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Feb 04, 2019

10 Ways to Dress Up and Improve a Frozen Pizza

created at: 07/11/2011

When I'm just cooking for myself (i.e. if my special someone is out of town), I can certainly fend for myself nutritionally, but, I'm probably not going to get too culinarily ambitious. I find I either want to cook for lots and lots of folks (hence my two dinner parties over the weekend), or not really mess with it. I mean, who I am gonna impress and treat? Myself? Nah. Plus, I gotta do all the cleanup myself.

So, while I don't like to get take out every night, I'm prolly not gonna make a big mess in the kitchen with fancy fixings. And, probably at least once, when spending an evening huddled away in the basement working on a project, I'll resort to that single-guy staple: the frozen pizza.

Not that I like frozen pizza, of course. But, it does do in a pinch, requires little effort and clean-up, and sorta feels like a treat. But that bland blagh from a box doesn't have to be all bad. Especially if you take it up a notch with some fresh ingredients and clever techniques.   

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Dec 09, 2016

Weekend Project: How to Assemble a Brick Pizza Oven in a Day


Everyone loves pizza and brick oven pizza is about as good as it gets. The whole point of the brick oven is to bake pizzas between 800 and 1000 degrees giving you that crispy layer of thin char over an airy breaded crust. Much better than the paltry results you can get with a conventional oven that only runs about half that heat.      

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Apr 01, 2015

Weekday Grill Night: Grilled Pizza and Mango Margarita Recipes

Pizza NightIt's time for some spring grilling!  Here's an easy (and delish) weeknight meal the whole family will love. Oh, and it works real well on a Friday or Saturday, too. 

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Sep 26, 2014

How to: The Best Way to Reheat Pizza at Home

Friday pizza nights nearly always mean Saturday leftovers, which can almost be as much of a treat as the night before. While I've eaten my fair share of cold cheese slices, some more complex recipes deserve to be brought back to life in the way they were intended.    

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Jul 28, 2014

How to: 5 Tips for Making Better Grilled Pizza This Summer

In the summer (and the winter, if you can swing it), there's no better tool for cooking homemade pizza than your outdoor grill. It's simply the hottest domestic heat source you can get your hands on, and turns out that crispy, smokey charred crust that makes great pizza actually great. (Note: works awesome for your wok, too.)

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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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Feb 26, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: February 26, 2014

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

 

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This is an interactive graph based on some serious math that proves: it's always a better financial decision to get the bigger pizza. Always.    

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Sep 05, 2012

How to: Make a Super Mega "Rocket Grill" from Off-The-Shelf Parts

created at: 09/05/2012

A rocket grill, you say? I'm intrigued.

Turns out, a rocket grill is "super mega" way of describing an crazy efficient charcoal grill, which uses a tiny amount of fuel to create searingly high temperatures that mimic commercial wood burning fires, upwards of 800°F, perfect for pizza, steaks, and shellfish.  

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Aug 31, 2012

Who Gets the Last Slice of Pizza? A Flowchart

created at: 08/31/2012

It's one of life's inevitable questions. Unless you're sharing the pie with someone you also share both the bank account that paid for it and the exact same appetite, eventually it's going to come up: Who gets the last slice?  

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Jun 18, 2012

Pizza Master Jim Lahey's Tips for Perfect Grilled Pizza

created at: 06/18/2012

Jim Lahey, the creative baker behind the excellent no-knead bread recipe and the even more excellent no-knead pizza dough, shares his tips for making outstanding pizza at home using ManMade's favorite method - the grill.

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May 02, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: May 2, 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.

A man who calls himself "Captain Auburn Beard" had a dream...a dream to one day have facial hair in the shape of the Batman logo.  

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May 01, 2012

The 100 Greatest Cooking Tips of All Time

created at: 05/01/2012

I'm sure that most of us, given the ideal opportunity (hassle-free admission, a full scholarship, and a magical year away from other jobs and responsibilities) would happily attend culinary school, and learn the knife skills, cooking techniques, and classical traditions developed over the centuries to turn good ingredients into great meals.

Until that likely opportunity arises, most of us will have to glean the tips from the masters when we can,

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Apr 23, 2012

How To: The $5.00 DIY Pizza Oven

created at: 04/23/2012

There's a very good reason the pizza from your local, independent place tastes better than what most of us can turn out at home: the crust. Even with the perfect sauce, the best dough, and an amazing mix of toppings, lots of homemade pizzas come out too thick, too soft, and too soggy. See, commercial pizza ovens can reach temperatures in excess of 1000°F, providing that crisp, cracker-like crust that makes pizza so special in the first place.  

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Mar 23, 2012

Turn Your Kettle Grill into an Outdoor Pizza Oven

created at: 03/23/2012

The Kettle Pizza extension is a stainless-steel sleeve designed to fit over a standard 22 1/2" Weber-style charcoal grill, turning it into a charcoal or wood-burning pizza oven. 

On first thought, I saw this, and immediately began to drool. And then I saw the price, and got to thinking, and flipped the other way towards complete skepticism. And now...

I'm not sure if this is a good value, or not. So, let's discuss.

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Feb 10, 2012

Pizza Beer: Slices and Suds, Together at Last!

created at: 02/09/2012

When it comes to strange foods and drinks, I'm easily intrigued (have you tried our peanut butter cheeseburger yet?!). But here's one that might be a little too bizarre for me: Pizza Beer. Granted, beer and pizza are both wonderful creations that I enjoy on a regular basis, but a beer that tastess like pizza...?  

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Jan 17, 2012

Pizza Boomerang: A Bizarrely Awesome Video

created at: 01/16/2012

Ok. Where do I begin? Pizza Boomerang, a video created by Barcelona-based Sofa Experience Communications, is without doubt the strangest video I've ever seen. After I watched it for the first time, I was confused...I couldn't decide if I was elated by how amazing it was or deeply disturbed by how, well, disturbing it was. There's really not much else I can say about this. Words can't quite describe what it's like to watch PIzza Boomerang, so I'll leave it at that.

created at: 01/16/2012

One thing I should mention, however, is that it's NSFW...or at least one particular scene is. So if you're feeling adventurous, and the kiddies aren't watching (seriously, I wouldn't want to have to explain the plot to a child), then sit back and enjoy the show.  

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Dec 06, 2011

How to: Make SpaghettiOs Pizza - A Culinary Mashup That's Just Crazy Enough to Work

created at: 12/03/2011

Some things seem so wrong that you just need to try them, and I think SpaghettiOs Pizza is one of those things. That's right…SpaghettiOs. So fire up the oven, break out the can opener, and get cookin'.  

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Nov 23, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: November 23, 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.

The Monster Workshop's Stitches and Glue makes these amazing, slightly terrifying, and surprisingly adorable "monster skin rugs".   

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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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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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