[FHCx358] National Pfefferneuse Day

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TODAY IS NATIONAL PFEFFERNEUSE DAY!

Bless you!

Pfefferneuse, or more appropriately “pfeffernüse,” are little spice cookies from central Europe. They are traditional to December in Germany, Denmark, and the like, specifically around the time of the feast of Saint Nicholas around December 5/6. Despite being named “pepper nut,” these contain no nuts. Or peppers. Who comes up with this anyway?

The cookies came over here with the Dutch Menonites, so they aren’t too unfamiliar for most living in the Eastern states. They aren’t hard to find in grocery stores around this time of year.

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“I’m glad they’re soft,” AK exclaimed. They taste gingerbready and cardamomy and such and so on. If these were around during the rest of the year, we would probably get them again.

Tomorrow is National Egg Nog Day!

-SPAK

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[FHCx348] National Cocoa Day/National Ice Cream and Violins Day

We’re getting weird.

IT’S NATIONAL COCOA DAY AND NATIONAL ICE CREAM AND VIOLINS DAY!

Why violins? A quick google search shows that a whole bunch of people perpetuate this holiday without knowing where it even came from. We just do what we’re told when people tell us to eat ice cream. AKma and AKpa provided the soundtrack of violin music. Here were some picks.

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New flavor from Halo Top!

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On the one hand, ice cream is great. On the other hand, it’s December and…

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So really what helped us today was celebrating cocoa. Cocoa could mean a lot of things to a lot of people but the first thing that came to mind for us was a hot cup of chocolatey comfort. On a frigid day like today, it’s important to have hot cocoa.

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Tea, Cocoa, and Cider pots that we keep in our kitchen.

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Panda mug is a good mug… Wait a minute… Something’s missing.

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Aha! Perfect :3

Tomorrow is National Bouillabaisse Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx339] National Cookie Day

IT’S 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.

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Delicious chocolate chip cookies.

Tomorrow is National Sacher Torte Day!

-SPAK

[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

[FHCx275] National Homemade Cookie Day/World Vegetarian Day

3/4 of the way through the year!

IT’S NATIONAL HOMEMADE COOKIE DAY AND WORLD VEGETARIAN DAY!

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.

 

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With a glass of milk, of course!

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

-SPAK

[FHCx265] National Pecan Cookie Day

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SP!

IT’S NATIONAL PECAN COOKIE DAY!

Not the most exciting treat for a birthday, but it’s still pretty good. We went with this recipe from the internet, and it turned out… ok.

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1 cup butter, 2/3 cup brown sugar, and an egg

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Yummy.

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Salt, almond extract/vanilla extract, 2 cups of flour

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Super super thick and sticky dough. Refrigerated for about an hour.

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Roll some balls of dough and flatten them with the bottom of a glass (flour the glass so that the dough doesn’t just stick to the bottom)

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Pecans

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Cookies!

Not sure what we’d do to make them better next time, but at least we were able to make them for the holiday.

Tomorrow is National Ice Cream Cone Day and National White Chocolate Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx217] National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

NO ONE CAN RESIST!

IT’S 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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MORE CHOCOLATE CHIPS, CAPTAIN!!!

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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!

-SPAK