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Mouf Links: Pocono Mountains Edition

Pocono Mountains

Okay, first purge your mind of what you think the “Poconos” is all about, because you’re wrong. The era of champagne glass-shaped hot tubs is over, ’cause we’re talking bout the Pocono Mountains here. The real attraction of this destination can be found outside of a hotel room, with enough outdoor activities to satisfy even the bravest Bear Grylls wannabes. Not to mention the fact that the area is quickly becoming a mecca for water parks. Oh, and you want good food? Yeah, they got that, too.

Although we were unable to attend a recent #DCTravelBloggers trip to the Pocono Mountains, below you can find links recapping the experiences of some of our local blogger friends who ventured up to Pennsylvania for a long weekend. If you’re considering a vacation in the Pocono Mountains, we highly recommend perusing their experiences. They’ll tell you what to pack, where to stay, what activities to do, and especially what you should EAT.

1.  48 Hours in the Pocono Mountains | Will Drink For Travel

2.  Farm to Table at Shawnee Inn | The Dining Traveler

3.  Weekend Trip to the Pocono Mountains | Travelaine

4.  Escape to the Pocono Mountains | The Together Traveler

5.  8 Great Poconos Summer Activities | McCool Travel

6.  Kalahari Resort, Pocono Mountains | McCool Travel

7.  SCDC Travels:  The Poconos | Spicy Candy DC

8.  Pocono Mountains (Summer) | A Lacey Perspective

9.  Experience the best of the Pocono Mountains | The Hungry Travelist

10.  Whitewater rafting in the Poconos | The Hungry Travelist

11.  Dinner at the Shawnee Craft Brewery – “Beer from here; Food from near” | The Hungry Travelist

12.  Recap:  Shawnee Island Camping Experience in the Pocono Mountains | Will Drink For Travel

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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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[This is post #034 towards #100DaysOfFoodBlogging, our goal to do 100 posts in 100 days as part of The 100 Day Project.]

1.  “Milk Bar’s Founder Reveals Her Recipes for Cookies and Success” – One Kings Lane:  In addition to a cool recipe for ‘Salt-and-Pepper Cookies with Pickled Strawberry Jam,’ Christina Tosi offers up some good tips for success. When the creator of Crack Pie offers up advice, I’ll be the first to heed it.

2.  “How to Make the Perfect Ice Cube” – GIZMODO:  Sother Teague of Amor y Amargo shows off his ice making skills with this tutorial and video. The result is ice so clear you could read your iPad through it. Oh and the secret is not boiling the water first.

3.  “How to Transform Leftover Fast Food into Hot, Melty Waffles” – FoodBeast/HuffPost Taste:  Anyone who reads our blog regularly knows my obsession with our waffle maker is exponentially growing (ahem, Doughnut French Toast Waffles). Turns out your waffle maker also gives you a reason to eat leftover fast food. Excuse me while I fill my fridge with cheeseburgers and french fries.

4.  “Vodka-Infused Melon Balls” – Healthy Nibbles and Bits:  Since summer is fast approaching (it’s already too hot here in Northern VA), it’s time to start soaking things in alcohol for your next BBQ. Lisa‘s recipe will finally give you a reason to break out that melon baller you haven’t used since 1999.

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[This is post #022 towards #100DaysOfFoodBlogging, our goal to do 100 posts in 100 days as part of The 100 Day Project.]

1.  “The Specialists: Franklin Barbecue by Aaron Franklin” – Lucky Peach: As noted in the article, Aaron Franklin is a true “wood whisperer” and this first person timeline of his typical day shows a dedication that few will ever achieve. I’ve yet to visit Franklin Barbecue, but I guarantee you it’s very near the top of my to-do list, as it should be on yours.

2.  “Fried Chicken Skin With Hot Sauce and Honey From Heritage” – Serious Eats: This is probably the one recipe I’m most excited to try out. It comes from Sean Brock’s book, Heritage (which is a beautiful collection of recipes, stories, and photographs), but is also shared on Serious Eats for your online consumption. I mean, come on! This is the best part of fried chicken, prepared from a recipe by one of the best chefs in the universe. Need I say more?

3.  Menswear Dog: It’s pretty much what it sounds like. If you’re having a bad day, scroll through this for a few minutes and you should feel slightly better. Now I’m off to buy some suits for Cooper.

4.  Chef’s Story Podcast: I recently just discovered this podcast, which means I’ll be binge-listening to all the back episodes over the next few weeks. Each week Dorothy Hamilton (Founder and CEO of The International Culinary Center) sits down for an in-depth interview with world-renowned chefs. She’s already covered quite a few greats, so chances are your culinary crush has already been interviewed. I’ve already enjoyed both of her interviews with Sean Brock and am looking forward to learning about Christina Tosi on my commute home this evening. So, yeah I’m going to need something amazing for dessert tonight.

5.  SAVEUR’s 6th Annual Blog Awards: A lot of people scoff at awards, but I think it’s cool that bloggers are recognized for their work and can pretend to be “famous” for once. Although, some might already be nearing that celebrity status already… So, check out the nominations and vote for your favorites, cause it’s basically their Oscars. While you’re there you might even discover some blogs that you’ve never heard of before. I’ve really been enjoying two blogs that are up for the “Best New Voice” category, Chocolate + Marrow and O&O Eats, so give them a click or two.

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[This is post #013 towards #100DaysOfFoodBlogging, our goal to do 100 posts in 100 days as part of The 100 Day Project.]

1.  Interview with Jon Favreau – The Tim Ferris Show: This is one of those “perfect storm” interviews that covers just about everything I love: writing, film, food. Although this podcast covers a lot about Jon Favreau’s filmmaker career, a good deal of time is spent talking about the movie Chef and his preparation for the film. Yeah, he actually went through some rigorous training, becoming classically trained and eventually working in Chef Roy Choi’s restaurants. Afterwards, you WILL crave the Cuban sandwich from Chef. Sorry.

2.  “Chefs Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi Reimagine Fast Food” – The Wall Street Journal: This is a great, in-depth follow-up article to a topic in one of our prior posts about Roy Choi’s and Daniel Patterson’s new fast food concept. The duo raised over $128K via crowdfunding and are expecting to open their first location this fall. This WSJ article gives us a peak into some of their menu items, which are divided into the categories of “Rollies, Foldies, Bowls, Burgs, Yotchays [snacks and veggies] and Dulces.”

3.  “What’s So Special About 350ºF?” – the kitchn: I never really thought about why there are so many recipes that require an oven preheated to 350ºF, but this article at the kitchen explores the answers and how varying temperatures can affect certain baked goods. Isn’t learning fun?

4.  “The 33 Best Donut Shops in America – 2015” – Thrillist: Sure, these types of lists are bound to miss a bunch of really good places that arguably should be included (no Stan’s in LA?!). Nonetheless, DC and VA did have some good representatives (I can attest to Astro’s deliciousness) and this compilation serves as a nice Donut Bucket List for the time being. Not to mention the glorious #donutporn pics. So, who wants to go on a road trip?

5.  Jalapeño Mania: This is a new site from Kristy Bernardo of The Wicked Noodle that’s kind of like Foodgawker meets all things peppers. Easy enough, right? So, if you have any recipes with a pepper in it (any pepper), this is another avenue to share and link to your work. And while you’re there, find something spicy to make for dinner (or lunch…or breakfast…or a snack for RIGHT NOW!).

 

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Mouf Links: Travel Edition

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Although this is mostly a food blog, you can’t find great food without a bit of traveling. With the travel bug still in our systems from our recent California trip, we figured it would be a good idea to share a few travel-related links. The recipe is simple: Click the links. Travel. Find food. Eat. Mouf is happy.

1.  Trippy.com
No, this isn’t an online store that sells hallucinogenic mushrooms. Trippy is a travel-based social media site designed to connect travelers around the world in a user-friendly Q&A style site. Expert travelers also engage with the community, so your travel question may be answered by the likes of Andrew Zimmern or Anthony Bourdain. The design is clean and site allows you to integrate maps, links, and pictures in your answers, resulting in a rich, intuitive design that will be your new BFF in travel. Seriously, this site makes that other advisory travel site look like an old Buick station wagon.

2. The Dining Traveler Blog
Our DC #Foodiechats friend, Jessica van Dop DeJesus recently re-branded her travel blog from the DC Repatriate to The Dining Traveler. Go check out her new site, packed with travel and food info from not only her current home in Washington, DC, but also other places like New York City, Chicago, Belgium, Germany, Australia, and especially her childhood home, Puerto Rico. And if you’re planning a trip to Washington, DC, feel free connect with her on Twitter for some advice from a local (she’s pretty much eaten at EVERY great restaurant in DC). WARNING:  When you visit her website, you will become extremely jealous of all the beautiful places she’s visited and delicious food she’s eaten. 

3.  Lowepro StreamLine 250 Camera Bag
I’ve been using this camera bag for the last year and it’s graduated (with honors) into an all-purpose travel bag. Since it’s supposed to hold all your camera goodies, there are lots of nooks and small pockets for batteries, lenses, etc. I’ve found it works great as your “one personal item” for flights since it easily holds an iPad, magazine, plane snacks, headphones, and anything else you might need to help you forget you’re stuck on a plane for hours. You can even squeeze in a 13-inch Macbook if you don’t mind not being able to zip it up.  For those of you traveling with mushrooms, the small front pockets should work wonderfully. This little guy is also perfect for hiking since you can tote around some camera stuff, with plenty of room for a bottle of water and a burrito. Yes, a burrito. What do YOU pack on your hikes? (I’m not getting paid to write this and I actually bought the bag with my own money. I really like it.)

4. Costco Travel + Alamo
There are lots of travel packages and deals you can find on the Costco Travel site, but I’ve never actually used them. I’m sure they’re fine, but what I do use almost every trip is the rental car section. If you travel and rent a car (even just a couple times each year), it’s worth it to become a Costco member. The deals are always the best and the booking process is fantastic since you don’t have to pay upfront and you can cancel at any time.  I may save it for another, longer post, but Alamo is the company I always try to use since they have check-in kiosks (yay, no human interaction!) and they let you physically walk around and pick out your own car at most locations. When you combine Costco and Alamo, renting a car is smoother than room temperature butter. (Again, not paid to say any of this. I mean, come on, like Costco is going to pay to be on this silly little blog.)

5. Alton Browncast Episode #43:  Samantha Brown
Fill your ear-moufs with this podcast full of tips and stories from the undisputed queen of travel, Samatha Brown. She’s been around the block (or globe) more than a few times, so heed her advice with more than a grain of salt. I specifically enjoyed her explanation of why taking a simple walk can help open up your travel experience to something beyond tourist traps. Not to mention, Alton Brown is as good of an interviewer as he is a devious Cutthroat Kitchen host.

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Mouf links, Augie Carton, Pumpkin Noosa, Mind of  a Chef, Oteri Scale, Cooking Caveman

  1. Beer is Cuisine – Augie Carton (Tedx Talks) – Augie Carton (founder of New Jersey’s Carton Brewing) delivers a twelve-minute Master’s class in beer in this recent Tedx Talk. He challenges the audience to view beer not just as an alcoholic beverage, but rather an integral part of cuisine. For us beer novices, this is a great first step toward appreciating and exploring craft beers, while beer nerds are sure to enjoy Carton’s knowledge and culinarily scientific approach to beer making and tasting. (Shout out to @LipstickNLager for sending me the link!)
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  2. “Entering the Cave” (Cooking Caveman) – Although I don’t normally follow all the varying weight loss trends, I do enjoy reading personal stories of success based on diet changes. (Personally, I enjoy a good week of juicing every now and then, but I’ll save that for another post.) Screenwriter Jeff Nimoy started a food blog which provides a glimpse into the benefits of  the Caveman Diet (aka Paleo Diet) and how it has positively affected his life. For anyone who is unfamiliar with the Caveman Diet or is considering giving it a go, check out Jeff’s first post, then stick around for the recipes, Q&As, and other fun stuff. Oh, and even though he is a writer in Hollywood that doesn’t mean he wants to read your buddy-cop-sci-fi-adventure-family-comedy screenplay. But if anyone out there wants to read mine…
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  3. Ozeri Digital Food Scale (Amazon.com) – Yes, this is just a link to a scale, but stay with me. Until recently, I had only been measuring food with cups and spoons like a freaking moron. Then I came across a recipe that measured only by weight. I was forced to purchase this cheap little scale. Okay, I wasn’t forced (and I could’ve probably made Siri convert the measurements for me), but I thought it might come in handy for other future recipes. A few weeks after receiving this little guy (or gal…it’s really hard to tell the sex on  these things) and I wish ALL recipes provided measurements in weight. Part of it just feels cool, while part of it actually makes a whole lot of sense. At less than fifteen bucks, why don’t you already have one? And no, I do not get any kickback if you purchase it from Amazon, so go steal* one if you don’t have the money. *This blog does not condone stealing.
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  4. Season 2 of The Mind of a Chef on Netflix – We’re always a season behind everything since we watch in in “Netflix Time,” so it should be no surprise that we’re about a year late being excited about Season 2 of The Mind of a Chef. But, if you’re behind like us, GET REAL EXCITED. The first season followed David Chang and was a ramen-filled adventure that left us hungry for more after every episode. The second season continues the trend, with episodes this season split between Chef Sean Brock (McCrady’s and Husk) and Chef April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig). Bloomfield’s excitement about food is inspiring, as she’s clearly not afraid to get her hands dirty (wait until you see the stuffed pig’s foot for two), while Brock’s heart clearly aches in search of good, soulful food. You’ll not only fall in love with the food, but each episode will end with you wanting to give the chefs a great big hug.  2015 Goal: Hug Sean Brock.
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  5. Pumpkin Noosa Yoghurt – I get tired of all the pumpkin hype generated this time of year (is it even Fall, yet?!). I enjoy a bit of pumpkin pie and a few pumpkin cheesecakes, but I’ve never really understood the Pumpkin Spice Latte parades. (Psst:  You can put nutmeg and cinnamon into your coffee all year-round.) I was, however, pleasantly surprised to find a new Noosa Yoghurt flavor (only available at Target). As a quick rundown, Noosa is the best yoghurt you can buy, period. And they don’t crank out a ton of new flavors like some of the other brands, so when they do, you have to savor the newness while it lasts. Is this pumpkin flavor any good? It’s like eating a pumpkin pie cheesecake with probiotics. If you want me to wait in line at a Starbucks, then ditch the latte and throw some Pumpkin Noosa in a grande cup. Extra whip.
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  1. Elvis Rolls (Bacon and Legs) – It’s hard not to shake your hips at any food with the Elvis-inspired combination of banana, peanut butter and bacon, but Fontina Turner’s idea to roll all that legendary goodness up into a cinnamon roll will definitely have you all shook up for breakfast. Breakfast?! Let’s not kid ourselves, this is late night drunk food at its finest (and possibly a hangover cure).
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  2. I Had A Terrible Experience At This Restaurant Because I Am A Terrible Person (Clickhole) – I’m a sucker for parody sites like Clickhole and The Onion (hence, the foodgawker Rejects post), so OF COURSE I’m going to love anyone poking fun of yelp reviewers. The title alone makes me laugh, because it’s way too true of many Yelpers out there. If only there were a way to rate the reviewers themselves…
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  3. Lessons from Ice Cream Maven Jeni Britton Bauer (Food and Wine) – If you’ve experienced the foodgasmic properties of Jeni’s Splendid ice cream, then you’ll understand me when I say the founder, Jeni Britton, is the Steve Jobs of ice cream. If you haven’t experienced a scoop of her brilliance, then go order some Brown Butter Almond Brittle right now. This interview/masters class on ice cream making will make you wish Jeni was a politician, ’cause she could fix this country one scoop at a time.
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  4. Planet Money Podcast:  Episode 555 – Why is milk in the back of the store? – In another fine podcast, the folks at Planet Money attempt to answer why milk is always at the back of the store. Maybe it’s because the grocery store gods want to manipulate you into walking through the entire store just for a gallon of moo juice. Maybe it just makes more logistical sense and helps facilitate the “cold chain.” Either way, the podcast is great fun, especially the friendly debate between food writer Michael Pollan and economist Russ Roberts.
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  5. SamePlate.com – Did you know there’s a dating site for foodies?!  Screw eHarmony’s 29 dimensions of compatibility and just find a partner with your mouf. (Through FOOD. Talking about food, here…)
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  1. Foodie Brunch at Casa Oaxaca (Adventures of the Repatriate) – I was fortunate enough to participate in a lovely bottomless brunch organized by Jessica of Adventures of the Repatriate. It was a great time comprised of a few of us #FoodieChats participants in the Washington, DC area. Considering so much blog interaction is online through social media, it was nice to meet some fellow bloggers and foodies in person. It may very well be a reoccurring event, so drop me or Jessica a line if you’d like to be kept in on the loop for future meet-ups. And as you can see by her pictures, the food and beverages were delicious (guava mimosas > normal mimosas).
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  2. Brown Sugar Peaches and Cream Grilled French Toast (Half Baked Harvest) – It’s almost as if Tieghan somehow snuck into the deepest crevices of my mind and compiled some of my favorite food components into one super breakfast. The title says it all, so just click the link and commence drooling.
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  3. The Best Iced Latte in America? (The New York Times) – I stumbled across this article a few weeks ago about Los Angeles based G & B Coffee and their almond-macadamia nut latte, which is purported to be the best iced latte in America. Ever since then I haven’t been able to shake the idea of a coffee-spiked macadamia nut milk latte; I literally think about it a few dozen times per day. But until I have a chance to visit LA, I guess I’ll be ordering a nut milk bag so I can try to recreate this cold, caffeinated moo-free beverage at home.
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  4. Gluten Free{dom} (Poor Man’s Feast) – An eloquent and personal take on the gluten free “movement,” Elissa Altman tries to unite the naysayers and the yaysayers by underlining the bigger, almost simpler issue at hand: real food > processed food. If you hate reading (then why are you here?), you can also check out her interview on the Go Fork Yourself podcast.
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  5. Novel:  The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill – I don’t read nearly as many novels as I should, so there will be very few book recommendations on this blog. Fortunately, during our recent trip to Puerto Rico, there was plenty of time dive into a couple novels. I was turned on to the book when Alton Brown mentioned on the Alton Browncast that it was one of his favorite novels and also happened to take place in the restaurant industry. Beautiful prose, a tragically unique protagonist, and plenty of narrative #foodporn make this a perfect book to read during a vacation.
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  1. Every State in the USA, Ranked by its Food/Drink (Thrillist) – I’m sure some people might be upset by this list (which ignores Washington, DC), but it’s still fun. Virginia is at 32, which I think is nearly accurate (albeit a bit too rough). Of course Virginia doesn’t really have much of its own food identity, but hey we’re like RIGHT NEXT DOOR to Washington, DC. Spoiler Alert: California wins the top spot. That’s about right. .
  2. Vanilla Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker (Ice Cream Science) – This is actually an older post from last December, but I just discovered Ruben Porto’s blog this week. With Alton Brown-like perfection, this guy is clearly an ice cream scientist and his ‘how to’ post/video are entertaining and informative. You will feel smarter after visiting his blog and I really wish I could’ve taken this as a high school science credit instead of biology. .
  3. Alton Browncast Episode #48: Andrew Zimmern – In general, Alton Brown’s podcast is like the culinary version of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. If you’re unfamiliar with Zimmern’s backstory, you’ll enjoy this conversation about not only Bizarre Foods, but also stories of his pre-cable show fame and struggles with addiction. .
  4. Food Photography Blunders (Fork & Good) – In a world of perfectly staged food photos with glistening afternoon sun rays and a background of reclaimed barn wood, it’s nice to see Emma poke fun at some of her old food photographs. While you’re there, stick around for some tea (she LOVES tea). .
  5. Thanksgiving Leftovers Tacos (Cook In / Dine Out) – It’s not November, but it’s never too early to start talking about Thanksgiving! This is one of those ideas where it’s so brilliantly simple that I get angry and jealous that I didn’t think of it. But come this November, I’ll certainly be THANKFUL (see what I did there?) that Andrew posted this.
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