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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Crown City Cooking | Bootleg Lettuce Wraps

Screw P.F. Chang’s! Here’s a simple recipe for making these delicious appetizers at home!



3 tablespoons Hoisin sauce

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 pound ground beef

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

8 ounces of chopped white button mushrooms

3 minced cloves of garlic

1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions

2 heads of Bibb lettuce



  1. Make some wrap sauce. Whisk three tablespoons of Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil in a small bowl. Set aside for later.

  2. Heat one teaspoon of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook until it is fully cooked through, about 10 minutes. Once finished, the beef can be set aside in a large bowl for later.

  3. Add another teaspoon of oil to the pan you just cooked the beef in. Add the vegetables and cook, stirring occasionally. This should take about five minutes or until the garlic begins to brown.

  4. Combine the vegetables and beef and put back in the pan. Add the scallions and the sauce and cook for another two to three minutes.

  5. Break off your wraps from the head of lettuce and serve. You can add a myriad of extra toppings such as cracked black pepper, hot sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese or even packets of duck sauce if you have any laying around from your last carry-out order. The possible add-ons are limitless!


Unfortunately, mine didn’t turn out as pretty as P.F. Chang’s so I wont be sharing any photos this time around. Try it out yourself and don’t forget to post your photos in the comments section!



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Winners and Losers: Drake’s Scorpion

Arguably the most anticipated rap album since who knows how long released not so long ago. Shattering records and failing to meet others. This album had the biggest hype train as well as one a very huge on-wax beef with Pusha-T that made waves everywhere. Easily this felt like one of the moments Jay Z capture when releasing an album so how did Drake fare here? Well, let’s just say a lot of parties carry weight here some of the biggest influencers of this album help pave the way for a very uneven experience.



We finally got answers here and responses (not anything worth mentioning about Pusha T though). The Puff incident and Meek beef were addressed in the 1st song. Took more shots at Kanye (who has yet to fully explain his bullshit antics/actions as of late). He goes in length about how the internet criticism is weighing on him and brags about his lifestyle to say the criticism is not affecting his success but it is. Drake is very miserable on this album and it shows through most songs on here. Most importantly, the rumors of his son are true and he provides context about the situation on March 14th. Drake did something more and more rappers have trouble doing: reveal.

Drake fans (Unaware of Pusha T)

Talk about being in the dark. Learning about Drake son through his music is EXACTLY the way Drake wanted this to be done. This album was a treat to them and maybe the easiest winner of them good for you folks to avoid the internet when it’s convenient for you.

40 and Ty Dolla $ign


J Prince


Seriously it’s great to have friends like him.


Seriously the number of bangers for women on this album are countless. The amount of sample from Women artist ranging from Mariah Carey to Lauryn Hill to a freestyle of Nicki Minaj. Women played a major role in every Drake album (KiKi!!!!!), there’s nothing different. However, ONE lady gets the biggest praise and no it’s not KiKi:

Sophie Brussaux

Easily one of the biggest winners out of all this. From the being shamed as just another woman who tried trap a rapper, she got all the acknowledgment in the world and most importantly a big I TOLD YOU to the rest of the world. Kudos to you.

Pusha T

If we’re being honest side A was changed you can tell hell Drake admitted to doing so on 8 out of 10. No direct shots to Pusha and most importantly he took money out of his pocket. March 14th would’ve been huge if you never heard anything about this beer. Pusha won big here.


Still shattering records as of this writing. Most importantly still the talk of the hour



Sorry, you still hid your son and most importantly you admitted to changing your album.


Man did Kanye come off like the asshole of the year on this album. After the mediocre Wyoming projects, this album did him no favors in the public eye, in fact, it’s pretty damning to see how bad Kanye has fallen. I seriously recommend LISTENING to the lyrics and you’ll hear what I’m hearing here.

The Women in Drake’s life

Drake sounds upset more disappointed in women. He wishes to mold the potential in them and change their habits. Well, more than one woman spoke out on it. He embraced full heel on side B good for him.

Bad Line

I’m not with the ra-ra/I am a Dada



The biggest takeaway is Pusha and Drake beef is officially dead and we’re onto sub shots between Ye and Drake for good now. Sad the beef ended the way it did but it might be better it did end before it got worse but we’ll never forget the ‘you’re hiding your son’ line.


Overall a fun project that is growing still In My Feelings might be the song of the summer unintentionally as well.  An album that may not live to the hype by most but an album that will talk about for a while. Back to my rabbit hole I go.


— Just Greg

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