Steaks, coolers, grills

Some ideas on what to get that special guy for Father's Day

Posted: June 14, 2007

GOURMET STEAKS, coolers that sing, customized grills and wine tutorials.

This year's crop of Father's Day food gifts are off the charts, bringing the dad who loves to cook - and eat - that much closer to food nirvana.

Here are our favorite picks that can be ordered now for fast delivery by Sunday, from affordable finds to splurges for the big guy.

_ For the cowboy in every dad . . . there's the Beer Holster, a leather 12-ounce bottle or can holder that snaps onto a belt and let's dad grill or walk around the yard without misplacing his beloved brew. $30. 877-733-3683 or www.redenvelope.com.

_ For the beach bum dad . . . there's a hip - that's right, hip - way for him to chill out on the beach this summer with brews and tunes. The "Icy Tunes" Music Cooler series comes with an AM/FM stereo with speakers built into the portable cooler, which rolls on wheels and can hold from 18 to 58 cans, depending on which size is purchased. Using AA batteries, the cooler can also accommodate an MP3 player and has pockets to store bottler openers and other beach gear. $65.99-$149.99. www.igloo-store.com.

_ For the outdoorsy dad . . . there's "The Great American Camping Cookbook," (Broadway Books, $17.95,) the best way to create camping cook-outs while avoiding canned meats and muddy coffee at all costs. Dad can learn to adeptly make sweet potato biscuits, lentil soup with duplings, hunter stew, hot buttered rum drinks and more with this campsite companion. www.amazon.com.

_ For the dad who's smokin' . . . there's a serious way to get his smoked meat fix. The Bradley 4-Rack Digital Smoker smokes everything from salmon to meat to cheese with a digitally controlled temperature gauge, four adjustable wire racks and the option to either hot- or cold-smoke the goods. If dad's a bit forgetful, an automatic shut off will save his smoky stash of goods. $479.99. 800-338-3232 or www.chefscatalog.com.

_ For the dad who fancies himself into wine . . . there's a new way to avoid embarrassing restaurant run-ins with sommaliers. The Wine Master 2007, a pocket-size digital talking wine connoisseur, lets dad access information on 10,000 wines and spirits, so he can learn what pairs best with foods. Comes with a black zipper case so dad looks super-slick. $29.95. 800-356-8466 or www.wine enthusiast.com.

_ For the dad who likes his steaks with a side of comb-over . . . There's the new Trump Steaks Classic Collection, premium meats from The Donald himself. The gift collection is shipped two-day delivery and includes two 6-ounce filet mignons, two 16-ounce bone-in rib eyes, and 12 8-ounce Trump Steaks Burgers, all butcher-cut and ready to grill up. $199. 800-344-4444 or www.sharper image.com.

_ For the dad who wishes he had a palatial estate . . . there's a way to give him the next best thing to a wine cellar. The Kenmore 6-Bottle Wine Cellar is compact, can sit on a kitchen counter, and keeps red and white wines at optimum temperatures.

The fridge doesn't make any annoying humming sounds and includes an electronic thermostat so dad can alter the temperatures along with his vino stash. $99.99. 800-26-SEARS or www.sears.com.

_ For the dad who thinks he's the best chef at Eagles tailgates . . . there's the Cuisinart Griddler, which boasts it can "cook for a crowd" with its four adjustable grills.

It can press paninis or quesadillas, can grill regular meats on an open grill, or it can cook up breakfast foods, from French toast to bacon with its griddle attachment.

It's compact and just wipes clean. $129.99. 800-338-3232 orwww.chefscatalog.com. *

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