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Cooking with Dad: Mark Cuban, Chris Ryan, Eric Nystrom and More Share Their Memories

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Nystrom: My dad is Swedish, so he was famous for his amazing Swedish pancakes. Growing up we'd beg him to make them. They were thin and we'd fill them with our grandma's homemade jelly, roll them up and eat them. I still make him make them when I go home.

Hayes: My favorite meal of my dad's is his fried fish. It's a favorite of many family friends and always very good.

Denton: There were only two things my dad cooked, other than grilling, and he absolutely considered them his specialties. One was his spaghetti sauce, which was very Americana with lots of ground beef, onions and peppers, and not too much tomato. The other was something he and my grandfather would get together and make (and were the only ones who would eat): Hot Open-Faced Sardine Sandwiches. They were a disgusting combination of sardines, red onions, tomatoes and Swiss cheese that really stank up the house.

Rathbun: My dad was a fantastic cook and many of the philosophies and practices I use today were things he taught me and my brother. My dad was a big outdoor cook so smoking meats, grilling, etc. were his thing and he was damn good at it.

Up next: Dad's special dinners and food memories.

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