[FHCx31] National Brandy Alexander Day

Is today’s booze gonna be good?

IT’S NATIONAL BRANDY ALEXANDER DAY!

Since our last attempts at alcoholic “food” holidays haven’t been completely successful, we were nervous going into today. First off, we needed to know what a Brandy Alexander was, and everywhere had a different take on it. It’s not even really clear where it gets its name! It is the brandy-based version of a different cocktail just called an Alexander, but the source of its name is disputed.

The actual official recipe is 1 part heavy cream, 1 part cognac, and 1 part creme de cacao. Lots of people were doing things like ice cream and chocolate syrup, but we felt it necessary to go with2016-01-31 18.42.51 the original in an attempt to get the full Brandy Alexander experience.

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Remy Martin V.S.O.P., some cream, and a local creme de cacao (from Princeton, MN)

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Shaken and poured into a chilled martini glass!

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Garnished with nutmeg. It smells really good on its way into your face.

The initial taste is good. Chocolatey, nutmeggy. Then the alcohol becomes incredibly apparent. For booze lovers, I’m sure this would be just fine! As for us, we give it a resounding “meh.”

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See you tomorrow for Baked Alaska Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx30] National Croissant Day

Oh, France. What food have you made that isn’t amazing…

TODAY IS NATIONAL CROISSANT DAY!

SPuncle Ricky has lived in Paris for a long time, and I (SP) have fortunately been able to visit a few times over the years. And every time I go, the main thing on my mind is French patisserie. Well, all sorts of food, but mostly the things that are made with flour and/or chocolate. The problem is, we weren’t able to secure some cheap tickets to Paris for the day to pick up a bundle of croissants.

Instead, we were able to go to a favorite French cafe in Minneapolis, Patisserie 46. These guys mean serious business when it comes to their French bakery items. Croissants, brioche, chocolate, all of those amazing things. They don’t have palmiers though, so put that on the list for the must-have of the next Paris trip.

Without further adieu (get it?), here’s the goods.

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Left: Pain Au Chocolat. Right: Croissant. Buttery, flaky, amazing.

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The carnage of a too-good croissant

We’ll have to be conscious of our carb-and-butter intake for the rest of the day, but it was well worth it!

WEIGH IN DAY RESULTS!

SP: -0.2 pounds, total lost: 88.0

AK: -3.0 pounds, total lost: 28.6

As we say in the business, “Take that, Space Coyote!” A great showing for AK this week.

Tomorrow is National Brandy Alexander Day! If booze didn’t go so well with coffee, but it went well with butter and brown sugar, let’s see how it goes with chocolate.

-SPAK

[FHCx29] National Corn Chip Day

Bring out the bowl…

IT’S NATIONAL CORN CHIP DAY!

All day, I had people asking me if I was going to just chomp some Fritos at dinner tonight. And you know, I really could have. But to me, the quintessential corn chip is a corn tortilla chip. Yes, tortilla chips have their own day and we’ll get to that, but this is the real deal people!

Our pick for the night was Xochitl chips. Tasty, crispy, and work well for picking up stuff. Here are our totopos for the evening.

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Make sure to measure your portions so you don’t go through a whole bag in one evening…

Tomorrow is National Croissant Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx28] Blueberry Pancake Day

Not like we really needed an excuse to have breakfast for dinner, but hey,

TODAY IS BLUEBERRY PANCAKE DAY!

We typically have eggy breakfasts, so this was a nice occasion to do it up a bit. There’s a Facebook group that we found through our Weight Watchers meeting and it’s proven to be a great resource for ideas on low-calorie/low-point foods. Recently somebody posted a tip about a brand of pancake mixes called Kodiak that is quite a bit lower in “cost” than your average mix. We found that it’s available at Target, so it became part of our blueberry pancake plan. Blueberry plancake!

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There are other varieties of Kodiak that are just about as low as this one, but protein is our friend.

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Mix the stuff (it’s a just-add-water mix), pan the cake, blue the berries, and there you have it:

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None of the others were this attractive.

AK did successfully try her hand at a pan-flip. You had to be there.

As many of you have undoubtedly seen, there are lots of step-by-step instructional recipe videos floating around the internet. One such video caught our attention as a good companion for our flappyjacks, so we gave it a go. Presenting: cauliflower hash browns!

Here’s the recipe we followed:

In the end, ours came out a little differently but still very yummy. We currently have one grater and it has really small holes, so the cauliflower shreds came out a lot tinier. We also unwittingly used up all our onion on dinner yesterday, so we used onion powder to try and make up for the flavor loss. Those things in combination with the heat on the frying pan probably being too high, each batch being a bit too big, and maybe not quite enough egg to keep it all together, it got reeeeeaaal crumbly. But it was delicious anyway.

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See how tiny? It was almost more like a powder.

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Egg ‘n’ stuff

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We swear it didn’t taste nearly as burnt as it looks!

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Throw in some Morningstar farms sausage and you’ve got yourself a kickass breakfast! FOR DINNER! Without going too nuts!

Tomorrow is Corn Chip Day, so we’ll try to keep it at least a little bit interesting. Seeya then!

SPAK