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Mar 28, 2019

The No Bullshit Way to Bake Your Own Bread

Want to make no knead bread in a Dutch oven? It's not nearly as hard as it sounds. 

Simple sourdough! No knead bread in a Dutch oven

Gluten is my homeboy. I don't care what the fad-diets say (and apologies to those of you who are truly gluten-intolerant). Paleo-be-damned, I'm grateful our ancestors developed agriculture, so we could stop foraging and eat mostly bread (and also develop science, art, culture, etc.). 

Great bread is easy to make. This is a no-knead recipe! Meaning, you don't, um... knead it. Duh. It's based on the Jim Lahey no knead bread recipe.

Here's how I do it:    

1. Get a sourdough starter from a friend (or make your own, or order one online).

2. In a

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Dec 14, 2018

How to: Cast Iron Cinnamon Roll Recipe

No offense, but I don't love your grandmother's cookie recipe. I know you do, and that's amazing. And I know it's more about making them that eating them, and that's nice, too. But, if I'm going to go crazy with some unhealthy eats this holiday, I want that extra sugar to be inside something that I care about. Specifically, these cinnamon rolls, baked in cast iron skillet.

Because the season of indulgence is here, and you might as well make sure those calories taste amazing. 

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Feb 13, 2017

Everything You Need to Make Totally Killer Bread (and Pizza!) at Home

Baking supplies for the beginnerIs baking making? What category of craftsmanship does it really fall into, after all? I think the answers to these questions are, yes, and I don't care. Since I spend way too much of my everyday life sitting in front of a computer, moving invisible bytes around, baking is one of the easiest, fastest ways for me to get my hands dirty when I get home from work. 

It's magical; actually. You take this stuff (usually wheat flour) that, by itself is bland and horrible and inedible, and you mix it with a little water, a little salt, and some heat, and suddenly you can achieve a ridiculous variety of breads. By tweaking the ratios just a bit, you

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Nov 28, 2016

How to: Bake Simply Stunning Artisanal Bread (on the first try)

Baking bread is one of those hard to qualify skills if you're looking at it from the outside with no real experience. On the one hand, people have been doing it for thousands of years in all sorts of climates with all sorts of varying available ingredients. On the other hand, it seems like a hard science that requires potentially its own baking contraption and yeast (who has baking yeast lying around?), meaning another trip to the grocery store. But here's the thing: it's not really that hard...   

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Nov 12, 2015

How Bread Actually Works...Or, How to Bake Bread Like the Pros Do It

created at: 11/08/2015You’ve heard it said that baking is a science and cooking is an art, but the science behind baking something as simple as bread is such a mind-boggling stream of interconnected processes all working together to finish in one harmonious piece, it makes you question the adage.

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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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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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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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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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Jan 18, 2013

How to: Make Your Own Tetris Cookies

Ready to feel old? The Nintendo Game Boy was released almost twenty four years ago. Nearly a quarter of a century. To pay homage to the obvious best Game Boy game experience ever (except maybe "Kwirk"), Francois came up with a technique to make these tasty, colorful, and grid-able iced cookies. 

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Nov 30, 2012

3D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters

If you haven't purchased your holiday gifts for the year yet, you can hang up your shopping list, and just buy these for everyone you know: 3D dinosaur cookie cutters.  

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Oct 11, 2012

How to Eat a Cupcake Like a Gentleman

"Apparently," says FoodBeast, "we've been eating cupcakes all wrong."

In turn, they offer a "proper" technique that avoids all the jaw-unhinging and head-tilting awkwardness, and manages to establish a consistent frosting-to-cake ratio.  

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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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Jun 19, 2012

How to: Make the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies (No Joking...)

created at: 06/19/2012

If you search the world far and wide, you'll find no bigger chocolate chip cookie fan than me. As far as desserts go, I say cookies. As far as cookies go, I say chocolate chip. And, as far as chocolate chip cookies go, I'd always said classic Toll House, with a few slight modifications.

Until four years ago, when I discovered these.  

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May 23, 2012

How to Make Cupcakewurst: Cake-Filled Sausages with all the Fixings

The image you're looking at is of a cupcake-sausage, grilled and served on a "long john" doughnut bun and a rasperry topping ketchup.

Okay now that that's out of the way, this project, 

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May 16, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: May 16, 2012

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.

Dutch design firm Elroy Klee built these handmade LEGO "wigs" out of monochromatic bricks, customizing each piece to the models head, who then had to balance the work

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Mar 29, 2012

How to: Make Guinness Chocolate Brownies

I like pie. I like cake. I really like cookies, and I'm quite partial to milkshakes.

But I love brownies. Like cantsaynowontstopeatingthem love brownies. They're dense and chewy, a bit bitter, and the perfect mix between baked goods and candy: all of the sugar and none of the calorie-wasting flour. (Which I'll deny saying when we start to talk pizza crust, so don't even try...)

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Mar 20, 2012

How To: Make DIY Lucky Charms Marshmallows

created at: 03/20/2012

Nobody doesn't like Lucky Charms. I mean, some of us might opt not to indulge in them as of late, but c'mon...you love them. They're freaking magically delicious! How can you not?

And, of course, the best part of Lucky Charms is the marshmallows...those seemlikethey'dbetoofirmbutarejustright perfectly bitable contrast to the oats, which are basically there only to play a supporting role and to line your stomach with something other than sugar so you can eat more marshmallows.

You can actually buy the marshmallows in bulk, so you can add them to your Grape Nuts and Bran Flakes and other grownup cereals, as well as to ice cream and chicken

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Mar 02, 2012

How to: Make Homemade Oreo Cookies

I'm a regular crossword puzzle do-er, and am always learning more about the vocab and nuances and well, stock answers, of the medium. There are a few standard clues that tend to come up over and over again, "Peter Fonda 1997 role" (ULEE), "Sewing case" (ETUI), and what's probably the most occuring crossword fill of all time, ORE and its partner OREO. Look at all those vowels and the wonderful R.

So, of course, I get it, and then I'm craving Oreos for the next three days. (The only thing worse is DONUT.)  

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Mar 01, 2012

Infographic: Cakes Throughout U.S. History

created at: 03/01/2012

There are many ways to look back through the history of our nation, but none sound as tasty as doing it through cake!   

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