[FHCx353] National Roast Suckling Pig Day

IT’S NATIONAL ROAST SUCKLING PIG DAY!

Cultures across the world have all independently found that young pigs make for quite the roast. Pig is one of the earliest animals domesticated for slaughter, so it was only a matter of time before we figured out the age thing. Suckling pigs’ skin ends up being very tender and the meat is almost in a state of gelatinousness. Plus, you can roast the whole thing at once, because at 2-6 weeks of age, these guys aren’t too huge yet.

Well SP has been wanting to try the Fidel’s Capitalist Pig Roast at Chino Latino for a long time. Chino used to be the place for SP and his friends to go for late night happy hour ($1 tacos!) when he was still in college. Then he started having to get up at 6 in the morning and he didn’t get to go anymore. At the bottom of the menu, there was always this tempting item:

So we gathered up a total of 10 people and made plans for this pig roast. It was quite the party.

 

They even printed this up on the menus for us!

 

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Banana for scale.

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SP got to have the head. Cheek meat!!

Tender and terrific and lots and lots of leftovers. We had a lot of fun!

Tomorrow is National Oatmeal Muffin Day and National Hard Candy Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx288] National Dessert Day/World Egg Day

Today is two gross.

IT’S NATIONAL DESSERT DAY AND WORLD EGG DAY!

What better way to wake up than eggs AK-style? Make a couple super-runny over-easy eggs and serve on toast. Eggs around the world may be served differently, but this is SPAKhouse.

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Gooooooooooooooooooooo

Ok. What to do for dessert… Well we left it up to chance actually. For SP‘s birthday, AK bought us tickets to go to a first-ever event held at St. Paul College, this thing they call their “Chef’s Dinner.” They brought the chefs from Revival and Surly, both restaurants of great repute in SPAK history, to oversee the culinary program students in creating a beautiful dinner. So we left it to them to provide us with dessert. But on the journey there, we have to share the following as well.

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Oh there’s dessert! This cheesecake had mini sopapillas on top, and a fudge sauce made with cayenne pepper. SO good.

We loved it. It was super fun. We were glad to be part of it!

Tomorrow is… too much. National Cheese Curds Day, National Red Wine Day, National Mushroom Day, National Chicken Cacciatore Day, National Roast Pheasant Day. Oy.

-SPAK

[FHCx286] National Gumbo Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL GUMBO DAY!

Ah, gumbo. Delicious stewsoup of Southern Louisiana. Usually made using the cajun holy trinity (celery, bell peppers, onions) and a very thiiiick base. Usually also very delicious.

Problem: We aren’t in New Orleans. That basically disallows us from being able to have good gumbo. So we had to settle.

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Tomorrow is National Yorkshire Pudding Day.

-SPAK

[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

[FHCx269] National Crabmeat Newburg Day/National Lobster Day

Wait a second.

IT’S NATIONAL CRABMEAT NEWBURG DAY! and… LOBSTER DAY, again…?

Ok, let us explain. June 15th was Lobster Day. At least, before 2016, it was considered Lobster Day. But on June 28th, a Junior Senator from Maine pushed a resolution through the Senate to set National Lobster Day to be September 25th. This is a real thing that happened this year. A new food holiday has been designated by the Federal government of the United States of America.

Well considering that we’re doubling up with another Newburg, it makes sense that you have Deja Vu right now. Same recipe, now with crab in addition to lobster.

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2 eggs, 1/2 cup cream

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1/2 cup butter, melted on low

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Add in egg and cream, but try NOT to let the egg cook.

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Salt, nutmeg, red pepper flakes

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Add the meat!

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Serve on toast

Just as good with crab added in.

Tomorrow is National Pancake Lovers Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx267] National Great American Pot Pie Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL GREAT AMERICAN POT PIE DAY!

Story goes that Paul McCartney wouldn’t let Weird Al record “Chicken Pot Pie” (from Live and Let Die) because Paul is a vegetarian and didn’t want to encourage eating meat. Weird Al is a vegan and he wanted to do the song. Go figure.

We could have gone through the trouble to make a pot pie but much of what we know of pot pies comes from Marie Callender’s. And so we honor her. She was a real person! And her legacy lives on in frozen foods.


Flaky exterior! Creamy interior! Tastes the same no matter where you get it from!

Tomorrow is National Cherries Jubilee Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx264] National Punch Day/National Pepperoni Pizza Day

Like an 8-year-old boy’s dream,

TODAY IS NATIONAL PUNCH DAY AND NATIONAL PEPPERONI PIZZA DAY!

You may have noticed that yesterday we didn’t preview today as PeppyPeepza day, and that’s because we honestly did not know. None of our sources had it listed, and SP received an e-mail from Pizza Hut with some something-or-other promotion regarding #NationalPepperoniPizzaDay. Go figure. So we made sure to pop one of these out of the fridge to enjoy!

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It’s really good, actually.

Anyway, a good thing to go with your pepperoni pizza is some punch. We did not know this, but punch is actually a loan word from Sanskrit. Can you even believe that? It means “five,” because it was a drink that had alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea. Definitely not what we think of these days. Maybe the water/sugar part…

But without going overboard, we used a water flavor enhancer thingy.

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Rum optional. We like it without.

Sweet sugar rush without all the sugar! Phew!

Tomorrow is National Pecan Cookie Day! (And SP‘s birthday…)

-SPAK

[FHCx262] National Cheeseburger Day

Deja vu…

IT’S NATIONAL CHEESEBURGER DAY!

Well on Thursday we celebrated double cheeseburger day. Today celebrates the singular. The original. But we aren’t going to do your regular old McDonald’s.

We’re Minnesotans. We believe in the Juicy Lucy. We went to Blue Door Pub.

The Juicy Lucy is a Minnesota invention, where cheese is stuffed into the burger. Techniques vary, and there is dispute regarding what restaurant actually created it. But Blue Door has one of SP‘s favorite burgers, so we had to do it.

Behold, the Merriam Park burger. Burger stuffed with blue cheese, bacon, and garlic, and topped with a red currant jelly.

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STUFF IT INTO DA FACE

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Look at all that good stuff inside.

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Oh, and here’s AK‘s burger, the NeuFrenchy: swiss cheese, prime rib, mushrooms, swiss mornay sauce, and onion jam. Served with au jus!

Horribly unkosher and horribly delicious. It’s like we’ve taken everything we can from the cow and made it tasty together.

Tomorrow is National Butterscotch Pudding Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx260] National Guacamole Day/National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day

Holy guacamole!

TODAY IS NATIONAL GUACAMOLE DAY AND NATIONAL CINNAMON RAISIN BREAD DAY!

It’s Friday night, and so we made cinnamon raisin bread a special moment. Thanks to Lund’s & Byerly’s, we got ourselves a cinnamon raisin challah! Challah is the traditional Shabbat (Friday night/Saturday) food: a braided bread. And theirs is very tasty.

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Dinner itself had to involve some guacamole. Both SP and AK are fans of getting guac on their Chipotle bowls, and we like recreating that at home. We’ve shown you a whole bunch of SP‘s steak bowls over the last year. Tonight was no different.

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Steak in a pan, cooked a la AK (rare, with lots of garlic, onion, and pepper)

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Steak on rice is step one.

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Next up is to take one of these amazing guacamole pouches…

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And plop it on!

We really like Wholly Guacamole‘s minis. Their spicy guacamole is the real deal. Since avocados are running out of season in September, it’s hard to find good ones. And we are certainly happy to have these pre-portioned minis around to help us out.

Tomorrow is National Apple Dumpling Day!

-SPAK

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

IT’S NATIONAL LINGUINE DAY, NATIONAL CREME DE MENTHE DAY, AND 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.

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

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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.

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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!

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Rainy burgers!

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Some cheese.

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SP‘s.

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AK made this with some sauteed onions and mushrooms.

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

-SPAK