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!
Banana for scale.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tomorrow is National Yorkshire Pudding 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.
We doctored ours up with some salt and pepper. And later, some ketchup.
But to help us sleep, some chocolate milk!
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!
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.
2 eggs, 1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup butter, melted on low
Add in egg and cream, but try NOT to let the egg cook.
Salt, nutmeg, red pepper flakes
Add the meat!
Serve on toast
Just as good with crab added in.
Tomorrow is National Pancake Lovers 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.
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!
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.
Rum optional. We like it without.
Sweet sugar rush without all the sugar! Phew!
Tomorrow is National Pecan Cookie Day! (And SP‘s birthday…)