[FHCx210] National Chili Dog Day/National Milk Chocolate Day

Chocolate chili, anybody?

IT’S NATIONAL MILK CHOCOLATE DAY AND NATIONAL CHILI DOG DAY!

Chocolate is chocolate. Purists will dismiss things like milk chocolate and white chocolate. But in reality, milk chocolate isn’t all that bad! We got some chocolate from Choco Love. Pretty good stuff!

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Today is also Chili Dog Day. There are a few restaurants in the Twin Cities that do amazing dogs: Chris and Rob’s, The Wienery, and Prairie Dogs. Prairie Dogs, especially, is known for making some badass chili – you can tell they’re good on it because they serve chili cheese fries. So we made the trip down to uptown (which is south of downtown) to get our dog on. And it was absolutely amazing. You need to go to Prairie Dogs immediately.

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The “Split Open and Melt” – Chili, Hook’s cheddar spread, mustard, and raw onions. Chili Cheese Fries on the side. Messy. Delicious.

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Not a chili dog. The “Pliny the Elder” – Duck fat fried hot dog, foie gras torchon, and currant apple relish. Also messy. Also delicious.

The chili is just what you need for a dog. Super meaty. No beans. A little kick and very, very, very saucy. Gets everywhere. We will dream of these dogs tonight.

Tomorrow is National Chicken Wing Day and National Lasagna Day!

-SPAK

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[FHCx190] National Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Omelette Day/National Chocolate with Almonds Day

What a strange idea for a holiday!

IT’S NATIONAL DON’T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE OMELETTE DAY AND NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WITH ALMONDS DAY!

Chocolate and nuts are a really good combination. Whether the nuts are covered in chocolate or the chocolate is covered in nuts is up to you entirely. We chose a chocolate bar with an endangered owl on it!

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Owl be glad to share this chocolate with you!

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Hoo! wants a piece?

Today also celebrates the idioms of not putting all your money on one horse, not putting all your eggs in one basket, not putting all your commanding officers in one away team… So out of the 14 eggs we had, we used 3 (and an egg beaters cup) to make our omelette with a li’l bit of shredded cheddar (shreddar).

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14 of ’em.

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Not all of them.

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Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese

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Omelette du fromage!

Omelette du fromage.

Tomorrow is National Sugar Cookie Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx156] National Cheese Day/National Cognac Day

Fancy pants day…

IT’S NATIONAL CHEESE DAY AND NATIONAL COGNAC DAY!

We celebrated Cheese Lover’s Day not long ago. We went all out on different kinds of cheeses because we are, indeed, cheese lovers. Tonight we opted for a more simple option to celebrate cheese: Tuna Specialy. Invented by cousin SParles, the tuna specialy is just an open-faced tuna melt.

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Tuna! We add a tbsp of light mayo for each can we use. Then some garlic powder, onion powder, and celery salt to season.

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Bread.

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Tuna on bread. About 2 oz each.

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Cheddar. Which is also the name of our neighbor’s cat who likes to play in our yard. He’s cute.

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Shreddar.

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About 1/2 oz on each.

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Toast!

It’s something truly special…y! Then again, DadAK thinks hot tuna is an abomination. Not in this house!

Also, it’s cognac day. Great for cooking, great for cocktails, you should always keep some around.

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Tomorrow is National Gingerbread Day! Doesn’t that belong in December…?

-SPAK

[FHCx139] National Cheese Souffle Day

Eggy cheese bread!

TODAY IS NATIONAL CHEESE SOUFFLE DAY!

We were scared off last time by the word souffle, and entrusted it to the folks at the Yardhouse. This time around, we faced our fears and made a souffle, thanks to an incredibly easy recipe that SPom handed off to us. It’s not exactly traditional, but souffle can only be defined so well.

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A bunch of grated cheese and 2 cups of croutons

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3 eggs and 1.5 cups of skim milk

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Pour it in there and bake!

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Look at it.

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LOOK AT IT

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LOOK. AT. IT.

It was really good. But as mentioned above, it was eggy cheese bread. We could have done a lot worse, we’ll say that! 4 ingredients to make a delicious dinner is hard to argue with.

Tomorrow is Devil’s Food Cake Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx103] National Grilled Cheese Day/National Licorice Day

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYtJ550DCow#t=0m32s)

IT’S NATIONAL GRILLED CHEESE AND NATIONAL LICORICE DAY BUT NOT TOGETHER UNLESS YOU’RE INTO THAT!

We like cheese and grilling is enjoyable, so today is a good day. Licorice ain’t half bad, either. There are somehow endless methods of grilling cheese, and it seems as though everyone with a method will live and die by that method. AK is no different.

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Butter it! Butter it ALL THE WAY TO THE EDGES, YOU BARBARIAN!

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We opted for two different cheeses, just to keep things interesting. The one on the right is some sort of chipotle gouda. SP enjoyed the chipooting, and AK couldn’t taste it.

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Part of the AK method is stacking your sandwich layers on the spatula for easy insertion into the pan. 

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For some reason, most cheese slices will not fit your bread. “Well that’s okay, just turn a second piece 45 degrees for coverag–” NO, YOU FOOL, THE SAGGY CORNERS WILL MELT INTO THE PAN. Instead, shift the first piece into the corner and break up the second piece to cover the rest.

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Like so. 

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And any leftover bits can just be spread throughout. Don’t stack ’em too crazy, though. Things will either not melt well or get too globby in one spot.

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Add the top slice, and off into the pan!

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We this sweet cast iron skillet that SP never wants to use, but it just so happened that all the other pans were in the dishwasher. It worked out, because holy grill marks!

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Also it’s fun to rotate them to make waffle-y grill marks. 

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Meanwhile, some Red Vines (and not Twizzlers). When you go to the Red Vines page on Wikipedia, the bottom says “See also: Twizzlers.” NO!

When you go to the Red Vines page on Wikipedia, the bottom says “See also: Twizzlers.” NO! NEVER!

Incidentally, that page also says that Red Vines Original Red contain no licorice. Can’t win ’em all.

BACK TO THE GRILLING!

Another rule of grilled cheese is that they have to be cut diagonally, so you can pull them apart like in the Kraft singles commercials.

grilled cheese

Maaaagic.

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Not as pornographic but also not as processed so hey. 

All in all, good eats.

Tomorrow is Peach Cobbler Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx20] National Buttercrunch Day/Cheese Lovers’ Day

Double the holiday, double the tasty!

IT’S NATIONAL BUTTERCRUNCH DAY AND NATIONAL CHEESE LOVERS’ DAY!

First up, the buttercrunch. We searched for miles and miles to find some buttercrunch to celebrate the holiday, not even really knowing what it was. The closest we found was Brown & Haley’s Almond Roca, which claims to be “the original buttercrunch toffee with almonds.” Little did we know, Almond Buttercrunch Day happens to be June 29. So we are left to enjoy our almond roca as a tribute to buttercrunch, and we’ll find a different almond roca for its Summertime holiday!

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Little individually wrapped almond poops.

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Awesome crunchy coating

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Super powerful toffee insides

We’d eat buttercrunch again.

But not as soon as we’d eat cheese. We love cheese. Cheese in its many forms bring great pleasure to our household. We are so unpicky with cheese that we could go for some reeeeally stinky French cheese – so long as we didn’t have to drive in a car in 60 degree weather for several hours with the cheese sitting in there with us. We salute the cheesemakers and cheesemongers of the world, bringing joy to all the cheese-loving plebeians and kings alike.

For our holiday, we picked out a few cheeses to represent different areas of cheese making:

  1. An extra-aged Gouda (Rembrandt). Probably was our favorite of the evening. Gouda has a kind of dry texture, and has a bit of a fun mouth feel. Nutty and pleasant.
  2. A ten-year Cheddar from a small, local Wisconsin cheesemaker (Hook’s). Sharp and to the point. Definitely a good addition to the platter.
  3. A crumbly, perfumey Italian bleu (La Casearia Carpenedo). It was a very different type of bleu than the kind that Americans combine with hot wings. Strong in its own right.
  4. A chevre (goat cheese) from France (Chantal Plasse). Soft and creamy. Goat cheese is phenomenal, and goes well with all sorts of dishes.

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A big thank you to the wonderful cheese crafters who made tonight possible!

Tomorrow is an unexciting Granola Bar Day combined with a very exciting New England Clam Chowder Day! We won’t be able to make it to New England by tomorrow, but we’ll do our best here.

SPAK