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The best method for cooking asparagus is 2,000 years old

I used to think I didn’t like asparagus, but it turned out to be—as these aversions often are—a textural problem. Their stalks would remain fibrous …

Asparagus

28 Secret Clamping Tricks from Woodworkers

Clamps are a woodworker's best friend, and there are endless ways to use them in the workshop. Here are 28 of our most unique and useful clamping …

Woodworking

Build a Router Table with These 9 Free Downloadable DIY Plans

9 Free Router Table Plans<p>Build Your Own DIY Router Table<p>Updated February 12, 2018<p>These free router table plans will help you add an important …

Woodworking

PLANT SOME OF THESE AROUND YOUR HOME AND GARDEN AND YOU’LL NEVER SEE ANOTHER FLY AGAIN

Spring and summer are the times when most people spend much of their free time outdoors having fun, whether it’s a picnic or a nice hike in nature. …

Gardening

This One Trick Will Make Your Burger Taste So Much Better

If you’re still struggling to perfect your burger game, then listen up. This trick might be the missing piece you’ve been looking for in your quest …

Country Lifestyle

Why I'm Obsessed with This Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Most of the internet food world has spent the last six months going gaga over Alison Roman's salted chocolate chip shortbread cookies, but as a mom …

Dessert

Peanut Drinking Snack

4 servings<p>This spicy, sour, salty, crunchy mix isn’t your typical roasted bar nuts recipe. Fresh lime juice, red onion, chiles, and cilantro give it amazing flavor. It’s best served with spoons for scooping into your palm.<p>May 2018Print<p>Ingredients<p>½ small red onion, finely chopped<p>2 serrano chiles, …

Flavors

How to Cut Perfect Holes: 4 Methods

Understanding Saw Blade Essentials

You might think there’s not a lot to know before buying a blade for a circular saw, table, or radial arm saw, but when you look into it, your choices can be intimidating. Once you know a few basic terms and what they mean, and a few things about blade materials, types of teeth, tooth count, and a …

Woodworking

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5 YouTube Channels Every Woodworker Needs to Watch Right Now

The internet is full of great content. Inspiration for DIYers doesn't get much better than these five excellent woodworking makers. 1. Jimmy …

Woodworking

Blistered Asparagus

4 servings<p>Cooking asparagus hot and fast in a skillet develops their delicate flavor without overcooking. Tossing them in a light soy dressing with crushed peanuts and shredded coconut adds a subtle but addictive crunch. If your asparagus has very thick stalks, peel the bottom third after snapping …

Asparagus

The Best Dovetail Saw for Beginners

I get asked all the time about which dovetail saw is best for a beginner. It’s a difficult question because saws now come in a crazy variety of …

Woodworking

The best recent science fiction and fantasy novels – reviews roundup

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz; Blackfish City by Sam J Miller; The Wolf by Leo Carew; The Silenced by Stephen Lloyd Jones and The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S Buckell<p><b>Autonomous</b> (Orbit, £8.99) is the debut novel from Annalee Newitz, a science journalist and co-founder of the SF …

Books

8 mistakes you make when grilling burgers

Plain or piled with toppings, a great burger is the king of any cookout.<p>If you’ve ever volunteered to wield the tongs, you know the pressure’s on. The pitfalls of a seemingly simple burger are legion: too dry, overdone, underdone, oddly tough, falling apart, charred outside but somehow raw in the …

BBQ

How 6 Different Stains Look On 5 Popular Types of Wood

We’ve been wanting to do a wood/stain study for years now and in my head, I wanted to do <i>every</i> type of wood with about 20 different stains each. But …

Woodworking

10 Seriously Cool High-Tech Camping Gadgets

BioLite Phone-Charging CampStove<p><i>$129, bioliteenergy.com</i><p>Goodbye, propane canisters. This tiny, high-powered backpacking stove burns wood so …

Outdoors

The Definitive Guide To Every Type Of Tie Knot

A complete guide on how to tie a tie. From the Full Windsor and Four-in-Hand to the Granchester and Bow Tie, mastering these 8 popular tie knots will …

Men's Fashion

This Healthy Kung Pao Chicken Comes Together in 20 Minutes

Looking for an easy dinner that really packs a punch? Kung pao chicken is your best bet. But before you place an order at your local takeout joint, …

Food

11 Common Steak Mistakes (And How To Fix Them)

Finally get that perfect sear.

BBQ

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The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Wood

Pine<p>Pine is an inexpensive, lightweight wood that can be yellowish or whitish with brown knots. It's often used for rustic pieces, like …

Woodworking

30 Spring Dinner Recipes You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less

Dear soups, stews and casseroles: We’ve had a good run. But it’s springtime now, and that means we’re on to lighter and brighter meals. For starters, …

Cooking

The Best Way to Cook Steak Involves Brown Butter

We’re flipping the traditional sear on its head.<p>When you think about flipping, you probably think of pancakes, burgers, and the bird. But flipping is also the key to the best way to cook steak. You should flip it good. Every two minutes. And then baste with brown butter, garlic, and rosemary.<p>The …

BBQ
Gardening

This Is the Most Popular Sweet Potato Recipe on Pinterest

It was sometime last year that I became deeply enamored of sweet potatoes. I don't do anything particularly special with them or anything — I simply …

Sweet Potatoes

Best Hamburger Ever Recipe

"These burgers are the best on the grill in the summertime. Jam-packed with all kinds of stuff, and no tasteless bread crumbs!"<p>Ingredients<p>1 1/2 …

Onions

How to Build a Wood Vise

The Moxon twin-screw vise is useful for woodworking at all levels, from dabbler to expert.<p>There are many versions of it, but I will show you how to …

We Tried The Most Popular Bacon Brands–These Are Our 8 Favorites

Confused by the ever-growing options at the supermarket? Here’s a cheat sheet.<p>Ah, bacon. Sweet, salty, savory, smoky, beautiful bacon. Bacon is a …