My husband is a food lover. That’s one of the things that made me fall in love with him. There’s nothing more attractive (to me) than a man who loves food and is willing to try anything. It took me a long time to find someone who can match me in my love for food adventure, which is why I make sure Father’s Day is a special time for him.
My dad is a food lover too, and one of the most impossible to shop for—which is why I send him some sort of unique food gift every year. I’ve shipped him live lobsters, oysters, beef jerky and even clam chowder from Boston.
The good thing about food-related gifts is that they are appreciated by mom AND dad. See how that works? He gets a gift = you both get a gift. That’s because food lovers are all about sharing. We share pictures of what we eat on social media, we share our baked goods at the office, and we trade bites off of each other’s plates in a restaurant.
In honor of food-loving fathers out there, I put together some of the best foodie gifts for Father’s Day (It’s June 15th, so start shopping now). I hope you enjoy this collection of Father’s Day food lover gift ideas. I already know what I’m getting my deserving dads this year. Do you?
We have one of these at home, I gave one to my mom, and I gave one to my Dad. I highly recommended SodaStream for people who like a little fizz in their drinks. We mix the soda water with fresh juices to make delicious homemade soda without the preservatives and extra sugar. Bonus: No more lugging home heavy cans or bottles and better for the environment with reusable bottles.
One-of-a-kind handmade cutting boards made from reclaimed oak and leather make a beautiful, functional gift for dad. They make beatuiful serving platters or just hang on the wall for rustic charm.
Taste Trunk sends a monthly box, beautifully packaged and filled with unique and hard-to-find artisan food products. Choose from Gourmet, Healthy, Sweet or BBQ boxes to surprise your favorite dad with again and again.Save 40% off your first one!
For the grill-loving dad, these hybrid tongs are all you need, replacing multiple tools. It’s a combination BBQ tong and temperature fork with digital display. Made from stainless steel..it’s a manly gift indeed.
Any dad would be proud to own this beautiful charcoal grill from Weber (I really want one too!). It has an easy ignite system, cook timer, and a porcelain enameled bowl. It comes in several different colors, but the copper is every foodie’s dream.
I just discovered Mouth.com and can’t wait to try them out! I’ll be gifting one of their curated foodie collections this year, full of treats from independent and artisanal food products. Gift collections include the Grill Scout, Pickle Town Taster, Coffeelicious Taster, Grin and Beer It and so much more.
Okay, I know this is a little over-the-top, but bacon lovers are always looking for the next bacon-y thing, and the Baconery has it. Whether you want chocolate-covered bacon, chocolate bacon covered with edible gold leaf, bacon cookies, bacon lollipops, bacon caramels, t-shirts or accessories, they have it.
Adorable & customizable sugar cookies decorated in royal icing make a delicious treat for cookie-loving dads. Choose your pattern and colors.
For lobster lovers, there’s nothing like a lobster dinner with all the fixings. It’s even better at home where you can relax and really dig in. Lobster Anywhere ships live whole lobster, lobster tails, steak and sides, along with everything you need to make a gourmet dinner at home.
My husband is a huge tea fan and loves anything tea. Art of Tea offers everything from tea blends to accessories. Check out their tea gift packages, samplers and tea-of-the-month club.
Dads love beer and crafty dads love to make beer. Just imagine how proud he’ll be of his own brew! This kit includes everything he needs in an easy kit complete with buckets, fermenter, beer bottles and other beer-y related paraphernalia. Choose two flavors of beer to pack inside. Each kit makes 2 gallons of beer.
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Why not make a London Broil this Valentine’s Day?
Maybe London Broil isn’t the first thing you think of when you think of romantic Valentine’s Day meals, but it should be. I’ll give you three good reasons why.
Reason one: Your usual Valentine’s Day fare may be a filet mignon or lobster tail, but why serve up a cliché? This recipe for London Broil with wild mushrooms is every bit as romantic (and delicious). Its home cooking for the one you love, and what could be more romantic than that?
Reason two: A London Broil steak is easy to make and affordable. It’s usually a flank or top round steak, marinated for flavor and tenderness. You can cook up a meal for two and still have leftovers for juicy roast beef sandwiches the next day. Get the most bang for your buck from your hard work in the kitchen.
Reason Three: London Broil is sexy, especially when you top it with a creamy wild mushroom sauce. Score big points when you slice into a perfectly-cooked steak to reveal a delightfully pink center.
Some tips for making the perfect London Broil:
Add the marinade ingredients to large resealable plastic bag. Add the steak and seal shut. Place into a large baking dish to prevent spills. Marinate in the refrigerator 4 hours to overnight, turning the bag a few times.
Preheat the oven to a high broil. Remove the steak from the marinade and reserve the marinade for the sauce. Pat the steak dry and season liberally with freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt. Place into an oven-safe broiler (shallow) pan and cook about 8 inches from the heat. Cook for 6-7 minutes per side until an internal temperature reaches 130 degrees F.
Remove the steak from the oven and transfer to a plate. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving.
Add butter to a large skillet heat on medium-heat until foaming. Add the mushrooms to the pan. Cook until the liquid is released and the mushrooms are well-browned. Remove the mushrooms from the pan and set aside.
Add the marinade, wine (or liquor) and broth to the hot pan. Cook on high heat until reduced, about 3-5 minutes. Lower the heat, add the cream and mushrooms and cook for 5 more minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.
To serve, cut the steak across the grain in thin slices. Pour any steak juices into the sauce and spoon over the steak.