[FHCx271] National Chocolate Milk Day/National Corned Beef Hash Day

IT’S NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MILK DAY AND NATIONAL CORNED BEEF HASH DAY!

Corned beef hash can be great or not great. Great is the kind you get from Mel’s Diner in San Francisco, or homemade by SPad. We chose not great (but still okay) from Hormel.

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We doctored ours up with some salt and pepper. And later, some ketchup.

But to help us sleep, some chocolate milk!

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Unfortunately, the sugar free syrup makes the milk look a bit more purple than brown…

Still a nice treat.

Tomorrow is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day and National Drink Beer Day!

-SPAK

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[FHCx77] National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day

Not our usual corned beef…

IT’S NATIONAL CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DAY!

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a feast day for the saint made in the 17th century by the Catholic church. Like most things religious, the day has been twisted – especially in the United States. Now it stereotypes everything Irish, from how 10% of Irish people have red hair (so anyone who has red hair must be Irish, right?!) to how Ireland is the 4th highest in the OECD region for alcohol consumption. Some jokester decided that today should also be a national (i.e., United States of America) food holiday traditionally thought to be Irish, but some argue otherwise.

We made ours in the slow cooker!

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Carrots, potatoes, cabbage, 2.5 lbs of brisket, water, beer, spices

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It was good! Typically we associated corned beef with deli meats, so going for the slow cooked hunk o’ meat was a little different for us. Still, the vegetables were tender and tasty, and the brisket was choice. Good stuff.

Tomorrow is Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day and Sloppy Joe Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx63] National Cold Cuts Day/National Mulled Wine Day

What’s cooler than being cool?

IT’S NATIONAL COLD CUTS DAY AND NATIONAL MULLED WINE DAY!

SP‘s lunch at school is most frequently a packed lunch with a turkey sandwich. It’s nutritious and fills you up nicely. You’d think after doing that as many days as he has, he would never suggest something like having cold cuts at dinner. But he still does! And today celebrates that, because cold cuts sandwiches are the business. While some people still scream cancer about processed deli meats, we’re talking about the real deal here. Turkey cold cuts are definitely better than those of pork like mortadella. And fresh sliced roast beef and corned beef from a real deli make for delicious and nutritious sandwiches.

So here’s to mile high sandwiches with some low sodium chips and some of SPom’s legendary onion dip.

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Corned Beef from Cecil’s, Maple Honey Turkey and Roast Beef from Boar’s Head

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Today also celebrates mulled wine. It’s crazy enough to think that wine was invented. It was more than just “let’s just squash this fruit and wait a while,” obviously, but even that in itself is a strange idea. And to think that that happened millenia ago!

Well the first time in recorded history that “plain” wine just wasn’t good enough was when the Romans heated and spiced wine. Then that spread to the rest of Europe, and countries like the UK now want to claim it as their own invention. It doesn’t take a genius to look at an $8 bottle of wine and say, “I should make this better than it is.”

Today we used Ina Garten’s recipe for mulled wine. Like most of the alcohol-related holidays, we weren’t too excited. But just like Hot Buttered Rum Day, we were pleasantly surprised! Something about the mulling process took the bite of the wine, which is what we don’t really like, and so we were better able to appreciate the flavor of the wine. Tannins, right? Then again, your mulled wine is only as good as your ingredients. Sweet and deep, rich and interesting.

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The deep dark wine reflecting a light above it

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Whoops, did I forget to take a picture of a “full” cup?

Anyway, a satisfying food holiday!

Join us tomorrow for National Pound Cake Day!

-SPAK