[FHCx337] National Fritters Day

Fry something!

IT’S NATIONAL FRITTERS DAY!

A while ago we had more guidance when we were told to specifically make corn fritters. But fritters in general? We can fry anything??

Hush puppies?

Beignets?

Apples?

Apple fritters aren’t fried apples. But they’re damn good. And another reference to Albuquerque goes here.

We couldn’t resist having two of these earlier in the week.

Tomorrow is National Peppermint Latte Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx336] National Pie Day/National Eat a Red Apple Day

We don’t want to believe it but

IT’S NATIONAL PIE DAY AND NATIONAL EAT A RED APPLE DAY!

Pie Day, PI DAY, was on March 14th. It’s not okay to claim this false idol. But we’ve come around to it, being that we don’t mind being asked to eat pie multiple times within a week (see Bavarian Cream and Lemon Cream in the last 4 days), let alone within a year. To give ourselves a bit of variety from the pies we’ve had recently, we got these little miniature pies from Target.

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Cute, right? Shoulda used a quarter for scale…

Also, seriously, who bakes a pumpkin pie with a top crust? Old Fashioned does, we suppose…

Anyway, Eat a Red Apple Day was easy. There’s one of these in SP‘s lunch every day of the year! Thank goodness for apples that can survive winter.

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Tomorrow is National Fritters Day!

-SPAK

[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

[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

 

[FHCx279] National Apple Betty Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL APPLE BETTY DAY!

Apple Brown Betty, or as it’s known in the civilized world, “Apple Crisp,” is basically what you do if you are too lazy to make an apple pie, but you want all of the flour/sugar/butter/cinnamon/apple glob you can stuff into your face. We don’t blame the creators of Apple Betty for this. Pie can be a difficult process. This was not. We used this recipe.

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Honeycrisp apples, of course. Slice them thin.

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Lay them out in a pretty layer.

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1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

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Cut in the butter until the stuff looks like crumbles.

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Spread on top.

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Into the oven for 45 minutes at 375.

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Serve with ice cream!

What is there not to like? Easy to make, with ingredients you probably have just sitting around the house. Boom.

Tomorrow is National Noodle Day.

-SPAK

[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

[FHCx261] National Apple Dumpling Day

Take a dumpling!

TODAY IS NATIONAL APPLE DUMPLING DAY!

We took a trip out to Stillwater today to go to Aamodt’s Apple Farm. It’s the perfect time of year to go apple picking. The best varieties (honeycrisp) are at a great point in their season to grow strong and large. We got a crapload!


Aamodt’s also has an extensive bakery/store with pies, crisps, salsas and… apple dumplings!

Look at these puffy pastries!

Baked at 400 for an hour

Mmmmmm

Only makes sense. Red panda on top of the TV for International Red Panda Day!

We struck gold with choosing Aamodt’s. Very tasty!

Tomorrow is National Cheeseburger Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx252] National Honeycrisp Apple Day

That’s right. We’re starting it.

WE DECLARE TODAY NATIONAL HONEYCRISP APPLE DAY!

Created in Minnesota, this apple was the product of amazing science. Get a bunch of scientists in the room to create the perfect apple. Yeah, Haralsons are great. And the new-ish Sweetango is tasty. But Honeycrisp takes the cake. And as they are just coming into season, we want to highlight this contribution of Minnesota’s that is unparalleled.

Insert all best adjectives that can be used to describe an apple. Great for eating raw. Great for cooking. Large. Perfect.

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The SPAK fruit bowl always looks like this.

There are fewer fruits that we get excited about. The Sumo is one of them, and that has one of the shortest seasons of anything. Sad.

Tomorrow is National Wienerschnitzel Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx210] National Chili Dog Day/National Milk Chocolate Day

Chocolate chili, anybody?

IT’S NATIONAL MILK CHOCOLATE DAY AND NATIONAL CHILI DOG DAY!

Chocolate is chocolate. Purists will dismiss things like milk chocolate and white chocolate. But in reality, milk chocolate isn’t all that bad! We got some chocolate from Choco Love. Pretty good stuff!

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Today is also Chili Dog Day. There are a few restaurants in the Twin Cities that do amazing dogs: Chris and Rob’s, The Wienery, and Prairie Dogs. Prairie Dogs, especially, is known for making some badass chili – you can tell they’re good on it because they serve chili cheese fries. So we made the trip down to uptown (which is south of downtown) to get our dog on. And it was absolutely amazing. You need to go to Prairie Dogs immediately.

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The “Split Open and Melt” – Chili, Hook’s cheddar spread, mustard, and raw onions. Chili Cheese Fries on the side. Messy. Delicious.

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Not a chili dog. The “Pliny the Elder” – Duck fat fried hot dog, foie gras torchon, and currant apple relish. Also messy. Also delicious.

The chili is just what you need for a dog. Super meaty. No beans. A little kick and very, very, very saucy. Gets everywhere. We will dream of these dogs tonight.

Tomorrow is National Chicken Wing Day and National Lasagna Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx187] National Apple Turnover Day/National Graham Cracker Day

Double Dessert Time!

IT’S NATIONAL APPLE TURNOVER DAY AND NATIONAL GRAHAM CRACKER DAY!

The Turnover is a food where you fold some dough over itself and bake it. So I guess you could consider the calzone a type of turnover. In this case we are specifically looking for the apple variety! With a gooey cinnamony apple pie type filling inside, these things are easy to chomp into.

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These are huge. We split one.

And though we could have used our graham crackers to have s’mores this evening, we didn’t want to betray August 10, National S’Mores Day. So we got these at Target since they were extra cheap on Cartwheel!

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“Graham snacks.”

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Tomorrow is National Fried Chicken Day!

-SPAK