[FHCx348] National Cocoa Day/National Ice Cream and Violins Day

We’re getting weird.

IT’S NATIONAL COCOA DAY AND NATIONAL ICE CREAM AND VIOLINS DAY!

Why violins? A quick google search shows that a whole bunch of people perpetuate this holiday without knowing where it even came from. We just do what we’re told when people tell us to eat ice cream. AKma and AKpa provided the soundtrack of violin music. Here were some picks.

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New flavor from Halo Top!

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On the one hand, ice cream is great. On the other hand, it’s December and…

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So really what helped us today was celebrating cocoa. Cocoa could mean a lot of things to a lot of people but the first thing that came to mind for us was a hot cup of chocolatey comfort. On a frigid day like today, it’s important to have hot cocoa.

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Tea, Cocoa, and Cider pots that we keep in our kitchen.

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Panda mug is a good mug… Wait a minute… Something’s missing.

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Aha! Perfect :3

Tomorrow is National Bouillabaisse Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx332] National Bavarian Cream Pie Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL BAVARIAN CREAM PIE DAY!

We had some experience with a faux bavarian cream, but we wanted a serious undertaking today. Real bavarian cream is a custard, frequently thickened with gelatin. The regular serving of it is to mold it into a frustum shape and served on its own. But once the Americans get their hands on anything… well, then it just becomes another pastry cream to fill stuff with. Like a pie! We grabbed a recipe from AllRecipes and got to work.

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Pie needs a crust!

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Our ingredients.

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Mix up the sugar, cornstarch, and egg in a mixing bowl.

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Add scalded milk and softened gelatin (couple packs of gelatin and cold water)

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AK got inventive to do this double-boiler system. Big pot has hot water, top pot has the custard mixture.

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Take out the custard pot to let it cool, but mix in 3/4 cup of ice cream while it’s still hot.

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Whip up a bunch of whipped cream.

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Use about 3/4 of the whipped cream to fold in to the pie, saving the rest for the top of the pie.

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The pie, before we let it set.

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Topped with the rest of the whipped cream.

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Tada!

It mostly tasted like cream. Next time maybe we’ll add more vanilla or almond flavor just to see what happens.

This is only the beginning of a tri-pie week when we have National Lemon Creme Pie Day on Tuesday and National Pie Day (wrong) on Thursday. But in the meantime, tomorrow is National French Toast Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx316] National Sundae Day

Sundaey

IT’S NATIONAL SUNDAE DAY!

Any kind you want. It doesn’t have to be hot fudge or strawberry. Just ice cream and toppings. Usually whipped cream, some sort of sauce or syrup, maybe some fruit. Sprinkles? If you got ’em.

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Tomorrow is National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day and National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx268] National Cherries Jubilee Day

Escoffier strikes again!

IT’S NATIONAL CHERRIES JUBILEE DAY!

Auguste Escoffier, creator of Peach Melba among other SPAK food holiday foods, created the Cherries Jubilee in honor of Queen Victoria’s jubilee. She reigned from 1837 to 1901. Secret to longevity? She really liked cherries.

So we thought to honor this day by having a recipe from the very American (non-French, non-British) chef Paula Deen.

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1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tbsp corn starch

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Cherry water from a can of cherries

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Pour in 1/4 cup brandy/cognac and LIGHT IT ON FIRE.

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Serve over ice cream, like everything else Escoffier does.

Seriously, where would Escoffier have been without ice cream…

Tomorrow is National Crabmeat Newburg Day and National Lobster Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx256] National Chocolate Milkshake Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE DAY!

We could have gone out to Snuffy’s Malt Shop and had one of the best milkshakes in the Twin Cities. Or Burger Jones for SP‘s favorite, the Twixie Treat. Or one of the many places that takes ice cream, makes it drinkable, and then gives you a cup that instantly gets devoured. The whole thing.

But we decided to try this at home with the blender. Wasn’t the smartest idea we’ve had. We had some chocolate Halo Top around and some milk and ice, so we figured it couldn’t be bad. Well it wasn’t bad… Just not… great?

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Ok, we’ll shut up about the Halo Top!

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More icy than creamy. Don’t you hate that?

Anyway, tomorrow is National Peanut Day and National Snack a Pickle Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx250] National Coffee Ice Cream Day

TWO FIFTY, can you believe it?

IT’S NATIONAL COFFEE ICE CREAM DAY!

Why spoil one of the greatest things in life with one of the grossest things? (SP really hates coffee.) We’ve even had garlic ice cream and liked it. Last time that coffee and ice cream got together, we avoided it the best we could, and we’ve done the same this time.

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Enter Halo Top with the Chocolate Mocha Chip flavor!

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Pile of poo or ice cream?

Glad we escaped narrowly the fate of coffee ice cream. Still, it’s not the greatest Halo Top flavor. So far, we would order it Chocolate > Vanilla Bean > Strawberry > Chocolate Mocha Chip. We have yet to try their Birthday Cake, Lemon Cake, or Mint Chip. But still!

Tomorrow is a huge one: Beer Lovers’ Day, Acorn Squash Day, Salami Day, and Napoleon Day.

Here’s the issue, though… THURSDAY DOESN’T HAVE A FOOD HOLIDAY!!! Some people claim that it’s date-nut bread day, but that doesn’t happen until December 22nd. WE ARE FREAKING OUT!

-SPAK

[FHCx238] National Banana Split Day/National Whiskey Sour Day

Banananananana

TODAY IS NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY AND NATIONAL WHISKEY SOUR DAY!

We don’t really get whiskey sour. Whiskey with a little bit of lemon and sugar just makes it taste more like whiskey. Eh. We were out to dinner with SParents at Pezzo and so we could give the rest of it to them!

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We did get to cleanse our palette with some stuff we love, though: ice cream! Ice cream summer never ends! Well, it kind of does pretty soon, but we’re in denial!

Invented in 1904, the banana split takes nature’s best fruit and pairs it with the best cold dessert. Here is the banana split AK made in its most beautiousness.

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“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!”

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Split!

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Halo Top is great.

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Put the ice cream inside and cover in whipped cream

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Chocolasauce

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Some chopped pecans for fun.

We could probably eat these all day.

Tomorrow is National Cherry Popsicle Day!

-SPAK