[FHCx166] National Strawberry Shortcake Day/National Bourbon Day

Dessert and drinks!

TODAY IS NATIONAL STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DAY AND NATIONAL BOURBON DAY!

Strawberry shortcake is different from angel food cake. Don’t even try to make that leap. According to the purists, that is. Basically you start a cake (flour, sugar, milk, eggs, baking stuff) and blend with butter until the mixture is like corn meal. Then you dollop some spoonfuls and make li’l cakes like you would make biscuits. Strawberries help make this cake be better than it is!

BTW, the largest strawberry shortcake ever made was in the Philippines. It weight over 21,000 pounds.

We picked up a strawberry shortcake at Target:

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Wait a sec, gluten-free?! Take it back!

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Nah. It was pretty good anyway.

And our choice of bourbon for the evening:

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Tomorrow is National Lobster Day!

-SPAK

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[FHCx151] National Mint Julep Day

Happy Memorial Day!

IT’S NATIONAL MINT JULEP DAY!

Mint Julep was one of those alcoholic beverages that we knew very little about. Hey! I see you there, judging us! Stop thinking that we’re party-poopers just because we aren’t alcoholics!

AK figured that it was basically lemonade but mint instead of lemon. SP thought it involved gin of some sort and that old, rich people in the South drank it. They’re kind of right. Basically, it’s a mojito with bourbon instead of rum. Hooray, Kentucky. We used Wikipedia’s Recipe.

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Powdered sugar, spearmint, water, and bourbon

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1 tsp of sugar, 2 tsp water, and four mint leaves.

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Muddling.

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Crushed ice!

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Add 4 tbsp of bourbon and stir.

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Garnish with a mint leaf!

Big surprise: it wasn’t our favorite. We’re sure you bourbon-lovers out there would really enjoy it, though!

Tomorrow is National Macaroon Day. Macaron? Macaroon?

-SPAK

 

[FHCx11] Hot Toddy Day/Milk Day

WELL, it turns out Hot Toddies are kind of gross. In any case:

TODAY IS HOT TODDY DAY AND ALSO MILK DAY!

Recently it’s been hovering around -Nope°F here in the Twin Cities and, since we have both been having various otorhinolaryngological (gezundheit) ailments over the last few days, Hot Toddy Day seemed a welcome friend to us in our time of need. With a cute name like Toddy, who can resist? And it’s hot, too?!! Lemme at ’em!

Our research told us that we needed some water, bourbon, honey, lemon juice, and nutmeg. Luckily we have it all. (H/T to Mirror Lake Beeworks for our favorite local honey! What’s about to happen was not your fault!)

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If the measuring cup looks empty, it’s because the recipe called for very little water. Like a quarter cup.

SP likes whiskeys well enough, but you must have to either really like whiskey or be in it for the lemon in order to enjoy this thing. AK likes neither and is the less-ill of the two of us, so SP stepped up as the guinea pig. AK tried some, too, but her reaction was a lot less entertaining.

And there you have it. Groundbreaking journalism, right from the source.

Since today is also Milk Day, we drank some as a post-trauma comfort.

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 AK has a cookies ‘n’ cream milk-flavoring straw, just for fun.

Tomorrow is Curried Chicken Day/Marzipan Day, so it should be significantly less disgusting.

Have any favorite marzipan brands/sources/recipes? Please, let us know in the comments or via Facebook/Twitter!

SPAK