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This is the season when the last of the May spring flowers ushers in the start of summer, June brides and the Fathers who will give them away. But don't be sad for Dads--a TV remote, pepperoni pizza and a beer are simple pleasures that can show our appreciation on this Father's Day; and Dads love simplicity.
A small boy's definition of Father's Day: "It's just like Mother's Day only you don't spend so much."

Anytime Pizza Toast

Pizza is definitely Dad food, and in our September 2009 issue of Kitchen Lab 101, we introduced you to Pizza Toast, the lazy man's pizza. Follow this link to see how we did it, if you missed it.
You're all out of the frozen kind, and you can't wait for delivery, so what do you do? You use the ingredients you have and make the best substitute pizza you'll ever taste! This isn't lazy, it's ingenious!
"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong." --Charles Wadsworth

Real Homemade Pizza

Did you know that Americans eat more than 23 pounds of pizza a year? Our favorite topping is pepperoni and Saturday is traditionally our biggest night for pizza. There are over 61,000 pizza parlors in the United States and they support a $30 billion industry. We can help turn your own home into a pizzeria for Father's Day. There is nothing like homemade pizza dough to start an authentic Italian culinary experience.
Take out your Zojirushi Breadmaker and follow our Kitchen Lab video. We'll take you through a step-by-step recipe that will fill your kitchen with the cheesy aroma of fresh baked pizza.
“There's a pizza place near where I live that sells only slices. In the back you can see a guy tossing a triangle in the air.” -- Steven Wright, actor & writer

Something Different For Father's Day

OK, we've helped to satisfy Dad's appetite; what do we do for a gift? Might we suggest our newest D-Mug from our travel mug collection. The D-Mug is a unique stainless steel vacuum bottle that features a customizable outer skin. You could even decorate it with family photos so Dad can keep his loved ones with him wherever he commutes. Check our Innovations section for more information.
"A father carries pictures in his wallet where his money used to be." -- Anonymous
The First Father's Day
In America, Father's Day is believed to have been the idea of Ms. Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington, during a Mother's Day celebration in 1909. She wanted to honor her own father, who was a Civil War veteran who raised six children by himself after his wife died. It took many years for the country to take the idea of Father's Day seriously, and where Mother's Day was met with enthusiasm, Father's Day was met with laughter and sarcasm. Many people regarded it as no more than a trivial commercial promotion. It wasn't until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed the 3rd Sunday of June to be for honoring fathers, and not until 1972 that it was made an official national holiday by President Nixon.

"It is much easier to become a father than to be one." --Kent Nerburn

At ZOJIRUSHI, our kitchens are always testing and developing new recipes. Our chefs and nutritionists have been busy trying to answer your requests for more, while our technical experts and engineers are making sure you'll be able to cook and enjoy them on the best products available.