[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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[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

[FHCx91] National Oranges and Lemons Day/National Tater Day/National Clams on the Half Shell Day

Rang the bells…

IT’S NATIONAL ORANGES AND LEMONS DAY AND NATIONAL TATER DAY AND NATIONAL CLAMS ON THE HALFSHELL DAY!

It’s not like citrus is special right now. I’m not even sure if the holiday actually has to do with the fruits, so much as it does the English Nursery Rhyme. Public executions, child sacrifice, Henry VIII’s many wives… Right? So much sense being made here. Well since we are referencing bells, we took our business to a new local joint, from the makers of one of our favorites (Butcher and the Boar), called 4 Bells!

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For Oranges and Lemons, SP‘s favorite cocktail, the Sidecar. Cognac, Grand Marnier, and Lemon Juice.

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Heroes on a half shell, clam power!

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AK got the Fried Chicken Cobb Salad. Mmmmm.

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SP ordered the Whole Fried Snapper, and made it through less than half of it. It was so good. Asian-y chili glaze and black beans and ughhhh so good.

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Oh hey it’s tater day!

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For dessert: Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. Thankfully it wasn’t that boozey, but it tasted like a Cinnamon Roll had a baby with Pecan Pie. Amazing. Would order again.

Who would have thought that one restaurant could have all 3 of the holidays, and thematically be appropriate as well?? Thanks, 4 Bells! We had an awesome time.

Tomorrow is National Sourdough Day.

-SPAK