[FHCx305] National Caramel Apple Day

Happy Halloween!

IT’S NATIONAL CARAMEL APPLE DAY!

Between pumpkin, candy corn, and caramel apples, we are really hitting the highlights of Autumn. Considering that it’s SPAK‘s favorite season for a number of reasons, we are more than happy to celebrate all of these.

It’s kind of traditional to do caramel/candy apples for Halloween. Some houses even hand out those wrapped caramel apples for trick-or-treaters. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to celebrate this in Disneyland where their caramel apples look amazing like these:

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Yes, those are apples underneath all that.

But when we do have caramel apples at home, we like to use a bit of dip and apple slices.

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LOOK AT THE DIP.

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Controlled scoops.

Sweet and tart and delicious. And this way, we spare SP‘s moustache of getting completely stuck with caramel.

Tomorrow is National Deep Fried Clams Day, National Calzone Day, and National Vinegar Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx304] National Candy Corn Day/National Buy a Doughnut Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL CANDY CORN DAY AND NATIONAL BUY A DOUGHNUT DAY!

Let’s face it: candy corn is just solidified frosting. We’d know, considering we just used a bunch of that stuff to ice a haunted chocolate house. And for those who don’t like frosting, a rare breed like SPad, candy corn isn’t all that appealing. Ask most adults and they’ll tell you that candy corn is not high on their list of priorities. Originally, it was called chicken feed, so you can tell what people of the 1880s thought of it, too.

Still, many fondant candies cannot compare to the prolific candy corn. It’s not corn but it’s still good!

The classic candy corn!

Just a few of these is enough to give you a sugar rush.

We also had to buy a doughnut day. Heaven forbid we look at the bakery section at our store. I mean, look at it!

Aw jeez, what’re we gonna do…

We opted for the fried cinnamon donut, just to be a bit different. It’s mapley!

Now coming up on Saturday is the second National Doughnut Day of the year. We thought we could hold off on this one until then but then decided against it. We’ll do something more special on Saturday than generic grocery donut!

Tomorrow is National Caramel Apple Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx303] National Oatmeal Day

Make a meal of it!

IT’S NATIONAL OATMEAL DAY!

There are a lot of health benefits to eating oatmeal. But it must be the case that a lot of those benefits go away when you turn to instant oatmeal. Not that it’s bad, but just… you know…

We were lucky that SPom had just made these unbelievably delicious apple oatmeal bars. Though we weren’t there for the baking, we did get this image as the recipe…

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That’s right. Cups upon cups of sugar and 2 sticks of butter.

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They smell and taste amazing.

Tomorrow is National Candy Corn Day and National Buy a Doughnut Day!

-SPAK

 

[FHCx302] National Chocolate Day/National Wild Foods Day/National Breadstick Day

IT’S NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY, NATIONAL WILD FOODS DAY, AND NATIONAL BREADSTICK DAY!

We’ll make this quick.

Bread is great in many forms. In stick form, especially, bread can absorb a great deal of butter and has low volume to surface area ratio, which makes it have a great crunch on the outside and chewy on the inside. You do have to watch out for the popping can on these puppies.

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Dusted with a little bit of garlic bread spread.

Alright, let’s talk wild foods.

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Does this count? It says “wild.”

Okay, just kidding. Really, SPom made us some wonderful wild rice this evening to go with our kabob dinner. There’s something that’s really fun and different about wild rice. If you haven’t had it, or it’s been a while, do yourself a favor and try some.

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Uncooked.

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Cooked. Very tasty and hearty.

For chocolate day, and this time it’s national instead of international, we decided to finally put together this beautiful set that AK bought at Target.

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We demolished this house pretty quickly and set the ghosts free. It was chocolatey.

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Bonus family pumpkin picture! Of course AK‘s looks better than everybody else’s…

Tomorrow is National Oatmeal Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx301] National American Beer Day

Leave it to the Americans to have a redundant sounding holiday.

IT’S NATIONAL AMERICAN BEER DAY!

Beer! YEAH! America! RED WHITE AND BLUE!

We’re gonna one-up this whole “American” beer thing and have a Minnesotan beer, courtesy of Lift Bridge. It’s a well-known name around these parts as their headquarters are just a few miles away in Stillwater. They’re particularly well known for their Farm Girl Saison. We aren’t beer aficionados, but we know that when people latch onto local breweries and make them extremely successful, there’s a good reason.

So here’s to American beer that hasn’t sold out to InBev.

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Tomorrow is National Breadstick Day, National Chocolate Day, and National Wild Foods Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx300] National Pumpkin Day/National Mince Meat Day

Can you believe it? 300?!

IT’S NATIONAL PUMPKIN DAY AND NATIONAL MINCE MEAT DAY!

Mince meat isn’t really meat. Well, it was at one point. Some recipes for it contain beef suet, a.k.a. beef lard. But it used to be a pie filling of mutton or beef with the suet to help bind it into a filling. Add some dried fruits like prunes and raisins, and you’ve got a mince meat. This is coming from the same group that calls non-pudding things “puddings.”

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You read that right: 190 calories for 1/3 cup.

You can use it to top ice cream or make a pie out of. We were going to make the recipe on the side of the jar, but ran out of time, so we had it with our pumpkin bars.

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The only ingredients you need for these pumpkin bars.

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Mix them well together.

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Pour into a pan (here is 9×9) and bake at 350 for 35 minutes

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Squishy, tasty, and lots of great pumpkin flavor from actual pumpkin.

We were surprised pumpkin day was not October 31, but we’re happy to celebrate regardless. Unfortunately, our plans to carve our Halloween punkins aren’t until Saturday… but we’ll post pictures on 10/31.

Tomorrow is National American Beer Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx299] National Greasy Foods Day/World Pasta Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL GREASY FOODS DAY AND WORLD PASTA DAY!

Your doctor warned you against today. If you go in asking how to lower your cholesterol, your diet expert definitely won’t say, “Have more greasy things and pasta.” But here we are. Just minimize how much of it you’re gonna have.

So why are the greasiest foods so damn good? Basically, we just had to pack as many of the dense fats into one place as possible. Deep fry some stuff in oil and all is tasty. Today we mix grease and pasta.

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Call it a salad and that makes it better, right?

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You have to admit this is a hell of a greasy looking pasta.

It tastes like bacon and cheese and grease. Perfect.

Tomorrow is National Pumpkin Day and National Mince Meat Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx298] National Bologna Day/National Good and Plenty Day

Plenty of bologna.

IT’S NATIONAL BOLOGNA DAY AND NATIONAL GOOD AND PLENTY DAY!

Licorice candies don’t frequently go over well with people. Many actively discard the black Jelly Belly beans when they spot them in a pack. While there is no specific gene that we’ve found that indicates a like or dislike for black licorice, like there is for cilantro, it seems to be something we’re born with. SP is cool with it, AK is less a fan. There would be good reason not to like black licorice, as high amounts of glycyrrhizin can lead to heart arrhythmia. So don’t eat a whole box every day.

What we really should be talking about regarding Good & Plenty isn’t the flavor, it’s the color. The candy is dyed with Red 40 and K-Carmine. K-Carmine is actually a dye that is produced from crushed scale insects. In the US, there’s been a push from the FDA that requires companies to list the actual ingredient on the label instead of just “coloring,” but the food industries fought back against having to write “insect-based” on labels. The FDA backed down on that one. So now you just have to know what food ingredients specifically comes from insects… ya know, if that bothers you.

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These look like suppositories. Not that we’d know. They don’t taste like suppositories, though. Not that we’d know that, either.

Bug-eating aside, we had to get around to another food that many consider gross. That’s right.

Bologna sausage is a real thing that isn’t typically gross. It’s just an Italian sausage, like a salami or mortadella. But because it’s finely ground, without visible pieces of lard, that smooth shape makes it look mass-produced and kind of… artificial. It’s still tasty, though! But why “baloney?”

There are a few theories. The top two seem to be:

  1. Bologna in Italian is pronounced with that “nya” ending, and that got confused when people’s ears didn’t work in the rest of Europe.
  2. The sausage got mixed up with some other thing from Poland, or as the Brits called it, “Polony.”

Either way, here we are. Oscar Mayer sandwich. Try not to get the song stuck in your head.

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Anyway, it’s great to be home! Tomorrow is National Greasy Foods Day and WORLD Pasta Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx297] National Boston Cream Pie Day

Pronounced bah-stan

TODAY IS NATIONAL BOSTON CREAM PIE DAY!

History lesson: like many other early American desserts, there is some disagreement about who invented what food. Perhaps it was an Armenian-French chef, M. Sanzian, who created it for the Parker House Hotel in 1856. Maybe it was conceived of for a cook book in 1878. But the general agreement is that the modern variant, spongey cake with cream filling and a chocolate coat, was first chronicled in 1887, though it was called Chocolate Cream Pie.

It’s not even a pie. It’s a cake. I guess people in the 1800s just didn’t have their lives together. 

In 1996, Boston Cream Pie was declared the official dessert of Massachusetts. And now we celebrate its National day!

Well today is our trip to Disneyland. In order to get some Boston Cream, we stopped at Tiffy’s just outside of the park. Tiffy’s isn’t exactly a regular spot for locals; it’s definitely set up for the tourists staying near Disneyland. Still, they have the cake for us and that’s good enough! (They have an amazing cinnamon roll, by the way.)


Best part was being able to share it with our field trip buddies! We’ll try it this way… AKron, AKaul, AKamy, AKali, and AKio. That was tough. Sorry guys. 

Tomorrow is National Good and Plenty Day, National Bologna Day, and “National Food Day.”

-SPAK

[FHCx296] National Nut Day

Sometimes you feel like a nut. 

TODAY IS NATIONAL NUT DAY!

Aside from being a couple of nuts ourselves, we had to make sure to ingest some as well. AKma was kind enough to secure for us a bag of cocoa roasted almonds while we stay at their place on this trip. 

Nuts are generally great for the quick boost of energy and helping you feel full. They’re a bit calorie dense so don’t go chomping for an hour at a time or you’ll regret it. 

AKpa also likes having cashews around for a treat.

Like little chocolate turds?


Tomorrow is National Boston Cream Pie Day. 

-SPAK