15 Brilliant Father’s Day Gifts for Dads Who Love to Cook

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Father's Day is just around the corner, and if the dads in your life find their happy place in the kitchen or behind the grill, these cookware items should hit the spot. Bonus: You might just get some tasty meals out of his gift as well.

1. FOOD PROCESSOR


Any dad who appreciates efficiency shouldn't cook without a food processor on hand. The 450-watt motor on this one has two settings and a manual pulse control, which will allow him to choose how he wants to chop up ingredients for any sort of recipe. Find it: Amazon, $30

2. PIZZA STONE


For the dad who would never do delivery, a pizza stone is an essential for home movie nights. This baking stone is three-quarters of an inch thick, perfect for even the thickest crusts, and is versatile enough to work in both ovens and outdoor grills. Find it: Amazon, $40

3. WIRELESS COOKING THERMOMETER


Since no dad wants to spend the entire party hanging out at the grill, this wireless cooking thermometer allows him to monitor temperatures from up to 300 feet away. It has dual probe capabilities as well, so he can monitor both the chicken and burgers while chatting away with the neighbors. Find it: Amazon, $61

4. SELF-WATERING HERB PLANTER


This planter will surely add some spice to your dinners. The planter’s self-watering qualities require little attention and it will only be an arm’s length away the next time he wants to grab some fresh basil or cilantro for dinner. Find it: Amazon, $67

5. PROPANE SMOKER


Your dad may already love barbecuing, but a high-quality smoker will take the experience up a notch. This smoker in particular has four racks of shelf space—plenty of room for full birds in addition to sides of potatoes or veggies. And the sleek design looks great in the corner of any deck or patio. Find it: Amazon, $154

6. FRENCH COFFEE PRESS


Any coffee connoisseur needs a French press in his arsenal. This press will hold a full liter of coffee or tea without him having to worry about finding grounds in his favorite brew. Find it: Amazon, $21

7. BREAD MAKER


A gift like this rises to the challenge of finding the perfect present for Father's Day. The machine can hold up to two pounds of bread and has 12 settings, including letting you know when to add mix-ins and kneading the dough itself. Plus, with a timer delay, dad can get everything set in the evening and wake up to freshly baked bread in the morning. Find it: Amazon, $60

8. CUPCAKE CORER


Help your dad’s sweet tooth by allowing him to add extra icing or jams to his cupcake creations: This corer works on both cupcakes and muffins, and it’s also dishwasher safe, so cleaning up will be a piece of cake! Find it: Amazon, $12

9. DARTH VADER WAFFLE MAKER


Let your dad indulge his geekiness early in the morning: This waffle iron has five temperature settings, which will ensure his waffles don't end up on … the "Dark Side." Find it: Amazon, $40

10. HIMALAYAN SALT PLATE


Give the gift of flavor! Salt plates like this one give a more mild and rich flavor to food than regular ground salt and can be used for cooking on a stove or grill, or as a presentation plate for chilled dishes. Find it: Amazon, $19

11. CAST IRON SKILLET


If your dad appreciates versatility and functionality in his cookware, a cast-iron skillet is a must-have. This one comes pre-seasoned with vegetable oil baked into the mold, so he will be able to sear, sauté, simmer, and cook to his heart’s content as soon as he opens the box. Find it: Amazon, $13

12. GRILLING TABLE


For the times he needs to grill on the go, get dad a collapsible grilling table. His mobile grill can sit on top of the cooking rack, and the built-in paper towel rack and trash bag holder will make cleanup easy and hassle-free. Find it: Amazon, $52

13. CHEF’S KNIFE


Give dad a gift that's truly sharp. This chef's knife is 8 inches of stainless steel and is essential for cleanly mincing, chopping, slicing, and dicing, and any other prepping he needs to do for dinner. Find it: Amazon, $129

14. DUTCH OVEN


Your dad will be able to conquer an endless number of recipes with a Dutch oven at his side. The cast-iron body and lid allow for evenly distributed slow-cooking, and the classic piece can work at home on the oven or stove, or at his next woodsy campfire. Find it: Amazon, $36

15. GUY FIERI LIFE-SIZE CUTOUT


For the dad who loves a good, greasy meal (and has a great sense of humor), find him a sous chef who understands the importance of adding some extra tang to that barbecue sauce. Who better than celeb chef Guy Fieri to help your dad take his food all the way to Flavortown? Find it: Amazon, $80

9 Vintage Thanksgiving Side Dishes We Shouldn’t Bring Back

We all have that aunt—the one who’s been bringing her Miracle-Whip-bound pimiento-pea salad to Thanksgiving dinner since time immemorial. Although you may swear she got her recipe straight from the devil, it turns out that cheese-and-lime-Jell-O salads and their ilk were all the rage in her day. So it’s not (totally) her fault! To cut her a little slack, here are some examples of vintage Thanksgiving-themed recipes that will make her salad look like a perfectly golden-brown turkey.

1. CRANBERRY CANDLE SALAD

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Nothing complements the tart, refreshing flavor of cranberry sauce like some gelatin and salty, eggy mayonnaise. If that weren’t weird enough, this recipe also tells you to shove a real candle in there and then light it. Ostensibly, you’re supposed to eat around the melted wax, but we can’t be sure—maybe it’s considered a condiment.

2. CANDIED SWEET POTATOES WITH ANGOSTURA BITTERS

This recipe for candied sweet potatoes, which involves baking them in a mixture of butter, sugar, and angostura bitters, is probably either really good or really bad. It sort of makes sense, adding bitters to cut down on the sugar factor. Alternatively, you could just not make a candied version of something that already has the word sweet in its name.

3. CREAMED ONIONS

This once-popular Thanksgiving mainstay has been neglected over the last century, for perhaps obvious reasons. In some households, the idea was to pour creamed onions over the turkey, like gravy, to add a little moisture. Or possibly because eating a chunky mouthful of pearl onions and cream sauce by itself is gross.

4. TURKEY AND STUFFING ON JELL-O

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There’s not much to this one, is there? It’s a pile of turkey and stuffing dumped on top of a cranberry orange Jell-O ring—sounds delicious!

5. WINTER CORN

This mixture of corn, sour cream, and bacon is sometimes found on Midwestern Thanksgiving tables. It’s mostly off-putting because its main ingredient is creamed corn. That said, creamed corn really needs all the help it can get, so adding bacon can only improve it.

6. SWEET AND SOUR TANG POPCORN (A.K.A. ASTRONAUT POPCORN)

Reportedly, this was a popular Thanksgiving dessert in the ’70s. The idea seems to be an offshoot of caramel corn, but … with Tang powder.

7. HOT DR. PEPPER

You gotta give the good folks at Dr. Pepper a few points for at least trying here. They noticed that soda was not often considered a cozy, comforting holiday drink, and they stepped up to the bat undaunted. Bold move.

8. FROZEN JELLIED TURKEY-VEGETABLE SALAD

There’s only one way to improve a dish as alluring as Jellied Turkey-Vegetable Salad, and that’s to stick it in the freezer. From the sound of the recipe—which combines cream of celery soup, salad dressing, diced turkey, vegetables, and gelatin—this is basically the inside of a turkey pot pie if it was served frozen. And also if it was square.

9. JELL-O FRUIT CORNUCOPIA

Sure, cornucopias were for holding food in olden times, but don’t you wish you could eat one? Well, guess what—your years of longing are finally over, because someone has made a Jell-O version of one with fruit trapped in it. You don’t even have to take the fruit out of the cornucopia this time—you can just pop the whole thing in your mouth. Dreams do come true.

10 Amazing Facts About Stan Lee

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Comic book legend Stan Lee’s life was always an open book. The co-creator of some of the greatest superheroes and most beloved stories of all time, Lee—who passed away on November 12 at the age of 95—became just as mythical and larger-than-life as the characters in the panels. In 2015, around the time of Marvel’s 75th anniversary, Lee had the idea to reflect on his own life, as he said, “in the one form it has never been depicted, as a comic book … or if you prefer, a graphic memoir.”

The result, published by the Touchstone imprint of Simon & Schuster in 2015, was Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir—which was written by Lee with Peter David and features artwork by cartoonist and illustrator Colleen Doran. Here are 10 things we learned about Lee.

1. HIS WIFE WAS ALSO HIS BARBER.

As a bit of a throwaway fact, Stanley Martin Lieber (Stan Lee) revealed the secret of his slicked back mane on the second page of his memoir. “My whole adult life, I’ve never been to a barber,” he wrote. “Joanie always cuts my hair.”

2. HIS CONFIDENCE CAME FROM HIS MOTHER.

Lee wrote that as a child he loved to read books by Mark Twain, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and others, and his mother often watched him read: “I probably got my self-confidence from the fact that my mother thought everything I did was brilliant.”

3. YOUNG STAN LEE WROTE OBITUARIES.

Before writing about the fantastic lives of fictional characters, Lee wrote antemortem obituaries for celebrities at an undisclosed news office in New York. He said that he eventually quit that job because it was too “depressing.”

4. CAPTAIN AMERICA WAS HIS FIRST BIG BREAK.

A week into his job at Timely Comics, Lee got the opportunity to write a two-page Captain America comic. He wrote it under the pen name Stan Lee (which became his legal name) and titled it "Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge." His first full comic script would come in Captain America Issue 5, published August 1, 1941.

5. HE WROTE TRAINING FILMS FOR THE ARMY WITH DR. SEUSS.

After being transferred from the army’s Signal Corps in New Jersey, Lee worked as a playwright in the Training Film Division in Queens with eight other men, including a few who went on to be very famous: Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan, cartoonist Charles Addams (creator of The Addams Family), director Frank Capra (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [1939] and It’s a Wonderful Life [1946]) and Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

6. HE DEFIED THE COMICS CODE AUTHORITY WITH AN ANTI-DRUG COMIC.

In 1971, Lee received a letter from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare asking him to put an anti-drug message in one of his books. He came up with a Spider-Man story that involved his best friend Harry abusing pills because of a break-up. The CCA would not approve the story with their seal because of the mention of drugs, but Lee convinced his publisher, Martin Goodman, to run the comic anyway.

7. AN ISSUE AT THE PRINTERS TURNED THE HULK GREEN.

The character was supposed to be gray, but according to Lee, the printer had a hard time keeping the color consistent. “So as of issue #2,” Lee wrote, “with no explanation, he turned green.”

8. HIS WIFE DESTROYED HIS PRIZED TYPEWRITER.

According to Lee, during an argument, Joanie destroyed the typewriter he used to write the first issues for characters including Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four. “This happened before eBay," he wrote. "Too bad. I could’ve auctioned the parts and made a mint.”

9. A FIRE DESTROYED HIS INTERVIEWS AND LECTURES.

When Lee moved his family to Los Angeles, he set up a studio in Van Nuys where he stored videotapes of his talks and interviews, along with a commissioned bust of his wife. The building was lost to a blaze that the fire department believed was arson, but no one was ever charged with the crime.

10. HIS FAVORITE MARVEL FILM CAMEO WAS BASED ON ONE FROM THE COMICS.

Beginning with the first Spider-Man film in 2002, Stan Lee has made quick cameos in Marvel films as a service to the fans. He said that his appearance in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) was inspired by the story of Reed and Sue Richards’ wedding in Fantastic Four Annual Volume 1 #3, in which he and artist/writer Jack Kirby attempt to crash the ceremony but are thwarted.

A version of this story ran in 2015.

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