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How To : Solve the Hanayama Cast Vortex metal puzzle

Learn how to solve the Hanayama Cast Vortex metal puzzle. Hanayama cast iron puzzles are the perfect solution to being bored. This video tutorial will show you exactly how to solve this mind boggling Cast Vortex puzzle, which is rated a 5 out of 6 in difficulty by Hanayama. H ...more

How To : Solve the Hanayama Cast W-U metal puzzle

Learn how to solve the Hanayama Cast W-U metal puzzle. Hanayama cast iron puzzles are the perfect solution to being bored. This video tutorial will show you exactly how to solve this mind boggling Cast W-U puzzle, which is rated a 3 out of 6 in difficulty by Hanayama. Hanayam ...more

How To : Solve the Hanayama Cast Loop metal puzzle

Learn how to solve the Hanayama Cast Loop metal puzzle. Hanayama cast iron puzzles are the perfect solution to being bored. This video tutorial will show you exactly how to solve this mind boggling Cast Loop puzzle, which is rated a 1 out of 6 in difficulty by Hanayama. Hanay ...more

How To : Solve the Hanayama Cast Quartet metal puzzle

Learn how to solve the Hanayama Cast Quartet metal puzzle. Hanayama cast iron puzzles are the perfect solution to being bored. This video tutorial will show you exactly how to solve this mind boggling Cast Quartet puzzle, which is rated a 6 out of 6 in difficulty by Hanayama. ...more

News : Metal Isn't Flammable... Right?

Theo Gray of Gray Matter explains the principle behind sending steel up in flames- as long as it's steel wool, of course. The process is beyond simple. Spend 2 bucks and 2 minutes: purchase a steel wool pad, hold in pliers, light with a match. But the question is, why is steel ...more

News : The New York Times' Top 15 Kill-Proof Houseplants

With the aid of America's top botanical experts, Michael Tortorello of the New York Times has compiled a wonderful list of 15 hard-to-kill houseplants for the green thumb inept. Pictured above: One of Tortorello's experts, Mark Hoover, keeper of 878 houseplants.. Below, Tortor ...more

News : Ten Tricks to Making Perfect Pizza

Deb and Alex's Smitten Kitchen is a treasure trove of beautifully photographed, delicious looking recipes. Every recipe is painstakingly outlined, including their recent post on making perfectly cooked, painless pizza. Personally, I have yet to get pizza dough right, so I'm an ...more

HowTo : De-Ice Your Slice (the Lazy Way)

The art of eating leftover pizza. Some like it cold. Some even whip it up into a leftover pizza sandwich. Me, I like my pizza reheated. The trick to de-icing perfection? For all the lazy bums out there, who can't handle the thorough (re: slow!) oven method, Aaron Mattis, of S ...more

How To : Cook Yummy Scallops

Scallops are delicious and make an exotic addition to the dinner table. Luckily, they are not difficult to prepare. Check out this tutorial and learn how to make scallops so good they will impress your friends and family. You Will Need • Scallops • Salt and pepper • Cast-ir ...more

How To : Sear salmon

This video is a demonstration of how to sear salmon, with ideas on how to serve it. She has two salmon filets with skin on. She brushes them with olive oil and sprinkles them with sea salt and pepper. She heats a cast iron skillet with olive oil in it and places the filets ski ...more

How To : Clean and used dried chiles

In this video from Gourmet Magazine, Ian Knauer shows us how to clean and use dried chilies. Chile de arbol is the spiciest. To make a great hot sauce, boil about 40 of these with the seeds in and blend with some garlic and water. Next is the chipotle chili. You can often find ...more

How To : Make blackened fish

Watch this video to learn how to make a delicious dinner dish. After watching this video, you'll be able to make blackened fish in no time. Things You'll Need: 2 Tbsp paprika 2 & 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp lemon pepper 1 & 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1 & 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves, crushed ...more

How To : Make Alaskan king crab cakes with lemon dill sauce

Make mouths water with this crab cake and lemon dill sauce recipe. In a bowl add 2 eggs, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup of mayonnaise, 1 teas. Worcestershire sauce, 1 teas. Old Bay Seasoning, 1/4 teas mustard powder, and 1/4 teas. black pepper. Blend mixture until it is all meld ...more

How To : Make tortilla chips at home

Chef Jason Hill is at the Mission Tortilla Factory in Anaheim, CA to show you how to make restaurant quality tortillas. Add butter at the end and you're good to go! To prepare this flour tortilla recipe, you only need four ingredients: flour, baking powder, vegetable shorteni ...more

How To : Stock a small kitchen with everything you need

Feel you have too small of a kitchen to keep everything you need inside it? Not true. Even if you have a small kitchen and a small budget, you can still save money by stocking it efficiently. You Will Need: • Basic pantry staples • Multi-purpose cookware Step 1: Start with ...more

How To : Make Maine shrimp fritters

There's no better shrimp than shrimp from Maine. Maine always has the best seafood, so why not use them in all your meals. These Gulf of Maine shrimp are very small and have an extra sweetness, unlike any other shrimp in the world. See how to make this Maine shrimp fritters me ...more

How To : Make Bourbon-Spiked Chili

Meat and bourbon is a delicious marriage—whether it's bacon-infused bourbon or bourbon drenched steaks, or perhaps the most ingenious combination of all: bourbon-spiked chilli. The hint of bourbon is subtle, but it packs just enough punch to set this delicious chili apart in ...more

How To : Make Pizza Without Dough

I was getting kind of sick of ordering delivery pizza (this happens at least 2-3 times a month). It was time to put a spin on gourmet pizza, but I just didn't know what it would be. Without pizza dough or an oven that is capable of creating the perfect pizza crust (I don't hav ...more

How To : Cook lemon Cornish hens

This is a video which demonstrates how to cook lemon Cornish hens. This will be a great addition to your dinner repertoire. No one will be able to keep their hands off it. Ingredients: Cast Iron Pan Baby Chickens Olive oil Salt & Pepper Garlic Powder Ground Mustard Chicken Bro ...more

How To : Make corn tortillas with a tortilla press

In this tutorial, we learn how to make tortillas with a tortilla press. First, you will need masa, which is corn flour with lime juice in it. Pour out some masa into a bowl, then add in warm water to the bowl to make a dough. After this, mix the masa and the water until you ha ...more

How To : Make a Dutch Baby pancake

Discover yet another of the delicious use for that cast-iron skillet you bought in this video from Jenny Jones, who teaches you how to make a Dutch Baby. No, you don't have to go to the Red Light District. Heck, you don't even have to leave your kitchen! A Dutch Baby in this c ...more

News : Will JB Weld Repair a Cracked Engine Block?

I went to get my boat ready for the summer and discover that my engine block was cracked. I looked online to find the cost of a new block to be way out of my range so I decided to see if I could repair the cracked block. Cast iron is very sensitive to heat and I do not have th ...more

Food Tool Friday : Why Pros Use Carbon Steel Knives

A good, sharp knife is a cook's best friend, which is why there's so much passionate debate about what kind you should get. Most enthusiastic home cooks opt for a stainless steel knife, but it turns out there's a different option that the pros favor, and that's carbon steel. T ...more

How To : De-Gunk Your Dirty Grill Grates with Aluminum Foil

As you get barbecuing this summer, you're likely to encounter a few grills that aren't exactly the cleanest. At parks or campgrounds and even on your friends' grills (or, um, your own), no one wants to place food on gunked-up grill grates. The leftover mess from previous barb ...more

How To : For Great Pan-Fried Steak, Salt the Skillet First

There are a lot of techniques out there for how to cook the perfect steak, from flipping it multiple times to applying a spice rub or dry brine to aging the beef. But it turns out that there's a super-easy way to make a great steak at home, and all you need is a good cast-iron ...more

How To : 9 Unconventional Uses for Paper Towels

Paper towels are great for absorbing your kitchen spills, but did you know that they're also perfect for cooking bacon in the microwave? Simply place bacon side-by-side on a layer of two paper towels and place two more paper towels on top of the bacon. Zap in the microwave at ...more

How To : Turn a Tortilla into a French Crêpe

Making a good crêpe takes practice and commitment. The batter is rich—most recipes incorporate melted butter, whole milk, and several eggs—and the cooking of the crêpe requires good technique. You have to learn to deposit and swirl just the right amount of batter to get the th ...more

How To : 8 Practical Ways to Use Bacon Grease

Need to get a painful splinter out of your skin? Apply some bacon grease onto the affected area and place a band-aid on it overnight. The bacon grease will soften the skin tissue and draw out the splinter, making it easier to remove with tweezers the next day. After cooking y ...more

News : A Free Steampunk Horror Short Story

Sometimes I forget that I'm also a fiction writer, so I thought it might be a nice change of pace to share one of my stories with you. I wrote this piece awhile ago for an anthology that never came together and I'm tired of just sitting on it. It's one of the more odd stories ...more

How To : Three Cheap Meat Cuts That You Need to Utilize

Cooking on a budget isn't always easy, but there's a silver lining: it can be really fun. Ever since I started supporting myself I've enjoyed going shopping, finding the most affordable items, and learning how to make the most of them. Sure, sometimes I wish I could afford to ...more

How To : Make Smoked Ice for One-of-a-Kind Cocktails

A long time ago I was reading an issue of Saveur and saw an article about a trendsetting bar in Portland. The bartender at the joint had started making enormous blocks of smoked ice for his cocktails. When a patron ordered a drink that called for the smoked ice, the bartender ...more

How To : What to Do When You Don't Have a Mortar & Pestle

We're all familiar with the sinking feeling that happens when you cruise through a recipe, only to arrive at an instruction that calls for a tool you don't have. Some of the best food hacks (and my personal favorites) exist to combat that problem. Why spend money on a kitchen ...more

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