#100DaysOfFoodBlogging, Thought Nuggets

Brainstorming Notes Behind Pizza Hut’s Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza

[This is post #043 towards #100DaysOfFoodBlogging, our goal to do 100 posts in 100 days as part of The 100 Day Project. Yeah, we’re behind, but we’ll catch up…]

The Internets are all a fury with the news that Pizza Huts’ hot dog stuffed crust pizza (The Hot Dog Bites Pizza) would finally be coming to America. (Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for the freaking Bacon Box to catch on…)

Some people love it.

Some people despise it.

But there’s one thing that can’t be debated:  A lot of hard work went into developing the pizza. Fortunately, the actualbrainstorming notes from the Hot Dog Bite Pizza creative development meeting were leaked recently.

Below are some excerpts, while you can view the full page here.

Hot Dog Bites Pizza | Pizza Hut | getinmymouf.com

Every good idea involves at least one venn diagram.

Hot Dog Bites Pizza | Pizza Hut | getinmymouf.com

Whew…we were THIS close to a puppy stuffed crust pizza.

Hot Dog Bites Pizza | Pizza Hut | getinmymouf.com

Would really like to see the full discussion.

Hot Dog Bites Pizza | Pizza Hut | getinmymouf.com

The engineers have their work cut out for them.

Hot Dog Bites Pizza | Pizza Hut | getinmymouf.com

More tough questions being asked.

Hot Dog Bites Pizza | Pizza Hut | getinmymouf.com

More work for the engineers…

Hot Dog Bites Pizza | Pizza Hut | getinmymouf.com

I’m not sure they picked the best name.

Wow, really insightful stuff here. I learned more from these notes than in the five years I spent in college.

And I sure as heck can’t wait for the Churro Crust Pizza!

But seriously, WHEN CAN I GET A BACON BOX?!

The Pizza Hut Bacon Box | getinmymouf.com

*Not actual.

#100DaysOfFoodBlogging, Reviews, Videos

Strawberry Picking at Yankey Farms – Nokesville, VA

Yankey Farms – Strawberry Picking

[This is post #042 towards #100DaysOfFoodBlogging, our goal to do 100 posts in 100 days as part of The 100 Day Project. Yeah, we’re behind, but we’ll catch up…]

Around here, Strawberry Season lasts long enough for you to realize that you just missed Strawberry Season.

So, then you’re stuck with a strawberry craving that is forced to be fulfilled by playing a game of food roulette at the grocery store. Sure, those strawberries grown in California and shipped out here look pretty, but most of the time they’re hard and sour and overall disappointing.

Fortunately, it turns out that living in the burbs so far away from the city has its perks: There’s a strawberry farm less than 10 minutes from our house (which equates to about an hour outside of the city for you folks in DC).

Yankey Farms Strawberry Picking | getinmymouf.com

And in the spirit of the NBA Finals, we hit something of a strawberry buzzer beater by going strawberry picking on essentially the very last day of this year’s season. So we’re like the Stephen Curry (or Lebron James if you prefer) of strawberry picking.

We ended up at Yankey Farms which is a small, family owned farm in Nokesville, VA. Aside from strawberries, you can pick your own pumpkins in the fall, and in the summer months they produce melons and sweet corn. We recommend liking the Yankey Farms Facebook page to stay up-to-date with strawberry picking conditions as well as updates on their other produce.

Yankey Farms Strawberry Picking | getinmymouf.com

It’s definitely worth it to find a local farm to pick from, as we ended up with almost four and a half pounds of strawberries for $20. If you can’t eat that many strawberries, a pint was only $4. They were dark red and juicy inside with a strong sweet strawberry flavor that was pleasantly tart. And these ain’t no grocery store strawberries, so treat them with love. They bruise more easily and won’t last as long as their shelf-stable counterparts, so eat or freeze within a couple days.

“But are they organic?!”

That same question was posed on the farm’s Facebook page, so here’s the answer:

“We are not certified organic. We practice integrated pest management and avoid pesticide applications as much as possible. If we do have to spray, we use reduced risk pesticides, generally products approved for organic production.”


After an afternoon of strawberry picking, we are now experts (yep, that’s all it takes), so here are our mostly common sense tips:

  • Wear clothing that you don’t mind getting red stains on. Duh, right?
  • Boots are advisable if you’re picking after a week of rain. Even if it’s not raining, it is a farm.
  • Feed your inner child and eat a few strawberries straight from the vine while you pick (demonstration below).

Yankey Farms Strawberry Picking | getinmymouf.com

#100DaysOfFoodBlogging, Reviews

Review: Wendy’s Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwich

Wendy's Crispy Dill Chicken | getinmymouf.com

[This is post #041 towards #100DaysOfFoodBlogging, our goal to do 100 posts in 100 days as part of The 100 Day Project. Yeah, we’re behind, but we’ll catch up…]

“A pickle lover’s dream.”

That’s how Wendy’s has been marketing their recently launched, limited time Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwich. The sandwich improves upon their standard crispy chicken sandwich with crinkle-cut dill pickles, cucumber dill sauce, and Monterey Jack cheese.

Wendy's Crispy Dill Chicken | getinmymouf.com

Well, I love pickles. Is this a sandwich I’d be dreaming about?

Not likely.

Wendy's Crispy Dill Chicken | getinmymouf.com

Although it was good (and clearly good enough for me to eat two in one sitting), I have a few improvements that this sammich would need in order to be permitted into my REM sleep cycle:

  • Needs about a dozen more pickle slices – If I’m having a pickle-induced dream, there better be more than three pickles on my sandwich. I actually really like Wendy’s pickles, so the lack thereof makes it even more frustrating. If they really want to please the pickle coalition, maybe they should give away a free jar of pickles with every purchase.
  • The sauce tastes too much like tarter sauce – I didn’t dislike the sauce, but I kept thinking I was eating a fish sandwich. Never a good thing when you’re not eating a fish sandwich.
  • Lettuce, seriously? – You could make the argument that the lettuce is there for texture, but the pickles already add a crunch (and if there were more pickles, there’d be even more of a crunch), so the lettuce feels redundant. Add a sprig of fresh dill if you want a green plant on the sandwich; at least that’s what would be in my dreams.

Wendy's Crispy Dill Chicken | getinmymouf.com

Verdict:  It’s worth a try if you like pickles (it was only $1.99), but I probably won’t be getting it again unless these toppings are offered on the whole chicken breast fillet sandwiches rather than the processed crispy chicken patty. Wendy’s regular Spicy Chicken Sandwich still rules my dreams.

Want a second opinion? Check out these other online reviews:

Grubgrade | Review:  Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwich from Wendy’s

Fast Food Watch | Review:  Wendy’s Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwich

If you liked this post, you might like the Brainstorming Notes Behind Pizza Hut’s Hot Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza:

Hot Dog Bites Pizza | Pizza Hut | getinmymouf.com

Disclaimer:  Wendy did not pay us to write this review, nor did she provide any free sandwiches. 

Mouf Links

Mouf Links: Brown Butter Edition

Mouf Links: Brown Butter Edition | getinmymouf.com

1.  “How To Make Perfect Brown Butter” – BuzzFeed: As much as I like to knock BuzzFeed for their propensity to fuel the world with time-wasting click bait and/or gimmicky lists, they do also have some useful posts. I used this the first time I made brown butter and it was infinitely more helpful than some other recipes and videos I’ve watched.

2.  “5 Minute Brown Butter Honey Granola” – The Sugar Hit: First of all, if you’ve never checked out The Sugar Hit, you are likely experiencing a deficiency in the “awesome food blog” department. Sarah is doing some really fun, unique things with food, so CHECK IT OUT. I had a few minutes to spare the other night, so I tried out this granola recipe. Was it good? Well, I ate half of it before it even cooled. The other half was eaten by my better half an hour later. And we made it again over the weekend.

3.  “Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies” – Nosh On.It: This ain’t a quick recipe, but the love and care put into it, will yield flavor dividends. Part of the secret is that the butter in the recipe is browned giving the cookies a nice, subtle nutty flavor. Try them once and they WILL be your favorite, too. Since these take some effort, I recommend doubling the batch and freezing half your cookies so that you can easily pop them in the oven for future cookie emergencies.

4.  “Brown Butter Ice Cream – The Kitchn”: Homemade ice cream is a very special thing. Brown Butter is also a very special thing. With the power of homemade ice cream and brown butter combined, you can achieve anything…but you’ll probably just stand in the kitchen eating your cold creamy creation. Aside from the taste, this recipe is great because it reccomends blending the base to emulsify the butter and cream. Otherwise you’ll have gritty ice cream. I have made gritty ice cream before. It’s weird.


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