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

This Gorgeous Vintage Edition of Clue Sets the Perfect Mood for a Murder Mystery

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Everyone should have a few good board games lying around the house for official game nights with family and friends and to kill some time on the occasional rainy day. But if your collection leaves a lot to be desired, you can class-up your selection with this great deal on the Vintage Bookshelf Edition of Clue for $40.

A brief history of Clue

'Clue' Vintage Bookshelf Edition.
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Originally titled Murder!, Clue was created by a musician named Anthony Pratt in Birmingham, England, in 1943, and he filed a patent for it in 1944. He sold the game to Waddington's in the UK a few years later, and they changed the name to Cluedo in 1949 (that name was a mix between the words clue and Ludo, which was a 19th-century game.) That same year, the game was licensed to Parker Brothers in the United States, where it was published as Clue. Since then, there have been numerous special editions and spinoffs of the original game, not to mention books and a television series based on it. Most notably, though, was the cult classic 1985 film Clue, which featured Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren.

As you probably know, every game of Clue begins with the revelation of a murder. The object of the game is to be the first person to deduce who did it, with what weapon, and where. To achieve that end, each player assumes the role of one of the suspects and moves strategically around the board collecting clues.

With its emphasis on logic and critical thinking—in addition to some old-fashioned luck—Clue is a masterpiece that has stood the test of time and evolved with each decade, with special versions of the game hitting shelves recently based on The Office, Rick and Morty, and Star Wars.

Clue Vintage Bookshelf Edition

'Clue' Vintage Library Edition.
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The Vintage Bookshelf Edition of Clue is the work of the WS Game Company, a licensee of Hasbro, and all the design elements are inspired by the aesthetic of the 1949 original. The game features a vintage-looking game board, cards, wood movers, die-cast weapons, six pencils, an ivory-colored die, an envelope, and a pad of “detective notes.” And, of course, everything folds up and stores inside a beautiful cloth-bound book box that you can store right on the shelf in your living room.

Clue Vintage Bookshelf Edition is a limited-release item, and right now you can get it for $40.

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8 Facts About the Stonewall Riots

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A pivotal moment in civil rights took place the week of June 28, 1969. That day, police raided a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in New York City's Greenwich Village. The move was a clear condemnation by law enforcement officials of the city's gay population. The volatile riots that followed sparked a new sense of urgency about demanding tolerance for persecuted communities.

1. The Stonewall Inn was operated by an organized crime organization.

In the 1960s, homosexuality was under fire from all directions. Because it was perceived as being amoral, individuals caught engaging in so-called "lewd behavior" were arrested and their names and home addresses were published in their local newspapers. Homosexual activity was considered illegal in most states.

As a result, being part of the LGBTQ community in New York was never without its share of harassment. Several laws were on the books that prohibited same-sex public displays of affection; a criminal statute banned people from wearing less than three “gender appropriate” articles of clothing. Commiserating at gay-friendly bars was also problematic, because officials often withheld liquor licenses from such establishments.

This kind of persecution led to members of the mafia purchasing and operating gay-friendly clubs. It was not an altruistic endeavor: The mob believed that catering to an underserved clientele by bribing city officials would be profitable, and it was. The Genovese crime family owned the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street, which became known for welcoming drag queens and giving homeless teenagers and young adults a place to gather. Often, these places got tipped off before a raid took place so they could hide any liquor. But the June 28 raid at the Stonewall Inn was different: No one was tipped off.

2. Police had to lock themselves inside the Stonewall Inn to barricade themselves from the crowd.

During the June 28 raid, police (who were alleged to have targeted Stonewall for its lack of a liquor license and the owners' possible blackmail attempts on gay attendees) confiscated alcohol and arrested 13 people in total, some for violating the statute on inappropriate gender apparel. After some patrons and local residents witnessed an officer striking a prisoner on the head, they began lashing out with anything within arm’s reach—including bottles, stones, and loose change. A number of people even pulled a parking meter from the ground and tried to use it as a battering ram.

The police, fearing for their safety, locked themselves inside the Stonewall Inn as the angry mob outside grew into the thousands. Some were attempting to set the property on fire. Reinforcements were eventually able to get the crowd under control—for one night, at least.

3. The situation got worse on the second night of the Stonewall riots.

After getting the crowd to disperse, police likely thought the worst of their problems was over. But on the second night, the Stonewall Inn reopened and another mob formed to meet the police response. Both sides were more aggressive on the second night of the Stonewall Uprising, with residents and customers forming a mob of protestors and police using violent force to try and subdue them.

“There was more anger and more fight the second night,” eyewitness and participant Danny Garvin told PBS’s American Experience. “There was no going back now, there was no going back … we had discovered a power that we weren’t even aware that we had.”

4. Protestors set their sights on The Village Voice.

Tempers flared again days later when The Village Voice published two articles using homophobic slurs to describe the scene at the Stonewall Inn. Angry about the demeaning coverage, protestors once again took to the streets, with some descending on the offices of the Voice, which were located just down the street from the Stonewall.

5. Not all of the protests were violent.

During the demonstrations—which some observers later referred to as an “uprising”—some protestors opted for a nonviolent approach in order to be heard. Eyewitnesses reported residents forming Rockettes-style kick lines that performed in front of stern-faced policemen. Others sang or participated in chants like “Liberate the bar!”

6. The Stonewall Riots led to New York’s first gay rights march.

Once the riots had subsided, protestors were filled with motivation to organize for their rights. A year after the riots, residents began marching on Christopher Street and Sixth Avenue. The date, June 28, was dubbed Christopher Street Liberation Day. Thousands of people marched the streets while thousands of other people lined up alongside them to protest the treatment of the LGBTQ community at the hands of law enforcement officials and society at large.

Some members of a New York Police Department who had confronted protestors during the Stonewall Riots one year before were now being ordered to protect those same protestors during the walk. Other marches took place in other cities, marking the country's first widespread demonstration for gay rights.

7. The Stonewall Inn is now a national monument.

Since the events of 1969, the Stonewall Inn has been considered an important and historic venue for the new era of gay rights. On June 24, 2016, President Barack Obama made that official when he designated the Stonewall Inn and the surrounding area a National Historic Landmark under the care of the National Park Service. Many credit the Stonewall Uprising with the subsequent surge in gay rights groups. One participant, Marsha P. Johnson, started Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) the following year, an organization devoted to helping homeless LGBTQ youth.

8. The Stonewall Inn is still standing.

Following the riots, the Stonewall’s patrons were still faced with police harassment and were growing uncomfortable with the mob affiliation. Months after the event, the Stonewall became a juice bar before subsequent owners tried operating it as a bagel shop, a Chinese restaurant, and a shoe store in the 1970s and 1980s. New owners renovated the building in 2007.

Today, the Stonewall is once again operating as a bar and club at 53 Christopher Street in Manhattan. Naturally, everyone is welcome.

Note: An earlier version of this article misidentified Marsha P. Johnson's organization as Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries. The correct name is Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries.