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Father's Day Is a Time to Honor the Father Figure in Your Life
In Bulgaria (sometimes on Dec. 26 in Bulgaria), the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Ukraine, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June as it is in the United States. It falls on the first Sunday in June in Lithuania, on June 23 in Poland, May 5 or the second Sunday in May in Romania, on Feb. 23 in Russia (Defender of the Fatherland Day), and on Jan. 6 in Serbia. Some celebrate a type of Father's Day on March 19, St. Joseph's Day, the patron saint of fathers and carpenters.
Nearl...y every man of Central or Eastern European heritage I know is a budding chef.These gift ideas are sure to please any man who loves to eat, cook, grill or read about food. Bookmark this page for other gift-giving holidays like Christmas, name day, Slava, birthdays, Hanukkah and other special occasions. For more ideas, check out these gift guides from previous years:
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The BBQ Dragon
The BBQ Dragon is a tool that looks a little like a hair dryer but is actually a charcoal-starting tool that works by blowing large amounts of low-velocity, cool air at fires, providing them with more oxygen so they burn hotter and faster. It’s cordless, hands-free, and portable so you can use it for tailgating, camping or at the beach. The BBQ Dragon works on grills, smokers, fire pits, fireplaces, wood stoves and more. Look Ma, no more lighter fluid!
MSRP is $59.95
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The debate rages on -- gas grill or charcoal? But it's really not about the heat source but more about the cooking surface. GrillGrates are interlocking panels that work on any grill (shaped to fit round or rectangular tops) to form a new grill surface that cooks food better -- meats, poultry, fish, vegetables are more evenly cooked because the item being grilled is not in direct contact with flareups that burn food.
MSRP starting at $39.99
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A-MAZE-N Products' Tube BBQ Smoker
Now Dads can hot or cold smoke everything from meats, cheese, fish, nuts, salts and more without a costly smoker. The A-MAZE-N Products' Tube Pellet Smoker is a stainless-steel tube that holds premium wood pellets that are lighted at the end of the tube to produce up to four hours of flavor-enhancing smoke at 225 degrees. This device is easy to transport and comes in 6-inch, 12-inch and 18-inch sizes.
MSRP ranges $19.99 to $34.99
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Butter Maid Bakery Kolachi
If Dad is a nut-roll lover, then kolachi are right up his alley. This Slavic pastry is known by different names across Central and Eastern Europe and you can't do any better or more authentically than Butter Maid Bakery in Youngstown, Ohio. Just like grandma, they use no artificial ingredients, no mixes or premade factory doughs, and no fillers, additives or preservatives. They make scads of flavors with poppy seed and nut among the most popular (but they've introduced new flavors). They... ship nationwide and, believe me, they arrive moist and delicious. Check out the website for a $5 coupon and a peek at their other products.
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UTWire Speedy-Wraps and Q-Knot Plus
Lots of Dads are techno-geeks but they turn the other way at the spaghetti bowl of tangled cords under the desk. Well, no more. UTWire's cord-organizing products make for a clutter-free environment. They have a cord organizer for just about every size. Consider the Speedy-Wrap (MSRP is $5.99 for $10.99), for example. It works like a snap bracelet, featuring a strong magnetic lock and wide band to ensure cords stay in place. But there's so much more. Check out the website to see how you... can get a handle on clutter.
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No more scrambling to find the matching lid to containers. The LidLover is a universal lid made of BPA-free food grade silicone with grooves along the edge that stretch over the rim of varying sizes of bowl and containers to create a tight seal. It's top-rack-dishwasher-, microwave-, freezer- and oven-safe to 400 degrees F. Now Dad's homemade chrzan will stay as powerful as the day he grated it and his collection of jars with nuts and screws will always have a cover.
MSRP ranges $9.95 to $19.95
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Palmieri Slovenian Dessert Wine
Palmieri is a small Slovenian olive oil and wine producer owned by Sabrina Palmieri. She has developed three refosco (dark-skinned grape varieties) dessert wines infused variously with honey, bourbon vanilla or white truffle. Your Slavic Dad will love this excellent wine with some Butter Maid kolachi!
MSRP ranges $20 to $25
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Now you can feel good about Dad snacking when you give him Pasta Chips to munch on. Pasta Chips were inspired by the baked fresh pasta that is drizzled with olive oil and served in traditional Italian osterias. Available in six flavors, they are made with semolina flour, other grains and Italian herbs. These cholesterol-free snacks have 60% less fat than potato chips and 30% less fat than pita chips. Check the website to locate a retailer near you.
MSRP is $3.99 for a 5-ounce bag
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Vermont Smoke and Cure Products
Here's another good-for-Dad item -- Uncured Hot Dogs with Bacon from Vermont Smoke and Cure Products. They're free of the nasty additives that give some hot dogs a bad name, and they're naturally smoked with maple and corn cobs. Just the right amount of bacon is combined into the natural lamb casing (that gives an old-fashioned snap when you bite into it), and the result is a pretty special hot dog.
MSRP is $6.75 for a 12-ounce package
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Schmacon Smoked Uncured Beef Bacon
If you like the flavor of bacon but can't eat or choose not to eat pork, enter Shmacon Smoked Uncured Beef Bacon. Schmacon looks, smells and crisps up like bacon but is a much healthier alternative. With less calories, fat and sodium than most ordinary bacons, Schmacon can become Dad's go-to not-so-guilty pleasure. Shmacon is primarily avalable to the restaurant industry and, therefore, is available at certain eateries. But Shmacon can be purchased online and shipped nationwide in... 10-pound increments for $69.99 plus shipping. Check the website for local restaurants and distributors carrying their product in smaller quantities.
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Weber Wooden Cutting Boards
Don't confuse the Weber Co. with Weber Grill, although they really do go hand-in-hand. Barbecued roasts and steaks that need to be cut after resting will benefit from this wooden cutting board with a well to catch any juices for gravy making. It's especially great for roast turkey. Weber Co. is a family-owned California wood shop that handcrafts a variety of chopping blocks, serving platters and other items with North American maple and cherry hardwood and the placing of the blocks is in... a random fashion. Every block is one of a kind.
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Holstein Housewares Pie Maker
Whether Dad wants to bake himself some sweet or savory pies in a flash or whether he wants to treat the kids or grandkids, the Holstein Pie Maker does the trick. Use from-scratch or purchased pie dough to make dessert pies and savory pot pies with pre-cooked fillings (a must) that are ready in just 10 minutes. The device has a nonstick coating, includes a pie dough cutter and spatula, and features a safety lock so important when cooking around children.
MSRP is $44.99