[FHCx274] National Hot Mulled Cider Day/National Chewing Gum Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL HOT MULLED CIDER DAY AND CHEWING GUM DAY!

“Chewing gum isn’t a food!” we hear you say. Well, neither are drinks. But here we are. Sometimes chewing gum can help with food. That minty feeling makes you feel like not eating any more, which can be a great help if you’re trying to stop overindulging on homemade pizza (literally us, tonight).

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We keep some of these around just for that reason.

But we also got to make ourselves a treat of some hot mulled cider as our Fall weather really starts to sink in. It’s easy to make, and it makes a lot.

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Make a Hellraiser-style pincushion out of the orange using the cloves. Some people also use Star Anise but we didn’t this time.

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The quality of the cider obviously affects the end result. Martinelli’s is champ.

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Let it sit, covered, on super low heat, for a while.

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Enjoy the warm fuzzies!

Tomorrow is National Homemade Cookies Day and World Vegetarian Day. I think that means we get to eat a vegetarian?

-SPAK

[FHCx273] National Coffee Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL COFFEE DAY!

…not like we’re excited.

Most people need their Joe in the morning to help them get going. Even the smell of coffee is enough to get people in the right mood. It’s the reason that we see stupid mugs like this:

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Or hear terrific songs like:

We just so happen to keep a Keurig in our guest room solely for guests who would want to have coffee, since SPAK doesn’t make any on their own. Rather than head out to one of the many places giving away free coffee today, we just made some at home (for the first time ever).

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Tomorrow is National Chewing Gum Day and National Hot Mulled Cider Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx272] National Strawberry Cream Pie Day/National Drink Beer Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY AND NATIONAL DRINK BEER DAY!

Beer. Ben Franklin’s BFF. With all sorts of varieties: hoppy, malty, dark, light, etc., there’s plenty to choose from. If you’re really cool, then you get to Surly’s Brewer’s Table where you can enjoy a delicious tasting menu with beer pairings. You won’t think of beer the same way. (We did this on SP‘s birthday and it was great!)

Today we celebrated by having this Sioux City Birch Beer. It’s not beer in the traditional sense, but it sure is in the title!

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AK‘s endorsement: “It tastes like benadryl!”

Well if beer isn’t your thing, maybe dessert is?

SP‘s “contact” at Baker’s Square says that currently Strawberry Cream Pies are out because strawberries are “out of season.” This is coming from the same place that serves strawberry-rhubarb pie to octogenarians year-long. Trips to the grocery stores nearby were not fruitful (or creamful) either. So we had to make it at home!

AK mixed up some strawberry Jell-O and some vanilla pudding, and made this little pie-lets. Top with strawberry and cream and there you have it.

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Look at that beautiful color!

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Decorated artfully.

Tomorrow is… ugh… Coffee Day…

-SPAK

[FHCx271] National Chocolate Milk Day/National Corned Beef Hash Day

IT’S NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MILK DAY AND NATIONAL CORNED BEEF HASH DAY!

Corned beef hash can be great or not great. Great is the kind you get from Mel’s Diner in San Francisco, or homemade by SPad. We chose not great (but still okay) from Hormel.

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We doctored ours up with some salt and pepper. And later, some ketchup.

But to help us sleep, some chocolate milk!

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Unfortunately, the sugar free syrup makes the milk look a bit more purple than brown…

Still a nice treat.

Tomorrow is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day and National Drink Beer Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx270] National Pancake Lovers Day

PAAAAAANCAAAAAAKES

IT’S NATIONAL PANCAKE LOVERS’ DAY!

For the first several years of his teaching career, SP had a particular morning routine. Breakfast had to be easy, tasty, filling but not too hefty, and fast to make. He used to regularly eat these Jimmy Dean French Toast Griddlers until the number of grocery stores that carried the item dwindled to zero. So what to do? Kodiak!

So now every week, SP cooks up some pancakes, puts a bunch in the freezer, and has them ready to microwave to warmth in the morning. He is most certainly a pancake lover. We love pancakes.

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The mix!

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Containers for pancakes!

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Brefes is served.

Tomorrow is National Chocolate Milk Day and National Corned Beef Hash Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx269] National Crabmeat Newburg Day/National Lobster Day

Wait a second.

IT’S NATIONAL CRABMEAT NEWBURG DAY! and… LOBSTER DAY, again…?

Ok, let us explain. June 15th was Lobster Day. At least, before 2016, it was considered Lobster Day. But on June 28th, a Junior Senator from Maine pushed a resolution through the Senate to set National Lobster Day to be September 25th. This is a real thing that happened this year. A new food holiday has been designated by the Federal government of the United States of America.

Well considering that we’re doubling up with another Newburg, it makes sense that you have Deja Vu right now. Same recipe, now with crab in addition to lobster.

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2 eggs, 1/2 cup cream

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1/2 cup butter, melted on low

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Add in egg and cream, but try NOT to let the egg cook.

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Salt, nutmeg, red pepper flakes

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Add the meat!

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Serve on toast

Just as good with crab added in.

Tomorrow is National Pancake Lovers Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx268] National Cherries Jubilee Day

Escoffier strikes again!

IT’S NATIONAL CHERRIES JUBILEE DAY!

Auguste Escoffier, creator of Peach Melba among other SPAK food holiday foods, created the Cherries Jubilee in honor of Queen Victoria’s jubilee. She reigned from 1837 to 1901. Secret to longevity? She really liked cherries.

So we thought to honor this day by having a recipe from the very American (non-French, non-British) chef Paula Deen.

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1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tbsp corn starch

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Cherry water from a can of cherries

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Pour in 1/4 cup brandy/cognac and LIGHT IT ON FIRE.

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Serve over ice cream, like everything else Escoffier does.

Seriously, where would Escoffier have been without ice cream…

Tomorrow is National Crabmeat Newburg Day and National Lobster Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx267] National Great American Pot Pie Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL GREAT AMERICAN POT PIE DAY!

Story goes that Paul McCartney wouldn’t let Weird Al record “Chicken Pot Pie” (from Live and Let Die) because Paul is a vegetarian and didn’t want to encourage eating meat. Weird Al is a vegan and he wanted to do the song. Go figure.

We could have gone through the trouble to make a pot pie but much of what we know of pot pies comes from Marie Callender’s. And so we honor her. She was a real person! And her legacy lives on in frozen foods.


Flaky exterior! Creamy interior! Tastes the same no matter where you get it from!

Tomorrow is National Cherries Jubilee Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx266] National Ice Cream Cone Day/National White Chocolate Day

Dessert!

IT’S NATIONAL ICE CREAM CONE DAY AND NATIONAL WHITE CHOCOLATE DAY!

Prose by SPuncle SPicky: “White chocolate is NOT chocolate.  It’s just congealed cacao grease with a little — I guess I’ll go that far — chocolate taste.”

Yes, there’s something weird about white chocolate. There are very few things that have white chocolate that are worth going out of your way for. We even disguised our white chocolate consumption in this autumny bread pudding from Lund’s & Byerly’s:

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But we also have to say hello to autumn by waving goodbye to summer with one last treat: an ice cream cone!

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Raz’s, the local place

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Glossy, beautiful elephant tracks

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SP with a triple chocolate.

Now to go hyper on a sugar rush!

Tomorrow is National Great American Pot Pie Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx265] National Pecan Cookie Day

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SP!

IT’S NATIONAL PECAN COOKIE DAY!

Not the most exciting treat for a birthday, but it’s still pretty good. We went with this recipe from the internet, and it turned out… ok.

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1 cup butter, 2/3 cup brown sugar, and an egg

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Yummy.

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Salt, almond extract/vanilla extract, 2 cups of flour

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Super super thick and sticky dough. Refrigerated for about an hour.

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Roll some balls of dough and flatten them with the bottom of a glass (flour the glass so that the dough doesn’t just stick to the bottom)

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Pecans

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Cookies!

Not sure what we’d do to make them better next time, but at least we were able to make them for the holiday.

Tomorrow is National Ice Cream Cone Day and National White Chocolate Day.

-SPAK