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

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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.


Two Scoops for extra poops


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.


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



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.


Dry ingredients with a bunch of spices.


Cream butter with sugar.


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


Combine with the dry stuff.


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!


[FHCx274] National Hot Mulled Cider Day/National Chewing Gum Day


“Chewing gum isn’t a food!” we hear you say. Well, neither are drinks. But here we are. Sometimes chewing gum can help with food. That minty feeling makes you feel like not eating any more, which can be a great help if you’re trying to stop overindulging on homemade pizza (literally us, tonight).

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We keep some of these around just for that reason.

But we also got to make ourselves a treat of some hot mulled cider as our Fall weather really starts to sink in. It’s easy to make, and it makes a lot.



Make a Hellraiser-style pincushion out of the orange using the cloves. Some people also use Star Anise but we didn’t this time.



The quality of the cider obviously affects the end result. Martinelli’s is champ.


Let it sit, covered, on super low heat, for a while.


Enjoy the warm fuzzies!

Tomorrow is National Homemade Cookies Day and World Vegetarian Day. I think that means we get to eat a vegetarian?


[FHCx260] National Guacamole Day/National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day

Holy guacamole!


It’s Friday night, and so we made cinnamon raisin bread a special moment. Thanks to Lund’s & Byerly’s, we got ourselves a cinnamon raisin challah! Challah is the traditional Shabbat (Friday night/Saturday) food: a braided bread. And theirs is very tasty.


Dinner itself had to involve some guacamole. Both SP and AK are fans of getting guac on their Chipotle bowls, and we like recreating that at home. We’ve shown you a whole bunch of SP‘s steak bowls over the last year. Tonight was no different.


Steak in a pan, cooked a la AK (rare, with lots of garlic, onion, and pepper)


Steak on rice is step one.


Next up is to take one of these amazing guacamole pouches…


And plop it on!

We really like Wholly Guacamole‘s minis. Their spicy guacamole is the real deal. Since avocados are running out of season in September, it’s hard to find good ones. And we are certainly happy to have these pre-portioned minis around to help us out.

Tomorrow is National Apple Dumpling Day!


[FHCx245] National Gyros Day/National Cherry Popover Day

2/3 of the way through the year!


Alright, let’s get this out of the way. We made cherry popovers with the same recipe that we used for blueberry popovers and raspberry popovers. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a great recipe.

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3 eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour, 1 tsp vanilla

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Drop in cherries and cinnamon sugar.

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Delightful! But we know what we’re really here for. It would be foolish to say that SPAK has a favorite restaurant. However… Holy Land is one of those places that we could never get enough of. Ever. Yes, the place that was just on Triple D. Yes, the place that used to print this on their hummus.


This Mediterranean restaurant nails everything they do, from Gyros to Schawarma to Falafel. Just awesome stuff.

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One of the few forms of shaving that SP deems reasonable.

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SP likes to get the Gyro Lovers’ Combo, which has beef/lamb gyro and the chicken gyro.

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AK loves the chicken gyro, with its delicious spices and onions.

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Stuff it in a pita and boom. You’re good to go.

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They even gave us these cakes for free this time because they love us at Holy Land!

Seriously, if you’re in the Twin Cities, go to Holy Land as soon as you can. It’s a pilgrimage worth making.

Tomorrow is National Blueberry Popsicle Day!


[FHCx105] National Pecan Day

SP here… by myself…

It’s national pecan day…

AK is off cavorting with friends on a trip to Chicago from now until Sunday. I’m stuck at home with an upset tummy and no one to care for me here… in the dark… alone…

On the bright side, I was able to celebrate Pecan Day with AK before she left! On the one hand, I would have loved to have some pecan pie, but we will be celebrating National Pecan Pie Day in July. So today was just about some pecans.

The pecan is an all-american fruit/drupe. Indigenous to the Americas, this tasty treat was traded extensively by Native Americans for a long time. Once the United States was in the process of forming, famous people like Thomas Jefferson planted pecan trees on their estates so they could have constant access to them.

And YET! We cannot agree on how to say the word. I’m glad that this blog is in the medium of writing, because I’m sure we would be shamed by one group or another for our pronunciation. So whether you pee-can or you pick-on, have a tasty pecan today.

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Tomorrow is National Glazed Spiral Ham day.


[FHCx101] National Cinnamon Crescent Day

Don’t get yourself all twisted up!


Crescents, not croissants. We aren’t talking about the real French stuff. We’re talking Pillsbury Crescents. We downloaded the official Pillsbury Cinnamon Crescent recipe from their site.

We thought the process would’ve been:

  1. Lay out the triangles
  2. Spread on a little filling
  3. Roll ’em up
  4. Bake ’em

But instead it’s using two cans.

  1. Lay out one whole can of dough and smush the perforations away.
  2. Spread filling on top
  3. Lay out the other can as a rectangle on top of that.
  4. Cut 8 strips of the stacked dough-filling-dough
  5. Twist and coil
  6. Bake ’em

We can’t argue with the taste but it was needlessly complicated!

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Tomorrow is National Cheese Fondue Day.


[FHCx52] National Sticky Bun Day

Hold on to ya’ butts.


I’m about to give up one of my secrets. The secret is called Isles Bun & Coffee, and it’s the best bun you can get in Minnesota. Cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, and pecan sticky buns adorn the menu at this tiny, tiny shop in uptown Minneapolis. Yeah you can get coffee, but why would you ruin a bun with coffee? Supposedly, they’ve won awards for their coffee so I guess they’ve got that going for them. Which is nice.


These buns are primo. Optimal. The epitome of bun. We were sad that we couldn’t do both a sticky bun and a cinnamon roll lest we don’t eat the rest of the day. But opting for a pecan caramel roll was a great way to start our Sunday in this beautiful, sunny, 40 degree weather.

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These buns are roughly the size of your head. And normally when a place would advertise such a claim, people expect the rolls to be one of two things: 1) Just a mess of goo with nothing holding it together, or 2) a hard, overbaked crust of tasteless dough. Isles has the art of the bun mastered. The tender crisp of an edge meeting the soft interior lined with all sorts of amazing cinnamon and caramel flavor. You don’t need a knife to take this sticky bun apart. You will want to use your hands, though, and you’ll quickly find out why they call it, “sticky.”

As you can see, we got a side of the cinnamon roll frosting. This was AK‘s first visit to Isles, so I had to have her experience the delicious icing if only for a fleeting moment. But it should be noted that sticky buns and cinnamon rolls are not the same thing! That means we’ll likely return in October for cinnamon roll day. There’s just nothing that competes with Isles around these parts!

Tomorrow is Cook a Sweet Potato Day and Margarita Day!


[FHCx19] National Popcorn Day

That’s right.


Popcorn is great. It’s fantastic. Some people don’t like popcorn. They say it smells like urine. I ask them what their urine smells like, and tell them they should probably see a doctor.

Movie theater popcorn can be great, but making it at home is awesome. I use a Crate and Barrel popcorn popper. I used to go with Whirley-Pop’s classic, but they had a re-design recently that makes the spokes jam, and the spokes can’t reach the bottom well enough to stir the popcorn. You’d think they’d be on top of fixing that… Anyway, when it comes to popcorn, it’s best to share. So AK and I put together three popcorns tonight that we think you all will really like! Start with the corn.

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Half cup of some Orville Reddenbacher, a teaspoon of oil. I like using chili oil on my Classico popcorn, but will use vegetable oil for other projects.

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High heat, pop them puppies fast!

For our three styles, we went with:

  1. My “Classico” Popcorn. Popcorn popped with chili oil. Bit of salt, tablespoon of melted (light) butter.
  2. Italian Herbs and Garlic. Again, a little (light) butter just to help the seasonings stick to the corns.
  3. Brown Sugar & Cinnamon. 2 tbsp (light) butter with 1 tbsp brown sugar and a bit of cinnamon, melted, poured on top. Then tossed with a bit of cinnamon sugar.
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Pouring the molten brown sugar/butter/cinnamon

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Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Popcorn

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The Italian Herbs and Garlic

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It’s a good thing we had a light dinner. I think we both agreed that the Brown Sugar was the crowning achievement of the evening. Eventually it became a feud about licking the bowl. Wait a second… Isn’t there something else you need for popcorn? Oh yeah…

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A totally badass movie!

Anyhow… Popcorn is a big double-edged sword for those working on losing weight. It’s light and fluffy, and isn’t dense calorically. However, you tend to eat a lot if you have it around. So you really have to make sure that the hand-to-mouth motion isn’t just on autopilot or you’ll end up with an empty bowl/bucket, a very full tummy, and a pillow full of tears. Be careful out there.

Tomorrow is another Double Holiday, as we celebrate both Buttercrunch Day and Cheese Lover’s Day.