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June 13, 2013

Treat dad to pulled pork sliders

Mike developed the recipes I’m sharing today. To tweak them to his liking, he prepared them for us, his family, on Memorial Day weekend. It was the first time I have had a pulled pork sandwich, and I could have eaten more than one. The meat was tender, and the coleslaw cool and crisp.

Now that he has perfected his recipe, Mike will make these pulled pork sliders for a very important graduation party at the end of the month for Brianna, whom he has known since she was a baby. To her, he is Papa Mike, as he also is to Adria, who is 10 and Elijah, who is 6.

Many of us grew up with fond memories of a man such as “Papa Mike,” a favorite uncle perhaps that always tossed you around, played with you, shared a tea party with you. Brianna, Adria, and Elijah wanted to see Papa Mike specially recognized on this Father’s Day. Brianna e-mailed me her sentiments:

“My Papa Mike is the best. He cooks, fools around, and is just a great guy. Papa Mike loves to cook and I absolutely love to eat his food (always his mashed potatoes). He is making pork sliders for my graduation from high school and I couldn’t be more excited! Not only is Papa Mike an amazing cook, but I love to hang out with him and watch great movies and drive his truck!”

Adria and Elijah verbally voiced their thoughts of Papa Mike:

“He tickles us and wrestles with us and doesn’t get tired and want to stop. He chases us all over the yard.”

Adria says now she runs faster. Elijah says papa Mike was the best “Incredible Hulk” at Halloween, and was even a little scary.

These are good memories for children. All men who are “Papa Mike’s” to any children are appreciated and honored on this Fathers’ Day. Plus, I know a lot of guys that would love these pulled pork sliders.

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