[FHCx247] National Welsh Rarebit Day/International Bacon Day


We know Harley Morenstein would probably be spending today bathing in a tub full of bacon. Bacon is amazing. If we had our way, we would be eating the bacon at Manny’s Steakhouse every day. It looks like this:

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They make it with Nueske’s pork belly. Bacon may be hyped up everywhere you go, and the words “applewood smoked” have started to just look like the word “the” as far as prevalence, but it has good reason. Today we had some at lunch at Mill Valley Kitchen.

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Alright. Raise your hand if you can name more than two Welsh foods. That’s what we thought. We don’t mean to be offensive. The UK has given us foods like Fish n Chips. Or has it? (Spoiler alert: Spanish Jews brought fried fish to England in the 17th century.)

Welsh Rarebit is one of those foods that people might know the name but not what it is. No it’s not Rabbit. Common misconception, as that was originally the name of the food. And the word “rarebit” has no other use in the English language than for Welsh Rarebit. It’s basically just a cheese sauce. It’s good! We used Alton Brown’s recipe.

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2 Tbsp butter

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Whisk in 2 tbsp of flour, then dijon mustard, worcestershire, salt, pepper, and a half cup of some Porter beer.

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Look at it go!

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Add 3/4 cup heavy cream

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Slowly whisk in some shredded cheddar (shreddar)

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Pour over toast! We ate it with steak.

A sentence that was said after dinner: “What else can we put this cheese sauce on?”


  1. Graham cracker was pretty good, actually.
  2. Marshmallow was not.
  3. Crackers were excellent, as you could imagine.

Tomorrow is National Macadamia Nut Day!



[FHCx62] National Banana Cream Pie Day

The day has come.


In this household, BCP is the motherload of desserts.

For AK, much of the exposure to Banana Cream Pie began when her parents would get to-go pies from Marie Callender’s. For AKpa, it was BCP. For AKma and AKron, it was cinnamon apple. And for little AK, it was chocolate pudding pie. There will always be a fondness of thinking of bringing back those pie tins to the restaurant. She’s still unsure whether or not the family got anything for returning the tins, but that was just the way things were.

For SP, this started back with SPom’s Banana Bread. Then it was just bananas all the time. Bananas for bananas. Eventually, SP graduated from Baker’s Square’s level and found the holy grail/black lotus/Shangri-La of BCPs: Manny’s Steakhouse. This dessert has been the go-to for many birthday celebrations, job hiring celebrations, and celebration celebrations.

When SP took AK to Manny’s for the first time, he insisted on having her try it. Her life was changed as well.

Because no other Banana Cream Pie quite measures up (Second place goes to a very special place called Bandera in LA, thanks to Adam Gertler), our choice for today was clear. AK was kind enough to pick up a BCP from Manny’s to-go so we could enjoy at home.

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The BCP as it typically appears at Manny’s. Accompanied by friends: Key Lime and Pecan.

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Whatever is in this bag is always guaranteed to be showstopping.

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What’s this, we get to assemble it ourselves??

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So it seems! Thanks for the to-go, Manny’s!

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This coming Sunday, we’ll be going to Manny’s for one of SP‘s friend’s birthday dinner. We will order a BCP on that day as well. We’re lucky that at home we can weigh how much we take! It’s good practice for the real run.

Tomorrow is National Cold Cuts Day and National Mulled Wine Day.