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Jul 02, 2014

The Science of Barbecue: Why Old School Methods Still Make the Best Meat

Truly amazing barbecue - the transformation of tough, chewy cuts into something tender and juicy and full of smoke flavor - is a true artform. And like all craft, it involves a healthy does of science and technique as well.

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Jun 25, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: June 25, 2014

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

Photography team Floto+Warner created a new series "Clourant," which captures colorful liquid splashes at a speed of 1/3,500th of a second.

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Jun 19, 2014

How to: Grill the Best, Juicy Pork Chops

During grilling season, it seems that a lot of coverage illuminates a high/low dichotomy: humble foods like chicken breasts, tough-to-eat ribs, even hearty vegetables, get elevated to something else entirely through the application of open flame, rendering them somehow newly desirable. Or, investment foods like fresh fish or the ubiquitous steak demand a seasoned griller, so as to not reduce their luxury.  

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Jun 04, 2014

How to: Make Gin and Tonic Sorbet

For many, the great treat of summer is a quality gin and tonic. For others, the warmer months mean ice cream season. And now, those two groups can hold hands as they sit outside in the long days and smell freshly cut grass after they barbecue amidst other summer tropes with some of this: gin and tonic sorbet.   

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Mar 03, 2014

How to: Make a Winter BLT Worth Eating

I'm sure I'm not alone in proclaiming: the BLT is a perfect sandwich. Not because it has bacon; many sandwiches have bacon. Rather, it's what it does with the bacon, playing it off of the other requisite parts: crunchy lettuce, a spread of tangy mayo, toasted but-not-too-crunchy bread, and the bright, acidic summer tomatoes.   

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Jan 31, 2014

How to: Make Amazing Homemade Cheese Sauce for Fries and Nachos

I wish I hated Velveeta. I really do. I mean, I hardly ever eat it but, man, when I do... See, I have lots of really good memories from childhood. Growing up, we didn't consume it often, so when we did: guaranteed special occasion. Holidays...mom outta town and dad has the kids for the weekend. That sorta thing. 

Here's the other thing: I really like nachos. I love Latin flavors in general, but I particularly have a problem with nachos. Probably for the same reason as above, but for me, there's no better comfort food than the crunchy-then-saturated topping-covered corn chips. And sure, you can shred your own cheese and melt it atop, but that's not anywhere near the same, now is it?  

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Jan 23, 2014

How to: Make the Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger

Some argue that bacon is a trick: anything tastes that much more delicious when you put bacon on top of it.

But a bacon cheeseburger isn't just a cheeseburger with bacon on it...at least, it shouldn't be. The additional salt and smoke and texture call for changing the your whole burger strategy, finding a way to highlight the bacon rather than just waste inside all the standard toppings. 

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Jan 13, 2014

Check It Out: Ernest Hemingway's Personal Burger Recipe

created at: 01/13/2014

Of course Ernest Hemingway had a favorite burger recipe. Guy was pretty opinated, enjoyed the simple things, and certainly celebrated a "hands on" lifestyle. What's interesting here, 

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Jan 08, 2014

How to: Make Whiskey Sriracha Caramel Popcorn

Look, on another day, I'd try to come up with some clever intro, talking about classic flavor combinations and different textures, or some other such goodness. But today, I'm just gonna dive in: this is a recipe for whiskey sriracha caramel popcorn. It's got smoky scotch whiskey, and a balance of heat and sweet, and I can't wait to make some at home this weekend.   

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Oct 30, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: October 30, 2013 [Halloween Edition]

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


Engineer, artist, and all around cool mom Cory Newton-Smith converted a $25 secondhand kid's pushcar into Delorean for a complete pint-size Marty McFly costume, red puffy vest and all.

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Oct 11, 2013

8 Tasty Fall Soups to Make this Weekend

created at: 10/11/2013

Look, there's nothing new to say about how amazing a warm, filling bowl of soup tastes during these crisp fall days. Autumn is awesome, soup is awesome, and there's no time like this weekend to whip some up. 

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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 18, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: September 18, 2013

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


It took 1000 eggs, 10 pans, 5 burned fingers, 3 hours, 1 bottle of oil, and

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Aug 06, 2013

Roundup: 6 Mouthwatering Burger Recipes

Porcini Mushroom burgers by Use Real Butter [http://userealbutter.com/2013/07/14/porcini-mushroom-gruyere-burgers-recipe/]

Try not to drool all over the keyboard while your eyes feast on these amazingly flavourful burger recipes. Fire up the grill and join us in the kitchen!

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Jul 31, 2013

Breakfast for Dinner: Easy Skillet Huevos Rancheros Recipe

created at: 07/31/2013

You've heard it since kindergarten...breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And, for my money, has the potential to be the most delicious. 'Cept (you knew it was coming), here's the problem with breakfast: you eat it in the morning. When you've just woken up. Before you have to go to work. When the last thing you have time for is cooking.   

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Jul 09, 2013

ManMade Summer Guide: How to Make the Perfect Ceviche

Ce·vi·che: A Latin American dish of marinated raw fish or seafood, typically garnished and served as an appetizer, or, in my mind: the best summer dish one can make at home! 

How to make the perfect ceviche. Photo by Gabriel Cabrera

Ceviche has this rep of being a complicated dish, and it's "raw" preparation can be intimidating. Except: It's not complicated, and it's not raw, just unheated. So, follow this guide to master the basics, and you can adapt and rock it like a pro. Let's get (not) cookin'!

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Jun 17, 2013

Grilling Mythbusters: 7 Lies You've Been Told about Cooking Steak

"Sear the meat to lock in the juices." "Only flip your steak one time." And so goes a list of steak-cooking commandments... And, as you might guess, a whole bunch of them are just wrong.   

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Jun 12, 2013

Smoke: New Firewood Cooking

created at: 06/12/2013

For centuries, burning wood and tinder were basically the only means of cooking food (and heating one's home, and boiling water, and all sorts of other stuff.) The wood served as fuel, generating heat, thereby turning raw ingredients into completed dishes. 

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May 16, 2013

The Obsessive Chef Cutting Board

The Obsessive Chef Cutting Board

Perfect for that OCD friend of yours that wants to become the most symmetrically perfect chef!

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Apr 25, 2013

Recipe Roundup: 5 Easy-To-Make Homemade Salsas to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

 created at: 04/24/2013

Ahh...salsas. From quick and fresh to spicy and smoky, they're packed with lots of flavor and I love every version. Whether you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with traditional Mexican flavors, or just want to up the ante on a weeknight meal, we've create five go-to recipes that can work for all kinds of occasions.  So grab your chiles, and a knife,  and join us in the kitchen.

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