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Booker's Limited Release - The Bourbon Review

When Booker Noe, the late master distiller of Jim Beam, put his name on the new bourbon he made available to the public in 1992, he was helping to …

Recipes

2013 DonorsChoose.org classroom shopping spree

That’s a lot of children. If we stacked them end to end, they would be as tall as a very tall thing.<p>If enslaved, 38,318 children could build two …

Education

These Headphones Are Handmade from Whiskey Barrels

Which, in all honesty, is all we needed to hear.<p><b>Let's be plainspoken:</b> Whiskey makes music better. It opens your ears, loosens your legs, maybe even lets even you shake the timidity and just fking belt the chorus. It's like oxygen to blood, and we'll frankly use any excuse to combine the two. So …

Whiskey

Drink Like a Man

This winter, do yourself a favor: Learn to love scotch<p>Gentlemen, we live in the age of vodka. Yes, vodka: the spirit that aspires to be like water. No offense to vodka drinkers, but if you ordered booze that tasted like something, maybe you wouldn’t need to put cranberry juice in it. Meanwhile, the …

lazy pizza dough + favorite margherita pizza

Raise your hand if you never get pizza right when you make it at home — that the dough doesn’t rise in the time the recipe says it should or it’s …

Pumpkin-Milk Chocolate Pie with Gingersnap Crust

Behold! <i>Desserts for Every Season</i> has devised a pumpkin pie recipe that hits all the marks. Sweet, spicy, earthy, and warm, with a freshly made filling that puts it head and shoulders over your average Thanksgiving dessert.<p>Excerpted from Desserts for Every Season by Jenny McCoy (Rizzoli). Copyright …

Pumpkin Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Recipe

Inspired by Max's genius Pumpkin Brownie Chunk Ice Cream, I've married two great ice cream loves, Cookies & Cream and Pumpkin, in a recipe that's a real winner for Serious Eaters who love that pumpkin + chocolate combo as much I do.<p>Homemade pumpkin purée can really boost your pumpkin flavor, but …

Mini Meatball Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella + Roasted Red Peppers

Mini Meatball Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella + Roasted Red Peppers.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> October 18, 2013 71<p>I’ve got a dirty little pizza secret.<p>I don’t really …

Recipes

Don't Mess With These Smoky Texas-Style Beef Short Ribs

When I got the request in to tackle giant <b>Texas-style beef ribs</b> as a Grilling post, I was a bit dubious as to whether it could even be done. Unless there's some secret every Texas pitmaster is guarding with their life, the path to transcendent beef barbecue is all about knowing your meat and your …

Serious Entertaining: Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups for a Crowd

I'm not going to try to pretend to take credit for this genius idea—I saw it late the other night during my daily pre-bedtime bath (not to be confused with my daily post-wake-time bath) on the foodporn sub-Reddit and immediately knew that I'd have to make it for lunch the next day. The idea is that …

Italian Easy: Breaded Chicken Cutlets With Tomatoes and Arugula

You know that one recipe you can make with your eyes closed because you've made it so many times before? The dish that <i>always</i> gets rave reviews? Well this one's mine. There's nothing fancy about it—most of the preparation can actually be completed ahead of time—but it's really appealing visually, …

How to Grill-Roast a Boneless Bison Rib Roast

When I think prime rib, I think fatty, unctuous, melt-in-the-mouth tender, celebratory, not-every-day-if-I-don't-want-to-die-young-and-happy, and other such terms. Lean is not a word that comes to mind. Yet when we're working with bison, that's its primary distinction from beef.<p>Sure, a bison rib …

Dinner Tonight: Potato, Chorizo, and Spinach Tacos

This dish started its life as <b>potato and chorizo tacos</b>, a dish I've eaten dozens and dozens of times. In fact, it's usually a meal I reserve for when I'm slightly stressed and don't have the mental capacity to figure out what I want for dinner. In these times of indecision, I know that regardless of …

6 Great Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Los Angeles

Gallery6 Great Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Los Angeles<p>Los Angeles melts cheese well. The city of Angels plays host to the annual Grilled Cheese Invitational, there are countless cheese shops that will happily griddle their finest products between a couple of slices of bread, and even high-end …

Italian Easy: Pasta With Figs and Prosciutto

Fall in Umbria is truly a magical time. The frantic summer season packed full of festivals celebrating food, art, and history give way to what is really important to the region. Namely, making amazing wine and olive oil. We do still have a handful of significant food festivals each fall dedicated …

Butter-Basted Bison Rib Steaks with Crispy Fingerling Potatoes

Cooking a big, bone-in, bison ribeye steak is not all that different from cooking a big, bone-in, beef ribeye steak, but there are some key differences, chiefly incurred by bison's relative lack of the intramuscular fat known as marbling. The lacy, pale white, spider-webbed fat that winds its way …

Neapolitan Pizza With Cherry Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Garlic, and Basil

I baked this pizza not more than a mile away from Una Pizza Napoletana, Anthony Mangieri's San Francisco pizzeria. Fitting, as the original New York East Village location of the restaurant was the first place I'd tried this particular combination of ingredients. Known on his limited menu as the</i> …

Family Mission Statement: How and Why to Create One for a Positive Family Culture | The Art of Manliness

Getting married and having kids are some of the biggest events in our lives. And yet we largely slide into these significant turning points. Sure, …

What Strengthens and Weakens Our Integrity – Part IV: The Power of Moral Reminders | The Art of Manliness

In the first post in this series we discussed the concept of the “Pyramid of Choice,” and the way in which taking an initial dishonest step can …

Productivity

What Strengthens and Weakens Our Integrity - Part 3: Stop the Spread of Immorality | The Art of Manliness

Welcome back to our series on what weakens our integrity and how to strengthen it. Thus far we have discussed how we decide to commit a dishonest …

Psychology

What Strengthens and Weakens Our Integrity – Part II. | The Art of Manliness

In the first post of this four-part series on what weakens our integrity and how we can strengthen it, we discussed how our decisions to act in …

Psychology

What Strengthens and Weakens Our Integrity - Part I: Why Small Choices Count | The Art of Manliness

<i>Integrity</i>. It’s a quality every man worth his salt aspires to. It encompasses many of the best and most admirable traits in a man: honesty, …

9 Foundational Habits Young Men Should Start Now to Raise Themselves Right | The Art of Manliness

Awhile back I was driving through the place where I grew up – Edmond, Oklahoma – and happened to pass by my old high school. This wasn’t an unusual …

How to Make Crispy Parmesan Asparagus Sticks

Crispy Parmesan asparagus sticks are wonderful appetizers that taste like slender, crunchy vegetable fries. They also taste just as good if your …

Recipes

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee | Colossal

<p>(click images for detail)<p>For the better part of three decades multidisciplinary artist Guy Laramee has worked as a stage writer, director, composer, …

Pedalusion Promises Pedal-powered Flight for the People

One of my favorite classic movies is “Flight of the Phoenix” (the 1965 version starring Jimmy Stewart) where a motley group of people flying out from a remote oil production facility crash land in the Sahara desert. With little hope of survival against starvation, dehydration, and the deprivation …

How To Make a Knife From an Old Saw Blade | The Art of Manliness

Making a knife is a satisfying project on a number of levels. You’re creating a fundamental tool — one of the first tools ever made — and every time …

Woodworking

Fathering With Intentionality: The Importance of Creating a Family Culture | The Art of Manliness

Have you ever met one of those families that just seem to have it all together? Maybe you knew such a family growing up and loved hanging out over at …

Latin Words and Phrases Every Man Should Know | The Art of Manliness

What do great men like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt all have in common?<p>They all were proficient in Latin.<p>From the …

Language