[FHCx320] National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day/National Bundt Day/National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

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IT’S NATIONAL SPICY HERMIT COOKIE DAY, NATIONAL BUNDT DAY, AND NATIONAL RAISIN BRAN CEREAL DAY!

Raisin Bran is a polarizing cereal, as we’ve found out from conversations with friends. SP tends to like raisins, and AK doesn’t. But even the bran part is something people don’t like. Weird.

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Two Scoops for extra poops

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Just look at how fun this cereal is!

Our next task was handling some Bundt. We are proud to present it as a regional creation with Jewish roots. Can you believe it? It’s based off of Gugelhupf, which was a Eastern European cake popular in Jewish communities. And then some dudes in St. Louis Park (which used to be referred to as “St. Jewish Park” – ya know, where SParents grew up) made this company called Nordic Ware and invented the Bundt pan based off this cake thing.

Everywhere you go in Minnesota, Bundt. Believe it. And Mrs. Wonderful’s are frequently available at Target. And they are wonderful.

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When picking out which flavor to use today, AK said “Obviously Cinnamon Swirl.” So I guess there you go.

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Super duper good.

The last part of today was something we’d never heard of: Spicy Hermit? What? Like, spicy hot? Hermit like a crab, or a person hiding out somewhere? Who came up with this crap?

New Englanders in the 1880s, like half of these dang food holiday foods.

Imagine an oatmeal raisin cookie. Take out the oatmeal, but still keep the cookie soft and chewy. Then throw on a whole bunch of spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, etc. That’s a spicy hermit. We nabbed this recipe from The Spice House to make our own.

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Dry ingredients with a bunch of spices.

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Cream butter with sugar.

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Add in some beaten eggs and mix it up. This looks super cool, doesn’t it?

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Combine with the dry stuff.

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Chewy. Could’ve had more spices in them, but likely the recipe was made “mild” so that people wouldn’t run screaming to the hills. An interesting cookie, but not our favorite.

Tomorrow is National Fast Food Day!

-SPAK

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[FHCx67] National Cereal Day/National Crown Roast of Pork Day

Writing this while waiting for a concert to start… and finishing it now that the concert is over!

TODAY IS NATIONAL CEREAL DAY AND NATIONAL CROWN ROAST OF PORK DAY!

As SPAK are now on spring break, we had the opportunity to have a somewhat relaxed morning. And to kick it off we had some cereal. Honey Nut Cheerios.


Yay.

The real treasure today was making this crown roast of pork. Neither of us had ever even seen one in real life until today. We picked up our meat from Von Hanson’s, a local butchery with an awesome selection and great prices. The hard part was just how long the process was to prepare one of these beasts.

The crown roast as it was given to us. The crown roast itself is a loin cut with bones in that is slitted and wrapped around itself to look like – you guessed it – a meat crown.

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Herb paste made from rosemary, sage, thyme, garlic, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup of olive oil.

Rubbed with the herb paste and sat into a pan with diced celery, onion, and garlic.

Make some pan sauce with wine and chicken stock. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350 and let it go for 1.5-2 hours until it’s at least 145 inside.

Tada! Happy crowns.


This thing has made the house smell so damn good. We were able to share with a couple of SP‘s friends and they really enjoyed it as well. SP was really worried that he would overcook it, as pork is one of those meats that can turn not-so-good rather quickly. But it was juicy and just right. He was even a master carver! There are lots of leftovers, so I think we’ll be good for several days. Verdict: we would definitely do this again. Thanks, crown roast of pork day, for teaching us something!

Tomorrow is Peanut Cluster Day!

-SPAK