[FHCx312] National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

IT’S NATIONAL BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE WITH ALMONDS DAY!

Chocolate. Dark. Add almonds. Kay.

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Tomorrow is National Cappuccino Day, National Harvey Wallbanger Day, and National Cook Something Bold 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

[FHCx216] National Watermelon Day/National Grab Some Nuts Day

IT’S NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY AND NATIONAL GRAB SOME NUTS DAY!

SP frequently has almonds with his lunch, as mentioned in previous posts. He’s also a math teacher, and so we’ve frequently thought about the best way to maximize the efficiency and minimize the cost of such a snack. What we ended up with was a great grab-and-go container of almonds, always at the ready in our pantry. Super helpful when you wanna grab some nuts!

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Weighed out to 20gm because why not.

Today also celebrates watermelon, which we are take-or-leave about. Some people really don’t like the texture but that isn’t what bothers us. The biggest downside of watermelons is that even the seedless ones have seeds. Why is that? Well, the watermelons that we eat are sterile, and the seeds are just seed coats, with no seed inside. That entirely defeats the purpose! I don’t care if my watermelon doesn’t propagate, I just don’t want to deal with gross crunchy seeds in my fruit.

P.S., the different between the white and the black seeds is merely age.

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Still pretty fun to cut up and has a really awesome color to it.

Tomorrow is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx190] National Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Omelette Day/National Chocolate with Almonds Day

What a strange idea for a holiday!

IT’S NATIONAL DON’T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE OMELETTE DAY AND NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WITH ALMONDS DAY!

Chocolate and nuts are a really good combination. Whether the nuts are covered in chocolate or the chocolate is covered in nuts is up to you entirely. We chose a chocolate bar with an endangered owl on it!

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Owl be glad to share this chocolate with you!

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Hoo! wants a piece?

Today also celebrates the idioms of not putting all your money on one horse, not putting all your eggs in one basket, not putting all your commanding officers in one away team… So out of the 14 eggs we had, we used 3 (and an egg beaters cup) to make our omelette with a li’l bit of shredded cheddar (shreddar).

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14 of ’em.

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Not all of them.

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Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese

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Omelette du fromage!

Omelette du fromage.

Tomorrow is National Sugar Cookie Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx56] National Clam Chowder Day/National Chili Day/National Chocolate Covered Nuts Day

Ch ch ch

IT’S NATIONAL CLAM CHOWDER DAY AND NATIONAL CHILI DAY AND ALSO NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED NUTS DAY!

Oy that’s a mouthful. Don’t eat all of them at the same time. That would be gross. On days like today, we have a couple options: 1) Combine two or more food holidays into one by using some creative imagination, or 2) treat them all separately which may mean that some are not treated as especial. We opted this time for #2 (heh, #2) and tomorrow we’ll make up for it with an amazing feast!

First up – Clam Chowder. We know that recently we already celebrated National New England Clam Chowder Day, but the powers that be gave the “regular” clam chowder a day to itself. Probably for those of Manhattan who realized a month late, “Hey, wait a minute…” Our soup came in the form of a frozen food from Lund’s and Byerly’s.

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Chowda.

It was pretty good. It’s kind of molten when you have to nuke it. But like most things from LnB’s, it’s tasty enough. We shared this one bowl, and put away half of it for a leftover snack some other time.

Next up! Chocolate Covered Nuts. You know how you walk through a grocery store and spot that giant section of bulk nuts? (Yes, I giggle as I type this.) Most of the time, I am completely unfazed by the section because I usually don’t have enough reason to buy a few pounds of pepitas. This time, we got ourselves some chocolate covered peanuts and almonds. Wait a second! Peanuts and almonds aren’t even technically (botanically) nuts?! This is bogus!

Well in a quick google search, it seems like NONE of the things that our parents told us were nuts were actually nuts. Almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, brazil nuts, peanuts, pine nuts… None of them are nuts!!! But they are considered “culinary nuts” and as our food blog is largely culinary, we accept almonds and peanuts as nuts for today.

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Here is an unrelated picture of some rabbit poop.

Lastly, there was a Chili Day to celebrate.

When we think chili, it’s one of two things: 1) Mom’s homemade chili – good lord – or 2) Fast Food chili. And when we think Fast Food chili, well… SP thinks Steak ‘n Shake while AK thinks Tommy’s (the chili burger that’s so messy that SP and his friends call it the diaper burger) or The Hat‘s chili cheese fries. But that’s beside the point. We both think Wendy’s. There are really no chain restaurant chilis in our current area (SnS was a St. Louis favorite and both Tommy’s and The Hat are Left Coast) that hit the spot like this rich and meaty treat. So after our Target run this evening, we stopped by our neighborhood Wendy’s to get some chili. AK got hers with a baked potato, and SP got his with a spicy chicken filet.

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Phew! Another 3-in-1 down.

Tomorrow is National Pistachio Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx47] National Almond Day

Oh, Amygdalus…

IT’S NATIONAL ALMOND DAY!

Here’s to almonds: plain, salted, cinnamon roasted, chocolate covered, Jordan… Almonds are great for all sorts of reasons. It’s “nutritionally dense” which means it carries a lot of vitamins and minerals per gram. As opposed to chocolate cake, which is deliciously dense, and carries a lot of sugar and fat per gram.

But for real. SP has a hard enough time getting lunch eaten during the school day. You really don’t get much time as a teacher, and that makes choosing lunch very important. For a very long time, his go-to has been a turkey sandwich with potato chips and an apple, possibly with a chocolatey something for the end. Over time, the need for the chocolatey thing mattered a lot less. Most recently, there was a paradigm shift as chips were no longer a major part of the SPAK household. It was just getting too hard for the two of us, so we really eat chips sparingly these days.

That meant finding a low-calorie, filling side to go with the sandwich. One option that SP has found that works really well is almonds. And it seems he’ll never get tired of them!

2016-02-16 11.28.14So thank you, almonds, for being part of this complete lunch.

Tomorrow is Cabbage day and Cafe Au Lait day!

-SPAK