Thursday, September 27, 2018

Mouth of Foodie Podcast/Cook Along Vid: Andy Husbands from The Smoke Shop

Jackson talks with chef/restaurateur/author/BBQ champion Andy Husbands - currently chef/owner of The Smoke Shop in Kendall Square, the Seaport, and now at Assembly Row in Somerville. They talk competitive BBQ, writing cook books, and Andy shares his bombdiggity recipe for "BBQ glaze." Mop it on.
Helen Rennie from Helen's Kitchen Cooking School shows up for the Tip of the Week as well.

Andy shared his recipe for legit award-winning BBQ sauce. So easy to make at home and have in the fridge to put on everything. This stuff'll make a sock taste good. Here's me trying to cook along to his dictated recipe from the podcast:

Monday, September 24, 2018

Instant Pot Releasing Cooking Blender

The blender game has changed. Instant Pot has come up with it's next product that will get the Insta Cult bugging out (me included - don't get offended). The Instant Pot Ace Multi-Use Cooking and Beverage Blender. This sucka will cook while it blends. You heard me: cook.... and.... blend.

Soups on the fly? Yup! Scorching hot smoothies? Why not since you can!

Look for them in Walmarts across the country this week.

How much will they set you back? A humble $99. And you become an even bigger Insta Fan. Win win. I know what's going on your holiday wish list. Hooray for hot smooth things...

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mouth of Foodie Podcast: Table By Jen Royle

Jackson talks with Jen Royle who is opening an amazing restaurant in the North End of Boston in November. It's a really unique idea especially for the North End. Jen talks about her former life as an Emmy Award winning sports reporter for MLB, coming in as runner up on a reality TV competition show, and how Anthony Bourdain once saved her butt. PLUS she shares a badass recipe for tomato soup with an interesting and delicious twist. Super fun conversation:

Jen shared her simple and simply delicious recipe for tomato soup - watch out for the surprise ingredient in the end:

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

An Early Thank You

This Mouth of Foodie thing is just a couple of weeks old. I really like where it’s going and the conversations I’m getting to have with people who are really interesting to me. Today I got this tweet, which this early into this passion project means the world to me. Thank you for checking the blog, listening to the podcasts, and watching the videos. I really appreciate you early peeps!! Thank you.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Mouth of Foodie Podcast: Rabottini's Pizza

Jackson talks with Daniel Roberts, chef/owner of Rabottini's Pizza in Allston. It's a pop-up serving super legit pizza with dough made from the soul and freshy-fresh-fresh local ingredients. What's it like running a pop-up and chasing your dream like a bull? Listen to the podcast. Then stay for the deliciously simple, light, and fluffy 6 ingredient Ricotta Gnocchi recipe.

Dan shared his daughter's favorite (and very simple) 6 ingredient recipe for Ricotta Gnocchi. Here I am trying to cook along to his recipe (let's see how they turn out!):

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Mouth of Foodie Podcast: South Street Diner

Jackson interviews Sol Sidell from the iconic South Street Diner in Boston. Sol has some serious stories and he shares the recipe to South Street Diner's insanely good Boston Cream Pancakes. Andy Husbands from The Smoke Shop stops by as well with the Tip of the Week to make us all better BBQ'ers. If you like it SUBSCRIBE to the podcast and please share!!

Sol shared his recipe for South Street Diner's epic Boston Cream Pancakes. Here I am trying to cook along to his dictated recipe (let's see how they turn out!):

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

My Daughter Made Her School Lunch

My 9 year-old daughter Chloe just started making her own home lunch for school and she is so proud of it that she decided to do a time lapse of herself putting it together. It was too cute not to demand to be sent to me and share.

By the way in case you’re wondering what she chose: tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh mozzarella balls, peppers, shark gummies, and a Nutri-Grain bar. I love that she chose so many fresh veggies! One of my two little foodies!!!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Dominos Pizza ran a promotion where if you got a Dominos tattoo you'd get free pizza for life. They expected to run the promotion for 2 months but guess what happened next?

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

6 Chefs Share Their Favorite 6 Ingredient Pasta Dish

Here's some easy cooking inspiration: 6 ingredient pasta dishes. Huffington Post rounded up 6 renowned chefs and got their favorite 6 ingredient pasta dish.
But first I'll take a stab at it. You'll need:
White Rice
Chicken Bouillon
Salt & Pepper, to taste
  1. Break spaghetti into small pieces (1/2" each or so) - 3/4 cup
  2. Follow bouillon directions to make 2 cups of chicken broth - set aside
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a hot pan
  4. Add broken pasta and 3/4 cup of rice to pan - cook until pasta turns golden brown
  5. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil
  6. Lower heat to low and cover
  7. Cook 18-20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  8. Once the rice/pasta has absorbed the liquid and is cooked but not dry, turn it off
  9. Season with salt & pepper to taste
  10. BOOM!! Homemade Rice-a-Roni without any of the preservatives and ingredients you can't pronounce

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Look What We Found In Our Garden Today

Hidden amongst the tomatoes was this guy. Covered in tubular rice-looking stuff that made us sad and gaggy at the same time.

So I posted it on Facebook with a WTF and I learned quite a bit:

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh...
My wife Kristin isn't a big fan of insects and I don't know if she'll ever go in our backyard again after that explanation. Hahaha.

We were nervous about the wasps biting and stinging us and our daughters... BUT... turns out the wasps are the GOOD guys and the poor caterpillar-worm-thing is the real villain here (and here's where this post being on a FOOD blog starts to make some sense):

So I guess I should be thankful for this whole experience?
I still won't sleep nightmare-free tonight and my wife may never drive again since her car is back there. But... thank you weird gross wasps? Gag. Thank you for saving the tomatoes.