[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

[FHCx89] National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

Phew, finding this one was a struggle!

IT’S NATIONAL LEMON CHIFFON CAKE DAY!

We had a few issues trying to secure a slice of lemon chiffon cake. Neither of us were familiar with what made a cake specifically chiffon’d, so we had to look it up. The gist of it is that a chiffon cake is a combination of a batter-type cake and a foam/sponge-type cake. So wait, that will make it airy and fluffy, as well as moist and hearty? Count us in! But there’s more! According to wikipedia (which we all can trust, right?), “Chiffon cakes tend to be lower in saturated fat than butter cakes, potentially making them healthier than their butter-heavy counterparts.” Boom!

The next difficult part was finding a place that has a lemon chiffon cake. Everywhere we looked, there was lemon cake, chiffon cake, lemon chiffon pie… no LCC! What gives? Our first real lead was a local upstart cupcakery/cakery by the name of Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe. She makes a beautiful-sounding Lemon Chiffon Cupcake. And even though we didn’t get one of hers, we have to give this shout-out because in our attempt to contact her, she was very prompt and very sweet! Problem? She was out of town! I’m sure that someday we will definitely turn to Amy’s for some goods.

Our other lead was the Highland Cafe and Bakery. Though the cake isn’t listed on their site, someone made mention of it in a Yelp review, and one thing led to another. They confirmed for us that they had the cake and all we had to do was pick up a slice! And here it is:

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Exactly as the hype led us to believe. Dreamy creamy, still fluffy and slightly spongey, moist throughout. Awesome notes of citrus without being overpowering. Hooray!

Tomorrow is Turkey Neck Soup Day.

 

…yep.

-SPAK