[FHCx320] National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day/National Bundt Day/National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

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IT’S NATIONAL SPICY HERMIT COOKIE DAY, NATIONAL BUNDT DAY, AND NATIONAL RAISIN BRAN CEREAL DAY!

Raisin Bran is a polarizing cereal, as we’ve found out from conversations with friends. SP tends to like raisins, and AK doesn’t. But even the bran part is something people don’t like. Weird.

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Two Scoops for extra poops

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Just look at how fun this cereal is!

Our next task was handling some Bundt. We are proud to present it as a regional creation with Jewish roots. Can you believe it? It’s based off of Gugelhupf, which was a Eastern European cake popular in Jewish communities. And then some dudes in St. Louis Park (which used to be referred to as “St. Jewish Park” – ya know, where SParents grew up) made this company called Nordic Ware and invented the Bundt pan based off this cake thing.

Everywhere you go in Minnesota, Bundt. Believe it. And Mrs. Wonderful’s are frequently available at Target. And they are wonderful.

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When picking out which flavor to use today, AK said “Obviously Cinnamon Swirl.” So I guess there you go.

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Super duper good.

The last part of today was something we’d never heard of: Spicy Hermit? What? Like, spicy hot? Hermit like a crab, or a person hiding out somewhere? Who came up with this crap?

New Englanders in the 1880s, like half of these dang food holiday foods.

Imagine an oatmeal raisin cookie. Take out the oatmeal, but still keep the cookie soft and chewy. Then throw on a whole bunch of spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, etc. That’s a spicy hermit. We nabbed this recipe from The Spice House to make our own.

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Dry ingredients with a bunch of spices.

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Cream butter with sugar.

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Add in some beaten eggs and mix it up. This looks super cool, doesn’t it?

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Combine with the dry stuff.

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Chewy. Could’ve had more spices in them, but likely the recipe was made “mild” so that people wouldn’t run screaming to the hills. An interesting cookie, but not our favorite.

Tomorrow is National Fast Food Day!

-SPAK

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[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