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Episode 48: Summer Snacks and S’more with Cookbook Author Dan Whalen

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As we close out our mini summer season, we wanted to talk about another universally loved summer treat: s’mores! But it turns out that not everyone on the DIJFY crew is team graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows. Meghan and Stacie talk about the trouble with summer busyness, travel snacks and then Stacie gets free s’more’s therapy from cookbook author Dan Whalen.

Dan’s latest book S’mores!: Gooey, Melty, Crunchy Riffs on the Campfire Classic is full of clever recipes for everything from textbook chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers to savory riffs that only a mad genius Dan could come up with.

Summer Snacks

Hummus meal at Dizengoff | Photo: Anna Dickson for Zagat

First things first, Stacie and Meghan catch up on summer. Stacie is just back from a three week vacay and Meghan is very ready for back to school to begin. A reminder to subscribe wherever you listen because we will be taking a one week break before diving into our back to school episodes starting August 5th.

Don’t worry, we’ve also got some really good summer snacks to get you through the home stretch. Here are some of the things we dished on:

Snacks the kids can feed themselves:

More than S’mores S’mores

Smore's Cookbook Author on Didn't I Just Feed You Podcast

Dan Whalen is a prolific cookbook author (3 in just two years) and his most recent book S’mores!: Gooey, Melty, Crunchy Riffs on the Campfire Classic is perfect for summer time. Everyone loves a s’more right?

Stacie drops a bomb though — the chocolate is a deal breaker for her when it comes to this simple snack! Dan has some brilliant (and easy) alternatives, making him Stacie’s s’more soulmate.

Dan drops some other s’more knowledge on us too. Including:

  • What the name of a square of chocolate is!

  • The Controversial S’MORES BURGER

  • Why (and how) you should melt your chocolate

  • How to make your own s’mores party

  • The three s’mores recipes inspired by salads (be sure to listen to last week’s salad episode)

  • Also you guys, no surprise, because CHEESE ME but we totally talk about the best cheeses for s’mores

  • Apparently we all need to watch CAMPING because Meghan is Jennifer Garner or vice versa.

  • Specialty MARSHMALLOWS! These are Meghan’s local favorite.

Didnt I Just Feed You Guest Dan Whalen

Dan Whalen is the founder and creator of the popular recipe blog The Food in my Beard. In the past 10+ years since the website’s inception, he has published over 2000 recipes that have been viewed over 50 million times.

He currently lives in Boston working as a full time blogger and writer.

When not working, Dan can usually be found looking for inspiration at concerts, keeping up with Star Wars canon, eating out with his friends, or playing Super Mario.

Find more from Dan on his Instagram @tfimb

On his site The Food In My Beard

And find all of his cookbooks on Amazon

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Summer Snacks and Smore with cookbook author Dan Whalen| Didnt I Just Feed You Podcast | photo: Meghan Splawn

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