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May 01, 2017

Try This: How to Make Your Own Red Wine Vinegar

Make your own Vinegar

Right now, you can find more tutorials on how to use vinegar to clean your toilet than you can find to use vinegar with a delicious dinner. This is a travesty for such an amazing and delicious liquid! Unlike most condiments, vinegar is one that you can make yourself and will taste better than anything you can buy in a store. I guarantee it! Here is a simple tutorial on turning leftover wine into homemade vinegar.   

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Jan 08, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Salt Cellar for Your Next Dinner Party

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We recently procured a salt shaker for our dining table. It looks like an owl. My wife likes it. However, it seems that the sea salt we put in it never actually comes out of the little holes. Taking from the kitchen salt cellars you scoop and pinch from as you cook, I thought I'd create a communal cellar to place on your table that's perfect for a party of one or a party of many. No more clogged shakers!    

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Apr 28, 2015

6 Ways to Freshen Up Stale Tortilla Chips and Give Them New Life

To be honest, we don't really have the stale tortilla chip problem at my house. Our conundrum is more along the lines of how-many-crumbles-are-at-the-bottom-of-the-bag-and-does-Chris-have-any-shame-about-eating-them-dowsed-in-hot-sauce-with-a-spoon-like-a-bowl-of-cereal-in-milk kinda problem. 

Nevertheless, in Mexican cuisine, the tortilla chip (a tostadita or totopos) isn't a think that scoops up melted cheese sauce, but an ingredient in all kinds of tasty dishes. So, if you've a stale bag lying around and don't expect me to come by anytime soon, there's

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Apr 25, 2014

Weekend Project: Perfect the Perfect Homemade Pizza

It's that time of year when our special dinner nights are in that "in between" phase. Gone are the chili nights, the slow-cooked soups, and the long braises of winter, but it's not quite time for all day cookouts, the throwing together a plate of summer produce and bread and just embracing the simplicity of the season.   created at: 04/25/2014

To which we say: good. Use this transitional time to nail down something technique-based, like perfecting homemade pizza. 

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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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Mar 07, 2011

How To: Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee at Home

Guess what? It's completely possible to make an absolutely amazing cup of coffee at home. And while it might be a bit different from scooping out those Folger's instant crystals into some microwaved tap water, as my old office mates used to do, it's not terrifically complex either.

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Feb 10, 2011

Adventures in Sous Vide: Adobo Rubbed 6-Hour Pork Loin

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So, my girl got me the best Christmas gift of all time this year: a PID temperature controller, vacuum sealer, and a copy of Thomas Keller's Under Pressure. Which meeeaans.... I can now cook sous vide!

Sous vide [French for "under vacuum"] involves cooking food in airtight bags in temperature controlled water for long periods of time...essentially slow-poaching everything at an exact temperature. Since the food never rises over the desired doneness, it can never get overcooked! Neat, huh?

Of course, I played around in the week between Christmas and New Year's, but since it involves so much gear, I put it away with the decorations. But in the last few weeks, with all the crazy snow and ice, I've been staying inside, and really learning how to do it well.

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Feb 10, 2011

Chris in the Latest Issue of ReadyMade Magazine

created at: 02/10/2011

Hi friends - Next time your at the bookstore or newsstand, pick up the latest issue of ReadyMade (51, looks like this), and turn to page 44 to see an article by, well, me!

In it, I confess my love for big heavy kitchen tools made of rock and why they're

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Feb 09, 2011

The Splendiferous Array of Culinary Tools

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Do you know the difference between a chinoise and spider? Do you know when to use a mezzaluna or a melon baller? Can you name at least 50% of the tools in your own kitchen drawers at this very minute? Do you want to use the word "splendiferous" as often as possible?

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Sep 03, 2010

How To: Make DIY Fruit Roll-Ups at Home, with Crazy Patterns!

Many thoughtful, contemporary parents are a bit wiser than ours were concerning the snack foods they give to their children. Avoiding processed food products, excessive amounts of corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, and overt amounts of sodium, these post-modern era parents have gone back to the snacks that their own grandparents might have served - homemade and much more healthful.

Which is great...except for one thing: contemporary kids don't get the experience of eating, well, kid food. Thrown in lunch boxes or crunched into pockets for consumption in the treehouse, there are certain foods that just taste like childhood.

And for me, that's

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Aug 23, 2010

Playing with Fire: How to Make Gourmet Hot Sauces at Home

Head to any local gourmet shop and check out the independent hot sauce section, and you'll discover two things: there are tens of thousands recipes available, and they all have to do with either 1) the devil and/0r 2) butts. Usually both. Just check out this photo from Jungle Jim's near Cincinnati, Ohio. That's four full rows, plus endcaps and features.

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All this guesswork and annoying imagery/titles is likely to make one stick to the classics: Frank's, Texas Pete, El Yucateco, Cholula, Tabasco, Valencia, and the like. But, in the height of produce season, with those bold grass green, red, and orange chiles punctuating your garden, there's every reason to try to make your own.  

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