[FHCx336] National Pie Day/National Eat a Red Apple Day

We don’t want to believe it but

IT’S NATIONAL PIE DAY AND NATIONAL EAT A RED APPLE DAY!

Pie Day, PI DAY, was on March 14th. It’s not okay to claim this false idol. But we’ve come around to it, being that we don’t mind being asked to eat pie multiple times within a week (see Bavarian Cream and Lemon Cream in the last 4 days), let alone within a year. To give ourselves a bit of variety from the pies we’ve had recently, we got these little miniature pies from Target.

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Cute, right? Shoulda used a quarter for scale…

Also, seriously, who bakes a pumpkin pie with a top crust? Old Fashioned does, we suppose…

Anyway, Eat a Red Apple Day was easy. There’s one of these in SP‘s lunch every day of the year! Thank goodness for apples that can survive winter.

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Tomorrow is National Fritters Day!

-SPAK

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[FHCx265] National Pecan Cookie Day

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SP!

IT’S NATIONAL PECAN COOKIE DAY!

Not the most exciting treat for a birthday, but it’s still pretty good. We went with this recipe from the internet, and it turned out… ok.

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1 cup butter, 2/3 cup brown sugar, and an egg

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Yummy.

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Salt, almond extract/vanilla extract, 2 cups of flour

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Super super thick and sticky dough. Refrigerated for about an hour.

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Roll some balls of dough and flatten them with the bottom of a glass (flour the glass so that the dough doesn’t just stick to the bottom)

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Pecans

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Cookies!

Not sure what we’d do to make them better next time, but at least we were able to make them for the holiday.

Tomorrow is National Ice Cream Cone Day and National White Chocolate Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx235] National Pecan Torte Day/National Eat a Peach Day

August didn’t feel like pecans before…

IT’S NATIONAL PECAN TORTE DAY AND NATIONAL EAT A PEACH DAY!

We recently had some chocolate pecan pie, which was great. And pecans (next to almonds) have been a favorite of those who put together the national food holidays: pecan day in April, pecan sandy day in June, pecan pie day in July… We’ll see them again when SP‘s birthday holds pecan cookie day.

But today is about the pecan torte. And just as we didn’t really know what constituted a torte when we had coconut torte day, we had to go with what people told us was a torte. And thankfully, that torte came from Surly Brew Co! Among their many other tasty foods, they have an excellent dessert menu.

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Chocolate cake made with Surly’s Damien beer, hazelnut chocolate, and salted caramel pastry cream, topped with pecans.

It’s a nice little dessert to share! Very chocolatey and salty and the little chocolate balls are fun.

It was also Eat a Peach Day! We aren’t exactly peach country up here in Minnesota. We got these beautiful Colorado peaches at HyVee.

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AK thinks that peaches are weird because they’re fuzzy. If that logic worked on other things, she probably shouldn’t like SP much either.

Tomorrow is National Sponge Cake Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx233] National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day/National Lemonade Day

Sweet tooth, ho!

IT’S NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE DAY AND NATIONAL LEMONADE DAY!

SPAK aren’t particularly fond of sugary drinks. We’d much prefer to eat our calories. So we thought we would pay tribute to lemonade day by how we are most frequently exposed to it:

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That’s right. When you go for water at most fountains, it’s right under the lemonade. But since they share a spout, you have to kind of rinse out the tube before you start filling your water, or you get hilariously sugary lemony water. Not the most terrible, but not the most pleasant.

Chocolate Pecan Pie. If you made a list of foods that are so rich, they shouldn’t possibly be made richer, pecan pie would be somewhere in that list. Of course, you could always add chocolate to something and make it richer. But people were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

And since on chocolate pecan pie day we did not have the original homemade pecan pie of SPom’s family, she made us this wonderfully rich recipe from the New York Times.

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It’s difficult to say how we feel about this one. It’s sweet and chocolatey, which is great, but when we want pecan pie, we want pecan pie. And this isn’t really the classic. So we’ll wait for Thanksgiving for SPom’s regular pecan pie and have this as a holdover in the meantime!

Tomorrow is National Spumoni Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx194] National Pecan Pie Day

Again with this pee-can/pi-kahn business…

IT’S NATIONAL PECAN PIE DAY!

Best pecan pie, hands down, comes from SPom, which comes from the recipe of SP‘s great aunt Esther.

 

But instead of that beautiful, tasty pie, we had these pecan pie bars that were also very good.

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Recipe unknown

Tomorrow is National Frank ‘n Beans Day and National French Fry Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx176] National Praline Day

Do you know how hard it is to find these dang things??

IT’S NATIONAL PRALINE DAY!

SP badly wanted to take a trip down to New Orleans and get some pralines. Barring that, we could have a friend or something send a box up here. No dice on either, unfortunately. So we searched high and low for praline ice cream which was nowhere to be found in the Twin Cities. We were tipped off to try Trader Joe’s for things like their pralines and that didn’t work out either.

Here’s what we ended up with.

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First you taste the chocolate, then the praline. It’s great!

Tomorrow is Strawberry Parfait Day and Catfish Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx175] National Pecan Sandy Day

Saaaaandy!

TODAY IS NATIONAL PECAN SANDY DAY!

Cookies have no business being rock hard. They also have very little business disintegrating into sand. If we wanted to eat sand, we could go to the receding shorelines of MN lakes and have our fill. Still, a cookie is a cookie…


And we’ll take it!

Tomorrow is National Praline Day!

-SPAK