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Jun 30, 2011

20 DIY Fourth of July Projects

created at: 06/30/2011

It's a holiday weekend, which means you've got an extra day to get creative and make stuff. Since it's summer, you could make all kinds of fun, vacation-y sorts of things, delicious foods made from summer produce, or, if you're super ambitious, DIY fireworks!  

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Jun 28, 2011

The Burger of the Future

Dave Arnold, Director of Technology at the French Culinary Institute, has imagined a burger of the future. What's so different? Oh, well, it begins with gluing strips of bacon together with Activia RM, then making a ketchup and veal stock gel with calcium lactate gluconate, which is then cut into a little circle and stuffed inside a patty made from short ribs and chuck. Then, the patty is deep fried, cooked with butter in an immersion circulator, then grilled on a makeshift charcoal grill, while toasted rye, pickles, cheese, and the bacon sheet are all cut into perfect circles. The sandwich is assembled, and when cut, the ketchup/stock gel explodes onto the plate.

Or, just watch the video:  

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Jun 24, 2011

24 DIY Camping Projects, Recipes, and Tips

We're in the full swing of summer, and it's high season to run away for the weekend. And when it's not in the budget to be jetsetting around the world, there's nothing more festive or wallet-friendly then a trip to a local state or national park for a weeking under the stars. A couple bucks for site fees, a tank of gas, and a grocery cart full of roastables, and you're go.

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Jun 20, 2011

Deep Fried Kool-Aid. It's a thing.

created at: 06/20/2011

It's June, which means it's fair season. And fair season means it's putting-weird-things-in-the-deep-fryer season.

Surely, plenty of both solid sweet and savory items have taken a turn in the fryer, but what about liquids? Like Kool-Aid?

Apparently, it can be done.     

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Jun 15, 2011

How to: Make Beer Cupcakes with Bacon Icing

Typically cupcakes, while often delicious, are a frilly affair: little tufts of icing, delicate wrappers, and often, a little pennant or note slipped into the tub, making it oh-that-much-more-decorous.

But that's not their fault. Just cause something is miniature doesn't mean it has to be dainty. So, when Jasmin of One Fine Cookie sent me her most recent creation of beer cupcakes with bacon frosting, I rejoiced, and am immediately sharing it with you.  

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Jun 14, 2011

How to Make Homemade Bacon Vodka

Really, friends. The title says it all. Homemade. Bacon. Vodka. Imagine this stuff in a Bloody Mary. 

Like most things, bacon has alcohol soluable flavors

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Jun 06, 2011

How to: Make Better S'Mores at Home

Nothing beats a perfectly made s'more in the summer. A fluffy 'shmallow, roasted oh-so-carefully over glowing coals, then singed at the last possible minute for just a bit of char. (At least, that's how I like 'em.)  

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Jun 02, 2011

How To: Make Pizza without Dough

It comes as no surprise that we're huge fans of pizza on ManMade, particular homemade pies that beat the pants off delivery chains and rival the best independent pizza artisans. (Check out our ManMade guide to unbelievable pizza from scratch and at home.)

But, you can't just decide you wanna have pizza tonight, and have a steaming, cheesy pie in front of you in an hour. You gotta make the dough, let it rise, knead it like crazy, let it rest, preheat the oven or grill to crazy hot temperatures, etc, making it an all-day, or even a two-day, affair.

So, Luxirare got creative, and came up with an alternative solution,

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May 31, 2011

Beer Can (and Should!) Be a Key Ingredient in Lots of Tasty Cocktails

Beer is meant to stand on its own. Whether it's ice cold or cellar temp, from a draft or a bottle (or, gah, cans), in a frosty mug or a fancy snifter, it doesn't ask to play well with others. It's not an ingredient, but a finished product.

Except, it does work well in cocktails. "Beer has taken on a new and nuanced role in many

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May 23, 2011

How to: Deep Fried Strawberries with Chocolate Dipping Sauce

I'm not above admitting it - I've eaten some crazy stuff that spent a minute or two in the deep fryer. I worked in restaurants all through high school and college, and, well, get a bunch a people with teenage/young adult metabolisms and sense of adventure and give them access to a deep fryer, and batter-coved hijinks ensue, no doubt.

But I regret to never having tried fresh fruit. Strawberries seem particularly apt, and they're pretty firm, and not terribly sweet, and taste amazing with basically any dipping sauce you could come up with (save for remoulade, although now that I think about it)

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May 20, 2011

The Best Burgers in the U.S.: Side-by-Side Shootout

The team at A Hamburger Today have gathered three iconic, bi-coastal burgers for a showdown: NYC's Shake Shack, California's In-N-Out, and Virginia-founded/multistate chain, Five Guys.  

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May 18, 2011

How To: Make DIY Veggie Chips for Tasty, Healthy Snacking

created at: 05/18/2011

I work from home, meaning I never keep regular hours, and can always/never been at work. And though I do try, it also means I rarely eat regular meals. Most often, I split my nutrition into six or eight tiny, half-meals...or, you know, snacks. And sometimes, I need those to be crispy, salty snacks. And rather than stuff my self with no-good-for-you, processed junk foods all day, I try to satisfy those cravings with something a bit better for me.

Like veggie chips. And now, with this awesome collection of recipes from Chow, I'ma just make my own in bunches, and munch all week.  

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May 06, 2011

Happy Hour: Make Spiked Blueberry Lemonade

Yeah, err, right. It's lemonade. Lemons, water, sugar, go. Right?

Right. Except this one adds blueberries...and vodka!

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May 05, 2011

Some Most Amazing Recipes to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

You may be surprised to learn Cinco de Mayo is actually more celebrated in the U.S. than in Mexico. "Cinco De Mayo marks the 1862 battle of Puebla, during which Mexican troops defeated the French army in an underdog victory regarded as a symbol of national unity. Mexico celebrates Independence Day on September 16, but Cinco De Mayo is only observed regionally."

And now you know.

But, no matter the history, no one needs an excuse to eat Mexican food.  

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May 05, 2011

How To: Make Beer Jell-o

created at: 05/05/2011

Today is May 5th, or Cinco de Mayo! So, why not grab a bit of Dos Equis or Negro Modelo, and whip up some...beer jell-o! C'mon, Bill Cosby would totally approve.  

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Apr 29, 2011

How To: Make DIY Pizza Rolls that are Actually Tasty

Most parents try their best, but end up being selective about junk food. Some won't let their kids drink soda, but give them fructose-sweetened punches at every meal. Some say no to candy, but doughnuts and packaged desserts fill the pantry.

When I was a kid, we weren't allowed pizza rolls. We had Bagel Bites, and I learned to use the oven with Tony's frozen pizzas, but I never had a Totino's Pizza Roll until I was in college, and some nostalgic friend bought a box on a whim.

And...they're digusting. Greasy and dominated with a weird faux-pepperoni/green-pepper spice, I was thankful my parents never let me try any. Which is not to say

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Apr 28, 2011

How to: Make Mustache Cake Pops

The mustache-on-a-stick has been a hipster classic for a few years, and cake pops are emerging in the not-as-cool-anymore wake of cupcakes and macarons. 

Put them together and what have you got? Mustache cake pops. On a stick. Can you handle the trendiness?

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Apr 27, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: April 27, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

created at: 04/27/2011

Toddler Barack Obama dressed as a pirate for Halloween, in an NYTimes feature on his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.  

created at: 04/27/2011

Fully working, manual record player

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Apr 25, 2011

How To: Make Peep S'Mores

Chances are, if you pop into your neighborhood grocery store or pharmacy this afternoon, you'll be greeted with all sorts of post-Easter clearance, including candy that's at least 75% off. Especially boldly colored peeps. But what to do with those rows of almost-stale sugar coated staples?

Why, make them actually enjoyable by surrounding them with chocolate and graham crackers, of course.    

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Apr 22, 2011

10 Food Television Shows You Should Be Watching Right Now

The explosion of the "food porn" T.V. scene has finally calmed down. The Food Network has dissolved into two separate channels, with the Cooking Channel featuring actual cooking, and the original Food Network with "Cupcake Wars" and Guy Fieri driving around with sunglasses on the back of his head.

Which means two things: 1) the best cooking and food-related shows have weathered the storm, sticking around and 2) you can't just flip on a single channel when you're feeling hungry and want to know what to make. Turns out, the best food shows span across channels like PBS (duh), Bravo, ABC, and, one little guy left on the Food Network (Nice job, Alton.)

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