[FHCx318] National Indian Pudding Day

IT’S NATIONAL INDIAN PUDDING DAY!

Not created by people in India, nor even by Native Americans that were called Indians at the time. Let’s just name something Indian because it’ll be cool that way.

So you have these Northeastern settlers who want to make some pudding to remind them of home back in Britain (TMW you hate your government but want food) and didn’t have the wheat flour for it. Instead they used cornmeal, or as they called it, “Indian Meal.” Yeah, that’s right. And yet we wonder where we went wrong in this country.

We used this recipe to make our Indian Pudding today.

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Whole milk with cornmeal and salt. Bring it up to a boil and whisk it for a long time.

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So hot! Then turn it to low, cover it, and let it sit for 10 minutes.

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Meanwhile, mix up the eggs, molasses, and spices.

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What is even going on here with the milkmeal?

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Take some of the hot stuff out of the pan and put it into the egg mixture to “temper” the eggs. Then put the egg mixture into the pot. It’s convoluted.

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Mix it all together, then throw it in the slow cooker for 6-8 hours.

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That film hides a very infirm inside.

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It’s just brown goop without much texture. Kinda tasty.

Tomorrow is National Spicy Guacamole Day and National Pickle Day!

-SPAK

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[FHCx275] National Homemade Cookie Day/World Vegetarian Day

3/4 of the way through the year!

IT’S NATIONAL HOMEMADE COOKIE DAY AND WORLD VEGETARIAN DAY!

We specifically didn’t put any meat in our cookies today. We definitely have a sense of admiration for those who have the discipline to remain vegetarian. Between the current state of the treatment of animals in the US and the danger associated with bacteria, you’d think it’d be an easy choice. But nutritionally, it’s much easier to be a human omnivore, and culturally it’s a lot simpler as well. Even with the family we have vegetarians (SPaunt SPara and SPuncle SParlie), so we know.

But cookies are important, too. Especially when made at home, where you can get them fresh from the oven.

 

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With a glass of milk, of course!

Tomorrow is National Fried Scallops Day! …and AK‘s birthday woooooo!!!

-SPAK

[FHCx271] National Chocolate Milk Day/National Corned Beef Hash Day

IT’S NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MILK DAY AND NATIONAL CORNED BEEF HASH DAY!

Corned beef hash can be great or not great. Great is the kind you get from Mel’s Diner in San Francisco, or homemade by SPad. We chose not great (but still okay) from Hormel.

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We doctored ours up with some salt and pepper. And later, some ketchup.

But to help us sleep, some chocolate milk!

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Unfortunately, the sugar free syrup makes the milk look a bit more purple than brown…

Still a nice treat.

Tomorrow is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day and National Drink Beer Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx210] National Chili Dog Day/National Milk Chocolate Day

Chocolate chili, anybody?

IT’S NATIONAL MILK CHOCOLATE DAY AND NATIONAL CHILI DOG DAY!

Chocolate is chocolate. Purists will dismiss things like milk chocolate and white chocolate. But in reality, milk chocolate isn’t all that bad! We got some chocolate from Choco Love. Pretty good stuff!

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Today is also Chili Dog Day. There are a few restaurants in the Twin Cities that do amazing dogs: Chris and Rob’s, The Wienery, and Prairie Dogs. Prairie Dogs, especially, is known for making some badass chili – you can tell they’re good on it because they serve chili cheese fries. So we made the trip down to uptown (which is south of downtown) to get our dog on. And it was absolutely amazing. You need to go to Prairie Dogs immediately.

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The “Split Open and Melt” – Chili, Hook’s cheddar spread, mustard, and raw onions. Chili Cheese Fries on the side. Messy. Delicious.

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Not a chili dog. The “Pliny the Elder” – Duck fat fried hot dog, foie gras torchon, and currant apple relish. Also messy. Also delicious.

The chili is just what you need for a dog. Super meaty. No beans. A little kick and very, very, very saucy. Gets everywhere. We will dream of these dogs tonight.

Tomorrow is National Chicken Wing Day and National Lasagna Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx139] National Cheese Souffle Day

Eggy cheese bread!

TODAY IS NATIONAL CHEESE SOUFFLE DAY!

We were scared off last time by the word souffle, and entrusted it to the folks at the Yardhouse. This time around, we faced our fears and made a souffle, thanks to an incredibly easy recipe that SPom handed off to us. It’s not exactly traditional, but souffle can only be defined so well.

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A bunch of grated cheese and 2 cups of croutons

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3 eggs and 1.5 cups of skim milk

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Pour it in there and bake!

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Look at it.

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LOOK AT IT

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LOOK. AT. IT.

It was really good. But as mentioned above, it was eggy cheese bread. We could have done a lot worse, we’ll say that! 4 ingredients to make a delicious dinner is hard to argue with.

Tomorrow is Devil’s Food Cake Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx67] National Cereal Day/National Crown Roast of Pork Day

Writing this while waiting for a concert to start… and finishing it now that the concert is over!

TODAY IS NATIONAL CEREAL DAY AND NATIONAL CROWN ROAST OF PORK DAY!

As SPAK are now on spring break, we had the opportunity to have a somewhat relaxed morning. And to kick it off we had some cereal. Honey Nut Cheerios.


Yay.

The real treasure today was making this crown roast of pork. Neither of us had ever even seen one in real life until today. We picked up our meat from Von Hanson’s, a local butchery with an awesome selection and great prices. The hard part was just how long the process was to prepare one of these beasts.

The crown roast as it was given to us. The crown roast itself is a loin cut with bones in that is slitted and wrapped around itself to look like – you guessed it – a meat crown.

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Herb paste made from rosemary, sage, thyme, garlic, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup of olive oil.

Rubbed with the herb paste and sat into a pan with diced celery, onion, and garlic.

Make some pan sauce with wine and chicken stock. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350 and let it go for 1.5-2 hours until it’s at least 145 inside.

Tada! Happy crowns.


This thing has made the house smell so damn good. We were able to share with a couple of SP‘s friends and they really enjoyed it as well. SP was really worried that he would overcook it, as pork is one of those meats that can turn not-so-good rather quickly. But it was juicy and just right. He was even a master carver! There are lots of leftovers, so I think we’ll be good for several days. Verdict: we would definitely do this again. Thanks, crown roast of pork day, for teaching us something!

Tomorrow is Peanut Cluster Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx11] Hot Toddy Day/Milk Day

WELL, it turns out Hot Toddies are kind of gross. In any case:

TODAY IS HOT TODDY DAY AND ALSO MILK DAY!

Recently it’s been hovering around -Nope°F here in the Twin Cities and, since we have both been having various otorhinolaryngological (gezundheit) ailments over the last few days, Hot Toddy Day seemed a welcome friend to us in our time of need. With a cute name like Toddy, who can resist? And it’s hot, too?!! Lemme at ’em!

Our research told us that we needed some water, bourbon, honey, lemon juice, and nutmeg. Luckily we have it all. (H/T to Mirror Lake Beeworks for our favorite local honey! What’s about to happen was not your fault!)

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If the measuring cup looks empty, it’s because the recipe called for very little water. Like a quarter cup.

SP likes whiskeys well enough, but you must have to either really like whiskey or be in it for the lemon in order to enjoy this thing. AK likes neither and is the less-ill of the two of us, so SP stepped up as the guinea pig. AK tried some, too, but her reaction was a lot less entertaining.

And there you have it. Groundbreaking journalism, right from the source.

Since today is also Milk Day, we drank some as a post-trauma comfort.

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 AK has a cookies ‘n’ cream milk-flavoring straw, just for fun.

Tomorrow is Curried Chicken Day/Marzipan Day, so it should be significantly less disgusting.

Have any favorite marzipan brands/sources/recipes? Please, let us know in the comments or via Facebook/Twitter!

SPAK