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10 Ways to Dress Up and Improve a Frozen Pizza

By: Chris January 27, 2020 12:00

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...tle nuggets that came with it. Go classic, or use your imagination. Adding traditional flavors like tomato, fresh herbs, higher quality meats and salumi will always be tasty. Fresh or lightly sauteed/grilled veggies are a must, and frozen veggies like peas and corn work quite well. Try raiding your fridge: look for olives or capers, and use up those leftovers. Rostiserrie chicken or leftover lunch m...

DIY Gift Idea: Make Your Own Wood-Infused Booze

By: Chris November 29, 2019 11:30

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...c. You want to avoid anything that's toxic or tastes weird: pine, fir, walnut, and some tropical woods.  The easiest way to come by small pieces of wood in a variety of species is to get a pack of grilling planks. This pack of six from Amazon is a great deal: they're reasonably priced, solid quality, and the perfect size and thickness. We recommend.  Size It.  Depending on your container a...

How to Make an Heirloom Carving Board

By: Chris November 07, 2019 12:15

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...serve the beast as well. Outside of the holiday season, this thing will come in handy for breaking down large food projects of all kinds: smoked chickens, slicing roasts, as a prep surface out on the grill, serving charcuterie/cheese/appetizers, and any time we need another place for a helpful friend who comes over for dinner and says "what can I do?"   I'm really happy with how easy this was...

Yes, There is a Magic Powder You Can Sprinkle on All Your Food to Make it Taste Better

By: Chris October 31, 2019 14:00

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...g simmered sauces, all pasta and noodle dishes, roasted vegetables, steaks, pork chops, roasted chicken, dips and dressings, and eggs cooked every way. It works great with anything that comes off the grill our out of the oven (add it while they rest), and sprinkled on sauteed or braised dishes. Mix it in just a minute before everything finishes cooking.  In general, consider mushroom powder a "finis...

Step Up Your Summer with These Three Words: Grill. Your. Fruit.

By: Allan August 07, 2019 13:00

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...out live fires, crackling wood, and smoke. This usually leads me to the meat and hard veggies side of my pantry and fridge. After all, it can be difficult to cook rice, quinoa, or other grains on the grill without special equipment, and I've yet to find a way to manage cheese over charcoal. But an underrated grill item may be one that coincides with the best that summer has to offer: the explosion of r...

How to: Make a Fold-Away BBQ Table and Grilling Cabinet

By: David July 17, 2019 14:00

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This great project keeps all the basic grilling supplies close at hand, but out of the weather when the fun is done. With a large preparation space and room for the essentials it’s a great upgrade for the outdoor chef.   With spring weather in...

How to Significantly Improve Your Charcoal Grill

By: Chris June 28, 2019 13:00

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It's impossible not to love the grill, especially in summertime. And at ManMade, there's enough of that love for grills of all kinds: gas grills, kamado cookers, offset cookers, vertical smokers, hibachis, and whatever else helps bring y...

Get Ready for Summer: How to Calibrate Your Grill Thermometer in Time for Barbecue Season

By: Chris May 30, 2019 16:30

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Turning out perfectly grilled foods in your own backyard requires balancing two important variables: time and temperature. Too hot, and the food gets overly blackened and burnt before it's cooked through. Too short, and the sur...

How to: Make Everything Taste Better this Winter with DIY Charcoal Salt

By: Chris January 09, 2019 12:45

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In the summer, it's easy to get those deep, blackened and charred flavors in your weeknight meals. During grill season, you simply head outside, and cook your meal over an open flame. And then comes January, where the produce is poor, and everything lacks that certain zing that the warm sun and fire-seared...

Truth, Justice, and the American Cheese

By: Allan August 29, 2018 11:30

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...Case in point: American cheese. Perhaps its "fake." Perhaps it is the product of ingredients that are anathema in traditionally-made cheeses. Perhaps it isn't for purists. But have you tried it in a grilled cheese? On a cheeseburger? Melted over scrambled eggs? I think it's time to treat American cheese justly as a valid and delicious product of American culinary ingenuity, even if it is also the p...

20 Items You Should Pick Up at your Local Asian Market

By: TedRok July 11, 2018 09:00

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...y have the best soup and cereal bowls you’ll find anywhere. Fight me on it. This is only 30% of the bowls in this aisle 8. Pots & Pans And woks, and steamers, and double-boilers, grills, and dutch ovens, and bamboo baskets, and skillets, and, and, and. Choose your size, material, aesthetic. Probably where you’ll spend the highest amount per item, however, still vastly less expensiv...

How to: A Primer on Keeping a Baseball Scorecard

By: JoelSelby June 18, 2018 14:30

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It's the time of year when grills grace backyards with fragrant charcoal smoke, chins drip with fresh watermelon juice, and the gentle drone of neighborhood lawnmowers beat back that evergrowing green tide. Every day pushes sunset a...

How to Throw a Great Father's Day Lawn Party (Everything You Need!)

By: bruno June 11, 2018 09:00

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...alad serving jars Flour sack towels Jelly Jars (to use as cups)  Beverage tag template (PDF below) and twine to tie them on Wood grain paper pattern (PDF below) Weber Genesis E-310 Espresso grill   Menu & Beverages We kept our menu very simple. Almost everything could be prepped in advance, which left only some easy grilling during the party. A gourmet hot dog bar i...

Father's Day Party Blueprint: A Complete Guide to Hosting A Backyard Bash

By: bruno June 04, 2018 13:30

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...s for our guests to enjoy, including classics like ladder ball and bocce. We're also going to DIY a giant Jenga game and a huge lawn version of Bananagrams.  Menu (Note: we're showing a gas grill here, 'cause it's pretty, but we haven't quite decided whether to go gas or charcoal yet. Opinions welcome in the comments!) The menu is our favorite part of this affair. We're grilling up a heart...

How to: DIY Metal Inlay in Wood

By: David May 14, 2018 12:00

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...A blowtorch is a truly versatile tool. We talked about six unexpected uses for them last year, showed you how to make a simple blowtorch forge, and even why a blowtorch is our favorite way to light a grill. Yep, we think it's an essential tool. The Bernzomatic TS8000 produces a large, optimized swirl flame provides maximum heat output. The auto start/stop ignition lights and extinguishes with the pu...