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Make Father's Day food to express your love

Father's Day in the United States is on the third Sunday of June. It celebrates the contribution that fathers and father figures make for their children's lives. Families across the county will be offering personal expressions of gratitude to the men who have given an abundance of love and support. Whatever your family's tradition, Dad is sure to appreciate the personal attention that he receives from those he loves. Incorporating new ways of saying "I love you" can make your Father's Day expressions even more meaningful.

Pork Chops With Orange Glaze

1/4 cup grated onion

1-1/2 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1-1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon bottled steak sauce

6 pork chops, 1-inch thick cuts

Combine glaze ingredients and cook in microwave or on stovetop until thick. Broil or grill pork chops five to seven minutes per side or until the juices run clear, basting with glaze as meat cooks.

Cheesy Ranch Hashbrowns

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese - divided

1- 8 ounce cream cheese, softened

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup melted butter

1- 1 ounce dry ranch salad mix

8 slices cooked bacon

1 30 ounce package frozen hash browns

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 1 1/2 quart baking dish. In medium bowl, combine one cup cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, butter, dressing and bacon. Add hash browns, stir to combine. Spoon into dish. Bake 30 minutes, sprinkle with one cup cheese, bake another 10 minutes.

LaDonna's Crockpot Beans

4 cups dry great northern beans (2 small or 1 large bag)

8 cups water

2 teaspoon dry mustard

1 cup brown sugar or 3/4 cups Splenda Brown sugar

4 tablespoon molasses

1/2 cup diced bacon partially cooked or can use cubed ham

2 1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup ketchup

Medium large onion, diced

1 teaspoon black pepper

Put all in the crockpot. Cook on low for eight hours. This recipe is so easy and is excellent!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Love in your heart wasn't put there to stay; love isn't love until you give it away.

GARY'S TIP: Add zip to popcorn by adding grated Parmesan cheese.