Episode 48: Summer Snacks and S'more with Cookbook Author Dan Whalen
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 no 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.
Because snack time is now 27 times a day.
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:
Pancakes - listen to our pancake versus waffle debate in our Mommy Juice + Sleepover Episode
The Dynamite Shop (where Oliver did cooking camp
Snacks the kids can feed themselves:
More Than S’mores S’mores
The summer staple gets a fun upgrade from Dan Whalen
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.
Speciality MARSHMALLOWS! These are Meghan’s local favorite.
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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How do you feel about making s’mores from scratch? The graham crackers? The marshmallows?
We get into a really good debate amongst ourselves, but jump into our listeners group and tell us what you think!