[FHCx350] National Cupcake Day

THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY?!

IT’S NATIONAL CUPCAKE DAY!

As if cake wasn’t good enough, you can put it in a little paper wrapper, and then use about 20x as much frosting as would normally go on a slice of cake. And we’ve had our share of cupcakes this year. As we’ve previously done chocolate cupcake day and vanilla cupcake day, today was sort of a compromise: cookies ‘n cream!

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Because why have a cupcake if it doesn’t have some sort of chocolate?

Tomorrow is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day.

-SPAK

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[FHCx334] National Lemon Cream Pie Day

Another pie…

IT’S NATIONAL LEMON CREAM PIE DAY!

We can’t keep eating pie all week. We have to temper ourselves a little bit. So we bought this thing that says Lemon Cream Pie on it.

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Citrusy desserts aren’t always the best, but this was a pretty good treat.

Tomorrow is National Mousse Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx332] National Bavarian Cream Pie Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL BAVARIAN CREAM PIE DAY!

We had some experience with a faux bavarian cream, but we wanted a serious undertaking today. Real bavarian cream is a custard, frequently thickened with gelatin. The regular serving of it is to mold it into a frustum shape and served on its own. But once the Americans get their hands on anything… well, then it just becomes another pastry cream to fill stuff with. Like a pie! We grabbed a recipe from AllRecipes and got to work.

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Pie needs a crust!

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Our ingredients.

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Mix up the sugar, cornstarch, and egg in a mixing bowl.

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Add scalded milk and softened gelatin (couple packs of gelatin and cold water)

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AK got inventive to do this double-boiler system. Big pot has hot water, top pot has the custard mixture.

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Take out the custard pot to let it cool, but mix in 3/4 cup of ice cream while it’s still hot.

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Whip up a bunch of whipped cream.

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Use about 3/4 of the whipped cream to fold in to the pie, saving the rest for the top of the pie.

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The pie, before we let it set.

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Topped with the rest of the whipped cream.

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Tada!

It mostly tasted like cream. Next time maybe we’ll add more vanilla or almond flavor just to see what happens.

This is only the beginning of a tri-pie week when we have National Lemon Creme Pie Day on Tuesday and National Pie Day (wrong) on Thursday. But in the meantime, tomorrow is National French Toast Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx323] National Vichyssoise Day

IT’S NATIONAL VICHYSSOISE DAY!

Cold. Soup. Yay.

Vichyssoise is controversial because the French say the Americans invented it, and the Americans say the French invented it. It’s like neither wants to take credit (or blame) for the creation of this soup. Maybe because it’s not really all that good?

In theory, pureed potatoes and leeks with some cream and stock sounds like it could be great. Potatoes and onion-y flavor is not exactly the gross end of any spectrum anywhere. SPom and SPad were up to the challenge of making this one.

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It was better when heated up. Overall, we’re glad we got to have it. AK suggested that it tasted like a liquid pringle. Just imagine that for a bit.

Tomorrow is National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx297] National Boston Cream Pie Day

Pronounced bah-stan

TODAY IS NATIONAL BOSTON CREAM PIE DAY!

History lesson: like many other early American desserts, there is some disagreement about who invented what food. Perhaps it was an Armenian-French chef, M. Sanzian, who created it for the Parker House Hotel in 1856. Maybe it was conceived of for a cook book in 1878. But the general agreement is that the modern variant, spongey cake with cream filling and a chocolate coat, was first chronicled in 1887, though it was called Chocolate Cream Pie.

It’s not even a pie. It’s a cake. I guess people in the 1800s just didn’t have their lives together. 

In 1996, Boston Cream Pie was declared the official dessert of Massachusetts. And now we celebrate its National day!

Well today is our trip to Disneyland. In order to get some Boston Cream, we stopped at Tiffy’s just outside of the park. Tiffy’s isn’t exactly a regular spot for locals; it’s definitely set up for the tourists staying near Disneyland. Still, they have the cake for us and that’s good enough! (They have an amazing cinnamon roll, by the way.)


Best part was being able to share it with our field trip buddies! We’ll try it this way… AKron, AKaul, AKamy, AKali, and AKio. That was tough. Sorry guys. 

Tomorrow is National Good and Plenty Day, National Bologna Day, and “National Food Day.”

-SPAK

[FHCx272] National Strawberry Cream Pie Day/National Drink Beer Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY AND NATIONAL DRINK BEER DAY!

Beer. Ben Franklin’s BFF. With all sorts of varieties: hoppy, malty, dark, light, etc., there’s plenty to choose from. If you’re really cool, then you get to Surly’s Brewer’s Table where you can enjoy a delicious tasting menu with beer pairings. You won’t think of beer the same way. (We did this on SP‘s birthday and it was great!)

Today we celebrated by having this Sioux City Birch Beer. It’s not beer in the traditional sense, but it sure is in the title!

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AK‘s endorsement: “It tastes like benadryl!”

Well if beer isn’t your thing, maybe dessert is?

SP‘s “contact” at Baker’s Square says that currently Strawberry Cream Pies are out because strawberries are “out of season.” This is coming from the same place that serves strawberry-rhubarb pie to octogenarians year-long. Trips to the grocery stores nearby were not fruitful (or creamful) either. So we had to make it at home!

AK mixed up some strawberry Jell-O and some vanilla pudding, and made this little pie-lets. Top with strawberry and cream and there you have it.

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Look at that beautiful color!

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Decorated artfully.

Tomorrow is… ugh… Coffee Day…

-SPAK

[FHCx258] National Cream-Filled Donut Day/National Eat a Hoagie Day

Fill ’em up!

IT’S NATIONAL CREAM-FILLED DONUT DAY AND NATIONAL EAT A HOAGIE DAY!

Whoever made today’s hoagiebration cheated. We already did hoagie day. But today you’re specifically supposed to eat the hoagie? I don’t know. What is important is that we give a shout out to our local buddies at Davanni’s. Twin Cities folks know that Davanni’s makes the heck out of some hoagies.

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The Chicken Parmigiana – grilled chicken breast with pizza sauce and cheese.

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Roast Beef classic hoagie with onions and lettuce and tomato.

So in addition to great pizza, there’s a great sandwich. And we didn’t even know it, but they were also celebrating National Eat a Hoagie Day and gave us $2 off the sandwiches! Thanks, Davanni’s.

It’s also very-specific-kind-of-donut day. Cream filled donuts, Bismarcks, Berliners, whatever you call them, have a great idea. Why waste space with having a hole in the center of your donut? Make it a pastry all the way through, and then shove some goo in there to make it even more tasty. We think Lund’s & Byerly’s does a great job with their variety in their bakery.

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Fill yourself up on cream filled!

Tomorrow is National Linguini Day, National Double Cheeseburger Day, and National Creme de Menthe Day.

-SPAK