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Oct 10, 2013

10 Things Every Man Should Own [Fall Edition]

created at: 10/09/2013

Some of the most frequent kinds of questions ManMade receives are inquiries like, "I just graduated college and finally have a real income and I'd like to start investing in some long-lasting goods..." or "my fiancée's birthday is coming up, and I'd like to buy him something every guy should have..." In 2013, I've been giving my take on those essential items, offering a new collection of ten each season: winter,spring, summer, and fall.  Some of these you might already own, some of these you might need to upgrade to a quality version, and most of these apply to women and households too. Please let me know what you think, and what you'd add or take away in the comments below.    

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Sep 30, 2013

Recipe: How to Make Slow Cooker Carne Asada Nachos

It's that time of year when we reach into the back of the pantry, and dust off that old standby: the slow cooker. During summer, it goes mostly untouched while we build flaming fires of charcoal or crunch fresh full-sun produce, but as the weather gets crisp and we long for something simmered, there's nothing better.    

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Nov 01, 2012

How to: Make Your Own Sparkling Apple Cider at Home

When we were kids, my sister and I rarely fought...unless it was the holiday season, and there were bottles of sparkling grape juice or apple cider to be slurped! We weren't allowed much soda, so the chance to celebrate the season with something fizzy was always a treat, and cause for fisticuffs!  

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Oct 22, 2012

The 6 Best Whiskey Drinks for Fall

created at: 10/22/2012

The leaves have fallen, and the season of margaritas and Tom Collinses and anything with tonic water is now hibernating until spring brings its thaw. Now? Now is the time for settling into the season of warmth and spices. And, most importantly...whiskey.  

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Oct 18, 2012
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Oct 16, 2012

Which Pumpkin Beers Should You Be Drinking This Fall?

created at: 10/16/2012

Once you've made your way through ManMade's picks for our favorite fall beers, it's time to turn to something even more season specific: pumpkin beer. These seasonals are brewed "in all sorts of ways--using raw, roasted, macerated, or juiced pumpkins, and sometimes with pumpkin extract or flavoring added post-production."

And, then, the most important question: how do they taste?  

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Oct 09, 2012

ManMade Guide: 5 Fall Beers that You Gotta Try This Season

created at: 10/09/2012

I'll say it: fall is the best season for beer. That magical time of mid-September, October, November, and December where brewers get to uncorked their months of work and see what time has wrought. It's when beer tastes its most beer-y: bitter, spiced, and oh-so-aromatic.  

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Oct 09, 2012

Choose the Right Apple: A Fall Variety Flowchart

created at: 10/09/2012

On a recent visit to Minneapolis/St. Paul, I finally got a chance to try the elusive and much touted SweeTango apple, a few blocks of where it was first, um, invented? at the University of Minnesota agricultural campus.

And? It was good; I liked it. Some parts I liked a whole lot. The texture was very unique, and it had a nice balance of sweet and tart. If they were sold in my local market, I'd probably buy some.

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Oct 02, 2012

It's Decorative Gourd Season, M*********ers

created at: 10/02/2012

With the leaves beginning to turn and the air crisp, so it's time to take a peak at Colin Nissan's now classic and very NSFW piece for McSweeney's, "It's Decorative Gourd Season, M*********ers."  

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Sep 27, 2012

25 Reasons Fall is Better for Men's Style

created at: 09/27/2012Gone are the bright colors and shorts of summer, and men all over the U.S. are glad they actually know what to wear again...you know, things like actual sleeves, and socks, and jackets without having to sweat like a mo.

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Sep 19, 2012

ManMade's Fall Boot Roundup: 5 Stylish Pairs for Any Budget

created at: 09/19/2012With temperatures cooling down, it's time to put the sandals and sneakers away an opt for something better suited for the season: boots. A quality pair of boots should be a staple in anyone's closet. They can be dressed up, dressed down, worn inside and outside, keep your feet warm, provide ankle and insole support, and most importanly, help you look sharp and manly at the same time.

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Sep 16, 2011

Just in Time for Fall...Butternut Squash Gratin

created at: 09/16/2011

Whether you've had your scarf and sweater ready to roll for weeks as you gear up for apple picking time, or are still trying to squeeze in a couple more days of shorts, sandals, and blockbuster watching, you can't deny it: fall fell this week. The world, as you look out the window, just looks different than it did two weeks ago. Really. Look outside. Right now. See?

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Oct 22, 2010

Experiments in Homemade Hard Apple Cider (How-to Included)

created at: 10/22/2010

A few weeks ago, I posted about my research into brewing hard apple cider at home and on the cheap. I continued to look into it, and promptly made a batch that just finished maturing. I tried the first bottle earlier this week...and, it's really good.

I used champagne yeast, which cost 74¢ and a $4.50 gallon of local, preservative-free apple cider, for which I got nearly a gallon of homemade hard cider. Lowballing it, I got 110oz for $5.25. Compare that to $8.99 (on sale) for a six-pack of Woodchuck (72 oz total) at my local grocery store.

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Sep 15, 2010

How To: Homemade Hard Cider

created at: 09/15/2010

Whether or not the autumn chill has hit your town yet, it will soon, and friends, we need to be prepared. And for my money, nothing tastes like fall like toasty pumpkin seeds... and apple cider. Whether warm and mulled with spices for everyone or fermented with crisp carbonation for adults, it's just plain wonderful.

And we think it'd be great to make it at home...easily. Some folks are lucky enough to own cider presses, but, thankfully, that's not the only way to get the job done.

Home Brew Hard Cider from Scratch

For those with a bevy of actual apples, this Instructable shows you how to press them using a simple 2x4 structure and a car jack. (You can also use an electric juicer.) For the rest of us, it's perfectly acceptable to start with pasteurized cider from your local orchard or farmer's market.

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