[FHCx328] National Espresso Day/National Cashew Day/National Eat a Cranberry 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

-SPAK

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[FHCx327] National Cranberry Relish 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.


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Cut up the orange and leave the peel on.


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Food processor! Vrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!


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Take the mush and pour some sugar on it.


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Beautiful color.


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SP put some on his turkey sandwich for lunch today.

Tomorrow is another multi-day: Cashew Day, Eat a Cranberry Day, and Espresso Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx326] National Stuffing Day

Get stuffed!

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.

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Mmmmmm breadyonionyawesomeness.

Tomorrow is National Cranberry Relish Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx325] National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

IT’S NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE DAY!

Which is conspicuously similar to National Nutty Fudge Day. With the many fudge holidays we’ve celebrated, we weren’t surprised to see that Peanut Butter Fudge Day was a thing. We also aren’t upset by any stretch of the imagination. Peanut butter and chocolate is a great combo.

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Thankfully in bite size pieces. We were able to ditch a bunch of it so we didn’t have it sitting around being all tempting ‘n stuff.

Tomorrow is National Stuffing Day! Let the Thanksgiving-themed foods begin!

-SPAK

[FHCx324] National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day

IT’S NATIONAL CARBONATED BEVERAGE WITH CAFFEINE DAY!

We’re skirting around the issue with the title, it seems. Not wanting to offend anyone, the powers that be decided that we couldn’t specifically call today “Soda Day” or “Pop Day” because that might offend some locals. Or even “Coke Day” might get confused. But seriously, here. Who wants to say that long title every time they want to grab some pop from the fridge?

It also rules out drinks like Root Beer and “lemon-lime flavored fizzy drink” a.k.a. Sprite/Sierra Mist that don’t have caffeine. Or just decaffeinated drinks in general. Could’ve named it Cola Day? But then that would rule out some others. Who knows? This wasn’t our choice! It also wasn’t AK‘s top choice – she very much dislikes the carbonation. In fact, she accused SP of making her drink poison today when we had our lunch.

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Just don’t have too much close to bedtime!

Tomorrow is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx323] National Vichyssoise Day

IT’S NATIONAL VICHYSSOISE DAY!

Cold. Soup. Yay.

Vichyssoise is controversial because the French say the Americans invented it, and the Americans say the French invented it. It’s like neither wants to take credit (or blame) for the creation of this soup. Maybe because it’s not really all that good?

In theory, pureed potatoes and leeks with some cream and stock sounds like it could be great. Potatoes and onion-y flavor is not exactly the gross end of any spectrum anywhere. SPom and SPad were up to the challenge of making this one.

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It was better when heated up. Overall, we’re glad we got to have it. AK suggested that it tasted like a liquid pringle. Just imagine that for a bit.

Tomorrow is National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx322] National Baklava Day/National Homemade Bread Day

Put on your balaclava!

IT’S NATIONAL BAKLAVA DAY AND NATIONAL HOMEMADE BREAD DAY!

Baklava is a sophisticated dessert. Much of our Mediterranean friends disagree that it’s anything special, but I mean really. We’re simple people. We would eat a block of chocolate and it would be amazing. Backpedaling, we’re not saying chocolate isn’t sophisticated… just that Baklava has layers.

Layers of filo dough and chopped nuts! It’s all held together by a very particular honey-ish syrup that is characteristic of any baklava.

Our favorite restaurant that serves Baklava is Holy Land, as in, National Gyros Day Holy Land. In addition to our lovely dinner of gyro, we got to take a gander at:

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Porque no los dos? We had to try both. The chocolate drizzled one was excellent.

Another favorite thing of ours to eat is bread. Bread bread bread. All the time. It’s something about our genetics that predisposes us to a love of bread. We see bread in our dreams. We even saw a baguette in a zoo once. The sign read, “Bread in captivity.”

Today’s homemade bread was courtesy of the amazingest baker, SPad. This is the guy who used to not be able to find shirts that would fit because his arms were so huge from kneading dough all the time (back when he worked as a baker). These days he focuses on a few breads and is very modest about how amazing his bread really is. His best work is the sourdough:

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We wish you could smell this!

Tomorrow is National Vichyssoise Day.

-SPAK