It is always special to honor our dads on Father’s Day which is nationally designated as the third Sunday in June. This year, it is June 16. One of the best ways to make dad happy is to cook dinner for him or, if he likes to cook, let him do the cooking and the family members clean-up.

Our featured father today is Trevin Ricks of Moody. He is a graduate of Sugar-Salem High School and his wife, Stephanie Parker, is a graduate of Madison High School. They met while in high school and both were working at Little Caesars when it was located on Second East in Rexburg. Since their marriage, they have lived in a variety of places before making their home in the Rexburg area. Trevin has spent much of his working career with the Madison Fire Fighter Department. He has also taught school at Madison Rigby Junior High Schools and is now at Brigham Young University-Idaho in the tutoring center.

The Ricks family consists of five children. The oldest is Riley. She is married to Jacob Muller and they live in Rexburg and have one child. Her favorite food is macaroni and tomatoes.

Matthew is a graduate of Madison High School and recently returned from a mission for his church in Madagascar, Africa. He attends Brigham Young University-Idaho. He plays the mandolin and enjoys being involved in school activities. His favorite food is Yaki-Soba.

Taylor and Brooke attend Sugar-Salem High School. Taylor is a junior and enjoys snowboarding, hiking and plays the violin. Brooke is a freshman and enjoys playing tennis, skiing, hiking and swimming. Both girls would choose fruit as a favorite food.

OP is in the seventh grade at Sugar-Salem Junior High School. He loves all sports and being outside. He especially likes football, snowboarding and hiking. His favorite food is Curry.

Stephanie would choose cheesecake as a favorite food while Trevin would choose Curry. The entire family favorite would be Curry and Trevin makes it for dinner every Sunday. Curry has become a Sunday tradition at the Ricks home.

Trevin takes his turn cooking in the Ricks home. He learned to actually cook when he was serving his mission. He took a liking to the Japanese cuisine and has brought some of their culture to their dinner table and they all love it. He is always experimenting with his cooking and the family is his tasting table. Stephanie is a great cook too and she usually cooks the routine meals for the family. She is the baker in the family and likes to make desserts.

Growing their own garden helps provide fresh ingredients to the meals cooked at the Ricks household. Stephanie adds that special touch to meals with her home bottled jams, tomatoes, tomato juice, peaches, pears, beans, applesauce and lots of dehydrating foods; especially the fruit leather.

The family pet dog, Gnash, a border doodle, and chickens, also add to the country living of the Ricks family.

Boating, white water rafting, hiking, skiing and work are activities enjoyed by Trevin and his family. Stephanie has found a new hobby of silversmithing and has made jewelry. Her favorite treat is a date night out with Trevin, even if it is to the grocery store.

When asked the Ricks children what they would give their dad for Father’s Day, their answers included: a cow, which is something Trevin has wanted. They also added a tool set, new snowboard and new car. Of course, to Trevin, the only gift on Father’s Day, which really counts, is having his family together and with good food.

Today we have a few of the favorite recipes, shared in Food Stuff, from the family of Trevin and Stephanie Ricks. They extend best wishes to all fathers on this upcoming Father’s Day on June 16.

Huckleberry Muffins

(Trevin and Stephanie Ricks)

½ cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup plain yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon soda

½ to 1 cup huckleberries (or raspberries, blueberries, etc)

Mix all dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients. Don’t overmix. Add berries. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Yaki-Soba

(Trevin Ricks)

2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces

1 medium size onion, diced

4 Carrots, diced

1 head cabbage, shredded

1 Green pepper, diced

1 package Yaki-soba noodles (available in grocery stores in refrigerated section)

Katsu sauce

Stir-fry chicken until done. Add onion and saute. Add diced vegetables and noodles. Stir-fry to preferred texture of vegetables. Add a little oil, if needed. Add sauce packet that comes with noodles. Add Katsu sauce to taste.

Ricks favorite curry

(Trevin Ricks)

2 pounds chicken, lamb, beef or shrimp, cut into bite-size pieces

2 large onions, chopped

4 large carrots, peeled and chopped

2 medium size potatoes, peeled and chopped

2 tablespoons cooking oil

5 cups water

1 box S&B Golden Curry sauce mix

Make sure all meat and vegetables are about equal in size. Stir-fry meat and vegetables with oil in a large skillet on medium heat for about five minutes. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer until ingredients are tender, approximately 15 minutes. Turn the heat off. Break S&C Golden Curry sauce mix into pieces and add them to the skillet. Stir until sauce mixes are completely melted. Simmer approximately five minutes, stirring constantly. Serve hot over rice or noodles.

Note: Makes 12 servings.

Cheater’s Pie Crust

(Stephanie Ricks)

1-1/2 cup flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 cube butter

Blend flour and sugar. Cut butter into dry mixture. Pat into pie dish. Bake at 350 degrees until brown, about 10-15 minutes. Let cool. Fill with favorite pie filling.

Strawberry Pie filling

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons flour

1 small package strawberry Jell-O

1-1/4 cups water

In a saucepan, mix sugar, flour and Jell-O. Add water. Bring to a boil and cook until thick. Let cool slightly and pour into cooked pie shell that has been lined with fresh strawberries. Chill. Garnish with whipped cream.

Kinghorn’s Cookies

(Trevin Ricks)

This recipe goes back to Trevin’s youth when he would visit the Kinghorn home. Donna Jean would always have these cookies for the friends of her children. Good memories are shared when eating these cookies.

¾ cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup peanut butter

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

2-1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 bag chocolate chips

Cream the butter, sugars and peanut butter. Add eggs and vanilla. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to egg mixture. Mix well. Add chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes.

Homemade Window Cleaner

(Stephanie Ricks)

1 teaspoon dish soap

1 pint rubbing alcohol

1-1/2 tablespoons ammonia

Mix together. Pour into spray bottle. Use for any glass surface such as windows, mirrors, etc.