Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills
“DIY Drip Candles”

I have been in home decorating mode these days ever since buying my house here in lovely Austin, so I’m going to be sharing some of the DIY projects I work on along the way, especially because they will make some good homemade gifts as the holidays draw near. First up, a drip candle. Because it makes me feel like I’m tucked away in a corner table at a mom […]

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“How to Choose + Cook Salmon”

Friends! Did you know that fish can actually be too fresh? Ever notice a white gooey substance coming out of your salmon when you cook it? Want to know how to choose the best fish at the market? Well, then watch this latest episode I did just for you, and use these tips next time you’re planning to cook fish for dinner. *burp* PLEASE NOTE: To watch a crisp, clean […]

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“How to Clean Cast Iron”

One of my girlfriends wrote me a panicked email recently with full photos of her new cast iron skillet that she had received as a wedding gift. She had been cooking with it happily and running it through the dishwasher after each use, and all of the sudden it just wasn’t working well anymore. Food was burning and sticking, and it was all a hot mess. “Oh honey,” I said. […]

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“How to Stencil Your Lawn”

This is one of my new favorite summer party decorating tricks. All you need is some poster board and some baking flour. Oh the fun you shall have with this idea in your back pocket. The possibilities are endless. Me and my friends in Arkansas decided to make stars since we were celebrating our independence and all. The thing about making stars is that you need to make ’em even. […]

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“5 Tips for Girls at the Grill”

With summer upon us, many of us are dusting off our grills for some serious outdoor cooking. Grilling is one of my favorite pastimes. It is social cooking, where friends and neighbors come over, frosty drinks come out of the cooler, and the air smells like roasting meats and burning charcoal for miles. Here are my top five tips for getting the most out of cooking on a grill. Go […]

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“How to Debone a Bird”

I have been taking requests from you over the past months on what kind of cooking and modern pioneering tutorials you’d like to see on this site. So keep making your requests in the comments and I’m happy to oblige whenever possible. Today it is “How to Debone a Bird,” which can be used with all kinds of birds, from chickens to quail. Enjoy! PLEASE NOTE: To watch a crisp, […]

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“How to Quarter a Chicken”

I’m all about cooking with economy, finding ways to do more with less, save scraps and turn them into something delicious, and channel the inner pioneer in you. Buying a whole bird is way more economical than buying its parts. Plus you get the carcass left over to use for delicious soup or stock. Here is a how-to video to take you through the process. Try going for a whole […]

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“How to Grow Herbs Indoors”

Growing herbs indoors can be a tricky thing, especially when you live in a dry climate or are in the dead of winter. Having fresh herbs on hand really can make a simple dish magical, and when you master the art of keeping them moist, they are easy to have on a windowsill in the kitchen, within arms reach of your latest meal. In episode #3, I show you fun […]

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“How to Makeover Your Staircase for $30”

I have a friend named Frank Fortress. Well, he would say it is Frank Castle, but I call him Frank Fortress. Neither of those names are actually his name. His real, true, birth name is Francisco Arredondo. He is originally from Mexico but he resides in Austin, Texas now and is a world class architect. The name change occurred at my birthday dinner almost exactly one year ago. He jokingly […]

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“Homemade Beeswax Candles”

Have you ever made homemade candles? I grew up making them from time to time, but it entailed dunking a wick into a pot of melted golden beeswax, letting it cool slightly, and dipping again. This went on and on until I had a nice fat candle. This version which I did last weekend is much easier with a lot less clean up. It would make a fun Valentines activity. […]

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