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Oct 13, 2015

25 Homemade Granola Recipes You'll Crave at Any Time

I go in waves health-conscious eating. I'm currently in the middle of one and so granola is factoring in pretty heavily. It's a great (and INSANELY versatile) food option that can be fairly healthy like the Blueberry Vanilla Greek Yogurt Granola bars above, or something on the most desert-y end like the Raspberry Granola Energy Bars seen below.   

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Sep 24, 2015

Salad Dressing 101: An Every Man's Guide for Making the Perfect Vinaigrette

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Why anyone would pay for a bottle of vinegar and oil-based salad dressing is beyond me. Homemade vinaigrettes should be a staple in every kitchen, and they're super easy to make. It's simply a matter of memorizing one easy recipe, then adding and adjusting seasoning to fit any meal.

So, the anatomy of a vinaigrette... and some other nerdy facts that will leave you feeling like a true gourmand.

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Aug 28, 2015

Happy [on the] Trails: Three Gourmet Backpacking Desserts for Your Next Hike

After a long day hiking, there are few things more exciting than the promise of a good hearty meal and dessert. Now, sitting in the comfort of your home, you might be thinking that trail mix will be fine, but get out on that trail and you’ll start craving some sweeter fair. To solve this problem, jdorenbos has compiled three stand-out recipes: Turtle Rice Pudding, Orange Mango Angel Food Cake, and a Lemon Berry Parfait (seen above).

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Aug 21, 2015

This is the Breakfast I Eat Every Morning. You Should Too.

Inspired by Bryson and David's post this week on their favorite breakfasts that make morning bearable, I thought I'd share the simple, nutritious plate that I eat most mornings. I can put it together in just around ten minutes, and it keeps me full, satisfied, and energetic well into (my typically late) lunch time.

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The argument goes like this:

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Aug 19, 2015

Make This: Cast Iron Skillet Cinnamon Rolls

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That skillet isn't just for dinnertime...

In honor of breakfast week on ManMade, I decided to share one of my favorite early morning treats, a tasty recipe for cinnamon rolls cooked in the cast iron pan.  

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Aug 14, 2015

The Perfect Southern Gentlemen's Recipes (Made On-The-Road)

This is the tale of a couple who met on Tinder and now travel across North America in a Sprinter van (aka Tinder to Sprinter) and the mouth-watering dinner they made when the boys at Huckberry promised to sponsor their meal if they made some recipes from a buddy's cookbook: A Southern Gentleman's Kitchen. Recipes included.

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Jul 23, 2015

Ian McKellen Teaches You How to Make the Best Scrambled Eggs in the World

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What's not to like about watching a consummate actor, humanitarian, and adorable t-shirt wearer teach you how to make the ultimate plate of scrambled eggs?   

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May 01, 2015

How to Dice an Onion Like a Chef (In 30 Seconds)

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With most things in everyday life, the ManMade argument goes: if your going to do something, you might as well do it right. And while the definition of "right" is variable, oftentimes, we look to the pros. I take care of my vehicle the way a mechanic would, I work on my garden and lawn with the tips I learned from farmers, and I try to prep and cook food in the same way as those who doing for a living.   

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Apr 27, 2015

You Need to Watch: Mind of a Chef

I stumbled upon Mind of a Chef on PBS one saturday after my usual ritual of This Old House and Woodrights shop and completely fell in love. If you haven't yet, I highly recommend you add the first and second season to your Netflix list and binge watch the heck out of it.

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Apr 13, 2015

25 Camping Recipes to Blow Your Mind

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Easy living should mean easy (and GOOD) cooking. Get ready to burn past the campfire staples of hot dogs and canned beans to some truly knockout recipes that are hearty and delicious. Seriously, I'm probably going to cook some of these at home this weekend.   

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Feb 06, 2015

Is Antique Cast Iron Cookware Really Better than New?

The presence of cast iron has changed in the United States over the last one hundred years. Once the dominate form of cookware in any kitchen, it's been replaced by high-ply clad stainless, anodized aluminum, and all sorts of Teflon-coated beasts that let your food slip around freely. 

Likewise, the manufacturing process of cast iron cookware has changed quite a bit over the century as well. Enthusiasts claim that modern pans are thicker, with 'pebblier' surfaces, and made of a lower-quality iron. Add that to the high-heat preseasoning that doesn't make for a reliable coat, the question stands: is the vintage stuff better than new cast iron?

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Dec 04, 2014

How to Cook a Fish Like Ernest Hemingway (Hint...There's Bacon)

Ernest HemingwayIf there's one thing you should read by Ernest Hemingway, it's his bizarrely specific hamburger recipe (just kidding, go read For Whom The Bells Tolls. Do it now). But what's less known is the number of other unique recipes the simplistic author kept at his disposal.   

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Sep 26, 2014

How to: The Best Way to Reheat Pizza at Home

Friday pizza nights nearly always mean Saturday leftovers, which can almost be as much of a treat as the night before. While I've eaten my fair share of cold cheese slices, some more complex recipes deserve to be brought back to life in the way they were intended.    

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Sep 19, 2014

Meat: Everything You Need to Know

If you're the type of guy who pays attention to food or restaurant type things, you know "America's most celebrated butcher," Pat LaFrieda. His story, philosophy, and technique don't take meat for granted, but instead honor the fact that 1) it's not a commodity product 2) meat is expensive, and deserves to be treated well. 

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Sep 15, 2014

How to: Build a DIY No-Weld Food Smoker from a 55-Gallon Drum

Made from an affordable 55-gallon steel drum and some easy-to-find parts from the home improvement store, this DIY smoker can produce excellent results, and unlike many DIY grilling projects you'll find online, doesn't require a welder or advanced metal working skills.   

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Jul 31, 2014

Grilling a Steak over 2100°F Flowing Lava

They say the key to a great steak is a great crust. And the key to a great crust is lots of high, direct heat. And the key to lots of high, direct heat? A stream of flowing lava, of course.   

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Jul 28, 2014

How to: 5 Tips for Making Better Grilled Pizza This Summer

In the summer (and the winter, if you can swing it), there's no better tool for cooking homemade pizza than your outdoor grill. It's simply the hottest domestic heat source you can get your hands on, and turns out that crispy, smokey charred crust that makes great pizza actually great. (Note: works awesome for your wok, too.)

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Jul 23, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: July 23, 2014

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

A chef's knife should be the sort of thing you buy once in your life, and use everyday.

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Jul 17, 2014

The Bacon Method: How to Make Crispy, Perfect Bacon Every Time

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BaconMethod.com is a web site dedicated to one thing and one thing only: helping you turn out perfect bacon. The Bacon Method is relatively simple, and is a variation on the 

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Jul 07, 2014

To Make the Perfect Burger at Home, Don't Ever Use the Grill

It seems like heresy, especially in the height of grilling season and particularly the day after Independence Day weekend, but if you want to make truly amazing burgers at home, don't ever let them touch the grill. 

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