[FHCx346] National Noodle Ring Day

IT’S NATIONAL NOODLE RING DAY!

We didn’t know what a noodle ring was before this food holiday challenge. Apparently lots of cultures use the ring form to make baked noodles, ranging from Italian (timballo, if that counts) to Ashkenazi (kugel in ring form). We like noodles well enough, and have enjoyed them plenty throughout the year like Noodle Day, but today was a special challenge to try something new. We lifted this recipe and gave it a shot.

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You remember Bundt Day, right…?

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A whole bunch of stuff (go read the recipe!). Most of the flavor comes from a can of cream of mushroom soup, the cheese, and the broccoli…

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With some strong help from Lipton’s Onion Soup mix. This stuff is the business. We’d make anything with it.

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Cook a bunch of egg noodles and then pour them in. 

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Should we just eat it as is?

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Pack it into the pan. Set into 350F for almost an hour. We ended up doing about 55 minutes.

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Drumroll pleeeeease!

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Tada!

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What it looks like at a cross-section.

It tasted like cheesy onion-y cream of mushroom stuff. Best part was that SP worked with SPom and SPad to make it, and then got to serve it with AKma and AKpa. Family gathering for the win!

Tomorrow is National Ambrosia Day and National Gingerbread House Day.

-SPAK

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[FHCx299] National Greasy Foods Day/World Pasta Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL GREASY FOODS DAY AND WORLD PASTA DAY!

Your doctor warned you against today. If you go in asking how to lower your cholesterol, your diet expert definitely won’t say, “Have more greasy things and pasta.” But here we are. Just minimize how much of it you’re gonna have.

So why are the greasiest foods so damn good? Basically, we just had to pack as many of the dense fats into one place as possible. Deep fry some stuff in oil and all is tasty. Today we mix grease and pasta.

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Call it a salad and that makes it better, right?

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You have to admit this is a hell of a greasy looking pasta.

It tastes like bacon and cheese and grease. Perfect.

Tomorrow is National Pumpkin Day and National Mince Meat Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx291] National Pasta Day

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IT’S NATIONAL PASTA DAY!

How is today different from Noodle Day 11 days ago? And why are we also celebrating World Pasta Day on the 25th? Who knows.

“Pasta” evokes the thoughts of specifically Italian style noodles. You know, the noodles that Italy has been chugging out since the 12th century (or earlier, depending on who you ask). Spaghetti, Bucatini, Manicotti, Mostaciolli, Macaroni, we could eat pasta for days and days.

Some argue that pasta is just a vehicle for the more important part: sauce. But it’s a great vehicle. A spoon is also a vehicle, but there is something special about slurping up some pasta with sauce.

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We’ll revisit pasta in 8 days… so… more to come!

Tomorrow is Chocolate Cupcake Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx289] National Roast Pheasant Day/National Chicken Cacciatore Day/National Mushroom Day/National Red Wine Day/National Cheese Curd Day

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IT’S NATIONAL ROAST PHEASANT DAY AND NATIONAL CHICKEN CACCIATORE DAY AND NATIONAL MUSHROOM DAY AND NATIONAL RED WINE DAY AND NATIONAL CHEESE CURD DAY!

If you thought having three food holidays in one day was difficult, welcome to the big leagues.

Cheese curds.

We picked some up from Culver’s, which is really the only choice for cheese curds when the State Fair isn’t operating. In fact, they’re having a promo right now for “Curd Nerds” and a sweepstakes to win a whole bunch of money. Here’s hoping.

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“Fried” and “cheese” do belong in the same sentence together more frequently than you’d think.

As for the main event, SParents really blew us away with all their hard work today. SPom put together a chicky-catch yesterday, that we were able to heat up and have at dinner tonight.

Basically chicken cacciatore is a kind of Italian chicken stew that has a bunch of veggies, and is usually served over noodles.

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Notice the mushrooms for mushroom day?

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In the US, we frequently use a red sauce for cacciatore.

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Along with dinner was some red wine…

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…and some sauteed mushrooms, just because you can’t ever have enough.

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We’d been really nervous with roast pheasant coming up. It’s not something that we frequently get around here, even though many of SP‘s coworkers are reveling in the opening of the pheasant hunting season this weekend. Sure you can hunt it, but can you roast it? SPad can. He got these pheasants from the grocery store on special order, and went to work with a tasty recipe.

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Hate to say it… but it tastes like chicken!

It was extra special with the juice/dip/sauce that went with the recipe.

All in all, a successful but stressful day, and we didn’t even have to do the brunt of the work. Thanks SPom and SPad! Here’s hoping we don’t have another psychotically packed day of food holidays again.

Tomorrow is National Liqueur Day and World Food Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx280] National Noodle Day

IT’S NATIONAL NOODLE DAY!

So many options! And man, do we love them all! You could go Eastern Europe with Beef Stroganoff… or Italian with frankly any pasta… or how about East Asian? Yeah! Let’s do that! Let’s get some Ramen. Real, tasty ramen. Not just Maruchan.

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We took a trip to Masu, one of the Japanese delights of the Twin Cities. We would have loved to go to United Noodles today, but they’re only open 11-6 each day, and we wouldn’t have made it in time. Still, Masu really hits the spot.

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Some nikuman to start us off. Mmmm buns.

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And some very tasty duck gyoza.

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SPom and AK both ordered gyudon, which is an amazing beef and rice bowl.

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SP got the Beef Short Rib and Kimchi Ramen. That’s a poached egg in the bottom left and it simply turned to mush.

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SPad ordered Yakisoba, a really awesome Japanese noodle dish. For those not in the know, soba is a buckwheat noodle.

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Rammmmmmen.

However you spin your noodles, happy noodle day!

Tomorrow is National Frappe Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx196] National Mac and Cheese Day/National Grand Marnier Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL MAC AND CHEESE DAY AND NATIONAL GRAND MARNIER DAY!

Grand Marnier is like orange juice, but liquor. I guess that can be nice when you want to spruce up stuff or make a sidecar.

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Grand marn. Yay!

Now last week we celebrated Macaroni Day with mac and cheese, which is fine. But today we had to give Mac and Cheese its own day. And Noodles and Co. made that happen with their celebration (as they’ve done for many holidays) that included free Mac ‘n Chee.

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Look how happy this boy is!

Tomorrow is National Tapioca Pudding Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx120] National Shrimp Scampi Day

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IT’S NATIONAL SHRIMP SCAMPI DAY!

And oh man what a day it was. It’s nice to have something that’s easy and fun to make at home. It’s also nice to have something where SP can triple the amount of garlic for. We used this Food Network recipe to make our scampi.

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A pound of shrimp with some salt and pepper

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Parsley and garlic. The more garlic, the better.

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2 Tbsp of butter in a hot skillet.

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Toss in the shrimp, and then the garlic. Let it all foam for a while. Not pictured is the “sauce” made afterwards of sherry, parsley, and lemon juice.

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Scampi!

It was really, really good. We had fun!

Tomorrow is National Oatmeal Cookie Day and National Raisin Day.

-SPAK