[FHCx282] National Pierogi Day/National Fluffernutter Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL PIEROGI DAY AND NATIONAL FLUFFERNUTTER DAY!

The PBJ, as a sandwich, is not boring. It’s not even outlived its awesomeness. But sometimes what could really go well with peanut butter on bread is some marshmallow fluff. It’s a different kind of sweet to balance out the savory, salty peanut flavor. It’s better than bad; it’s good!

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PB. Fluff.

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Some like to have a thickness ratio that the fluff/PB is equal to the thickness of the bread. We’re ok with just a bit on each side.

We also have to pay respects to the pierogi today. While many cultures have their own dumplings – Chinese have bao, Japanese have gyoza, America has… dumplings – Eastern Europe’s dumplings are high on the chart of tasty starch. Whether you call them piroshok, varenyky, pelmeni, or pierogi, we’re all talking about something very similar – dough wrapping some tasty potato-y, onion-y, possibly cheesy stuff.

We got our pierogi courtesy of the Highland Grill, whose Steak and Pierogies entree is one of SP‘s favorites.

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Fried to perfection.

Yummy!

Tomorrow is National Moldy Cheese Day and National Submarine-Hoagy-Hero-Grinder Day, because we needed a third day to celebrate hoagies.

-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