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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...

How to Make an Awesome Meat and Cheese Board for Fall

By: Allan October 16, 2018 16:15

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...are thinking out of the box with what works as pickles––think of pickled onions, brussel sprouts, or radishes alongside standard cucumbers. I, for one, never turn my nose up at a roasted pepper or a grilled piece of zuccihini. And if, into this mix, you want to add some fresh mozzarella or a bit of goat cheese, that's completely fine––no one said that a meat board couldn't exist if cheese lived there...

How to: Make a Cast Iron Apple Pie

By: TedRok October 10, 2018 09:15

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...r the chickens.   Step Four: Prepare coals and put in the pie. A note about baking on coals: There's a little learning curve on getting the right temperature. Unlike frying, sauteing, grilling, etc, baking needs more precision. Too much heat and you burn the crust (which I've done.) The wood chunks may not seem like enough heat, but, trust me, they are. Cast iron retains a lot of heat,...

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...

Designer Appreciation: Finding Inspiration in the Work of Raymond Loewy

By: JoelSelby August 28, 2018 14:31

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...l-time favorite Loewy design. He transformed what was once basically just a big box with an engine and four wheels into a piece that belongs in an art museum. The curved corners are gentle, the front grille is broken up into four sets of four slits to provide subtle rhythm, and the sideways L-shape of the motor housing optically balances the two large back wheels when you view the tractor in profile. (...

This Is the Best Way to Salt Your Food

By: JoelSelby August 13, 2018 12:00

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<img alt="" src="https://assets.manmadediy.com/photos/33974/how-to-salt-food-1original.jpg?1534185525" /> Salt of the earth. Worth his salt. Take it with a grain of salt... It doesn't t...

One of the Best Ways to Use Your Grill This Summer

By: Allan July 31, 2018 13:00

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Photo:  Kim Takhyz/Shutterstock For most dedicated eaters, the summer means grilling. If you are not firing up some flames to roast some summer sweet corn or a blacken a hanger steak or (at least) a hot dog, you are missing out on one of the greatest joys of the season. There is s...

A Foolproof Cast Iron Skillet Maintenance Routine

By: JoelSelby July 24, 2018 08:00

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...ublime streamline-era Kitchen-Aid mixer (1937), Alfonso Bialetti's iconic modernist Moka Express stovetop espresso percolator (1933), and George Stephen's exquisite parabolic dome-shaped Weber kettle grill (1950). Then there's the cast iron skillet, which predates modernism by at least 40 years (the design of the frying pan itself originated in the first millennium BC in the Fertile Crescent. Talk...

How To: Grill a Scotch Egg

By: JoelSelby July 23, 2018 08:00

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...es came up with at about 3 in the morning. "Let's wrap an egg in meat and DEEP FRY IT!" Since it's summer and I'll take any excuse to whip on the charcoal, I took it upon myself to create a simple grilled version.            Grilled Scotch Egg Ingredients • Bulk sausage — You'll need about 4 ounces per egg (In a pinch, remove casing from 1 standard-sized Italian bratwurst for each egg.)...

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...