[FHCx345] National Lager Day

“Sure is Lager. I’ll tell ya that.”

IT’S NATIONAL LAGER DAY!

Lager. The one word used to describe the nondescript-est beer ever. Ya know, Miller, Budweiser, Beck’s, and so on. All of the types that are basically carbonated water that once maybe had a hint of beer and are now just weird and kinda yucky. No offense to lager lovers. There must be a market for it, otherwise there wouldn’t be so damn many kinds.

Lager is the Kristen Stewart of beers. We’ll put it that way.

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Yep, real warm and festive…

Wish we could say we were done with the alcoholidays but we still have more ahead!

Tomorrow is National Noodle Ring Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx301] National American Beer Day

Leave it to the Americans to have a redundant sounding holiday.

IT’S NATIONAL AMERICAN BEER DAY!

Beer! YEAH! America! RED WHITE AND BLUE!

We’re gonna one-up this whole “American” beer thing and have a Minnesotan beer, courtesy of Lift Bridge. It’s a well-known name around these parts as their headquarters are just a few miles away in Stillwater. They’re particularly well known for their Farm Girl Saison. We aren’t beer aficionados, but we know that when people latch onto local breweries and make them extremely successful, there’s a good reason.

So here’s to American beer that hasn’t sold out to InBev.

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Tomorrow is National Breadstick Day, National Chocolate Day, and National Wild Foods Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx272] National Strawberry Cream Pie Day/National Drink Beer Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY AND NATIONAL DRINK BEER DAY!

Beer. Ben Franklin’s BFF. With all sorts of varieties: hoppy, malty, dark, light, etc., there’s plenty to choose from. If you’re really cool, then you get to Surly’s Brewer’s Table where you can enjoy a delicious tasting menu with beer pairings. You won’t think of beer the same way. (We did this on SP‘s birthday and it was great!)

Today we celebrated by having this Sioux City Birch Beer. It’s not beer in the traditional sense, but it sure is in the title!

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AK‘s endorsement: “It tastes like benadryl!”

Well if beer isn’t your thing, maybe dessert is?

SP‘s “contact” at Baker’s Square says that currently Strawberry Cream Pies are out because strawberries are “out of season.” This is coming from the same place that serves strawberry-rhubarb pie to octogenarians year-long. Trips to the grocery stores nearby were not fruitful (or creamful) either. So we had to make it at home!

AK mixed up some strawberry Jell-O and some vanilla pudding, and made this little pie-lets. Top with strawberry and cream and there you have it.

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Look at that beautiful color!

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Decorated artfully.

Tomorrow is… ugh… Coffee Day…

-SPAK

[FHCx251] National Napoleon Day/National Salami Day/National Beer Lovers’ Day/National Acorn Squash Day

TOO MUCH

TODAY IS NATIONAL NAPOLEON DAY, NATIONAL SALAMI DAY, NATIONAL BEER LOVERS’ DAY, AND NATIONAL ACORN SQUASH DAY!

We’ll try to be brief.

Acorn squash, and many fall/winter squashes, are great additions to most meals. Whether you want to make them savory or a little sweet (SPom uses maple pepper), just mash ’em up and you’re good to go.

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But really want we want to focus on is how we knocked out three of these food holidays at one place. It’s very dear to us: Cosetta’s in St. Paul. Imagine walking into an large building with beautiful wooden structure, delicious looking cakes in a bakery window, the smell of marinara, and the sound of Louis Prima.

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This captures about 1/3 of the cafeteria-style area

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The Italian Hero is what we’re after!

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Salami sandwich. Boom.

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Their pasticceria is also gorgeous, with some of the most elaborate looking desserts you’ve ever seen. They also have unbeatable gelato – a cioccolatto, for example, that cannot be matched anywhere.

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Napoleon!

Okay, pause here. Napoleon, yes, is very much related to Napoleon Bonaparte. Really, this dessert is a Mille-feuille, a many-many-layered pastry with cream and all sorts of goodies. Of course, French people in the 18th-19th centuries associate such a grande dessert with the grande guy himself.

So why at an Italian place? This is hands down the best Napoleon in the Twin Cities. The cream is on point. The layers are delicate and fluffy. And the top is beautiful, as you can see. Most Italian versions of the mille-feuille are actually savory with stuff like spinach and cheese, but Cosetta’s does the classic. So there you go.

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Cosetta’s also has a great beer selection of local stuff for beer lovers!

Phew, we made it! I guess this makes up for tomorrow, which doesn’t have an OFFICIAL food holiday. But we are going to MAKE ONE UP!

That’s right! We declare tomorrow… NATIONAL HONEYCRISP APPLE DAY!

-SPAK

[FHCx98] National Coffee Cake Day/National Beer Day

Don’t have both for breakfast…

TODAY IS NATIONAL COFFEE CAKE DAY AND NATIONAL BEER DAY!

Coffee cake, thankfully, is not made with actual coffee. Instead, it’s made to have with coffee which, again thankfully, is not actually required. This morning, AK made some eggs and we had them with some delicious coffee cake from Lund’s & Byerly’s.

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When you’ve got a sweet tooth for breakfast, no one will shame you for eating coffee cake.

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With tea instead of coffee!

Later today, we also had to celebrate National Beer Day. National Beer Day arose as the anniversary of April 7, 1933, when restrictions were lifted on the buying/selling/consuming of beer in the United States. These days it can be hard to imagine people who lobbied so strongly to strike down the right to drink alcohol, but then again, we have all sorts of crazies these days trying to illegalize things like being human.

So in addition to celebrating the beer itself, which honestly the team of SPAK could take or leave, we salute the bootleggers of the prohibition era who brought into popularity the greatest soft drink known to man: Root Beer. Oh man. Don’t even get SP started. Apparently in countries like France, Root Beer is said to taste like medicine, and they hate it. I pity them.

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Like beery cousins. Twice removed?

Tomorrow is National Empanada Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx80] National Bock Beer Day/National Ravioli Day

Beer ‘n pasta!

IT’S NATIONAL BOCK BEER DAY AND NATIONAL RAVIOLI DAY!

We aren’t beer connoisseurs. We have friends that are, and we have our lovely local Surdyk’s to recommend as well. Bock beer is a decidedly German kind of lager that is very malty, and a little less hoppy. We’re not quite in the camp of “Beer tastes like beer” but without an immediate comparison, it was hard to tell much about the beer. It was pretty good. We’ll probably use it to bake something. Or as part of a sauce. Hmmm.

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I’m pretty sure this is all just one word.

For ravioli day, we had grand plans to make our own pasta. And then Buca sent us a 50% off Ravioli coupon and we couldn’t resist. It’s been 2.5 months since our last trip to Buca!

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Ravioli in Meat Sauce

It was so creamy and smooth, with that amazing ricotta and parmesan combination. The meat sauce was on point, too. We often have to ask for extra sauce with their spaghetti, but the meat made this sauce thick and delicious. Oh, Buca, we never doubted you.

Tomorrow is California Strawberry Day and National French Bread Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx77] National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day

Not our usual corned beef…

IT’S NATIONAL CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DAY!

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a feast day for the saint made in the 17th century by the Catholic church. Like most things religious, the day has been twisted – especially in the United States. Now it stereotypes everything Irish, from how 10% of Irish people have red hair (so anyone who has red hair must be Irish, right?!) to how Ireland is the 4th highest in the OECD region for alcohol consumption. Some jokester decided that today should also be a national (i.e., United States of America) food holiday traditionally thought to be Irish, but some argue otherwise.

We made ours in the slow cooker!

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Carrots, potatoes, cabbage, 2.5 lbs of brisket, water, beer, spices

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It was good! Typically we associated corned beef with deli meats, so going for the slow cooked hunk o’ meat was a little different for us. Still, the vegetables were tender and tasty, and the brisket was choice. Good stuff.

Tomorrow is Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day and Sloppy Joe Day!

-SPAK