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    Wednesday, 16 May 2012
    Your father is one of the most important people in your life and making him feel special is important to you. Father's day is a time to celebrate your dad and let him know that you are grateful for everything he has done for you over the years while you were growing up. This could be for a number of reasons from paying you through university or college to being a shoulder to cry on after you were dumped by your first boyfriend or girlfriend. You dad is never going to judge you he is just going to provide with love and support in any situation.

    This is why it is important that you treat him from time to time and the perfect way to do this is to buy him an extra special father's day gift.

    When buying your gift you need to make sure that the gift is within your budget as you father would not want you to over stretch yourself to buy him a gift. This is why that it is important to set yourself a budget and stick to it as no gift is worth going into debt for in these difficult times.

    One of the best places to find a father's day gift that is extra special or unique is online due to the large number of websites offering a range of high value and discounted gifts. Each year there a number of trendy gifts to choose from that will give your gift the wow factor. The top five gifts for father day 2012 are listed below highlighting that your do not need to spend a lot of money to get a great gift.

    1. Dartboard Set - Darts is now considered to be a main street sport with areas selling out throughout the country and the matches now being shown on sky TV. It is more than likely your dad has thrown a few arrows down the local pub, so a dart board set is the perfect gift to help him practise at home and beat his friends in the pub.

    2. Ear iPhone Case - Your dad always says that you never listen to him when he asks you to tidy your room or clean the dishes. You probably say that your dad does not listen to you when you ask him to do something, so the Ear iPhone Case is the perfect joke gift to ensure he listens to you

    3. Golf Gift Basket - Golf is one of the popular pastimes in the uk with golf courses being packed out with dads thinking that they are Tiger Woods. This is why the golf gift bag is the perfect gift for any dad so he can enjoy his weekend away with the trendy equipment.

    4. 20-in-1 Multi-Play Games Table - Every dad has a small child buried deep inside that is dying to get out and play the games of their youth. This is why the 20 in 1 table is the perfect for the big kid in your life - your dad

    5. 38-in-1 Tool Kit - This tool kit could be the best or the worst gift you ever buy your dad as your mum may just ask him to fix the sink that's been leaking for months and he said he did not have the tools. On the other hand for the active dad who likes DIY this is the perfect gift.

    The key to choosing the right mens gifts is to shop online or offline so that you are sure to find the correct fathers day gift for example.
    Posted by: Gourmet Grocery Online AT 10:23 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
    Monday, 14 May 2012

    Mom's Chocolate Cake 
    This is a real old-fashioned American chocolate layer cake. It's very moist, very chocolatey, a snap to make and best baked the day before serving. 

    2 cups all-purpose flour 
    2 teaspoons baking powder 
    2 teaspoons baking soda 
    1 teaspoon salt 
    2 cups sugar 
    4 ounces unsweetened chocolate 
    6 tablespoons unsalted butter 
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
    2 eggs, lightly beaten 
    Chocolate Frosting: 
    1 1/3 cups heavy cream 
    1 1/2 cups sugar 
    6 ounces unsweetened chocolate 
    1 stick (4 ounces) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
    Pinch of salt 

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and flour two 8-by-1 1/2-inch round cake pans. Line the bottoms with wax paper. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. 
    2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat and stir until the sugar dissolves; then pour into a large bowl. Add the chocolate and butter and let sit, stirring occasionally, until melted and slightly cooled. Stir in the vanilla. 
    3. Beat the eggs into the chocolate mixture at medium speed until combined. Add the dry ingredients all at once and beat at medium speed until smooth. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bake for about 25 minutes, or until the top springs back when pressed lightly and a cake tester comes out clean. Cool the cakes in their pans for about 25 minutes, then invert onto a rack to cool completely. 
    4. Chocolate Frosting: In a medium saucepan, bring the cream and sugar to a boil over moderately high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid reduces slightly, about 6 minutes. Pour the mixture into a medium bowl and add the chocolate, butter, vanilla and salt. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate and butter are melted. Once they are melted, set the bowl in a larger bowl of ice water. Using a hand-held electric mixer, beat the frosting on medium speed, scraping the sides occasionally with a rubber spatula, until thick and glossy, about 5 minutes. Use at once. 
    5. Set one cake, right-side up, on a serving platter. Using a metal spatula, spread one-third of the Chocolate Frosting evenly over the cake. Top with the second cake and frost the top and sides with the remaining frosting. 

    More from Food & Wine: 
    Mother's Day Recipes 
    Incredible Chocolate Desserts 
    Layer Cake Recipes 
    Chocolate Cake Recipes 
    America's Best Regional Desserts  
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