James Strasel

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Recipe: Baked Jalapeño Popper Dip — Recipes from The Kitchn

I have just one bit of advice for you when serving this warm, cheesy dip at your next potluck, and I learned this from experience: Think very …

Cast Iron Skillet

Stop Wasting Money on Prepackaged Backpacking Food

If you're not a fan of the dehydrated food from stores, here's how you can make your own.<p>Four years ago, on the first night of her first solo backpack trip, Julie Mosier sat herself in front of an alpine lake, mixed up her store-bought freeze-dried meal, and took her first bite. “Nope!” she …

Cooking

These $12 Bluetooth trackers have the one feature everyone wishes was in the Tile Mate

Tile’s various Bluetooth tracker devices are widely accepted as the all-around best Bluetooth tracking tags in the business. They are great, of that …

Tech Trends

Here Things You Can Do to Revive an Older Car

Say you’ve got your eye on a car that you pass on your daily commute. One just off the road that has been sitting there long enough that it might …

Commuting

Crosscutting Sled – Just 5 Pieces of Wood

The sled we use the most in our shop is the one shown here. I built it five years ago, and it is as accurate as the day I made it. I built it in …

Woodworking

Homemade Beef Jerky Recipe

"Thanks to a new wave of modern day cave-people, eating healthy, high-protein snacks is all the rage, and while you can find many artisan brands out …

Yes, it matters what kind of onion you use in your dishes — here's how to cook them to perfection

<i><br>"It's hard to imagine civilization without onions."</i><p><i>- Julia Child.</i><p><i>"I have always felt bad for the rare person that comes into the restaurant and says that they are allergic to onions. It seems like a sad existence to me to not be able to enjoy the beautiful flavors of an onion,"</i><p><i>- Melissa O'Donnell,</i> …

Cooking

How to Cook Steak in the Oven

Love cooking steak at home but hate smoking up your kitchen? We’ve got the recipe for you. All you need is a great steak, a large cast-iron skillet, …

BBQ

I Just Discovered Melting Potatoes and I'm Officially Serving Them With Everything

We weren’t actively seeking a new way to cook potatoes. In fact, we think there’s a pretty solid variety to choose from. You can bake them, fry them, …

Country Lifestyle

Add This Skillet Dinner to Your Whole30 Meal Plan ASAP

Fried Potatoes and Sausage Skillet<p>Serves 4<p>1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks <br>3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided <br>2 tablespoons olive …

Video: How to Clean a Sleeping Bag

The Care and Repair series of videos from REI continues today, this time with tips on how to clean your sleeping bag. This is probably something we …

How to Check Your iPhone’s Battery Life

Now that Apple’s admitted to slowing down iPhones with degraded batteries, you’re probably interested in figuring out whether your battery is losing …

5 reasons everyone should own a multimeter

No home DIYer should be without a multimeter. Here's why.<p>Home improvement addicts really get excited about their power tools. And in the shadow of drills and sanders, the multimeter doesn't get much love. Too bad, because multimeters are just as useful and have become something I recommend to every …

Arduino

Here's Why You Should Never Take Your Car To A Carwash

With winter setting upon us, it’s important to get any road salt off your car as soon as possible if you don’t want it turning into dust. The best …

How to saute mushrooms to crispy, browned perfection

Remember when Alice ate that mushroom in Wonderland?<p>“What can all that green stuff be?' said Alice. “And where have my shoulders got to? And oh, my poor hands, how is it I can't see you?”<p>Oh, dearie, dear, dear. Poor Alice. If only she’d boned up on the works of Timothy Leary before she listened to …

Chefs reveal the 9 most common mistakes people make when cooking pasta

Pasta is probably one of the simplest dishes you can make. It's so easy, a broke college student can do it, right?<p>As it turns out, there's a lot more nuance to whipping up a perfectly al dente plate of pasta than just throwing a box of noodles into boiling water and hoping for the best.<p>INSIDER …

This Is the Best Way to Cook Chicken Breasts, According to a MasterChef Champ

As a frugal 20-something living on my own in the Big Apple, I'm practically the poster child for "ballin' on a budget" — especially when it comes to grocery shopping. While picking out my weekly staples, I usually just grab whichever meats are most affordable for the sake of giving my wallet a …

Cooking

This Is How All Your Favorite Chefs Roast Potatoes

A simple side of roasted potatoes seems like one of the easiest things to make, but it all depends on the technique. The appropriate seasonings and …

40 genius camping hacks

Planning your next camping trip?<p>We've searched out some handy hints and useful hacks, all designed to improve your camping life whether you’re out on …

How long you need to do cardio to reap the benefits for your body and brain

A growing body of research suggests that when we commit to regular workouts that raise our heart rate and get us moving and sweating for a sustained period of time, magical things happen to our body and brain.<p>We think more clearly, feel better overall, and protect ourselves against some of the …

The Best Way to Sew on a Button

Save some dough by taking care of loose or missing buttons yourself; there's no need to pay the dry cleaner to put them back on for you. All you need …

Sewing

The 9 Best Houseplants For Bathrooms

Anyone with a love for plants knows how they can cheer up a space! Indoor plants add a pop of color and freshness, and some can even help improve the air in your home. And what better room to freshen up than your bathroom? While it's not always the first room in your home you'd consider adding a …

Plants

This Is the Only Correct Way to Make Seven-Layer Dip

Seven-layer dip is the quintessential party snack. Vaguely Tex-Mex in flavor with layers ranging from beans to guacamole to cheese, it has something for everyone. It's fairly healthy, the ingredients are cheap and readily available, and the end result is visually pleasing. It can be served in …

Tater Tots Like You've Never Seen Them Before

Mark Weinberg<p>You never really outgrow Tater Tots. The fried shredded potato balls are french fries’ crispier, fluffier cousins, and they’re hard not …

Cooking

6 Classic 'Good Eats' Moments to Get You Excited for Its Return

It's all too easy to rely on the same recipes we've been perfecting since we were old enough to see over the kitchen counter, never questioning if …

Cooking

DIY Quick Fix: How to Sew a Button in 6 Easy Steps

If you’re an adult, you should know how to change a tire, how to give a good handshake, and how to sew a button back on when that thing decides to …

Sewing

Vietnamese Caramelized Shrimp

Servings: 4 - 6<p>Total Time: 30 Minutes<p>Ingredients<p>1/4 cup fish sauce<br>• 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed<br>• 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes<br>• 1/2 cup …

Our Top Shop Tips for 2016

Last year was a great year for tips and tricks collected and published here on <i>Make:</i>. So many <i>YouTube</i> makers are taking the time to do special videos sharing their most useful shop tips, tricks, and hacks. And then readers are sharing their tips and tricks in the comments and these often get folded …

Better Bacon Cheeseburger

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Preheat grill to medium high. Gently mix together the sirloin, bacon, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Shape …

Wisconsin Beer-Battered Fish Fry Recipe

Adding beer to fish batter enhances the texture of the fried fish because when the fish hits the hot oil, carbon dioxide in the beer is released, …

Carbon Dioxide