[FHCx336] National Pie Day/National Eat a Red Apple Day

We don’t want to believe it but

IT’S NATIONAL PIE DAY AND NATIONAL EAT A RED APPLE DAY!

Pie Day, PI DAY, was on March 14th. It’s not okay to claim this false idol. But we’ve come around to it, being that we don’t mind being asked to eat pie multiple times within a week (see Bavarian Cream and Lemon Cream in the last 4 days), let alone within a year. To give ourselves a bit of variety from the pies we’ve had recently, we got these little miniature pies from Target.

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Cute, right? Shoulda used a quarter for scale…

Also, seriously, who bakes a pumpkin pie with a top crust? Old Fashioned does, we suppose…

Anyway, Eat a Red Apple Day was easy. There’s one of these in SP‘s lunch every day of the year! Thank goodness for apples that can survive winter.

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Tomorrow is National Fritters Day!

-SPAK

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[FHCx285] National Sausage Pizza Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL SAUSAGE PIZZA DAY!

We’ll make this quick, as talking about food already makes us weary. See, tonight is the beginning of Yom Kippur, which is a fasting holiday. Sigh.

When we think of pizza with sausage, our first thought is not some delicious pizza with artisan Italian sausage. It’s the opposite of classy, with just hunks of sausage on a plain old pizza. We don’t want to offend those who love it as a topping, but really, our food holiday was epitomized by getting our pizza from AK‘s school cafeteria.

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And that’s that.

Tomorrow is National Gumbo Day! …when we can eat again.

-SPAK

[FHCx233] National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day/National Lemonade Day

Sweet tooth, ho!

IT’S NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE DAY AND NATIONAL LEMONADE DAY!

SPAK aren’t particularly fond of sugary drinks. We’d much prefer to eat our calories. So we thought we would pay tribute to lemonade day by how we are most frequently exposed to it:

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That’s right. When you go for water at most fountains, it’s right under the lemonade. But since they share a spout, you have to kind of rinse out the tube before you start filling your water, or you get hilariously sugary lemony water. Not the most terrible, but not the most pleasant.

Chocolate Pecan Pie. If you made a list of foods that are so rich, they shouldn’t possibly be made richer, pecan pie would be somewhere in that list. Of course, you could always add chocolate to something and make it richer. But people were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

And since on chocolate pecan pie day we did not have the original homemade pecan pie of SPom’s family, she made us this wonderfully rich recipe from the New York Times.

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It’s difficult to say how we feel about this one. It’s sweet and chocolatey, which is great, but when we want pecan pie, we want pecan pie. And this isn’t really the classic. So we’ll wait for Thanksgiving for SPom’s regular pecan pie and have this as a holdover in the meantime!

Tomorrow is National Spumoni Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx110] National Garlic Day/National Amaretto Day

Graaaalic.

TODAY IS NATIONAL GARLIC DAY AND NATIONAL AMARETTO DAY!

If SPAKville was a TV show, garlic would be in the main cast. Not a recurring character, but like a full-fledged, contracted-per-season actor. And he’d be the one that everyone liked working with. A lot.

We put garlic in and on everything. Pizza, pasta, stir fry, burgers, vegetables, everything. And we should definitely make a nod to The Stinking Rose, our favorite garlic-based restaurant, located on the West Coast. Everything from their Bagna Cauda to their garlic ice cream is fantastic. We wholly recommend you go sometime.

Tonight we celebrated twofold: with some homemade pizza, and with some home-roasted garlic thanks to cousin SPamy’s Chanukah gift for AK.

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Garlic should go on top of the sauce to stay put, but under the cheese so as to give happy garlic surprises.

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Add cheese, mushbooms, umyums, and some Hormel turkey pepperoni

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Peepza!

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This contraption is amazing.

We finished up dinner and somewhat begrudgingly dragged ourselves to observe today’s alcoholiday. SPom supplied us with some Disaronno and we made a Bailey’s Vanilla Silk.

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As usual, SP thought it was not that great and AK thought it was okay. Movin’ on.

Tomorrow is National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day and National Lima Bean Respect Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx76] National Artichoke Hearts Day!

Eat your heart out!

IT’S NATIONAL ARTICHOKE HEARTS DAY!

SPAK are often asked where we get our sources for these food holidays. Since we are a good couple and can cite our sources, here’s a few of the places we’ve gotten them:

http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/

http://www.tfdutch.com/foodh.htm

http://bfy.tw/4n7Y

Between the many online sources, it took a lot of cross-referencing to confirm dates. For example, this Friday is Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day, not to be confused with Oatmeal Cookie Day that happens later in the year. But some sources just don’t read carefully enough to post the nuances like that.

One of our print sources comes from Steff Deschenes and her book, Eat the Year (2014). Though sometimes she’ll write about one of the days while we celebrate both, it’s fun to see what tidbits she picks up! Today we learned about mafioso Ciro Terranova, a.k.a., The Artichoke King. Apparently this guy bought up all of the artichokes being shipped from the west coast to NYC, and then sold them at a huge profit margin. He used violence to coerce producers into being a part of his scheme. Fiendish!

While we thought about making entire artichokes to celebrate today, we instead took the opportunity to make some homemade pizza with artichoke hearts.

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These Green Mill pizza crusts are amazing. And super low calorie. A definite do-again for homemade pizza.

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All the bits that will go on our pizza!

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Mmmmm

If you haven’t had artichoke hearts on pizza, let today be the day you try it! Again, homemade strikes again for healthier option. This should be essentially the same as your average 12″ pizza from Domino’s or Pizza Hut. But you could literally eat two of these pizzas that we made, and it would still be fewer calories than your regular chain pizza. Go SPAK!

Tomorrow is National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day! I think there’s some sort of Catholic holiday that goes along with that…….

SPAK