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Sep 03, 2014

How to: Make Nashville Hot Chicken at Home

To my mind, the hot chicken tradition of Nashville, TN is among the most amazing regional food traditions for three reasons: 1) it's amazingly local, native to a few neighborhoods in a single city, rather than a general area 2) it's amazingly (yet justifiably) spicy, and 3) the recipes have been amazingly secretive.

Moreover, it's incredibly, incredibly delicious, and I've never had anything like it.   

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Jun 05, 2013

Recipe: How to Make DIY Whiskey Hot Sauce

Know why foods like chili, Buffalo wings, tacos, or Southeastern Asian street foods always seem to taste better with beer, even though it does nothing to tame the heat and actually seems to make it worse?   

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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. 

created at: 11/19/2012

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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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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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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Oct 19, 2011

How to: Make Homemade Sriracha Hot Sauce

At the risk of saying something that'll probably make you roll your eyes and scream, "No kidding" with considerable volume, sriracha is amazing and addictive stuff. This decidedly American sauce has its roots in Thai and Vietnamese condiments, and is know for its iconic rooster. A perfect balace between spicy, tangy, and garlicky, it's surprisingly versatile, working equally well in Mediterranean and Latin dishes as those from Southeast Asia.

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Jan 13, 2011

Make WAY Better Hot Chocolate with Homemade Cocoa Mix

created at: 01/13/2011

It's really cold today. There's snow in 49 states, and I'm doing everything I can not to turn on the thermostat before the program kicks it on at 3:30. And I need something warm to make it through. Not coffee. Not tea.

I need hot cocoa.

But I can't stand instant cocoa mix. Even the fancy ones are way too water-y. I need to be prepared for days like this.

I need to make my own.    

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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.

created at: 08/23/2010

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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Mar 05, 2010

Building a Better Hot Dog

"If you were to take the best engineers in the world and asked them to design a perfect plug for a child's airway, you couldn't do better than a hot dog."

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So, the American Academy of Pediatricians have called for the redesign of the hot dog. And since its an entirely processed product, any shape is game. The folks at Fast Company set off to redo the hot dog, with these criteria:

  • Esophagus-sized cylinders and spheres = bad, very bad
  • Fit within existing buns for "authentic"-ish experience
  • Look for opportunities [to] increase sense of play
  • Enhance condiment-to-hot dog engagement

After thinking through the designs below, they came up with the spiral dog above, and did a mock-up in green Play-doh.

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Feb 22, 2010

Sriracha Embroidery

Nothing says brand loyalty like some full scale embroidered logo art.

created at: 02/21/2010

Sriracha, or "Rooster sauce" (as the servers in my favorite local Vietnamense joint love to call it) is a hot condiment made from ripe, red chiles, garlic, sugar, salt, and vinegar, and has achieved a  cult-like status in the U.S., and in Christ(ine)'s house, who "[eats] it on pretty much everything."

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