[FHCx96] National Deep Dish Pizza Day/National Raisin and Spice Bar Day/National Caramel Day

Today is the day we’ve been waiting for.

IT’S NATIONAL DEEP DISH PIZZA DAY AND RAISIN AND SPICE BAR DAY AND CARAMEL DAY!

When it comes to pizza, SP and AK agree that the deeper the dish, the better the pizza. Not to say that other kinds of pizza are bad. Just that if we had a choice between matzo pizza and Chicago-style, we’d be in the green-water, organized-crime, bean-art, Ferris-Bueller’s-Day-Off camp.

Now normally the first place that comes to mind when people talk about the Chicago Style Deep Dish is Giordano’s. And yes, we did just receive the holy gift of a Giordano’s in Uptown Minneapolis last summer. But since before then, we were given a bastion of pizza by the name of Pizzeria Pezzo. This gem in White Bear Lake does not get nearly the love that it should. From the same family that brought us Kowalski’s we get amazing pizza that reaffirms our love for saucedoughcheese every time we eat it. Pictures speak louder than these words.

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Our favorite small-plate appetizer: Baked Cipollini Onions and Whipped Cheese. Ughghghsoerugao;bna;eoiuenarg

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We order the Lincoln Park with pepperoni and extra garlic. It’s like a veggie works, but a million better.

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We only eat one slice each and take the rest home!

It was hard, after the amazing dinner, to bring ourselves to our other two food holidays. In order to make Raisin and Spice Bars, SP took a box of Duncan Hines spice cake mix, a can of pumpkin, a box of raisins, and put them to work!

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No extra egg, oil, or anything. The pumpkin does all the heavy lifting.

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A low-calorie baked treat!

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What’s this? A wild caramel appears!

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It’s super effective!

We had fun today.

Tomorrow we’ll take it a little easier by celebrating Caramel Corn Day.

-SPAK

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[FHCx65] National Cheese Doodle Day

Let’s get creative with our doodling.

TODAY IS NATIONAL CHEESE DOODLE DAY!

Cheetos = Cheese Doodles. There, now you know what they are.

Basically, puffed corn snacks in the US were on the rise with just how much corn we were/are producing. For most Americans, the only thing that makes our corn better is the use of all of that dairy we’re making as well. The only thing more exciting than puffed cornmeal covered in cheese dust is finding such a puffed cornmeal covered in cheese dust that reminds you of Jesus. Cheesus.

Frito-Lay is at it again with Cheetos. Chester Cheetah would have wanted us to eat all of the many, many flavors of Cheetos today. But considering that Paws, the greatest achievement known to mankind, are discontinued, we had to make other plans.

We present: Cheetos Krispie Bars.

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Melt 3 Tbsp of butter in a big sauce pan

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One 10oz bag of mini marshmallows. Stir ’em in.

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Melty buttery marshmallow

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AK crushing the Cheetos into smaller bits

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Pour in two 8.5oz bags of Cheetos and stir

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Set into a greased 9×13 pan and press down to spread evenly

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Doodle. Doodle.

We had so many naysayers when we told them our plans for Cheese Doodle Day. These bars are actually really good. SP was skeptical, too, but with these three ingredients you can’t go too wrong. They’re crunchy and gooey and sweet and cheesy. Not the usual mixture but it worked very well! And at 111 calories a piece, they’re really not as bad for you as you’d think.

Tomorrow is a trio again: Frozen Food Day, White Chocolate Cheesecake Day, and Oreo Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx39] Oatmeal Monday/National Molasses Bar Day

Hearty foods upon us!

TODAY IS [OAT]MEAL MONDAY AND NATIONAL MOLASSES BAR DAY!

First up, the oatmeal. Apparently Oatmeal Monday – the second Monday in February – was a creation of the “ancient Universities of Scotland” back in the 17th century. Students were fairly poor and their diet was fairly standard, and today’s holiday is an ode to them. Nowadays, those same universities won’t afford their students an Oatmeal Monday Holiday.

SPom made us some of her famous cranberry-maple crock pot oatmeal for today! You know when you get food from mom in one of these that you’re in for the good stuff.

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Depending on how much water you use to reheat it will of course change the consistency.

Quick ‘n dirty recipe:

  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 2/3 cups dried cranberries (low sugar kind, please!)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Throw it all in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours. It’s amazing. You can throw a little brown sugar over the top if you wanna.

As for the molasses bars, AK took care of those. Not knowing much about molasses bars going into it, we weren’t sure what to expect. Taking a recipe from the interweb, we found that we had to start by boiling molasses and shortening together. Combining all the ingredients made a thick kind of sludge. Bake ’em and you’ve got a chewy molasses treat.

AK didn’t like them, as they were too chewy and not very sweet. SP loves molasses and it was a nice departure from decadence. Go try some of your own!

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SP is gonna take the rest to work tomorrow to share with coworkers. That’s usually the best way to keep baked goods from getting devoured in the house. It’s always hard to throw it away, but way easier to give it away to people who love free food. And for those of SP‘s coworkers who are also being weight-conscious, one bar won’t make much of a dent.

Tomorrow is a TRIPLE THREAT. International Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday), Bagels and Lox Day, and Pizza Pie Day. Tune in tomorrow to find out how we’ll manage it all!

-SPAK