Crown City Cooking 2 | Smoked Deception

The latest episode of podcast, Crown City Cook is finally here for your listening pleasure!

It’s two of the greatest foodcast ever! Prepare for discussions about Joey Chestnut, Anthony Bourdain, rare blue lobsters, inferno drinks and sausage preferences. You won’t believe what’s being done in a restaurant in Manhattan, something so vial it would make you flip the dining room table. Spoiler alert: white people are to blame again in an all new round of That’s Not A Substitute. All this and Vincent Price.

Shout outs to local flavors Diablo Doughnuts, Clark Burger and Lib’s Grill!


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Crown City Cooking | Chicken in Mushroom Gravy

Another budget meal staple!

My father had an arsenal of chicken recipes that would impress any top tier chef. But that never mattered to my mother. Her all time favorite was chicken in mushroom gravy, which my dad happily made whenever she would request it. Generally, this recipe is for a large family or one guy who has way too much chicken on his hands. I have modified the recipe to make a small batch of this wonderful stuff.



  1. Four pieces of chicken with skin (dealer’s choice, i prefer thighs and drumsticks)
  2. Three small cans of creme of mushroom soup
  3. Chicken stock (optional)
  4. 1 package of button mushrooms
  5. 1 package of minute rice (optional, white rice was always my mom’s favorite side to eat with CMG. Something we still do to this day)


  1. Add the three cans of creme of mushroom and half a cup of chicken stock to a pot. You can use a half cup of water if you prefer or if chicken stock isn’t readily available, the stock itself helps by adding extra flavor but you wont lose any of that overall if you decide to use water. Stir occasionally over high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. While the gravy heats up, take your raw chicken and give it a wash under cold water, pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.
  3. Take your packet of mushrooms, wash and pat dry before slicing. I prefer slicing my mushrooms to create the illusion of more mushrooms but you can treat them however you like. Quarter them, half them, rip the stem out and only use the bulb… the choice is yours! Set aside.
  4. Once the gravy is boiling, add the chicken and mushrooms and give a slow stir, making sure the chicken is completely covered by the hot gravy.
  5. Set the stove to low heat and stick a cover on the pot. Check occasionally to make sure the gravy isn’t simmering over the lid. You also want to make sure to stir slowly when checking the pot, this will help keep the skin intact.
  6. Let simmer on the stove for 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours. The longer the better, this will ensure your chicken is fully cooked and super tender to the point it falls off the bone.
  7. Serve over white rice or whatever side you feel goes best with chicken in mushroom gravy. Enjoy!

Here’s a quick photo of my last batch. Though the chicken isn’t the prettiest bird on the block it was still incredibly savory and tender the whole way through. Make sure to share your photos with us if you should try this recipe at home!

Chicken in Mushroom Gravy w/ white rice



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7 Weird Facts about Baltimore

7 Weird Facts about Baltimore

Does the name Baltimore ring any bells to you? Do you find it hard to picture what kind of a place Baltimore is, whether it has it’s a weird side or whether it’s a place where you can only enjoy good things? Well, there is a weird side of Baltimore you should know. These are some of its weird facts:

Baltimore was once the leading state with most police brutality lawsuits

By 2011, Baltimore had paid over $5.7 million for police brutality lawsuits. The victims of severe brutality of the police included a pregnant woman, 86 year-old grandmother, 65 year-olds church deacon and people of color.

In Baltimore it “Wooder” not water

If you visit the Baltimore County, the native there drops “t” sound. So instead of water, it’s “wooder” and instead of Baltimore it becomes “Bawlmer.”

Blacks in Baltimore are most likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana

Baltimore’s African Americans are 5.6 times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana than other races in the city. It is the city with the fifth-highest rates of marijuana arrests in the US.

You don’t eat crabs using a fork

If you are found eating crabs using a fork, you will be in big trouble. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, try jumbo lump crab cakes instead of the famous Chesapeake blue crabs.

People in Baltimore love their special Natty Boh

Baltimoreans have never forgotten their Natty Boh (National Bohemian). The beloved Boh was available in the 1990’s, but when the brand was sold to Pabst Brewing Company, the people only accessed their favorite brew in bottles and cans. Now, National Bohemian is also found in keg form, and Baltimoreans can once again enjoy it the way they love it.

Baltimore power plant is not for electricity

Baltimore power plant is among the city’s top entertainment and dining destination. It is not an electric power plant, but a venue with more than 12 restaurants and bars where they host all kinds of events.

The city is getting a makeover

Police forces, city officials, state agencies and citizen group are searching for solutions like community outreach programs, job creation and crime prevention to curb violence and insecurity in the area.

There is more to Baltimore that you need to know. Above are seven weird facts about the city that you didn’t know. The more you learn about Baltimore, the better you get to know the city before touring or even settling there.


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Oneshot | Snapdragons

This podcast episode is dedicated to the old Rankin/Bass Productions cartoons from the 80’s.

The legendary duo, Rob Lee & Dann D., are children of the 1980’s. So this episode is a love letter of sorts to the now-defunct production company. The idea of recording this episode came from a conversation that Rob Lee had with his girlfriend. Have you ever taken an internet journey and got lost in Water-O? Rob Lee did and he found the TigerSharks.

Rankin/Bass Productions had a formula and it was recycled over and over. Those recycled ideas were then copied to varying degrees of success. The copying got the legendary duo thinking – “How can we capitalize on this?” In the last section of this podcast, you’ll see what the legendary duo comes up with. For those who don’t remember these cartoons, where’s a brief refresher of some of the cartoons discussed on this episode?


Per Wikipedia – Rankin/Bass Productions was an American production company, known for its seasonal television specials, particularly its work in stop-motion animation. Rankin/Bass stop-motion features are recognizable by their visual style of doll-like characters with spheroid body parts, and ubiquitous powdery snow using an animation technique called “Animagic”. Often, traditional cel animation scenes of falling snow would be projected over the action to create the effect of a snowfall.

Nearly all of the studio’s animation was outsourced to at least five Japanese animation companies. The quality of the animation is what hooked a young Rob Lee.


ThunderCats was an animated television series that debuted in 1985 rebooted in 2011 – which wasn’t that bad. The premise included cat-like humanoid aliens on a planet called Third Earth. The ThunderCats, led by Lion-O, fought the Mutants of Plun-Darr, led by Mumm-Ra, for the next four seasons.


SilverHawks is one of those cartoons classed by Rob Lee as “if you know, you know”. Essentially, SilverHawks was the space equivalent of ThunderCats. SilverHawks was 65-episodes of heroes who were “partly metal, partly real” battling the evil Mon*Star and his intergalactic mob featuring Mumbo-Jumbo, Pokerface, Windhammer and, who could forget, Melodia.


To round out this trio of Rankin/Bass Productions cartoons is TigerSharks. TigerSharks proves the law of dimishing returns and that you can only go back to the well so many times. In this instance three is too many times. Where ThunderCats and SilverHawks were successful – the formula – TigerSharks failed. The show lasted only 26-episodes despite featuring the many of the same voice actors from ThunderCats and SilverHawks. Further, the 26-episode series featured the protectors of Water-O, Mako and the TigerSharks battling villians like the Mantanas and Captain Bizzarly.

Additionally, the show was a part of The Comic Strip, a show containing animated shorts. TigerSharks didn’t have its own slot like its more successful predecessors. TigerSharks made a cameo on the 2011 ThunderCats reboot. The TigerSharks wasn’t good and aided the end of Rankin/Bass Productions – but making fun of it led to one of the legendary duo’s funniest Oneshots.

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Mastermind Team’s Robcast 237 | All For One

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All For One. The legendary duo are back with another plus ultra episode full of conversations straight from the gallows! Rob and Dann discuss what is to be done with their earthly remains and why they will hate the live action Aladdin movie. How do you feel about Disney’s plan to redo their classic movies as live action movies? Prepare for a deep discussion about the newest beloved anime gem, My Hero Academia, and why opening theme songs are very important. New Challenger returns with tales from Florida, McDonald’s, and Paris.

Meanwhile, Greg discovers a genie.

Whether you stream now or download and listen later, you don’t want to miss the episode that proves why you shouldn’t hunt gators.

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