[FHCx339] National Cookie Day


AK bought these, so this is what we did for cookie day:

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Just kidding. Well, we did eat them, and they did taste like sugar cookies, but still! We have to bake cookies. We weren’t going to go completely from scratch, as we have on many other cookie days, because we had this mix sitting around from a long time ago.


Delicious chocolate chip cookies.

Tomorrow is National Sacher Torte Day!


[FHCx275] National Homemade Cookie Day/World Vegetarian Day

3/4 of the way through the year!


We specifically didn’t put any meat in our cookies today. We definitely have a sense of admiration for those who have the discipline to remain vegetarian. Between the current state of the treatment of animals in the US and the danger associated with bacteria, you’d think it’d be an easy choice. But nutritionally, it’s much easier to be a human omnivore, and culturally it’s a lot simpler as well. Even with the family we have vegetarians (SPaunt SPara and SPuncle SParlie), so we know.

But cookies are important, too. Especially when made at home, where you can get them fresh from the oven.




With a glass of milk, of course!

Tomorrow is National Fried Scallops Day! …and AK‘s birthday woooooo!!!


[FHCx250] National Coffee Ice Cream Day

TWO FIFTY, can you believe it?


Why spoil one of the greatest things in life with one of the grossest things? (SP really hates coffee.) We’ve even had garlic ice cream and liked it. Last time that coffee and ice cream got together, we avoided it the best we could, and we’ve done the same this time.


Enter Halo Top with the Chocolate Mocha Chip flavor!


Pile of poo or ice cream?

Glad we escaped narrowly the fate of coffee ice cream. Still, it’s not the greatest Halo Top flavor. So far, we would order it Chocolate > Vanilla Bean > Strawberry > Chocolate Mocha Chip. We have yet to try their Birthday Cake, Lemon Cake, or Mint Chip. But still!

Tomorrow is a huge one: Beer Lovers’ Day, Acorn Squash Day, Salami Day, and Napoleon Day.

Here’s the issue, though… THURSDAY DOESN’T HAVE A FOOD HOLIDAY!!! Some people claim that it’s date-nut bread day, but that doesn’t happen until December 22nd. WE ARE FREAKING OUT!


[FHCx217] National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day



Not to be confused with Chocolate Chip Day.

Chocolate chip cookies are the quintessential comfort food dessert. Forget pie, cake, and everything else. This is what we grew up on. Mom could throw together some Tollhouse chocochip cookies and you would bounce around waiting for them to come out of the oven. And when they finally did, when they were still soft and gooey and delicious, you grabbed a glass of milk and went to town. Well, as best as you could before you got a talking to. And don’t eat them from the cooling rack until I say you can!

Cookies are powerful. And chocolate moreso. We don’t need to tell you much more.

A terrific read on the different methods of chocolate chip cookie baking is found on Handle the Heat. Do check it out!

This time around we used a Betty Crocker recipe.

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Sugar and brown sugar

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Add egg, vanilla, and butter.

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Flour, baking soda, and salt.

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Chocolate chips!

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Thick as sludge.

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We hope you got to enjoy chocolate chip cookies as much as we’ve enjoyed them today.

Tomorrow is National Oyster Day!


[FHCx136] National Chocolate Chip Day

Chocolate holidays are the best!


Chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip banana bread, chocolate chip brownies and pancakes, and on and on. Where do these majesties come from? Awesome story.

In 1937, this woman named Ruth Graves Wakefield, proprietor of the Toll House Inn (see where we’re going with this?), added chunks of chocolate to cookies. The cookies completely blew up out of the stratosphere and in 1939 Nestle added her recipe to their chocolate’s packaging. What did Ruth get out of this? Money? No. A lifetime supply of chocolate. Oh the envy is enormous!

Except that the whole Nestle slave-trade puts a damper on that. Oh well.

We decided to make Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes!

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Kodiak now has a Dark Chocolate protein cake. Boom.

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Pile o’ Pancakes

They were super chocolatey and super good! Kodiak delivers again!

Tomorrow is National Coquilles St. Jacques Day. Yeah, one of those…


[FHCx83] National Chip and Dip Day/National Melba Toast Day

It’s a chip and dip!


Oh boy are we excited for today! Chips are awesome. Dips are awesome. Let’s make a mash-up (and we’ll throw some Melba Toast in to help with the dip!).

We present: The SPAK Chip and Dip Experience, March 2016:

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Three dips represented: AK‘s Beautiful Bruschetta, SPad’s Excellent Eggplant Dip, and SPom’s Outstanding Onion Dip

Alright alright, here are the recipes…

AK‘s Beautiful Bruschetta:

  • 5 Roma Tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella, chopped
  • 6 leaves basil, chopped fine
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Vinegar
  • Salt and Black Pepper, to taste

Basically you just mix it all up once everything is chopped. It’s HEAVENLY. We could eat Bruschetta day in and day out, despite the fact that neither SP nor AK typically enjoy raw tomatoes! That’s the power of this dish.

SPad’s Excellent Eggplant Dip (made by SPad himself for the holiday, thanks SPad!):

  • 3 large eggplants, halved lengthwise
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped fine
  • 1 bunch scallions, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Liquid Smoke
  • 3 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

First you have to “overcook” the eggplants in the microwave after drizzling with oil. Make sure to cover it in wax paper first! Alternatively you can roast or grill them in foil. Once softened and fully cooked, scoop the flesh out of the skin and let it cool. Then you can finely chop/mince the flesh of the eggplant. Blend in the remaining ingredients and let it chill in the refrigerator at least overnight.

This dish has been a hallmark of holiday hors d’oeuvres in the SPamily household. Thanksgiving, Passover, you name it, this eggplant dip is there. The recipe, handed down in SP‘s paternal family, will make you love the eggplant more than any other dish. Serve it with crackers or chips or melba toast. This dip is on point.

SPom’s Outstanding Onion Dip (made by SP for the holiday. Sorry SPom.):

  • 8 oz light sour cream
  • 5.33 oz non-fat plain greek yogurt (We used Chobani)
  • Goodman’s Onion Soup Mix – alternatively, the Lipton one is also amazing because it has bigger onion bits in it.

This is the smallest recipe represented here today, but it’s the most popular dip for chips around these parts. Whenever there are cold cuts dinners, this dip is often found sitting next to some Old Dutch Rip-L chips. It’s really up to you how much of the onion soup mix you want to put in but in this house we like to lay it on there (AK, excitedly: “Whole thing! Whole thing! Whole thing!”). Make sure you’ve got some water on hand to help counteract the saltiness of the soup mix! This dip is creamy and flavorful and leaves the most amazing taste in your mouth. Stop reading this and go make some!!

Tomorrow is National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day, much to AK‘s displeasure.


[FHCx55] National Tortilla Chip Day

¡Olé! Again!


Did you know that Doritos were invented at Disneyland as a way to use up old tortillas?

Tortilla chips are the quintessential opener to Tex-Mex cuisine. Endless baskets are run out to your table by people who realize they are giving away free food. I wonder how many people have shown up to a Mexican restaurant, gotten a bunch of free chips, and just left? There’s probably a special circle of hell for that.

SP‘s favorite tortilla chips can be found at El Parian, one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Twin Cities.These chips have a density and crispity that are unparalleled by any store-bought chips. They’re hearty and delicious, and just a bit salty. El Parian serves their chips with a red salsa and a white ranchero sauce. Both are excellent.

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Bonus dinner picture 1: Enchiladas Guadalajara. Roast pork and onions served on top of two cheese enchiladas. They’re in there. Somewhere.

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Bonus dinner picture 2: Pollo Asado. This flattened chicken breast comes out sizzling on this platter on a bed of onions so thick it makes the Tempur-Pedic seem uncomfortable.

Chips are great. Hooray!

Tomorrow is 3 CHs: Clam CHowder day, CHili day, and CHocolate covered nuts day!


[FHCx29] National Corn Chip Day

Bring out the bowl…


All day, I had people asking me if I was going to just chomp some Fritos at dinner tonight. And you know, I really could have. But to me, the quintessential corn chip is a corn tortilla chip. Yes, tortilla chips have their own day and we’ll get to that, but this is the real deal people!

Our pick for the night was Xochitl chips. Tasty, crispy, and work well for picking up stuff. Here are our totopos for the evening.

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Make sure to measure your portions so you don’t go through a whole bag in one evening…

Tomorrow is National Croissant Day!