Not mouse, not moose,
IT’S NATIONAL MOUSSE DAY!
Air bubbles making something tastier? Ridiculous… but true! There’s something about the texture of a mousse that really adds to the experience, and of course the French food scientists would be the ones to come up with it.
As if we’ve never featured Lund’s & Byerly’s amazing bakery before, tonight’s mousse was a special treat from the ol’ LnBs (pronounced, “Ellenby’s”).
He’s so happy that he’s about to be digested!
Look at that beautiful moussey center…
Tomorrow is National Pie Day (we disagree) and National Eat a Red Apple Day!
IT’S NATIONAL LEMON CREAM PIE DAY!
We can’t keep eating pie all week. We have to temper ourselves a little bit. So we bought this thing that says Lemon Cream Pie on it.
Citrusy desserts aren’t always the best, but this was a pretty good treat.
Tomorrow is National Mousse Day!
In France it’s just called, “toast,” right?
IT’S NATIONAL FRENCH TOAST DAY!
Actually in French it’s called pain perdu, because you use “lost” (i.e., stale) bread to make this delicious treat. But considering how ancient the recipe is, over time we’ve learned that we can still use decent bread.
If we had our way, we would have made a special trip to The Buttered Tin in St. Paul because they make an unbelievably good Bananas Foster French Toast. Heck, SP would have settled for having his Jimmy Dean French Toast Griddler at breakfast like olden times before stores stopped carrying it. Instead, AK was kind enough to demonstrate the basics of making french toast.
Add in the milk, cinnamon, and vanilla.
Bread into egg mixture. The word AK used was “plorp.”
Plorp the other side.
Fry it up!
Delicious eggy sweet bread.
In the scheme of things, most breakfast foods are equal in our minds. That is, pancakes/waffles/french toast. But depending on the quality, french toast can really be amazing.
Tomorrow is National Lemon Creme Pie Day!
TODAY IS NATIONAL BAVARIAN CREAM PIE DAY!
We had some experience with a faux bavarian cream, but we wanted a serious undertaking today. Real bavarian cream is a custard, frequently thickened with gelatin. The regular serving of it is to mold it into a frustum shape and served on its own. But once the Americans get their hands on anything… well, then it just becomes another pastry cream to fill stuff with. Like a pie! We grabbed a recipe from AllRecipes and got to work.
Pie needs a crust!
Mix up the sugar, cornstarch, and egg in a mixing bowl.
Add scalded milk and softened gelatin (couple packs of gelatin and cold water)
AK got inventive to do this double-boiler system. Big pot has hot water, top pot has the custard mixture.
Take out the custard pot to let it cool, but mix in 3/4 cup of ice cream while it’s still hot.
Whip up a bunch of whipped cream.
Use about 3/4 of the whipped cream to fold in to the pie, saving the rest for the top of the pie.
The pie, before we let it set.
Topped with the rest of the whipped cream.
It mostly tasted like cream. Next time maybe we’ll add more vanilla or almond flavor just to see what happens.
This is only the beginning of a tri-pie week when we have National Lemon Creme Pie Day on Tuesday and National Pie Day (wrong) on Thursday. But in the meantime, tomorrow is National French Toast Day!
It took us this long to just have cake.
IT’S NATIONAL CAKE DAY!
Put a food word in front of cake and it sounds much more interesting. Corn cakes. Banana cakes. Spaghetti cakes, a.k.a. lasagna. Potato cakes. All good. Every single one.
But there’s one that stands above all, and that is the chocolate cake. Is there really anything more comforting, more delicious, or more gratifying than a slice of chocolate cake? They look good, they smell good, they feel good. Chocolate cake is life.
So even if today isn’t the anniversary of when you joined Reddit, you can still enjoy a beautiful chunk of whatever kind of cake you want.
This cake is chocolate AF.
Super Target’s bakery is really bringing it these days. Really tasty.
Tomorrow is National Bavarian Cream Pie Day!
TODAY IS NATIONAL LEFTOVERS DAY, NATIONAL MAIZE DAY, AND NATIONAL PARFAIT DAY!
We wanted to do something different from the last couple times we did parfaits. This time we picked up a fruit and yogurt parfait from McDonald’s.
Tastes like fruit and yogurt. NEXT!
Maize. We could have done something elaborate with maize, but instead opted for the cheap stuff: some tasty Xochitl chips. Says “maiz” right on the bag.
Lastly, our dinner came courtesy of last night’s Thanksgiving feast. Of course we went home with these:
There was just so much good that we had to keep eating it. Frankly, we would’ve consumed the calories anyway, it’s just a matter of having them spread out over two days instead of one. That’s being responsible, right?
SPom’s stuffing, sweet potato banana mash, blueberry wild rice, and SPad’s beautiful turkey.
Who doesn’t like leftovers anyway?
Tomorrow is National Cake Day!
THANKSGIVING NATIONAL TURKEY DAY AND NATIONAL SARDINES DAY!
Thanks to the calendar, we’re stuck celebrating a strange holiday for Thanksgiving: sardines. SPAK have probably never actually had sardines before. We know they certainly have a reputation for being packed tightly together, and that they taste really fishy and oily. Leave it to SP to pick up a kind that is even more oily than usual.
We may hear from fans that we shouldn’t have just dug a fork into these, but used them in something else. Well we wanted the full experience. It… wasn’t magical. Not that we were revolted, but man, their reputation definitely precedes them.
But then we got to palette cleanse with a beautiful dinner at SParents for Thanksgiving. It was a truly lovely time, and SPad’s turkey was unbelievably tasty.
We have a lot of leftovers, which is great because tomorrow is National Leftovers Day, National Maize Day, and National Parfait Day.
IT’S NATIONAL ESPRESSO DAY, NATIONAL CASHEW DAY, AND NATIONAL EAT A CRANBERRY DAY!
A bunch of small things today for the food holidays… First up, espresso. The OED does permit “expresso” as a “spelling variant.” It’s got a higher concentration than coffee, and is some fancy Italian process because normal coffee wasn’t good enough. Then again, SPAK aren’t in with coffee like other people are, so we just bought a thing with espresso in the name.
Tastes like coffee.
Coffee beans leads us to nuts. Last time we had cashews we went sweet. Cashews are pretty good plain, and are a plentiful snack to have around the house. Cashew is not a portmanteau of a Catholic Jew, by the way, in case there was any confusion. Anyway, the real treat is AK‘s favorite – dill pickle flavored cashews. She loooooves them.
Last up is the cranberry stuff. And while we did make some tasty cranberry relish for yesterday’s celebration, we wanted to do something different. SP found this beautiful cranberry sauce at Kowalski’s which is terrific on crackers. LOOK AT THE BEAUTIFUL REDDISH PURPLE!
AK doesn’t like cranberries as a general rule (or many berries) because of their tartness. The poor, sensitive girl. However, that does mean we have a bunch leftover to bring to Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.
Speaking of which, tomorrow is National Turkey Day! …and National Sardines Day.
IT’S NATIONAL CRANBERRY RELISH DAY!
Relish, not sauce. Relish is uncooked; that’s the main difference. This Thanksgiving-y food is classic for the berries that are actually in season (unlike some food holidays) and is often served alongside turkey. We used a recipe from Ocean Spray to make ours.
Cut up the orange and leave the peel on.
Food processor! Vrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
Take the mush and pour some sugar on it.
SP put some on his turkey sandwich for lunch today.
Tomorrow is another multi-day: Cashew Day, Eat a Cranberry Day, and Espresso Day.
IT’S NATIONAL STUFFING DAY!
Thanksgiving is upon us. And when we are told by the Food Holideities that we need to have stuffing today even though we are going to have it on Thursday (and leftovers the following days), we will answer the call. Stovetop style. There’s a reason that this is the number 1 stuffing. It’s so good.
By the way, it doesn’t actually have to be stuffed in anything. Even in the places where it’s called, “dressing” (which is an affront to the food just like “Duck Duck Goose” is incorrect), you don’t actually have to dress anything with it. Just eat it.
Tomorrow is National Cranberry Relish Day!