[FHCx149] National Brisket Day/National Hamburger Day

Somebody had barbecue on the brain…


It’s Memorial Day Weekend! Most of the people around here are probably out on their annual 3-day bender for no reason other than a Monday off work. And usually what goes along with warmer weather and time off is grilling, smoking, and barbecuing. We’ll see barbecue day on Monday, but today honors two very special meats.

Brisket. And this time around, we don’t mean Jewish-style oven-baked brisket. We mean fall-apart, super-smoky, spice-rubbed meat. Brisket is one of the best parts of cow to eat because it’s got the awesome layer of fat called the point. You smoke it point-side up so that the fat renders down into the muscley meat, called the flat. Thanks to the process of rubbing and smoking, it makes this beautiful red ring at the edge of the meat, just before the bark – the blackened outside from the caramelization of the spices on the outside. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to score the burnt ends, the chef’s secret of cooking brisket. In short, it’s cut up chunks of the point that aren’t served as part of the brisket.¬†Brisket is magical.

We got our meats today from Famous Dave’s, as Dave Anderson is one of our favorite now-local people of the Twin Cities. He is a suuuuuper nice guy, and he makes great food. Yes, we could have gone to local BBQ favorites like Rack Shack or Aesop’s Table, but we chose Dave for today. The others will get theirs!

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Two-meat platter to share!

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Look at that beautiful smoke ring! Tender and juicy and BBQy.

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The Dave’s Burger. BBQ Sauce on burgers is amazing.

So happy meat-filled meat day to us!

Tomorrow is National Coq Au Vin Day.


[FHCx78] National Sloppy Joes Day/National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day

Sloppy Joe, sloppy sloppy Joe.


Oh the sloppy Joe. Such an amazing food. For when you have ground beef but you’re just to lazy to shape it into something and you don’t have a box of some sort of Helper to make any major changes. Our recipe comes from this magical condiment called Ketchipotle, that we modify by adding a bit of Famous Dave’s sauce.

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Our other venture today was making Lacy Oatmeal Cookies. We weren’t sure from the outset what made an oatmeal cookie particularly “lacy.” We researched and found that while a regular oatmeal cookie may be doughy and soft, a lacy oatmeal cookie is prepared with a very wet batter and ends up making very thin wafer cookies.

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1 cup quick cook oats, 1/4 cup white flour, 1.5 tsp baking powder, 0.5 tsp salt

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3/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup butter, beaten until fluffy. Add 1 egg and 1 tsp of vanilla.

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Mix the flour stuff with the wet stuff.

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Scoop out by the teaspoonful onto a sprayed cookie sheet. Make sure they’re far enough apart!

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They expand and become very thin.

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They are SUPER good. Normally SPAK likes softer, chewier cookies. Gooey chocolate chip kinds of things. But these, which are meant to be crispy, work perfectly. We got them while they were fresh, too, which made them leaps and bounds better. Plus, with a major reduction in sugar and butter from the recipe we found online, and using a teaspoon measure to make 36 cookies, each one was a nice low calorie especially for how big they were.

But part of saving on the calories means not eating all of them. We gave a whole bunch to our neighbor (SP‘s coworker) and his daughter. She did an impression for us in order to earn the cookies. It was adorable.

Tomorrow is our first four-holiday day. Tomorrow we celebrate: Maple Syrup Day, Poultry Day, Chocolate Caramel Day, and Corn Dog Day (the first Saturday of the NCAA tournament). Yikes.