[FHCx259] National Linguine Day/National Creme de Menthe Day/National Double Cheeseburger Day

IT’S NATIONAL LINGUINE DAY, NATIONAL CREME DE MENTHE DAY, AND NATIONAL DOUBLE CHEESEBURGER DAY!

It’s hard to place which of these we would enjoy most. AK definitely would go for the pasta, and SP would certainly like the double serving of meat… We love both.

Linguine is the pasta that you have when you want spaghetti, but slightly flatter. These little tongues are good at carrying sauce which, let’s face it, is the real reason we’re eating pasta to begin with. Well thanks to Buca, which supplied SP with beautiful birthday coupons, we had some linguine on Tuesday and had some leftovers today.

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We built our own with linguine, marinara, mushrooms, artichokes, onions, and poached garlic. With meatballs of course.

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And look at this cute cake they made for SP! (Those aren’t actually noodles)

Alright, palette cleanser time. Let’s have a mint. A menthe.

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Lastly, we took a trip down to SParents (since we haven’t been there in a while) to have some burgers. SPom’s hamburgers are awesome. She has some kind of magic she makes them with, because she uses a 95% lean beef – not traditionally what you’d use for a juicy hamburger – and mixes in pureed… MUSHROOMS! It thickens out the patty and they are super tender. But then she gives SP all the credit because of his grilling skills. Let’s just say that SP is so badass at grilling that he did the whole thing in the rain tonight!

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Rainy burgers!

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Some cheese.

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SP‘s.

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AK made this with some sauteed onions and mushrooms.

Tomorrow is National Guacamole Day and National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day.

-SPAK

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[FHCx249] National Cheese Pizza Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL CHEESE PIZZA DAY!


You know us. We like lots of stuff on our pizza. Veggies, meat… fruit? It’s all good. We rarely find ourselves sitting down to a cheese pizza anymore. But we can make today a special occasion.

This stage is entitled, “sprinkle dinkle”


And it was still really good!

Tomorrow is National Coffee Ice Cream Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx247] National Welsh Rarebit Day/International Bacon Day

IT’S NATIONAL WELSH RAREBIT DAY AND INTERNATIONAL BACON DAY!

We know Harley Morenstein would probably be spending today bathing in a tub full of bacon. Bacon is amazing. If we had our way, we would be eating the bacon at Manny’s Steakhouse every day. It looks like this:

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They make it with Nueske’s pork belly. Bacon may be hyped up everywhere you go, and the words “applewood smoked” have started to just look like the word “the” as far as prevalence, but it has good reason. Today we had some at lunch at Mill Valley Kitchen.

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Alright. Raise your hand if you can name more than two Welsh foods. That’s what we thought. We don’t mean to be offensive. The UK has given us foods like Fish n Chips. Or has it? (Spoiler alert: Spanish Jews brought fried fish to England in the 17th century.)

Welsh Rarebit is one of those foods that people might know the name but not what it is. No it’s not Rabbit. Common misconception, as that was originally the name of the food. And the word “rarebit” has no other use in the English language than for Welsh Rarebit. It’s basically just a cheese sauce. It’s good! We used Alton Brown’s recipe.

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2 Tbsp butter

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Whisk in 2 tbsp of flour, then dijon mustard, worcestershire, salt, pepper, and a half cup of some Porter beer.

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Look at it go!

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Add 3/4 cup heavy cream

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Slowly whisk in some shredded cheddar (shreddar)

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Pour over toast! We ate it with steak.

A sentence that was said after dinner: “What else can we put this cheese sauce on?”

Verdicts:

  1. Graham cracker was pretty good, actually.
  2. Marshmallow was not.
  3. Crackers were excellent, as you could imagine.

Tomorrow is National Macadamia Nut Day!

-SPAK

 

[FHCx225] National Julienne Fries Day

Julie who?

IT’S NATIONAL JULIENNE FRIES DAY!

French Fry lesson time. There’s a lot of different forms of our favorite deep fried potato treat. Thanks to The Nibble, we have this beautiful article. In it, we find some serious wisdom.

The general shape of the french fry is called the “batonnet.” It’s about 0.25″ by 0.25″ by 2-2.5″ while its big brother, the “baton,” is 0.5″ by 0.5″ on the end. Our buddy for today, the Julienne style, which admittedly is used in cutting all sorts of things that aren’t french fries, uses 1/8″ or 3mm – one half each edge length of the batonnet. Nobody knows how the term originates but perhaps after a person with a name like Julienne.

So to honor the french fry, we went French: Barbette in Minneapolis.

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SP‘s “Royale with Cheese” – burger with caramelized onions and brie (yes, brie) with some hollandaise for the fries.

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AK‘s Croque Madame, with that beautiful egg on top.

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J is for Julienne!

We can’t turn down french fries. These were really great. If you’re ever in the Lake Calhoun area, make sure to stop by Barbette!

Tomorrow is National Filet Mignon Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx211] National Lasagna Day/National Chicken Wing Day

It is so hard to pick which of these we liked better today…

IT’S NATIONAL CHICKEN WING DAY AND NATIONAL LASAGNA DAY!

For our lunch today, we headed out to Oakdale for the undisputed king of chicken wings in the Twin Cities: D-Spot. In the past year, they moved out of their former tiny space into a really amazing new lot about a quarter mile away. These wings are capital G Good. They clock in at 85 different flavors in multiple categories, including Savory, Sweet, and Spicy (ranging from “spicy” to “death row”).

Do yourself a favor and go read their menu for a bit. It’s very difficult to make choices. Do I want something really extravagant? Maybe the “Snackers” – peanut butter, caramel, crushed nuts, chocolate, and sea salt? (Yes, it’s amazing.) Or maybe I want to burn my tongue off? Well we picked three:

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Frenchy: Caramelized onion with a sweet balsamic reduction

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SP‘s favorite, Tarantula: Soy glaze, roasted garlic, chili, dry rub, fried garlic

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Bathala’s Bliss: Ginger, honey, chili, peanut butter, lime, cilantro

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It’s hard to characterize these fries but they are SO good. Seasoned and served with a “special yellow sauce.”

We could barely walk after eating these delicious wings. SP had wing glaze all over his moustache. However, we did manage to get ourselves up enough to go bowling and push some of the calories out. That was before we got home to make Lasagna.

Picture time!

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2 cups part-skim cheese

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Mix with 1 container of part-skim Ricotta

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93% lean ground beef and some hot italian sausage

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Lay down about a cup of sauce first

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A few lasagna sheets

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Spread on more sauce

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3/4 cup of the cheese mixture, and then spread it!

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Some meat…

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Repeat, repeat, repeat, and then top off with some more sauce and cheese.

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Bake at 375. Boom.

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Garfield would have a fit.

We love pasta as it is, and making stuff like this at home is a lot of fun! Next time we could lighten it up even more, but it was really tasty as is. The hot italian sausage kept things interestingly spicy, and the ricotta was smooth and creamy. Mmmm.

Tomorrow is National Cheesecake Day!

-SPAK

[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

[FHCx208] National Coffee Milkshake Day/National Bagelfest Day

Ice cream ahoy!

IT’S NATIONAL COFFEE MILKSHAKE DAY AND NATIONAL BAGELFEST DAY!

Well, it’s not the date for Bagelfest this year. See, Lender’s Bagels moved in to Mattoon, Illinois and proclaimed the city the Bagel Capital of the World. Ridiculous. Then they started this annual festival at the end of July called Bagelfest, which has had parades and performances from the likes of 38 Special and Zac Brown Band. This year, the festival was held this past weekend, but all of our sources (we shouldn’t just trust everything we initially read, eh?) told us today was the day. Even news outlets were reporting that it was Bagelfest Day and nobody was the wiser.

Before work this morning, SP and AK took a trip to Bruegger’s to get some bagel action.

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Open-facing a bagel makes it take twice as long to get through and lets you enjoy each bite a little more. However, more cream cheese is likely to get in SP‘s moustache that way.

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Red onion and lox are also not optional for most bagel outings.

This evening we had to spoil the amazingness of today’s bagel morning with a coffee-flavored something-or-other. Neither of us like coffee very much at all. Blame our parents? Could be worse. We could be weirdos who hate bananas.

We landed our coffee milkshake thanks to Conny’s Cream Cone, which we’ve written about before. We got a mocha milkshake which we consumed about 1/3 of. Coffee. Not even once.

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They make really good ice cream, so it wasn’t all for naught.

Tomorrow is a triple day again: Chicken Finger Day, Creme Brulee Day, and Scotch Day.

-SPAK