Happy Father's Day!

June 19, 2016

Today is Father’s Day, and here on Off the Shelf we’re celebrating with a special salute to EPL’s favorite TV dads.  Enjoy, and to all the dads in both Chicagoland and TV land… Happy Father’s Day!

robert crawleyRobert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, Downton Abbey

“He loves his daughters enough to learn from them and see the world in a different, better way.” — Jill



bob belcherBob Belcher, Bob’s Burgers

“He appreciates his kids’ unique qualities and spends quality time with them.  He’s involved in their lives.  He also does something he loves doing and shows the kids a different kind of success.” –Elizabeth Sanderson


Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights

“Coach Taylor is committed to his family and to making a difference in the lives of the kids on his teams.”  — Jarrett Dapier



randy marshRandy Marsh, South Park

“A terrible example of what a dad should be… but hilarious.”  — Bob Meyer



A Few More Favorites…


EPL's Favorite TV Dads

June 14, 2016

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TV dads Robert Crawley, Homer Simpson, Ned Stark, and Dre Johnson (l to r).

Father’s Day is less than one week away, and that party you’re planning for your dad is really coming together.  You’ve already gift wrapped a fashionable necktie, ordered brats for the cookout, and scoured StubHub for tickets to see the Cubs beat those dastardly Pirates.  Well, here on Off the Shelf we’re also planning a special Father’s Day celebration, and we need your help.  You see, this Sunday we’re saluting our favorite TV dads, and between now and then, we’d like to invite you to share yours.  Please let us know at EPL’s Favorite TV Dads where you can choose from candidates like Ned Stark, Homer Simpson, and the Earl of Grantham or write in your own.  Then, check back with Off the Shelf on Father’s Day when we highlight all of EPL’s picks.  Stay tuned.

Men and Cooking (in honor of Father's Day)

June 11, 2013

fireChicagoans are extremely serious about their grilling. I have seen neighbors struggling to cook meat in subfreezing January temps. While I’m not especially skilled at BBQ, I respect others’ ability to turn out a tasty offering after flipping, poking, basting, etc, until the magic moment that the food is deemed perfect. In this spirit, here are some cookbook titles at EPL specifically geared to men, which include BBQ, but are not limited to it:

ebook- The Bachelor’s Grub Guide

Man with a Pan

The Men’s Health Big Book of Food and Nutrition

Eat Like A Man

Mad Hungry

There are several other worthwhile titles, as well.

Also- check the website Epicurious– it has an appealing mix of recipes, stories, articles following the same themes, plus interviews and gift ideas.

Shira S.

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