[FHCx356] National Fried Shrimp Day

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IT’S NATIONAL FRIED SHRIMP DAY!

Quoth the Bubba, “…you can fry it…”

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Relatives of this guy, no doubt.

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Sweet and Spicy Fried Shrimp

Tomorrow is National Date Nut Bread Day.

-SPAK

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[FHCx314] National Scrapple Day

Scrambled apple? Screwed pineapple? Game of Scrabble?

IT’S NATIONAL SCRAPPLE DAY!

Read the ingredients on this scrapple.

 

The Pennsylvania Dutch really outdid themselves with this dish. As many pork scraps as you can scrounge (pork heartheart?) and combine it with some cornmeal and flour to make a loaf. Then pan fry it so that it’s super crispy. It is considered to be an actual ethnic food of the Mennonites and Amish of the Eastern states. Crazy.

How the name scrapple? I don’t know. Where do you even get this stuff? We almost weren’t able to source any because the one place in the Twin Cities that made it, Tiny Diner, no longer does. Thanks again to Lund’s & Byerly’s for getting us some of this from the Jones crew.

Anyway, are you totally grossed out? We had to try it to be sure. And we actually found it to be pretty tasty. Like a breakfast sausage kind of flavor.

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Frying pan on medium heat. Cook 8-10 minutes per side.


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Crispy porkcornmealbits.

Tomorrow is National Vanilla Cupcake Day!

-SPAK

 

[FHCx306] National Calzone Day/National Deep Fried Clams Day/National Vinegar Day

IT’S NATIONAL CALZONE DAY, NATIONAL DEEP FRIED CLAMS DAY, AND NATIONAL VINEGAR DAY!

Riffing on this Ben Wyatt from Parks n Rec thing… if we were to make a restaurant to celebrate folded pizza, it would be specifically diet-friendly and located in areas nearby Los Angeles or San Diego. It would be called the Local LoCal Low-Cal Calzone Zone.

But for reals. Calzone Day was just established recently. Specifically, it was petitioned by Minsky’s Pizza on their 40th anniversary. So hooray for them!

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Today also celebrates something we were worried about finding. There are always days like that. Sea Salt, which we visited for fried scallops, closed for the season at the end of October. Our next best bet was a place called Mucci’s, which is known for their deep fried – wait for it – pizza. Yeah. We were excited to see they also had clam fritti. But when we called at 4:45 to ensure they had our item, we were aghast to find they didn’t have any! As of November 1st, today was a menu change, and they don’t have ’em anymore.

We were in luck that a local joint by SP‘s old apartment had the goods for us. Here’s Mac’s Fish and Chips.

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The menu on a white board. Too quaint not to share.

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“We don’t have soda. We have POP!” Thanks, Minnesota. SP approves.

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SP got half clams and half cod. Mmmmm those clam strips were AMAZING.

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AK went full-blown Minnesotan and got Walleye. Probably was from Lake Wobegon.

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And what’s this? Malt vinegar to have with our fish n chips? Such that we can enjoy National Vinegar Day? Perfect!

Despite the troubles, today was a success. We could’ve clammed up, but we got out of our shell and had an adventure.

Tomorrow is National Deviled Egg Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx276] National Fried Scallops Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL FRIED SCALLOPS DAY!

We aren’t exactly by the ocean in Minnesota, but it doesn’t mean we can’t get great seafood. One restaurant in particular, Sea Salt Eatery, draws such huge crowds that we waited in line before the place even opened this morning! Their menu is impressive, and you can eat while taking a look at Minnehaha Falls.

Let’s get down to the seafood.

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Fried bay scallop tacos. You cannot pick them up until you eat some of the interior.

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Catfish po boy. Similar in magnitude. Can’t close the sub until you eat some first.

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Fried oyster po boy. Getting the gist here?

We’re glad we were able to find fried scallops at a local place. And such tasty ones, at that!

Tomorrow is National Caramel Custard Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx209] National Chicken Finger Day/National Creme Brulee Day/National Scotch Day

*Inhaaaales*

IT’S NATIONAL CHICKEN FINGER DAY, NATIONAL CREME BRULEE DAY, AND NATIONAL SCOTCH DAY!

This is not the first time that there is a “national” holiday (in the US) for a definitively non-US item. While SP‘s friend SPalex loves scotch, SPAK treats it similarly to whiskey, bourbon, etc. and files it under the “alcohol is really hit-or-miss” category. In comes some Johnnie Walker Red Label, one of the only scotches to come in a mini bottle so we don’t spend money that we wouldn’t actually use.

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Now let’s get a little sweet. Creme Brulee is not one of the desserts that we’d find ourselves ordering over, say, a chocolate cake or a BCP (banana cream pie). However, it is good in its own rite and we’d be happy to have some to celebrate the day. It’s one of those ooooold French desserts that others tried to appropriate for their own. In fact, Trinity College in the UK was so well-known for their burnt cream – with theirs having the college logo branded into the top – that they had to issue a statement saying, “we didn’t invent this.”

We know Lund’s & Byerly’s bakery section makes a pretty terrific one, so we had to get our hands on it.

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And now for the important part.

SP is getting emotional again.

Back when SP was a child, there was a restaurant in South Minneapolis called Rochelle’s. Even with a little googling, there seems to be very little record of its existence. See, Rochelle’s made what they called, “Turkey Dippers.” Flash-fried in a special fryer, this turkey dippers were the lifeforce of a young SP. But all good things must come to an end. He just didn’t understand in his young brain why a restaurant would close.

Years later, some of the same people opened up shop in Apple Valley, calling themselves Top Notch Turkey. Again, no record of this happening. And despite SP‘s concerted effort, the restaurant still closed. No one but SP wanted those delicious, uncannily amazing breaded and fried turkey “fingers.”

And so SP spent the rest of his life living out this grief with the help of Chicken Fingers to soften the blow. He had a rating system when he was about 9-10 years old of the many different places that had chicken fingers. Among the top was Doolittle’s Air Cafe (as it was once known). He wrote them fan mail to express his love for their chicken fingers and barbecue sauce. When they rebranded as Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill, they still kept chicken fingers on a secret menu just for him and they do TO THIS DAY.

When SPAK moved into this house last July, we heard notice that we’d be getting a Raising Cane’s in the area. Now it’s within walking distance. And for a place that only has 5 things on the menu, you know they have to get each of those pretty damn perfect. Though they don’t have their own barbecue sauce for chicken fingers, as is customary for SP, their Cane’s Sauce is still really good. If you like chicken fingers with honey mustard, go home and reevaluate your life.

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Oh yeah. Look at that pile of beige.

It’s no turkey dipper. But nothing really is. If former Rochelle’s employees are out there… please get in touch.

Tomorrow is Milk Chocolate Day and Chili Dog Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx198] National Corn Fritters Day

Fry ’em up!

TODAY IS NATIONAL CORN FRITTERS DAY!

You know that when your mother has a recipe card that looks like this that it’s got history:

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And it’s as simple as that!

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Here’s the batter…

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First we tried them out as big pancakes. They were great.

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Then as smaller cakes.

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Then in a mini-muffin tin!

They were all delicious. That yummy corn flavor with the crispy batter… MMMmmm. Yes. Corn fritter all day every day.

Tomorrow is Sundae Sunday, National Ice Cream Day, and National Peach Ice Cream Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx188] National Fried Chicken Day

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IT’S NATIONAL FRIED CHICKEN DAY!

Oh boy have we been looking forward to this day for a while! Sure, we’ve had plenty of exciting food holidays along the way, but this one allows us to really sell (as if it needed it) one of the local restaurants of Minneapolis that does fried chicken bestest: REVIVAL!

Now, to the Minneapolitans, Revival needs no introduction here. This place opened up a little over a year ago and has been packed since. With no reservations, and maybe seating for 40, you can expect to wait over 60 minutes to get a table for dinner. But there is very good reason for that.

First up, SP loves these fried chicken livers. They’re super luxurious.

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Like a tower of organs.

Ok, ok, maybe we didn’t sell you on this right away. Going with livers is pretty hardcore pretty fast. So let’s bring it back to the actual fried chicken. You can get your chicken done one of 4 ways: Southern Fried (classic), Tennessee Hot (awesome spicy level), Poultrygeist (made with ghost pepper), or gluten free (why). This is some of the best damn fried chicken you can get north of St. Louis.

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The Tennessee Hot

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And Southern Fried. With room for leftovers!

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And of course some hush puppies. Yes.

What a delicious food holiday! We don’t even need to go over the merits of fried chicken for this post. You already know.

Tomorrow is Strawberry Sundae Day and Macaroni Day!

-SPAK