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Jan 30, 2015

5 Amazing Nacho Recipes You Should Totally Make This Weekend

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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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Jan 27, 2015

A Seriously Hearty Meal... That's Gluten-Free and Vegan? [Recipe]

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Let me say off the bat that I'm generally skeptical of meals touted as gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, raw, etc. I love the idea of eating as healthily as possible but finding good recipes can be pretty hit or miss when you try to meet some of those qualifiers. This however is one recipe whose gospel I can preach.   

My friend Haley started a food blog about a year ago called Brewing Happiness and every Friday she gets together with a friend to make a new, ultra-healthy dish together. This week was my week and we made an incredible Spicy BBQ Tofu Flatbread with Lemon-Dill Sauce that she thought up. I know a lot of you start looking for the exits when you hear the word "tofu," but hang in there. I rarely (re: never) eat tofu but I really enjoyed this meal and I was SHOCKED at how hearty and filling it was.

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Jan 22, 2015

The Homemade Cure: 6 Helpful DIY Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

I've got it. The crud, I mean. A virus, a winter illness, that thing that makes you ask, "Is it a cold? Is it a flu? Am I dying?" It's been over three and a half weeks, and no matter how many cups of tea I drink, or how much I allow myself to sleep, I can't shake it. 

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Jan 13, 2015

Cold Weather Relief: DIY Honey Ginger Throat Drops

Honey Ginger Throat DropsWith the weather hovering between frosty and frigid, it's the perfect time to make these honey ginger throat drops for some cold weather relief.

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Jan 05, 2015

Build Your Own Copper Still and Make Your Own Spirits at Home

If you're ready for a new kind of DIY challenge, consider building your own copper still, which will allow you to distill your own spirits for DIY whiskey, vodka, gin, or brandy. (Or tequila, I guess...if you can get your hands on a giant agave piña.)

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Dec 18, 2014

Brewed Part IV: Fermenting and Finishing Your Homebrewed Beer

Homebrewed Beer Logo

Once that lid is on the fermentation bucket, it seems like everything is complete. This final part of the series looks into what happens during the fermentation period, and the final step before you can sit back and enjoy a handcrafted beer.  

Primary FermentationPrimary Fermentation As the yeast begins the very important (almost magic) job of converting the sugars into alcohol, quite a few things need to happen. 

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Dec 11, 2014

Brewed, Part III: Brew Day - How to Make Beer at Home

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This is the third part of our four part series on homebrewing beer. So, with everything collected and prepared, it’s time to get the fire going and begin the first batch. Here’s a peek at what I’m brewing.  

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Dec 10, 2014

5 Seasonal Drinks to Make for Your Next Holiday Get-Together

Pumpkin Buttered Rum

I'm always looking for a great seasonal drink to match the theme of our get-together. This winter weather calls for a few creamy, spiced, and even buttery drinks to help brighten up the season. Here are 5 drinks guaranteed to usher in some holiday cheer.  

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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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Dec 02, 2014

Brewed, Part II: Preparing for Brew Day

created at: 12/02/2014

While the first brew can be intimidating with so many items to collect, at this point the time has come to lay it all out and prepare for brewing. Let’s take a look at the pieces we need for a fast and easy brew day.  

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Nov 25, 2014

Brewed: The Basics of Home Brewing Beer

Brewed Homebrewed Beer LogoBrewing beer in my closet has been a recent hobby of mine, and like most my hobbies it has expanded into a bit of an obsession. Although I'm no expert on the subject, I've made enough mistakes to serve as a useful warning to others. So, in this four part series we'll walk through what it takes to make a handmade batch of frothy, fermented goodness.

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Nov 18, 2014

Fall Grilling: 5 Tasty Recipes to Keep You Cooking Outside this Autumn

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Even though summer has run it's course, don't put away that grill just yet. We've come up with 5 exceptional fall recipes that are sure to bring out the best of this fall weather. Cold weather eating should include hearty portions, thick sauces, and bold flavors that inspire a long evening nap next to the fire.

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Nov 14, 2014

How to: Make Toasted Marshmallow Shot Glasses

Sure, it's a bit of a novelty, but doesn't anything served in a shot glass fall into that category, too?   

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Nov 12, 2014

How to: Grill Your Entire Thanksgiving Dinner

Grilled TurkeyWe've still got a couple weeks yet, but why not check out these recipes now and prepare yourself for the manliest Thanksgiving yet? The dinner menu features "a turkey smoked over sweet applewood and corncobs, ember-cooked potato packets..., a grilled fig and dried fruit chutney; and grilled green beans with shallots and hazelnuts."   

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Nov 06, 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Making Saucy Asian Noodles

For some people, fall comfort food is a warm pot of chili. Others love an ooey gooey mac and cheese, and many dig on a Sunday dinner-style roast chicken with all the fixings. And, me too. But my ideal version of what to eat on a chilly fall evening or a rainy Saturday looks a whole lot like the photo above.    

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Oct 09, 2014

DIY Recipe: Make Tasty and Inexpensive Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract Hand MadeVanilla gets a bad rap for being plain and simple, but adding a dab to your morning coffee can really boost the flavor, and it still tastes great with all kinds of goodies. Imitation extract is okay and fancy store-bought vanilla is pricey, so hand making this delicious extract is just too easy for us to pass up.

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Oct 06, 2014

How to Clean and Scale a Whole Fish

Hopefully, at some point, every man is gonna break down a whole fish. Ideally, you'd catch it yourself, but perhaps a friend or neighbor may drop one off for you to enjoy. But, really, you're gonna catch one at some point, or be on a camping trip when someone else does, and you get to be the guy that says, "oh yeah, I know what to do with that."    

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Oct 01, 2014

How to: Make Your Own Tastier and Healthier Instant Noodle Meals

They're a go-to lunch for people everywhere: office workers, college students, older children looking for something to fuel their growth spurts. And...I'll admit it - they're delicious. I love just-add-water noodle packs, particularly the Southeastern Asian brands that supply Indonesian or Korean flavors. Add a bit of frozen veg, some fresh herbs, some leftovers or a broth-poached egg, and you've got a legit meal. 

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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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