[FHCx237] National Waffle Day/National Peach Pie Day

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Today’s Pearls Before Swine, by Stephan Pastis

That’s right! IT’S NATIONAL WAFFLE DAY AND NATIONAL PEACH PIE DAY!

Pearls is one of SP‘s favorite comics, so he was delighted to get this comic via e-mail from SPom this morning. Waffles are great and they do deserve their own day. Not specific waffle types, but just waffles in general. Whether you eat Eggos on the run or you take the time to go somewhere tasty like Black Coffee & Waffle Bar, today is a day to sit back and enjoy the syrupy, battery goodness that is the waffle.

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SP bought this waffle maker for AK as a present. The mix is 2 cups of Kodiak mix and 2 cups of water. Easy peasy.

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It was dark when we took this picture because AK can’t handle bright lights in the morning.

As we found out the other day, peaches are in season! And of course that means peachy desserts. No, not Melba or Cobbler. Straight up pie.

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Courtesy of Baker’s Square

Tomorrow is National Banana Split Day and National Whiskey Sour Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx236] National Sponge Cake Day

Because “cake” wasn’t enough…

IT’S NATIONAL SPONGE CAKE DAY!

Sponge cake doesn’t exactly seem all that exciting. Buuuuut, it’s got some good history. Most cakes were yeasted throughout humankind’s baking. The first historical record of a non-yeast cake was in 1615 by a guy who wrote a book about how to be a good housewife (i.e., a book about recipes and remedies). Yeah. This guy. This book.

And to this day, sponge cake is confused with angel food cake or pound cake. Sponge cakes contain whole eggs, and the leavening only comes from the egg whites. Chiffon cakes don’t have the egg whites beaten separately and employ a bunch of oil. Angel food cakes have only the egg whites and a higher proportion of egg white to flour.

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Thanks, Mrs. Freshley!

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But you’ve gotta dress it up. SP‘s sponge cake with reddi wip, raspberries and bananas, topped with a bit of hot fudge.

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AK‘s sponge cake with… well… stuff on it. I guess.

Tomorrow is National Waffle Day and National Peach Pie Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx235] National Pecan Torte Day/National Eat a Peach Day

August didn’t feel like pecans before…

IT’S NATIONAL PECAN TORTE DAY AND NATIONAL EAT A PEACH DAY!

We recently had some chocolate pecan pie, which was great. And pecans (next to almonds) have been a favorite of those who put together the national food holidays: pecan day in April, pecan sandy day in June, pecan pie day in July… We’ll see them again when SP‘s birthday holds pecan cookie day.

But today is about the pecan torte. And just as we didn’t really know what constituted a torte when we had coconut torte day, we had to go with what people told us was a torte. And thankfully, that torte came from Surly Brew Co! Among their many other tasty foods, they have an excellent dessert menu.

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Chocolate cake made with Surly’s Damien beer, hazelnut chocolate, and salted caramel pastry cream, topped with pecans.

It’s a nice little dessert to share! Very chocolatey and salty and the little chocolate balls are fun.

It was also Eat a Peach Day! We aren’t exactly peach country up here in Minnesota. We got these beautiful Colorado peaches at HyVee.

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AK thinks that peaches are weird because they’re fuzzy. If that logic worked on other things, she probably shouldn’t like SP much either.

Tomorrow is National Sponge Cake Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx234] National Spumoni Day

Zamboni?

IT’S NATIONAL SPUMONI DAY!

Ice cream wasn’t good enough for the Italians. Not only did they have to add fruit and nuts to ice cream (which is fair — we’ll do similarly on Banana Split Day this Thursday) but they have to have the official spumoni flavors: cherry, pistachio, and chocolate. Not exaaaactly an Italian flag but pretty much.

To celebrate spumoni, we went to a super old school Italian joint near downtown St. Paul, DeGidio’s. It’s right over by Mancini’s where we got our filet mignon. Classic Italian food, still feels like a mafia club, and the patrons all look like Vincent Gardenia.

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You want some spumoni?

After our beautiful meal of…

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Baked goat cheese in red sauce

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Bruschetta

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Spaghetti

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and Spicy Penne Arrabiata

(The above shared with the lovely SParents of course)

We got around to our delicious dessert.

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AK was in Italian heaven. A great way to spend a Sunday night!

Tomorrow is National Pecan Torte Day and National Eat A Peach Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx233] National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day/National Lemonade Day

Sweet tooth, ho!

IT’S NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE DAY AND NATIONAL LEMONADE DAY!

SPAK aren’t particularly fond of sugary drinks. We’d much prefer to eat our calories. So we thought we would pay tribute to lemonade day by how we are most frequently exposed to it:

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That’s right. When you go for water at most fountains, it’s right under the lemonade. But since they share a spout, you have to kind of rinse out the tube before you start filling your water, or you get hilariously sugary lemony water. Not the most terrible, but not the most pleasant.

Chocolate Pecan Pie. If you made a list of foods that are so rich, they shouldn’t possibly be made richer, pecan pie would be somewhere in that list. Of course, you could always add chocolate to something and make it richer. But people were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

And since on chocolate pecan pie day we did not have the original homemade pecan pie of SPom’s family, she made us this wonderfully rich recipe from the New York Times.

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It’s difficult to say how we feel about this one. It’s sweet and chocolatey, which is great, but when we want pecan pie, we want pecan pie. And this isn’t really the classic. So we’ll wait for Thanksgiving for SPom’s regular pecan pie and have this as a holdover in the meantime!

Tomorrow is National Spumoni Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx232] National Soft Ice Cream Day/ National Hot and Spicy Food Day/National Potato Day

IT’S NATIONAL SOFT ICE CREAM DAY AND NATIONAL HOT AND SPICY FOOD DAY AND NATIONAL POTATO DAY!

We were cruising along at United Noodles earlier in the week, when SP found this staring at him from the shelf. Knowing we had two holidays coming up and both were listed on the package, we had to do it!

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That potato seems like he has something to say.

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Unfortunately, the chips weren’t hot or spicy. They tasted like regular barbecue chips. I guess Western taste in spicy is very different. We even had a zen moment where we remembered International Hot & Spicy Food Day, when we made an international dish… But just to make sure that we got something spicy, SP had a steak bowl at home with some Frontera salsa.

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After all of that hot and spicy, make sure that you have something to nullify at least a little. Thanks to Mythbusters, we know for sure that Milk (dairy) is best for neutralizing the heat. Soft serve was our way of doing that, and when we think soft serve ice cream cones, we think Conny’s. Barring that, some sort of fast food. McDougal’s McDonald’s it is!

 Tomorrow is National Lemonade Day and National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day.


-SPAK

[FHCx231] National Ice Cream Pie Day

Two amazing things…

IT’S NATIONAL ICE CREAM PIE DAY!

Baking a pie in mid summer is pretty rough. The house gets all warm and smells like falling asleep… Ahem, where were we… Ah, yes, pie! And ice cream! Cold, delicious ice cream, formed into a pie. SPom put this beauty together for us.

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This has quickly become Minnesota’s most wanted. Sometimes at Whole Foods, sometimes at Kowalski’s… It’s pretty great.

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You’ve seen this before. Helps to make it thicken up.

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Graham crust!

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Pie!

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Melty!

Such a fun time.

Tomorrow is National Soft Ice Cream Day, National Potato Day, and National Hot & Spicy Food Day.

-SPAK