[FHCx262] National Cheeseburger Day

Deja vu…


Well on Thursday we celebrated double cheeseburger day. Today celebrates the singular. The original. But we aren’t going to do your regular old McDonald’s.

We’re Minnesotans. We believe in the Juicy Lucy. We went to Blue Door Pub.

The Juicy Lucy is a Minnesota invention, where cheese is stuffed into the burger. Techniques vary, and there is dispute regarding what restaurant actually created it. But Blue Door has one of SP‘s favorite burgers, so we had to do it.

Behold, the Merriam Park burger. Burger stuffed with blue cheese, bacon, and garlic, and topped with a red currant jelly.





Look at all that good stuff inside.


Oh, and here’s AK‘s burger, the NeuFrenchy: swiss cheese, prime rib, mushrooms, swiss mornay sauce, and onion jam. Served with au jus!

Horribly unkosher and horribly delicious. It’s like we’ve taken everything we can from the cow and made it tasty together.

Tomorrow is National Butterscotch Pudding Day!


[FHCx213] National Raspberry Cake Day/National Jump for Jelly Beans Day

Blow a raspberry at someone!


Jump for Jelly Beans day is NOT Jelly Beans Day. Been there, done that. Instead, today celebrates the acting of jumping for said beans. Why? Enthusiastic leaping is just something that needs to be done. If SPAK were to invent a few holidays in this vein, only to revisit foods we love, we might include

  • Squeal for Banana Cream Pie Day
  • Making Wild Hand Gestures for Spaghetti Day
  • Do a Backflip for Baked Alaska Day

or other obnoxious titles. Still, we force ourselves to continue on the tradition of food holidays so… SP put the jelly beans on the top shelf of the cabinet.

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We jumped. Yay.

AK had a recipe handed off to her from cousin SPamy for a raspberry cake. Essentially, you take a white cake mix and infuse some frozen raspberries into it, making it very pink.

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Ooooooooooh hurts your retinas, don’t it?

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The frosting is a bit of Cool Whip and some of the raspberry sauce we froze a few months ago

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Overall, pretty good. Could be better, but we did what we had to. We’ll try again tomorrow for National Raspberry Cream Pie Day! Somebody needs to use up their raspberries we guess…


[FHCx185] National Eat Your Beans Day/National Chocolate Wafer Day

Eat ’em!


Beans, beans… the musical fruitSP loves beans: black beans, refried beans, jelly beans. AK likes baked beans, too. Why are beans so good? And good for you? All that fiber just helping you get your digestive system going! Yeah! Pair it with rice and you can create a complete protein. It’ll keep you full and it’s one of the best pairs in fooddom. Today, SP made a homemade Chipotle-style bowl.

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8 oz cooked rice, 4 oz black beans

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8 oz lean sirloin steak

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A bit of salsa and a Wholly Guacamole mini

There was much tooting in House SPAK today.

It’s also National Chocolate Wafer day and we nearly forgot. So we booked it over to the nearby gas station to pick these up:

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Like a Reese’s version of a nutty buddy!

Tomorrow is National Caesar Salad Day and National Barbecued Spareribs Day.


[FHCx160] National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day

Jelly blobs!


As everyone we talked to was excited to celebrate donut day last Friday, we imagined that people would similarly get excited about jelly-filled donuts. Well, as it turns out, as you get more into niche kinds of donuts, people are less pumped up. And if you’re like AK you prefer the donut to the jelly. In fact, her inexperience with jelly-filled donuts was apparent when we went to pick out a donut at the grocery store and SP could immediately tell which donuts were filled with custard, raspberry, and lemon, without a sign or anything. He’s magic.

For this outing, we picked raspberry.

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So good. By the way, if you aren’t cutting it open… pro-tip: your first bite should be at the jelly-injection location.

Tomorrow is National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day!


[FHCx113] National Jelly Bean Day

Hey Jelly Bean!


So the other day we dealt with Lima Beans. But rarely does anyone make the connection that the Jelly Bean is actually the Lima Bean’s cousin. That’s right, it’s part of the Fabaceae family.

That’s a lie.

These tasty, sugary, can’t-stop-eating-these-no-matter-how-much-I-want-to-right-now “beans” have BEAN around since the 1800s. Some people say since the Civil War, even. It even became slang! In the early 1900s, a “Jellybean” or “Jelly-Bean” was a young man who dressed stylishly to attract women but had little else to recommend him (Thanks, Wikipedia). I guess that’s a good way to describe a jelly bean.

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Exciting, non-descript bag of jelly beans from the grocery store! We set out some of these guys in our living room for visiting guests SPam, SPuncle SPicky, and SPaunt SPatherine (this is getting ridiculous…) but apparently not all of them are fans! That’s ok.

Tomorrow is National Picnic Day and National Cherry Cheesecake Day!


[FHCx93] National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day


Last time we had PBJ was on Peanut Butter day. Frankly, there are few things that we associate more with peanut butter than the classic PBJ sandwich. There also aren’t that many sandwiches that get their own wikipedia page. It’s a glorious sandwich for kids and adults alike.

People disagree on how to make the sandwich. First, are we adhering strictly to Jelly, or does Jam also count? Second, what flavor jelly? Third, is the peanut butter crunchy or not? Fourth, triangles or rectangles? But the question people never seem to ask, and it’s actually the most important discernment between people’s PBJ ritual, is how the sandwich is assembled. You have your jelly and PB and bread out. What do you do first? The correct answer is:

  1. With one knife, spread jelly/jam on one bread slice.
  2. Wipe off knife on other bread slice.
  3. With same knife, spread PB on the other bread slice.
  4. Cut, if necessary.

For all of you monsters who spread peanut butter and then use the same knife in the jelly, shame on you. For all of you weirdos who can’t handle using the same knife for two different spreads, you’re wasting materials. Just… do it the right way, folks.

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Have a PBJ and treat yourself!

WEIGH IN DAY RESULTS! We haven’t kept up on these as horrible gastro problems have inflicted some strange fluctuations. But we’re back on the horse about posting our results today. In the upcoming weeks, we’re hoping that we’ll see regular losses again.

SP: Total lost: 85.6

AK: Total lost: 20.8

Tomorrow is National Chocolate Mousse Day.