[FHCx360] National Pumpkin Pie Day

6 days to go.

IT’S NATIONAL PUMPKIN PIE DAY!

SP made a pumpkin pie with SPom’s help. We had fun.

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Festal pumpkin cans have this recipe… So we just had to follow it.

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We accidentally put in the whole 12 oz can of evaporated milk instead of just 8 oz. Made it really liquidy. We used some flour to thicken it back up. AK suggested we use non-evaporated milk to cancel it out.

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A very liquidy pie goes into the oven. Had to watch out for sloshing.

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This rose and fell quite poetically.

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Then we got to have it for breakfast today!

Tomorrow is National Candy Cane Day.

-SPAK

[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

[FHCx358] National Pfefferneuse Day

8 daaaaaaays remaining!

TODAY IS NATIONAL PFEFFERNEUSE DAY!

Bless you!

Pfefferneuse, or more appropriately “pfeffernüse,” are little spice cookies from central Europe. They are traditional to December in Germany, Denmark, and the like, specifically around the time of the feast of Saint Nicholas around December 5/6. Despite being named “pepper nut,” these contain no nuts. Or peppers. Who comes up with this anyway?

The cookies came over here with the Dutch Menonites, so they aren’t too unfamiliar for most living in the Eastern states. They aren’t hard to find in grocery stores around this time of year.

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“I’m glad they’re soft,” AK exclaimed. They taste gingerbready and cardamomy and such and so on. If these were around during the rest of the year, we would probably get them again.

Tomorrow is National Egg Nog Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx357] National Date Nut Bread Day

9 days left!

TODAY IS NATIONAL DATE NUT BREAD DAY!

“Bread,” they call it. Because it rises in a loaf pan and has flour and water. But it’s much more like a banana bread. Basically, you love the taste of something, so why not turn it into a cake? Dates are naturally sweet and subtle, with a honey kind of flavor. Truly lovely.

AK went all over town today trying to buy some date nut bread somewhere, to no avail. Even Wuollet’s, Grand Ave’s terrific bakery, didn’t have any in today as they gear up for the holidays. So what do we do? Make it at home! Here’s our recipe.

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Chop up some dates.

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About a cup and a half’ll do.

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Pour them into a pot of boiling water with some baking soda.

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In the meantime, cream butter and sugar and all the other stuff.

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Chopped pecans!

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Add the flour in.

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Put in the dates with their water in the mixture to make a batter.

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Bake at 300F for a little over an hour.

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So tasty. We’d happily make this one again! Add it to the repertoire!

Tomorrow is National Pfefferneuse Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx355] National Sangria Day

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IT’S NATIONAL SANGRIA DAY!

We’ve made it to the last alcoholiday, with the exception of Champagne Day on 12/31.

When SP hears the word “Sangria,” he thinks white people with boxed wine.

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In reality, Sangria is a little bit more classy. The Spanish give us this wine kind of thing that they just call “blood” and we accept it. Alright. Well we weren’t going to try to make ours at home, but we could certainly buy a bottle of a “REAL” sangria from Total Wine.

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Yep. Tastes like wine.

Moving on… Tomorrow is National Fried Shrimp Day!

-SPAK

[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