Father's Day Gifts for Dads Who Rule the Kitchen
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If your dad considers himself a contender for the Food Network’s next big star, and his time in the kitchen outweighs his time of the golf course, then we have a selection of Father’s Day gifts that will make his day. These eight award-winning products will inspire him to get even more creative in the kitchen. Just be sure you’re invited to dinner when he uses them!
Elegant Olive Oils. Give Dad some serious inspiration to create dishes that explode with flavor with O Olive Oil’s O Signature Series ($140/six 8.5 oz. bottles; ooliveoil.com). Packaged in a reusable, sustainable bamboo tray, this collection of citrus-crushed oils offers six fruity flavor infusions: Blood Orange, Jalapeno Lime, Meyer Lemon, Clementine, Tahitian Lime and Ruby Grapefruit.
Exotic Aged Vinegar. Made on an organic and biodynamic wine farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa, Rozendal's Hibiscus Vinegar ($37/375 ml; iheartoliveoil.com) is a mix of rosehip, elderflower and vanilla, aged in oak barrels for 12 years. Made from a Bordeaux blend that consists of Merlot and Cabernet grape cultivars, this vinegar contains no additives or preservatives. Dad can use it to his heart's content, whether dressing salads or deglazing meats and fish.
A Salt to Suit His Taste. Salt doesn’t have to be ordinary. Take these salt blends from the Abruzzo region of Italy. Casina Rossa creates exceptional blends that combine Italian sea salt with poignant flavors that don’t overwhelm but accentuate flavors of food. Casina Rossa's Truffle & Salt and Saffron & Salt Gift Pack ($41.95/two 3.5 oz. jars; cheftools.com) lends itself to the exotic dishes he loves to prepare. Also available in other combos of 2- or 3-packs (and individual jars), with such blends as Fennel & Salt, Sweet & Salt and Porcini & Salt.
Pepper with a Kick and Tang. Because you know he adds fresh black pepper to every dish, he'll love Urban Accents’ Big Sonoma Pepper ($15/9.5 oz.; urbanaccents.com). It combines coarse Tellicherry black pepper, dried garlic and onion flakes with the tart flavor of lemon and orange peel. Not only great for heat, this pepper works as a salt alternative as well.
Gourmet Butter for the Grill. Because he knows butter isn't just for toast, Dad will love Aux Délices des Bois’ Black Truffle Butter ($8.99/3 oz.; igourmet.com). This aromatic spread is ideal for topping steak or slathering on fresh summer corn. To create its earthy, chocolaty aroma, a mixture of truffle oil, truffle juice and truffle bits added to the high-quality butter gives it a truly dimensional flavor.
For the Love of Meat. Your dad’s bound to be game for Creminelli's artisanal meats. Perfect for Father's Day, the Wild West Salami Gift Set ($40/12.5 oz.; creminelli.com) packs 7 ounces of award-winning Wild Boar Salami and 5.5 ounces of Whiskey Salami in a sleek wooden gift box. Made with free-roaming Texas wild boar, Wild Boar combines the perfect amount of wild boar meat and pork for a piquant salami that isn’t overly gamey, and Whiskey Salami offers a bold, bright, rich flavor he'll warm right up to.
Spruce up his Spice Rack. For fathers with a penchant for exotic flavors, gift Bittersweet Herb Farm's Spices of India Seasoning ($11/5.5 oz.; bittersweetherbfarm.com). All-natural, salt- and sugar-free, this seasoning adds a delightful curry flavor without the hassle of hunting down ingredients. It’s great as a dry rub on meats and for spicing up dips. If Indian flavors aren’t his thing, check out Bittersweet’s nine other eclectic seasonings, such as Southwest Picante and Cajun Spice.
Black Garlic. Your dad deserves to have one of the culinary world’s latest gourmet ingredients: black garlic from Freida's ($15.99/6 heads garlic; amazon.com). One month of aging in a special high-heat fermentation process turns the garlic a rich black color and gives it a soft, chewy texture and a mild, sweet-savory taste. Used more like a condiment, black garlic doesn't need to be cooked. Slice it and add to salads or use it as a topping—or puree it and drizzle on top of dishes.