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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 30, 2014

How to: Roast Your Own Coffee Beans at Home

created at: 01/30/2014

The enjoyment of coffee is a spectrum. There are those times when a crummy mug from the diner hits the spot, and those days when hanging out at warm wooden tables with your laptop and a barista crafted cup is the way to go. And then, there are the 

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Jan 29, 2014

How to: Make Overnight Oats for a Healthy, Ready-To-Go Breakfast

Overnight Chai Oats

We hope you've stuck to your new year commitments to 1) eat breakfast and 2) make sure it's a nutritious one.  

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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 17, 2014

The Science Behind the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

This weekend is shaping up to be another cold and blustery, snow-filled couple of days. The kinda weekend where you never manage to actually put on shoes, cause there's no way you're going outside. The kind of weekend where you take on an indoor project with all kinds of immediate rewards...like perfecting the ultimate chocolate chip cookie.   

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Jan 16, 2014

Get Healthy: Sesame Ginger Soba Noodles

Ginger Sesame Soba Noodles

Two weeks in... How are your health and fitness goals going?

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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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Dec 30, 2013

How To: Make Sugared Cranberries

sugared cranberries recipe

My oh my, what to do with all of those cranberries in the fridge left from Christmas dinner? Sugar them!

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Dec 09, 2013

Recipe: How to Make Triple Layer Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups

Triple chocolate peanut butter cups

This year, I'm forgoing all my traditional holiday cookie recipes, and making nothing but these: Triple Layer Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups. Try saying that three times fast.    

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Nov 19, 2013

How to: Make Edible Spoons - The Perfect Holiday Treat!

Edible Spoons DIY

A utensil that can be eaten = less cleaning and more food. Sign us up!

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Nov 05, 2013

Dinner in Minutes: How to Make Easy One Pan Pasta

One-Pot Paste Recipe

Dear friends: your weeknight meal prayers to the kitchen gods have been answered. A one-fits-all recipe for a delicious dinner with no mess, and no waste. 

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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 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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Oct 01, 2013

How to: Make DIY Barrel Aged Cocktails At Home (No Barrel Required...)

created at: 10/01/2013

The tradition of barrel or cask aging distilled spirits, wine, and beer goes back thousands of years. Letting the liquid mature within wood is what gives them their distinct flavors, aromas, and colors...when spirits are distilled, they're as clear as vodka; it's spending time with charred wood that develops the brown color of whiskeys, aged tequilas, brandies, and the like. The alcohol and the wood continue to interact, pulling out flavorful compounds known as vanillins and tannins, further distinguishing the product. 

Over the last few years, some creative bartenders and cocktail experts have been experimenting with aging entire drinks

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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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Aug 16, 2013

Grilling: How to Make Jerk Chicken at Home

Jamaican jerk chicken is one of those regional food specialities that have been historically nearly impossible to recreate elsewhere. Sure, you can do an overnight rest in a scallion, scotch bonnet, and allspice heavy marinade, grill everything nice and slow, but you'd still be missing the signature ingredient that makes jerk chicken something truly unique: 

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Aug 14, 2013

Taking Dessert to the Next Level of Awesomeness: How to Make Bacon Beer Cupcakes

created at: 08/14/2013This ManMade guest post was written by Misty Birchall, founder of PubCakes, makers of craft beer-flavored cupcakes.

I have been making craft beer cupcakes for over four years now down in San Diego with my business PubCakes. I design my cupcakes for beer lovers (and I’m talking about the kind of person who drinks beer for the taste, not chugs for the buzz), but these cupcakes are super tasty, even if you don’t crave a sudsy beverage on a hot day.

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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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