[FHCx334] National Lemon Cream Pie Day

Another pie…


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!


[FHCx297] National Boston Cream Pie Day

Pronounced bah-stan


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.”


[FHCx259] National Linguine Day/National Creme de Menthe Day/National Double Cheeseburger Day


It’s hard to place which of these we would enjoy most. AK definitely would go for the pasta, and SP would certainly like the double serving of meat… We love both.

Linguine is the pasta that you have when you want spaghetti, but slightly flatter. These little tongues are good at carrying sauce which, let’s face it, is the real reason we’re eating pasta to begin with. Well thanks to Buca, which supplied SP with beautiful birthday coupons, we had some linguine on Tuesday and had some leftovers today.


We built our own with linguine, marinara, mushrooms, artichokes, onions, and poached garlic. With meatballs of course.


And look at this cute cake they made for SP! (Those aren’t actually noodles)

Alright, palette cleanser time. Let’s have a mint. A menthe.


Lastly, we took a trip down to SParents (since we haven’t been there in a while) to have some burgers. SPom’s hamburgers are awesome. She has some kind of magic she makes them with, because she uses a 95% lean beef – not traditionally what you’d use for a juicy hamburger – and mixes in pureed… MUSHROOMS! It thickens out the patty and they are super tender. But then she gives SP all the credit because of his grilling skills. Let’s just say that SP is so badass at grilling that he did the whole thing in the rain tonight!



Rainy burgers!


Some cheese.




AK made this with some sauteed onions and mushrooms.

Tomorrow is National Guacamole Day and National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day.


[FHCx240] National Banana Lovers Day/National Pots de Creme Day

And boy do we love bananas!


If you haven’t watched Bananya, you totally should.

They say bananas are nature’s cheesecake. We say they’re downright delightful. It’s important to keep bananas around for an easy, peelable snack anytime. Yeah they may be carby, but it’s better than reaching for those Cheetos or cookies.

Fresh from the grocery store banana tree

Look at how much this guy loves bananas!

It’s strange how many of our “national” days revolve around French food. Strange in the sense that we’re mostly war buddies but it makes sense that we still covet all the French food. It’s just so good.

SPom had this recipe lying around and she was gracious enough to help by making it for us!


Tomorrow is National Cherry Turnover Day!


[FHCx209] National Chicken Finger Day/National Creme Brulee Day/National Scotch Day



This is not the first time that there is a “national” holiday (in the US) for a definitively non-US item. While SP‘s friend SPalex loves scotch, SPAK treats it similarly to whiskey, bourbon, etc. and files it under the “alcohol is really hit-or-miss” category. In comes some Johnnie Walker Red Label, one of the only scotches to come in a mini bottle so we don’t spend money that we wouldn’t actually use.

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Now let’s get a little sweet. Creme Brulee is not one of the desserts that we’d find ourselves ordering over, say, a chocolate cake or a BCP (banana cream pie). However, it is good in its own rite and we’d be happy to have some to celebrate the day. It’s one of those ooooold French desserts that others tried to appropriate for their own. In fact, Trinity College in the UK was so well-known for their burnt cream – with theirs having the college logo branded into the top – that they had to issue a statement saying, “we didn’t invent this.”

We know Lund’s & Byerly’s bakery section makes a pretty terrific one, so we had to get our hands on it.

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And now for the important part.

SP is getting emotional again.

Back when SP was a child, there was a restaurant in South Minneapolis called Rochelle’s. Even with a little googling, there seems to be very little record of its existence. See, Rochelle’s made what they called, “Turkey Dippers.” Flash-fried in a special fryer, this turkey dippers were the lifeforce of a young SP. But all good things must come to an end. He just didn’t understand in his young brain why a restaurant would close.

Years later, some of the same people opened up shop in Apple Valley, calling themselves Top Notch Turkey. Again, no record of this happening. And despite SP‘s concerted effort, the restaurant still closed. No one but SP wanted those delicious, uncannily amazing breaded and fried turkey “fingers.”

And so SP spent the rest of his life living out this grief with the help of Chicken Fingers to soften the blow. He had a rating system when he was about 9-10 years old of the many different places that had chicken fingers. Among the top was Doolittle’s Air Cafe (as it was once known). He wrote them fan mail to express his love for their chicken fingers and barbecue sauce. When they rebranded as Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill, they still kept chicken fingers on a secret menu just for him and they do TO THIS DAY.

When SPAK moved into this house last July, we heard notice that we’d be getting a Raising Cane’s in the area. Now it’s within walking distance. And for a place that only has 5 things on the menu, you know they have to get each of those pretty damn perfect. Though they don’t have their own barbecue sauce for chicken fingers, as is customary for SP, their Cane’s Sauce is still really good. If you like chicken fingers with honey mustard, go home and reevaluate your life.

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Oh yeah. Look at that pile of beige.

It’s no turkey dipper. But nothing really is. If former Rochelle’s employees are out there… please get in touch.

Tomorrow is Milk Chocolate Day and Chili Dog Day!


[FHCx62] National Banana Cream Pie Day

The day has come.


In this household, BCP is the motherload of desserts.

For AK, much of the exposure to Banana Cream Pie began when her parents would get to-go pies from Marie Callender’s. For AKpa, it was BCP. For AKma and AKron, it was cinnamon apple. And for little AK, it was chocolate pudding pie. There will always be a fondness of thinking of bringing back those pie tins to the restaurant. She’s still unsure whether or not the family got anything for returning the tins, but that was just the way things were.

For SP, this started back with SPom’s Banana Bread. Then it was just bananas all the time. Bananas for bananas. Eventually, SP graduated from Baker’s Square’s level and found the holy grail/black lotus/Shangri-La of BCPs: Manny’s Steakhouse. This dessert has been the go-to for many birthday celebrations, job hiring celebrations, and celebration celebrations.

When SP took AK to Manny’s for the first time, he insisted on having her try it. Her life was changed as well.

Because no other Banana Cream Pie quite measures up (Second place goes to a very special place called Bandera in LA, thanks to Adam Gertler), our choice for today was clear. AK was kind enough to pick up a BCP from Manny’s to-go so we could enjoy at home.

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The BCP as it typically appears at Manny’s. Accompanied by friends: Key Lime and Pecan.

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Whatever is in this bag is always guaranteed to be showstopping.

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What’s this, we get to assemble it ourselves??

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So it seems! Thanks for the to-go, Manny’s!

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This coming Sunday, we’ll be going to Manny’s for one of SP‘s friend’s birthday dinner. We will order a BCP on that day as well. We’re lucky that at home we can weigh how much we take! It’s good practice for the real run.

Tomorrow is National Cold Cuts Day and National Mulled Wine Day.