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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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Oct 07, 2013

Fall DIY Project: How to Re-Wax Your Clothing and Gear

As the weather chills down, it's always a good idea to pull your cool weather clothing and gear from their summer storage places, and prep them for the season. 

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Oct 04, 2013

Weekend Project: Perfect the Perfect Grown-Up Grilled Cheese

As a kid, nothing felt more like a fall weekend than a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. The combo of having just come in from outside with a cold, sniffly nose and the crispy/gooey/chewy sandwich with requisite tomato soup

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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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Sep 26, 2013

Why I'm Not Going to Buy Anything During the Month of October

created at: 09/26/2013

Starting next Tuesday, October 1st, my household will not be buying any stuff. For the following thirty-one days, we won't be purchasing a single, non-consumable item. 

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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 30, 2012

PUMPKTRIS: A DIY Playable Game of Tetris Inside a Pumpkin

Vancouver, WA-based designer and programmer Nathan Pryor asks, "What do you get when you combine a pumpkin with the classic video game Tetris? Pumpktris! Fully playable, embedded in a pumpkin."

Oh, and get this: the pumpkin's stem acts as the joystick.  

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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 07, 2012

ManMade is Going on Vacation...

created at: 09/07/2012

Hi ManMakers! Just an FYI, ManMade will be hiatus from 9.10 - 9.14, so I can take a much needed break from laptops, scissors, and even table saws. Better yet, I'm headed across the country to spend a solid

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Jul 02, 2012

The NYC Subway Stairs that Make Everybody Trip [Video]

created at: 07/01/2012

New York City's subway system is full of unpredictable excitement. Most of the action happens inside the trains, or at least on the subway platforms. Dean Peterson, however, decided to explore a quirk that people encounter as they're leaving the subway station: a single step on a stairway that's a fraction of an inch higher than the others. It's just high enough so everyone trips on it.  

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Nov 30, 2011

Squash-Century Modern: Seasonal Reinterpretations of Design Classics

To celebrate the harvest season and all things Thanksgiving, Abstract Sunday artist Christoph Niemann created "Squash Modern," a collection of modern design classics reinterpretted with, well, squash.  

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Nov 23, 2011

A Very Tasty Seasonal Idea - How to: Make Pickled Cranberries!

I've gone on record on ManMade (multiple times...too many to link) about my love of pickling. Not just kosher dills from a jar, but the act of changing the entire experience of fruits and veggies by treating them with salty, acidic solutions. I especially love "quick pickles" and "fridge pickles," which have all the flavor and brightness, but don't require the dance of sterilization and preservation of process canning.

Over the summer, I pickle everything from peaches to beans and peas, and in the fall, pumpkin, apples, and squash. So, during this unique time of year...why not pickle its seasonal signature - the cranberry?   

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