[FHCx359] National Egg Nog Day

7 more days…

IT’S NATIONAL EGG NOG DAY!

We aren’t like Rocky, where we’ll just drink eggs.

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No, we’d much prefer to take our egg juice with milk and cream and sugar and spices. So… Egg nog! It’s an old enough drink that its origins are unknown, but no one can deny its association with the end of December. Some drink it hot, some cold; some drink it boozed up, some just as is.

We have ours thanks to our neighbors, Land O Lakes.

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Be careful of nog-stache…beard… Just gross. Takes a while to clean out.

Tomorrow is National Pumpkin Pie Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx318] National Indian Pudding Day

IT’S NATIONAL INDIAN PUDDING DAY!

Not created by people in India, nor even by Native Americans that were called Indians at the time. Let’s just name something Indian because it’ll be cool that way.

So you have these Northeastern settlers who want to make some pudding to remind them of home back in Britain (TMW you hate your government but want food) and didn’t have the wheat flour for it. Instead they used cornmeal, or as they called it, “Indian Meal.” Yeah, that’s right. And yet we wonder where we went wrong in this country.

We used this recipe to make our Indian Pudding today.

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Whole milk with cornmeal and salt. Bring it up to a boil and whisk it for a long time.

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So hot! Then turn it to low, cover it, and let it sit for 10 minutes.

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Meanwhile, mix up the eggs, molasses, and spices.

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What is even going on here with the milkmeal?

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Take some of the hot stuff out of the pan and put it into the egg mixture to “temper” the eggs. Then put the egg mixture into the pot. It’s convoluted.

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Mix it all together, then throw it in the slow cooker for 6-8 hours.

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That film hides a very infirm inside.

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It’s just brown goop without much texture. Kinda tasty.

Tomorrow is National Spicy Guacamole Day and National Pickle Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx307] National Deviled Egg Day

IT’S NATIONAL DEVILED EGG DAY!

By “deviled” we mean, you add a bit of mustard and stuff. It used to be a term that people used to mean “make it spicy” before spicy foods were a common thing around the world. AK got to work on making these at home, which was wonderful.

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Hard boil some eggies.

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Cool ’em off.

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Crack the egg and peel the shell off.

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Dry ’em a bit.

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Cut them the long way. 

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Scoop out the yolky innards.

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Here’s the stuff you mix with.

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Yolk and other goop.

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Pour the mixture back into the empty egg halves.

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Garnish with paprika!

They’re like eggs, but spicier.

Tomorrow is National Sandwich Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx190] National Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Omelette Day/National Chocolate with Almonds Day

What a strange idea for a holiday!

IT’S NATIONAL DON’T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE OMELETTE DAY AND NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WITH ALMONDS DAY!

Chocolate and nuts are a really good combination. Whether the nuts are covered in chocolate or the chocolate is covered in nuts is up to you entirely. We chose a chocolate bar with an endangered owl on it!

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Owl be glad to share this chocolate with you!

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Hoo! wants a piece?

Today also celebrates the idioms of not putting all your money on one horse, not putting all your eggs in one basket, not putting all your commanding officers in one away team… So out of the 14 eggs we had, we used 3 (and an egg beaters cup) to make our omelette with a li’l bit of shredded cheddar (shreddar).

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14 of ’em.

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Not all of them.

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Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese

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Omelette du fromage!

Omelette du fromage.

Tomorrow is National Sugar Cookie Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx139] National Cheese Souffle Day

Eggy cheese bread!

TODAY IS NATIONAL CHEESE SOUFFLE DAY!

We were scared off last time by the word souffle, and entrusted it to the folks at the Yardhouse. This time around, we faced our fears and made a souffle, thanks to an incredibly easy recipe that SPom handed off to us. It’s not exactly traditional, but souffle can only be defined so well.

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A bunch of grated cheese and 2 cups of croutons

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3 eggs and 1.5 cups of skim milk

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Pour it in there and bake!

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Look at it.

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LOOK AT IT

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LOOK. AT. IT.

It was really good. But as mentioned above, it was eggy cheese bread. We could have done a lot worse, we’ll say that! 4 ingredients to make a delicious dinner is hard to argue with.

Tomorrow is Devil’s Food Cake Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx107] National Eggs Benedict Day/Day of the Mushroom

Mushbooms and eggs!

IT’S NATIONAL EGGS BENEDICT DAY AND DAY OF THE MUSHROOM!

Finding a brunch on the weekend is like looking for a kitty at the shelter. They all look so perfect and every single one has its own stuff to offer… The only hard choice is what you’re leaving out by choosing just one. Bad analogy. Go adopt kitties, people!

Anyway, Highland Grill was my pick. The Blue Plate Restaurant Company is well known in the Twin Cities for a high caliber of restaurants. Like Parasole, they have quite the following. One of my favorite things about Highland Grill is its annual celebration of bald men, as they hold a bald guys’ day where bald guys eat free. Totally awesome.

Another reason to like the Highland Grill is serving breakfast all day. Though I’m partial to their stuffed french toast, today we had a mission:

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Eggs Benedict. Gooey and creamy.

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The “Hot Hash & Holly” – hashbrowns with peppers and mushrooms, with two over-easy eggs and some hollandaise sauce

Let’s give a little appreciation for mushrooms, shall we? A poem I remember from my college composition class, by Sylvia Plath:

Overnight, very
Whitely, discreetly,
Very quietly

Our toes, our noses
Take hold on the loam,
Acquire the air.

Nobody sees us,
Stops us, betrays us;
The small grains make room.

Soft fists insist on
Heaving the needles,
The leafy bedding,

Even the paving.
Our hammers, our rams,
Earless and eyeless,

Perfectly voiceless,
Widen the crannies,
Shoulder through holes. We

Diet on water,
On crumbs of shadow,
Bland-mannered, asking

Little or nothing.
So many of us!
So many of us!

We are shelves, we are
Tables, we are meek,
We are edible,

Nudgers and shovers
In spite of ourselves.
Our kind multiplies:

We shall by morning
Inherit the earth.
Our foot’s in the door.

Wait a sec, that’s really creepy.

WEIGH IN DAY RESULTS!

SP: -0.8 pounds, total lost: 87.2

AK: Who knows. I’m still all alone here in SPAKville. 😥

Tomorrow is National Cheeseball Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx85] International (Swedish) Waffle Day/National Lobster Newburg Day!

TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL WAFFLE DAY AND NATIONAL LOBSTER NEWBURG DAY!

In the US, Waffle Day happens in August, on the anniversary of the patent of the Waffle Iron. So we’ll see you guys in 5 months on that.

However, in Sweden, they celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation by eating waffles. I guess similar to the whole Candlemas thing, Mardi Gras whatnot. We aren’t Catholic, but we’re assuming that most religions are just as much about food as we are. And as SP had the day off from school, we had some waffles at Brunch using our favorite Kodiak mix. As usual, the mix provides an amazing fluffy golden waffle while packing a huge protein punch and limiting calories from fat and sugar.

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The other part of today was Lobster Newburg. Our guess is that if you live on the East coast, you already know what this is. Invented by a sea captain in New York, this dish is based on the premise that lobster meat needs more butter and cream than you could possibly dip it in. It involves cooking a sauce from cream, butter, eggs, and sherry, and mixing lobster meat in it. We used this recipe to get ourselves a lobster fix.

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This is the goop.

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The goop plus some (extremely expensive in the Midwest) real lobster meat

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Served on toasted buns!

It’s really, really good. It has a nice kick from the cayenne pepper and a milky creaminess that mixes well with the tenderness of the lobster. Were it not for the inaccessibility of lobster in the area, and the massive caloric punch to the gut of using 1/2 cup of cream, we’d probably make this one more often. But as many of the food holidays so far have done for us, it was an interesting experiment into a food neither of us had heard of, let alone eaten before.

Tomorrow is National Nougat Day and National Spinach Day!

-SPAK