[FHCx347] National Gingerbread House Day/National Ambrosia Day

Sweet!

IT’S NATIONAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE DAY AND NATIONAL AMBROSIA DAY!

One of these is an appropriate Decembertime food. The other is definitely a Southern USA summer dish. So Southern that we used Alton Brown’s recipe for it. Ambrosia is basically an extension of fruit salad, and not the drink of immortality of the Greek pantheon. Oh well.

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Makin’ some whipped cream.

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Mini marshmallows, fruits, coconut shavings, and chopped pecans.

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Gooey and fruity and sugary.

Because we couldn’t get enough of a sugar high off of that, we also made and ate some Gingerbread House! Gingerbread used to be restricted to professional bakers in Germany and France except on Christmas and Easter, when anyone could bake it. It got to the point where there were fierce competitions of professional gingerbread bakers. The shaping into houses made it all the more fun.

Current record for size is this dude from Texas who made a 2520-square-foot home. That’s more than 1.5 times as big as SPAK‘s house. It used up 1800 pounds of butter. And the total calorie count? Estimated at 35.8 million. That’s enough calories for an adult male to eat for 49 years.

And here we are, building ours from a kit.

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The required statement of any food-house we build together.

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It was hit by a snowcandy storm before it was disassembled and partly eaten.

All these sweets put us right in the mood for bedtime. ‘Night everybody!

Tomorrow is National Ice Cream & Violins Day and National Cocoa Day.

-SPAK

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[FHCx327] National Cranberry Relish Day

IT’S NATIONAL CRANBERRY RELISH DAY!

Relish, not sauce. Relish is uncooked; that’s the main difference. This Thanksgiving-y food is classic for the berries that are actually in season (unlike some food holidays) and is often served alongside turkey. We used a recipe from Ocean Spray to make ours.


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Cut up the orange and leave the peel on.


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Food processor! Vrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!


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Take the mush and pour some sugar on it.


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Beautiful color.


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SP put some on his turkey sandwich for lunch today.

Tomorrow is another multi-day: Cashew Day, Eat a Cranberry Day, and Espresso Day.

-SPAK

[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

[FHCx227] National Creamsicle Day

Orange and vanilla go together, right?

TODAY IS NATIONAL CREAMSICLE DAY!

Not something we normally keep in the freezer. Still, it’s a nice treat on a warm, sunny day. A Creamsicle is different from a Popsicle in that it is a flat bar rather than a cylindrical pop. That allows for some extra ice cream goodness.


They look neat, too!

Tomorrow is National Lemon Meringue Pie 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

[FHCx179] National Orange Blossom Day

Gonna eat a flower!

TODAY IS NATIONAL ORANGE BLOSSOM DAY!

We were just as confused as you when we first heard about this holiday. Did a bunch of research and basically it came up that some people like to use orange blossoms instead of oranges for flavor. Go figure. We found this tea!


It tasted like slightly orangey water! Not bad. A good tea to wake up your mouth. 

Tomorrow is National Tapioca 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