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Nov 16, 2012

Recipe: How to Make Homemade Harissa Sauce

created at: 11/12/2012

All this week, ManMade is excited to be teaming up with America's Test Kitchen to share lots of cool, DIY food crafts and ideas, any which would make an excellent weekend project or a great handmade holiday gift for your family and friends. 

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Harissa is a bold, complex chile sauce that hails from the Northern Africa countries of Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Morocco. While it's a little bit spicy, it's brings much more than heat -aromatic, bitter, smoky, and bright. It's good on, well, everything, and can

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Nov 15, 2012

Recipe: How to Make Homemade Pancetta from Scratch

created at: 11/12/2012

All this week, ManMade is excited to be teaming up with America's Test Kitchen to share lots of cool, DIY food crafts and ideas, any which would make an excellent weekend project or a great handmade holiday gift for your family and friends.

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Homemade charcuterie - the craft of curing, aging, and preserving meat - is a centuries old tradition experiencing a renaissance by the "hands on" artisan set, who are eager to move beyond canning and infusing and get down to some hardcore butchery.  

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Nov 14, 2012

Recipe: How to Make Pickled Green Beans

created at: 11/12/2012

All this week, ManMade is excited to be teaming up with America's Test Kitchen to share lots of cool, DIY food crafts and ideas, any which would make an excellent weekend project or a great handmade holiday gift for your family and friends.

 

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There is a decidely and very unfortunate number of people in my life who believe they don't like pickles. It doesn't matter what sort...they hear the P-word, and their mouths and their minds are closed.

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Nov 06, 2012

Roundup: 12 Tasty Recipes Using Beer

The unique flavor components of beer - the malt, yeasts, bitter hops, and the like - are pretty unique, and can't really be mimmicked using other ingredients. Which means: You should cook with it. Like, as an ingredient in the dish,

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Nov 02, 2012

How to: Make Easy Colorful Rainbow Pasta at Home

At first glance, those of us without kids may take a look at these brightly colored pasta noodles and say, "When would I ever do that." That's what I did, of course. And then I thought about it...and thought about it...and then the question soon became, "When would I not?"  

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Oct 09, 2012

Choose the Right Apple: A Fall Variety Flowchart

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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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Sep 17, 2012

How to: Make Your Own Beer Milkshakes at Home!

This week, the human interest news cycle is a-buzz with the announcement of a Samuel Adams Octoberfest Milkshake available this fall at burger chain Red Robin. Yes, it has beer in it. 

But ManMakers, beer lovers, and all-around interesting people alike have known for years that

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Sep 06, 2012

How to: Make DIY Hickory Smoked Hot Sauce

It's the height of the produce season, and your local markets and grocery stores and (hopefully) your own garden are bursting with all the high-sun summer goodies. One can only eat so many veggies in a week, so it's time to start the preserving. And yes, canning and freezing chiles and peppers is one way to go about it...
or you can make your own smoked hot sauce.  

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Sep 04, 2012

How to: Make a Rice Krispie Treat Milkshake

Last week, I confessed my love for the ready-to-assemble dessert classic, the Rice Krispie Treat. Then, over the holiday weekend, ManMade reader Aaron sent me a recipe that combines that munchie with my other favorite easily assembled sweet, the milkshake.  

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Sep 04, 2012

Ale to the Chief: The White House Unveils Its DIY Beer Recipes

Ten days ago, I shared a story involving the White House's custom homebrewed beer, and how several enterprising individuals were creating petitions and invoking the Freedom of Information Act to get access to the recipes. But it turns out, all citizens had to do was ask,

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Aug 30, 2012

How to: Make Booze-Spiked Fruit Loop Bars

Normally, I don't get too excited by dishes made up from a bunch of pre-packaged ingredients. I have a strong aversion to anything made with a cream of anything soup, and party dips and snacks made from combining bottles and envelopes of factory-made stuff just don't do it for me.

And there's one exception - The Rice Krispie Treat. It's a magical no-bake combo of premade magic: a box of cereal, a bag of marshmallows, and a bit of butter. That's it. It's as more of a textural pleasure than a flavorful one, but for my money calories, it's hard to improve.

Well, except for these. Cause they're made with alcohol.  

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Aug 29, 2012

How to: Make S'meaches - S'Mores + Peaches

I've gone on record many times about my love for s'mores, and balancing that with the mysterious dichotomy that I only want to eat them about once or twice a year.

But! Switching up the classic graham+choc+mallow recipe for some roasty

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Aug 23, 2012

The White House Brews Its Own Beer...and the Freedom of Information Act Might Get You the Recipes

File this in your huh folder: The White House brews its own beer, and President Obama has been sharing it along the campaign trail. Apparently, the good citizens of this country are pretty curious, and they want a taste of it themselves.  

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Aug 20, 2012

Sriracha in Your Beer! How to: Make The Cocky Rooster

The michelada is one of my favorite summer treats, and proof that beer is as solid of an ingredient for cocktails and mixed drinks as any distilled spirit.  

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Aug 03, 2012

How to: Make a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich at Home

Atlanta-based restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A has been in the news lately, and the U.S. is discussing more than just how delicious their signature, two-pickled chicken sandwiches are. I have plenty of thoughts on the subject, but I shan't share them here, cause this post is about sandwiches. (If you are curious what I think, feel free to email me. I'd be happy to chat about it with you.)

Regardless of the politics, it is true that Chick-Fil-A produces a unique take on the chicken sandwich, and their signature flavors and textures are worth figuring out how to recreate at home. So, whether you'll never go again, can't seem to break through the demonstrations, or are just craving a super tasty chicken sandwich on a Sunday, check out this recipe for making one at home.  

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Jul 26, 2012

How to: Make Excellent Summer Iced Tea (Hint - Don't Use the Sun)

Ice tea is a summer classic, perfect for those sweltering days where another glass of water just won't do, but you definitely don't want to go thick and carbonated, like soft drinks, or move into cocktail territory just yet.

And the classic method for making it happen when it's hot? Why, the sun, which,

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Jul 18, 2012

How to: Make Sriracha Lollipops

created at: 07/18/2012

Sriracha, that addictive blend of chiles, garlic, vinegar, and sweetness is experiencing a shot at ubiquity, and I couldn't be more thankful. It's good enough to eat out of the bottle...standing in front of your pantry...at 1:30 in the morning...squirted directily into your mouth. Or something.

But more excitingly, it's also now being incorporated

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Jul 11, 2012

The (Basically) 100% All-Bacon Burger

created at: 07/11/2012

After experimenting with a pulled pork burger, a chorizo sausage burger, and a chili cheese Frtio burger, Southern California burger chain 50/50 now offer the 'Merica burger, which is essntiallly just bacon.    

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Jul 10, 2012

How to: Make DIY Gin at Home (without a still)

At least where I live, making your own spirits at home is still considered moonshinin', and therefore illegal. Were it not, I think I'd try to built my own mini-still and experiement with distilling and aging my own spirits. 

Until then, I'm committed to the workarounds, like

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Jul 09, 2012

How to: The Sandwich of the Year

Recently, chefs all over the United States have been turning back to the classics and dressing up comfort foods - duck confit macaroni and cheese, shrimp and grits with circulator-poached eggs and radish kimchi, braised short ribs on everything.

And now, chefs take on the ultimate home cooked comfort food classic:  

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