[FHCx274] National Hot Mulled Cider Day/National Chewing Gum Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL HOT MULLED CIDER DAY AND CHEWING GUM DAY!

“Chewing gum isn’t a food!” we hear you say. Well, neither are drinks. But here we are. Sometimes chewing gum can help with food. That minty feeling makes you feel like not eating any more, which can be a great help if you’re trying to stop overindulging on homemade pizza (literally us, tonight).

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We keep some of these around just for that reason.

But we also got to make ourselves a treat of some hot mulled cider as our Fall weather really starts to sink in. It’s easy to make, and it makes a lot.

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Make a Hellraiser-style pincushion out of the orange using the cloves. Some people also use Star Anise but we didn’t this time.

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The quality of the cider obviously affects the end result. Martinelli’s is champ.

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Let it sit, covered, on super low heat, for a while.

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Enjoy the warm fuzzies!

Tomorrow is National Homemade Cookies Day and World Vegetarian Day. I think that means we get to eat a vegetarian?

-SPAK

[FHCx242] National Chop Suey Day/National More Herbs Less Salt Day/National Lemon Juice Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL CHOP SUEY DAY AND NATIONAL MORE HERBS, LESS SALT DAY AND NATIONAL LEMON JUICE DAY!

Salt is the de facto “spice” for pretty much anywhere you go. In restaurants, especially, use of salt is through the roof. People are getting hypertension left and right from how much sodium intake they are completely unaware of, just because that’s the current way of the world. Sometimes you have to take the more cognizant way and make a conscious decision not to use salt where you normally might. Like eggies!

AK put together our eggy breakfast using non-salt stuff.

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Scramble! Looks like a ruffled blankie.

One other way to use less salt is to season things with lemon juice. You’d be surprised at how little you need of lemon juice to really enhance the flavor of anything you’re making, from stir fry to Mexican-style rice. That’s why we always keep some in the fridge!

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The other part of our day celebrates an outdated, mostly racist knock-off “Chinese” dish popularized in early 20th century USA: Chop Suey. Before we could understand actual Chinese food (non-Americanized), there was just a slew of immigrants who made a killing off of these mildly exotic dishes that were only inches away from being something we’d make anyway. Call them international foods and you’re a real winner. Problem is, we’ll look back at that time like we look back on mullets now. Either that, or we’ll claim that it was an actual thing called “ suì” and pretend it was okay.

Still, restaurants around the country will still humor you and make you some chop suey. Thankfully, a pretty great Chinese restaurant in the area, aptly named China Restaurant (they have Mapo Tofu, guys), still panders to some people by serving it.

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Veggies galore! Carrots, onions, sprouts, string beans, water chestnuts…

Well we’re glad we made it through all of that.

Tomorrow is National Toasted Marshmallow Day!

-SPAK

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

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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

[FHCx125] National Orange Juice Day/National Candied Orange Peel Day

How a-peel-ing!

IT’S NATIONAL ORANGE JUICE DAY AND NATIONAL CANDIED ORANGE PEEL DAY!

Neither of us grew up drinking much orange juice. We were both more the type who, when seated at a restaurant for breakfast or brunch, would likely have milk or hot chocolate. SP likes tea as his preferred morning beverage. AK just drinks water like a sink drain. Besides, as the joke goes, why should you drink coffee with breakfast? Because O.J. will kill you. So orange juice was never really on the tip of our tongues.

However, there is no denying that orange juice has its place at the breakfast table, or that millions of Americans love their orange stuff. It’s the least sour of the citrus trifecta – orange, lemon, lime – and has had quite the lobby producing claims of potassium and other such health benefits.

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As if orange juice was hard enough for us, imagine us having to drink OJ with pulp. Oy.

The other unrhymingly orange treat today was candied orange peel. Popularized independently in the Southern USA and in China (go figure), candied orange peel was someone’s desperate attempt to utilize the entire orange, as if that was necessary.

Thanks to Regina’s Candies in St. Paul – and to the folks at the local Godiva who gave the recommendation – we got some chocolate covered candied orange peel!

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They look like little turds.

Very tasty! Chocolatey orange. They taste like those chocolate orange things that you hit on a surface and break into segments.

Tomorrow is National Enchilada Day for Cinco de Mayo, Totally Chipotle Day, and National Hoagie Day!

-SPAK