[FHCx330] National Leftovers Day/National Maize Day/National Parfait Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL LEFTOVERS DAY, NATIONAL MAIZE DAY, AND NATIONAL PARFAIT DAY!

We wanted to do something different from the last couple times we did parfaits. This time we picked up a fruit and yogurt parfait from McDonald’s.

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Tastes like fruit and yogurt. NEXT!

Maize. We could have done something elaborate with maize, but instead opted for the cheap stuff: some tasty Xochitl chips. Says “maiz” right on the bag.

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Lastly, our dinner came courtesy of last night’s Thanksgiving feast. Of course we went home with these:

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There was just so much good that we had to keep eating it. Frankly, we would’ve consumed the calories anyway, it’s just a matter of having them spread out over two days instead of one. That’s being responsible, right?

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SPom’s stuffing, sweet potato banana mash, blueberry wild rice, and SPad’s beautiful turkey.

Who doesn’t like leftovers anyway?

Tomorrow is National Cake Day!

-SPAK

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[FHCx304] National Candy Corn Day/National Buy a Doughnut Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL CANDY CORN DAY AND NATIONAL BUY A DOUGHNUT DAY!

Let’s face it: candy corn is just solidified frosting. We’d know, considering we just used a bunch of that stuff to ice a haunted chocolate house. And for those who don’t like frosting, a rare breed like SPad, candy corn isn’t all that appealing. Ask most adults and they’ll tell you that candy corn is not high on their list of priorities. Originally, it was called chicken feed, so you can tell what people of the 1880s thought of it, too.

Still, many fondant candies cannot compare to the prolific candy corn. It’s not corn but it’s still good!

The classic candy corn!

Just a few of these is enough to give you a sugar rush.

We also had to buy a doughnut day. Heaven forbid we look at the bakery section at our store. I mean, look at it!

Aw jeez, what’re we gonna do…

We opted for the fried cinnamon donut, just to be a bit different. It’s mapley!

Now coming up on Saturday is the second National Doughnut Day of the year. We thought we could hold off on this one until then but then decided against it. We’ll do something more special on Saturday than generic grocery donut!

Tomorrow is National Caramel Apple Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx198] National Corn Fritters Day

Fry ’em up!

TODAY IS NATIONAL CORN FRITTERS DAY!

You know that when your mother has a recipe card that looks like this that it’s got history:

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And it’s as simple as that!

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Here’s the batter…

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First we tried them out as big pancakes. They were great.

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Then as smaller cakes.

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Then in a mini-muffin tin!

They were all delicious. That yummy corn flavor with the crispy batter… MMMmmm. Yes. Corn fritter all day every day.

Tomorrow is Sundae Sunday, National Ice Cream Day, and National Peach Ice Cream Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx163] National Corn on the Cob Day/National German Chocolate Cake Day

Summertime!

TODAY IS NATIONAL CORN ON THE COB DAY AND NATIONAL GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY!

SPAK is finally on summer vacation! School is out, and the livin’ is easy. Corns are grilling, and the chocolate is German. With our dinner, we cooked up some corn SPom style. No boiling, no weird roasting, just oven-ing.

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Leave the corn in their husks. Trim off the edges so you can fit them on a sheet.

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As they are, no rinsing or anything, 350 F for 20-40 minutes.

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Make sure not to burn your hands as you peel off the leaves.

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Like a newborn!

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We like ours with butter and pepper.

Now it’s not nearly the same as the corn roast at the MN State Fair, which exemplifies everything a corn cob should be, but it was still really tasty. This will hold us over until August when we can eat that delicious corn! Also pictured: SP‘s crab salad open-faced sandwiches.

For dessert, we had some delicious cake courtesy of Key’s Cafe again. When we went to pick up our Strawberry Rhubarb Pie the other day, we saw this and couldn’t resist:

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What a German Chocolate Cake should be.

We remembered there was something curious about German Chocolate Cake’s history, so we had to do a bit of research. Names can be deceiving. In this case, it’s named after a guy, Samuel German, who developed a dark baking chocolate in 1852. When a recipe showed up in Dallas 105 years later, popularity spiked. Then the possessive was dropped at it just became “German” Chocolate Cake. Go figure. Still. Delicious!

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What did we do to deserve such a nice treat? Who knows!

Tomorrow is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day and National Jerky Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx132] National Eat What You Want Day

Don’t you make me repeat it!

EAT WHAT YOU WANT! (DAY!)

AK, here. Today is a special food holiday in the sense that it’s the first time in 132 days that our beloved challenge has not mandated anything particular for us to eat/drink. We’ve gotten used to the challenge making our decisions for us, and the freedom was scary! So, naturally, we frantically searched for some other inspiration to tell us what to eat.

May 11th, let’s see… start of the Mexican-American War of 1846, apparently. A culinary duel between tacos and cheeseburgers? Sounds elaborate. Better not.

Hey, turns out today is also the 158th Anniversary of Minnesota’s admission into the Union! Maybe we should eat a distinctly Minnesotan food! Wild rice? Meh. Lutefisk? Hard meh. What else is there…

HOT DISH!

Some of you might be thinking something along the lines of “Hot dish? What, did they take it out of the dishwasher while it was still in dry mode?” No no, dear chap. Hot dish is a Minnesotan casserole thingy, often made with tater tots. So Minnesotan that, for a few years, our airport had a restaurant centered around it (RIP). It’s kind of in the same class as funeral potatoes. Here’s some lady talking about it on Youtube:


Long ago, before I knew it would be useful, I found this amusing book at a thrift store:

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Being that this was my first hot dish experience, both in the cooking and eating of them, SP and I thought it best to keep it classic and go with a basic/entry-level hot dish.

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Instead of using the 1/2 cup minced equivalent of one small onion, we used half of a giant onion. There was probably more onion than meat and that is okay.

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Ground beef into the mix. Gotta get it all broken up while ya brown it. As a Hamburger Helper enthusiast, I had this part down pat. 

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Onionmeat goes into the casserole dish, followed by your frozen and hopefully listeria-free vegetable of choice. We went with corn.

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Cream of mushroom soup and milk join the party!

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Lots of people just kind of chuck the tater tots in there, but we laid them gingerly like little potato bricks.

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Bake it for an hour, et voila!

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Goopy meaty Upper Midwestern fare, fit for any Sven or Helga.

It was pretty good. Hearty, classic. Lowbrow? You be the judge.

Tomorrow is Nutty Fudge Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx97] National Caramel Corn Day

Pop!

IT’S NATIONAL CARAMEL CORN DAY!

We’ve celebrated Popcorn Day already. It was terrific. But it was long ago! And yes, there have been times in the interim that we’ve ingested some popped kernels. Sometimes, flavored popped kernels.

The best of which come from either of two places: Candyland, as many of our candy adventures have proven, and Popped Corn in Minnetonka. AK has a love affair with Popped Corn’s Dill Pickle Popcorn. And Minnetonka isn’t exactly on our side of town. That means that AK has been willing, compelled even, to drive out to get her fix. Sometimes that popcorn makes it home to share with SP.

This time around, she made sure to pick up some Caramel Corn for today. We opted for the pure caramel corn rather than getting another of our favorites, the Chicago Mix/Windy City Mix. (I guess between today and yesterday’s Chicago Deep Dish, Chicago gets lots of props.)

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This is a medium-sized bag.

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Look at the color!

A good caramel corn has many qualities. First, we aren’t talking Cracker Jack. Pieces that are overly crunchy with seeds are unwelcome. Second, the caramel should be tasty but not so heavy as to stick to your teeth. Third, we need BIG OL’ FLAKES. None of this sassypants small-timer stuff. And honestly, the mushroom shape is better for caramel consumption than the butterfly.

Tomorrow is National Beer Day and National Coffee Cake Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx79] National Poultry Day/Maple Syrup Saturday/National Chocolate Caramel Day/National Corn Dog Day

HOW CAN THERE BE FOUR ON ONE DAY

IT’S NATIONAL POULTRY DAY AND MAPLE SYRUP SATURDAY AND NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CARAMEL DAY AND NATIONAL CORN DOG DAY, ALL AT ONCE!!

Well we combined at least two of these together. When I heard that poultry day aligned with the 3rd Saturday of March – Maple Syrup Saturday – my first thought was obvious:

Chicken and Waffles.

Specifically, the best Chicken and Waffles (hate all you want) that they serve over at Bulldog Northeast. They make these amazing sourdough waffles… but the magic is in the syrup and the chicken. The syrup is thyme-infused, which gives it a bit of that herby aftertaste that meshes well with the chicken. The chicken itself is crispy and delicious, and carries out the most important function of frying chicken which is to preserve moisture of the meat.

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As long as you’re at the Bulldog, do yourself a favor and order some Togarashi tots.

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Ughghhghhhhh

We walked away in a stupor trying to think of how the rest of the day could possibly match up. Well for our chocolate caramel fix, we ended up with Grandma Edna’s.

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Chocolate and caramel

It’s one of the best sweets combinations that we know. Like peanut butter and jelly is to sandwiches, chocolate and caramel are to the dessert world. We need more people like Grandma Edna!

Lastly, we had to celebrate Corn Dog Day. National Corn Dog Day takes place on the first Saturday of the NCAA tournament. We opted for a different direction than State Fair style, and got some corn dogs from Morningstar Farms, our favorite meatless product company.

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We did it! And now for the coma.

Tomorrow is Bock Beer Day (though you can’t buy alcohol on Sundays in MN) and Ravioli Day!

-SPAK