[FHCx175] National Pecan Sandy Day

Saaaaandy!

TODAY IS NATIONAL PECAN SANDY DAY!

Cookies have no business being rock hard. They also have very little business disintegrating into sand. If we wanted to eat sand, we could go to the receding shorelines of MN lakes and have our fill. Still, a cookie is a cookie…


And we’ll take it!

Tomorrow is National Praline Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx174] National Onion Rings Day/National Chocolate Éclair Day

Today is good for your heart.

IT’S NATIONAL ONION RINGS DAY AND NATIONAL CHOCOLATE ÉCLAIR DAY!

When faced with the choice of french fries, tots, or onion rings at a place like Blue Door Pub, your likelihood of popping a blood vessel increases tenfold. How can you say no to any one of those things? A bar staple, the onion ring stands up next to its fried buddies very, very well. SP has always wondered why onion rings are so different in different restaurants and here’s the conclusion:

Battered vs. Breaded. That’s it.

Breaded – Hand-coated with bread crumbs and deep fried. Crunchy and makes a fun mess. Often has bigger slices of onions than battered. Examples of Breaded that we love: Red Robin‘s Onion Tower, Tony Roma’s Onion Loaf, Timberlodge Steakhouse‘s Paul Bunyan Onion.

Battered – Battered, frequently with a beer batter and buttermilk, and deep fried. Very crispy. Examples of Battered that we love: Stout’s Pub‘s Onion Rings, George and the Dragon‘s Onion Rings, and The Hat‘s Onion Rings.

While we wish we could celebrate at all of these places today, here’s our sad attempt at eating onion rings:

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Easier to manage and not overdo it.

We’ll have real onion rings again someday.

It’s also chocolate éclair day. If you haven’t had a chocolate éclair in a while, you’ve probably forgotten how amazing they are. It’s like having a cream puff without excessive mess (there’s still a mess) and with chocolate. What’s better? Very little. Profiteroles, we suppose.

Éclair means “flash of lightning” because that is the speed at which you are supposed to eat them! We tried to slow ourselves down for these.

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Everybody talks about how these Target éclairs are amazing. We had to try them.

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Bavarian creme filled

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Peanut butter.

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Yes.

What a glorious day!

Tomorrow is National Pecan Sandy Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx173] National Peaches and Cream Day

Sweet with sweet.

IT’S NATIONAL PEACHES AND CREAM DAY!

What a great way to open the door into summer with a summertime treat of peaches and cream. Many fruits have sweet match-ups. Chocolate and strawberries, apples and cinnamon, pumpkin and… nutmeg? Whatever. Peaches and cream is a jewel of the south, so we picked out the most Georgia Peach lookin’ peach we could find.

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Slice it up.

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Mound of whipped cream. Boom!

A refreshing taste of summer! Go enjoy some.

Tomorrow is National Chocolate Eclair Day and National Onion Rings Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx172] National Vanilla Milkshake Day/National Ice Cream Soda Day

Two ice cream days? Hooray!

TODAY IS NATIONAL VANILLA MILKSHAKE DAY AND ICE CREAM SODA DAY!

Ice cream soda. Yeah, we already did a root beer float. So we had to change it up a little bit. Rather than a black cow, we wanted purple cows – a grape soda float.

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This one is tasty! Even AK didn’t mind the carbonation so much because it was tasty.

However, ice cream in soda is not the only way to ingest ice cream. And yet, having ice cream in itself should be enough of a treat. But thanks to the magic of miracles, people took ice cream one step further and created the milkshake. Well, actually, the original “milkshake” back in the 19th century meant a very eggnog-like drink with whiskey.

It was a few decades after that when Steven Poplawski, in 1922, invented the electric blender. Immediately, soda fountains everywhere just thought, “LET’S PUT ICE CREAM IN IT!” Good idea, guys. DDL agrees.

It will also bring boys to the yard.

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Thanks, Culver’s, for the shake!

Tomorrow is National Peaches and Cream Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx171] National Martini Day

Alcoholiday!

IT’S NATIONAL MARTINI DAY!

Trivia: The whole “shaken, not stirred” thing that James Bond does is wrong. Or, like in Casino Royale, when he’s asked which he’d prefer and he responds, “Does it look like I give a damn?”

We aren’t that into the alcohol stuff, so when faced with another alcoholiday, we opted for drinking a Jolly Rancher instead of a dry martini. Thanks to Axel’s for the Appletini!

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It was a little more citrusy than appley, but it was a good way of obscuring the alcohol. Definitely a very white-person thing to drink.

Tomorrow is National Vanilla Milkshake Day and National Ice Cream Soda Day!

-SPAK

 

[FHCx170] International Sushi Day/National Cherry Tart Day/International Picnic Day

IT’S INTERNATIONAL SUSHI DAY AND NATIONAL CHERRY TART DAY AND INTERNATIONAL PICNIC DAY!

It’s 2016 and people still “won’t eat” sushi. Seriously. Not only that, but I thought that word had already spread that the word sushi doesn’t actually refer to raw fish, but to the special preparation of a sweet rice. I guess not. Some people (SPom, lookin’ at you) don’t even like nori. WHAT A WORLD WE LIVE IN!

However, SP and SPad took a class years ago on how to make sushi, so now it’s part of the SPamily repertoire. We’ve got this beat-up old recipe sheet to show for it.

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Alright, let’s check out the process!

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The juice to make the rice special.

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Fluff it up with the juice in it and you have real sushi!

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This is an egg mixture to make Tamago.

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We don’t have the special pan to make Tamago so we basically make an omelette in a pan.

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Some imitation crab, sashimi-grade tuna, carrots, asparagus, cucumbers (not pictured), shrimp, and sushi!

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Lay down a sheet of nori on the bamboo mat and spread some rice on it.

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Lay things horizontally end to end.

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Use a bit of water to wet the edge of the nori, and use that as a glue to roll it up.

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Maki!

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A picnic? I guess.

Now what is etiquette for eating sushi? Watch one of SP‘s favorite videos to understand.

We also made these lovely cherry tarts in fillo shells.

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We used some of the same pie filling as we did on Cherry Dessert Day. Very tasty!

Tomorrow is National Martini Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx169] National Eat Your Vegetables Day/National Apple Streudel Day

Apples aren’t vegetables!

TODAY IS NATIONAL EAT YOUR VEGETABLES DAY AND NATIONAL APPLE STREUDEL DAY!

There are constant arguments out there as to what constitutes vegetabledom. Vegetability? According to the ever-reliable internet, “In everyday usage, a vegetable is any part of a plant that is consumed by humans as food as part of a savory meal.” So I guess apples can be vegetables?

Regardless, when we think vegetables, we think stuff your mom tried to feed you as a kid that made no sense. This weird, watery, crunchy thing? No flavor? Eat it! It’s good for you!

So yes, we totally could have prepped some vegetables in a beautiful presentation, but we wanted to go back to our roots when we were once told, “Eat your vegetables!” We present: baby carrots and celery sticks. Yay.

We got these itty bitty Apple stritties from HyVee the other day:

Gooey with a hint of crispy edge. It’s not the full-on streudel deal, but it was great nonetheless.

Tomorrow is International Picnic Day, National Cherry Tart Day, and International Sushi Day!

-SPAK