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Oct 16, 2018

How to Make an Awesome Meat and Cheese Board for Fall

You want your meat board to be a statement of your ambition. Not as a cook, but as an eater. If you can avoid it, don't just let this be a venue for a dinner plate. You want a board that seems deliberate and larger than life. Wood is good. But so is slate or stone or anything smooth and safe for food. In this moment, when you are putting together a board, you are not a chef, nor even a cook. You are an artist in front of a fresh canvas, but your paints are going to be the foods that you most love. 

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Sep 28, 2018

How to: Make a Great Tasting Bloody Mary

In my house, football season coincides with Bloody Mary season. Really, you say? Fair enough: the two are not necessarily synonymous with each other, but I’ve always felt that Bloody Marys are better enjoyed in the fall or winter months.  Similar to the complex, tomato-y flavors of a bowl of chili, it just feels right to have a hearty Bloody Mary when the weather starts to turn a little cooler.

Most bars have their ultimate Bloody Mary that they load with bacon, chicken wings, pizza, etc. that look great through a filter on Instagram, but how the Bloody Mary tastes is not the focal point in that situation.  When I’m at home and I want

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Aug 27, 2018

Clever Cocktail Presentation Trick: How to Make an Ice Wedge Glass (for Free!)

diy whiskey wedge

A few weekends ago, my wife and I went out for a special dinner to celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary. We opted to enjoy a few beers with our meal, but the table next to us had ordered cocktails. They each showed up with the glass half full of color - slanted, with the liquid on top. Initially, I thought it was simply a triangular shaped glass, where the bottom angle was simply solid. But as I looked closer, I realized, in fact: it was a frozen wedge of solid ice, attached to the glass so it maintained the effect. 

I asked the server how it was done, and she told me the bartender had a bunch of little rubber molds that fit the glass, and the whole thing goes into the freezer. She said they were cool, but only fit the certain glass they came with; so only a certain number of cocktail recipes are served in them, and they run out each night.

A few days later, I looked it up to see if I could pick up one or two. I found the product - it's a glass with a custom silicone insert that freezes the ice at a perfect 45° angle, cutting right down the center. They cost about $20 each, and are kinda cool.

But - they're also unnecessary. Because you can achieve the same effect without spending a dime, using any rocks glass you already have. Here's how to do it.       

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Jul 10, 2018

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

created at: 04/03/2015

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.  

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Dec 18, 2017

Holiday Guide: 7 Last Minute Things to Do Before Hibernation

credit: MMortah [http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmortah/8395365738/]

Freaking out because you haven't finished everything you need to do on your list? No worries! We have some last minute tips for you.

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Nov 19, 2017

27 Essential Tips to Totally Nail Thanksgiving This Year

This post brought to you in partnership with Ballast Point Brewing
 

Thanksgiving has two of my favorite English words in it, so it's not surprising it's among my favorite holidays of the year. It's infinitely adaptable, both in terms of what you eat, and what you do during the holiday. Plus, it's a long weekend off during a period of the year when most of us sorely need it (a break from the cold, grey skies of early winter). This is the holiday for people who wish they could hibernate. For people who want to sit in their house all day, surrounded by good friends, family, and food. Who are thankful for what they have, and want to share it with others who might not be so lucky. 

So I'm excited to share a heaping helping of my favorite tips for making the Thanksgiving holiday smooth and stress-free.    

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Mar 22, 2017

A Pocketful of the Good Stuff: How to Choose the Perfect Hip Flask

A good flask isn't an essential piece of gear, but it's pretty close. I toss a flask in my pack to share around the campfire, or to toast the top of a mountain. Trim, compact, and classic, the hip flask is also a great way to bring a little of your own along to make sure those drinks are always on point.

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Nov 12, 2016

You Can Do This: A Young Man's Guide to Hosting Your First Thanksgiving

A young man's guide to throwing his first real dinner party

I'll admit it: when I was 24, and thinking about hosting friends for Thanksgiving for the very first time, I probably wouldn't have used a guide like this. For one thing, I was stubborn and willful, and liked to think I could figure everything out on my own (wrong!). For another, that was 2006, and the internet was a much newer, smaller place then: this type of guide probably wasn't out there. 

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Me at my first Friendsgiving. Don't be like me.

But you, my friends! You youngsters with your illogical catch phrases and shrug emojis and your ability to understand how to use Snapchat! You can be better! You can do what few young men before you have ever done! You can host an awesome Thanksgiving meal at your house, and it can look amazing, and you can even have fun doing it. C'mon, it's not going to be hard ...

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Jun 07, 2016

Make This: 1 Board DIY Beer Flight Holder

Beer Flight DIYPerfect for a summer outside, this simple beer flight holder let's everyone try out those new craft brews in style. This simple but stable holder is made from a single board and will likely be a centerpiece of many summer get-together in the near future.  

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Apr 15, 2016

Make It: The Perfect Tequila Cocktail to Help Celebrate Spring

Orange tequila cocktail and chili-lime popcorn

Regular ManMade readers know we love a good cocktail. Whether it's a simple highball, a classic gin and tonic, a bright and fresh French 75, or a smokey Swedish Flame, we think knowing how to make and enjoy a high-quality drink at home is part and parcel of the ManMade ethos. So when Olmeca Altos Tequila reached out to us to celebrate this awesome time of year — late spring and early summer — we were pretty excited about the chance to team up and create some tasty cocktail and food recipes.

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Feb 08, 2016

The Morning After: How to Clean Spills and Stains from Your Recent Bash

 created at: 02/05/2016

This post is sponsored by Tide. Thanks for supporting the brands that support ManMade.

So you had your big party, and everything went great (hopefully you prepped using our guide from last week). But, despite your best efforts, that brand new jersey had a run in with a chicken wing, your couch pillows got nacho-cheesed, and you have a pile of stained hand towels giving you the evil eye from across the room.

What's the next step? We tried our hand at erasing three typical party-day stains, and are happy to say the results were impressive. Read on to find out how we did it:

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Jan 08, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Salt Cellar for Your Next Dinner Party

created at: 10/26/2014

We recently procured a salt shaker for our dining table. It looks like an owl. My wife likes it. However, it seems that the sea salt we put in it never actually comes out of the little holes. Taking from the kitchen salt cellars you scoop and pinch from as you cook, I thought I'd create a communal cellar to place on your table that's perfect for a party of one or a party of many. No more clogged shakers!    

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Aug 26, 2015

How to Build a Better Barbecue

created at: 08/26/2015

Fact: Food tastes better when enjoyed outside. It might not show up in a scientific journal, but all the anecdotal evidence supports the superior flavor of eating in the open air, whether it's a restaurant patio, your backyard deck, or a neighborhood block party. 

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Jun 05, 2015

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part III: Bringing it All Together - The Big Reveal

How to Host an All Out Backyard Barbecue
This week, we're sharing the ultimate guy's guide to backyard entertaining. We've covered preparing your backyard and getting ready for guests, as well as some easy DIY tricks to improve the space and create the right vibe. Then, we shared some ideas for the food - moving beyond hamburgers and hot dogs to create some seriously tasty grilled goodies, as well as tips for finding the right wine to bring everything together.

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Jun 04, 2015

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part II: The Food and Drinks

created at: 08/21/2014

This week, we're sharing the ultimate guy's guide to backyard entertaining. In Part I, we created the game plan: getting your outdoor space ready to go, invites, music and entertainment.

Part II is about the centerpieces of any get-together: food and drinks. To help, we partnered with Murphy-Goode, a Sonoma winery that makes great wines for occasions just like this one: good times, good friends, and good food. Read on for lots of tips and ideas to make it happen.   

How To Host an All Out Backyard BBQ

Table of Contents

Planning the Menu

Cooking for a Crowd: A cookout is not a dinner party. No courses, no place-cards, no roast-carving. And that, friends, is a good thing.

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Jun 03, 2015

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part I: The Plan

Being a party-goer is easy: you show up, eat food, drink drink, have fun, and go home. Nice. But sometimes you need to return the favor, do your part and be a good guy. Sometimes, it's gotta be your turn to host.

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue - Part 1

That's why we're creating the ultimate man's guide to backyard entertaining. We're skipping the burgers and hot dogs, but saving the grill-power and the open flame. This is no fancy dinner party with flowers and special place settings and specialized utensils. But it is an event for grown-ups (read: no kegs) who want to get together and enjoy a great evening of good grub, tasty wine and conversation. 

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Jan 30, 2015

5 Amazing Nacho Recipes You Should Totally Make This Weekend

created at: 01/30/2015

No matter which team you rooting for this weekend, or whether you care about football or the Super Bowl at all, I think we can all agree on one thing: nacho are amazing. They get our vote for the ultimate TV-centric party food; whether watching the game or French La Nouvelle Vague cinema, they beat out wings (but just by a hair), cause you can do most of the prep work ahead of time, and they don't involve big, messy pots of scalding hot oil while trying to cook for a crowd. Deep-frying doesn't mix with beer consumption very well, either...

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Jan 28, 2015

A Sweet Nightcap - How to Make a Salted Caramel Milkshake [Recipe]

Salted Caramel Milkshake

When a great night with friends is wrapping up, why not wrap it up on a sweet note. This Salted Caramel Milkshake will leave your guests with great memories and a sugar high they won't soon forget.   

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Dec 09, 2014

Check It Out: A Bunch of Free Holiday Songs That Don't Suck

created at: 12/09/2014

Had as much "Last Christmas" as you can take? Us too.

But we still want you to enjoy some of the sounds of the seasons, without all the glitz and overproduction and reminders of shopping days that come along with that radio station in town that converts to 24/7 holidays starting the day after Halloween.   

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