[FHCx317] National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day/National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

IT’S NATIONAL PIZZA WITH EVERYTHING (EXCEPT ANCHOVIES) DAY AND NATIONAL CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL DAY!

Everything?! Well, almost everything. For some reason, anchovies were left off of tonight’s menu by the powers that be. It wasn’t us. We’d eat anchovies.

We were able to swiftly pick up pizza at a local joint called Fresh Picked Pizza. They have all sorts of really tasty pizza, but we knew that we had one in mind to get fixed up for the evening.

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Do note the lack of anchovies.

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As a personal-size pizza, you can barely fit all those ingredients on there. Wonderful.

Today’s other holiday comes at a fortuitous time as AK is battling the Minnesotan common cold. (We’re sure SP will follow suit shortly.) Truly there is no better remedy for the insufferable symptoms quite like a homemade Chicken Soup. It warms the heart and soul and tummy. Thanks to SPom and SPad for always having the tastiest and most comforting chicken soup.

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Since SP moved out of his parents’ house, seeing a huge container of chicken soup like this is not infrequent.

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With carrots and matzo balls of course.

We feel comforted by our comfort foods.

Tomorrow is National Indian Pudding Day!

-SPAK

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[FHCx169] National Eat Your Vegetables Day/National Apple Streudel Day

Apples aren’t vegetables!

TODAY IS NATIONAL EAT YOUR VEGETABLES DAY AND NATIONAL APPLE STREUDEL DAY!

There are constant arguments out there as to what constitutes vegetabledom. Vegetability? According to the ever-reliable internet, “In everyday usage, a vegetable is any part of a plant that is consumed by humans as food as part of a savory meal.” So I guess apples can be vegetables?

Regardless, when we think vegetables, we think stuff your mom tried to feed you as a kid that made no sense. This weird, watery, crunchy thing? No flavor? Eat it! It’s good for you!

So yes, we totally could have prepped some vegetables in a beautiful presentation, but we wanted to go back to our roots when we were once told, “Eat your vegetables!” We present: baby carrots and celery sticks. Yay.

We got these itty bitty Apple stritties from HyVee the other day:

Gooey with a hint of crispy edge. It’s not the full-on streudel deal, but it was great nonetheless.

Tomorrow is International Picnic Day, National Cherry Tart Day, and International Sushi 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