chance at a big prize, and so I’m asking for your support all month long.
Contest entries had to be original, healthful recipes for a weeknight family meal for four, completed in half-an-hour, and I submitted a weekly favorite in our home, teriyaki salmon with kale mashed potatoes (tweaked just a bit to use sponsor ConAgra’s LaChoy teriyaki sauce and Wesson canola oil). My 8-year-old and 4-year-old daughters devour this meal every time I make it, and the kale mashed potatoes, made with Yukon golds, dark Tuscan kale, and lots of garlic, are good and hearty enough to stand alone as a vegan meal. It’s quick, easy, and tasty, and a great way to get your kids to eat their dark leafy greens and get their omega-3s.
Last year I had the privilege of being on a panel about dads and community at the inaugural Dad 2.0 Summit, and I’m so excited to be speaking again this year, on a panel called “Cross-Cultural Communication and the American Understanding of Fatherhood.” The opportunity to connect and dialogue IRL with other dadbloggers and mombloggers was and is invaluable—and the only thing that could be better? Going as a Great Dad Cook-Off finalist. As the saying goes, vote early and vote often—and I thank you for your support.