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Chef Rock FatherWith Thanksgiving just two weeks away, it's time to drop the curtain on a variety of rockin' recipes courtesy of my friends at The J.M Smucker Company - several of which I've personally made. Now, I'm not saying anyone should start calling me "Chef" just yet, but I'm learning, and I'm sharing some potentially tasty creations. First up, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Maple Bacon Dressing. Yes, yes, I know - "brussels sprouts" - and I can't say that I was a fan, either - but this recipe makes brussels sprouts good. And not only have I made it, I've eaten it, too - and on more than one occasion. Here we go...

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My love for the General Mills Monster Cereals is well-documented. This year, I may have even taken credit for their return to retro-style packaging at Target (I didn't, but I have requested this each Fall since 2008, and in 2013 it actually happened), and while it's been a joy to introduce my children to Daddy's love of COUNT CHOCULA, BOO BERRY, FRANKEN BERRY, FRUTE BRUTE, and FRUITY YUMMY MUMMY, this year I went beyond simply eating the cereal dry. Having not had a glass of milk since 1989, I returned to eating cereal proper with Silk Pure Almond Original Almondmilk... and the kids and I turned our Monster Cereals into some tasty treats - one of which is a quick-and-easy snack to make for your Halloween parties this week: General Mills' Monster Cereal Munch! 

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There's a million ways to make a meatloaf, and in 37 years, I've sampled a bunch of 'em. Through the good and bad, no matter how tasty the dish, I keep going back to the best meatloaf I've ever eaten - a childhood staple made by my Mother that truly tastes unlike any other I've ever encountered. Since doing food here on The Rock Father is a new-ish thing for me, I decided to get into the background of this meatloaf, and my Mom was kind enough to crack open her recipe books for a look at this (and some other) tasty treats for exploration in my kitchen, and here on the site. Today I'll share the evolution of a special meatloaf that began in the early 1970s as "Pream Surprise Meatloaf," marketed on recipe cards for a forgotten dairy creamer, and how we've updated it for 2013.

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PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)Since today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, I figured it was the perfect time to share with all of you a little project that we recently completed here at Rock Father HQ. With the new math-centric series PEG + CAT getting ready to make it's debut on PBS KIDS on October 7, the folks at PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market have teamed-up to offer families some fun recipes that are both educational and healthy. But they're not just recipes - but arts and crafts projects as well - and we took on The Pirates' "Great Banana" Fruit Salad Recipe and Craft Activity. Not only did we make some tasty fruit salad from scratch, but we also created our own little "treasure chests" to keep it in as well. Let's take a look... 

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I need to buy a grill. Even though I won't need one for the coming Fourth of July Weekend, that's what I'm thinking as I type this post right now. There is currently no grill here at Rock Father HQ, as my last gas grill was in need of replacement and ended up being snagged by a scrapper from the curb before the garbage man even got to it. That said, I have done zero grilling in 2013, and that needs to change. Why am I thinking grilling right now? Well, it's because Julianna and Natasha over at Yahoo!'s Cinema & Spice recently whipped-up some recipes inspired by THE LONE RANGER (out July 3 via Walt Disney Pictures), and I just finally opened the email that contained them. Is it wrong that when I hear "Hi-Ho Silver, Away!", I think of THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, and not THE LONE RANGER? Let's see what grilling goodness they've cooked-up... 

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One of the best things about being a Dad is experiencing "firsts" with my daughters. Beyond the usual milestones that everyone seems to think of, it's the little things that always seem to matter most... the first time listening to music on vinyl... the first time we planted seeds together in our garden. Little things that make for BIG memories. With my oldest almost four and my youngest just-turned one, I recently realized that there's certain "firsts" that I'll be able to experience twice. It really hit me as Baby Finley started hitting firsts that I experienced with Addie just a few years ago. This past weekend, Addie and I shared something that I can look forward to sharing with Finn in a few years: A first Root Beer Float made with Edy's Ice Cream and A&W Root Beer.

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