[FHCx357] National Date Nut Bread Day

9 days left!

TODAY IS NATIONAL DATE NUT BREAD DAY!

“Bread,” they call it. Because it rises in a loaf pan and has flour and water. But it’s much more like a banana bread. Basically, you love the taste of something, so why not turn it into a cake? Dates are naturally sweet and subtle, with a honey kind of flavor. Truly lovely.

AK went all over town today trying to buy some date nut bread somewhere, to no avail. Even Wuollet’s, Grand Ave’s terrific bakery, didn’t have any in today as they gear up for the holidays. So what do we do? Make it at home! Here’s our recipe.

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Chop up some dates.

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About a cup and a half’ll do.

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Pour them into a pot of boiling water with some baking soda.

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In the meantime, cream butter and sugar and all the other stuff.

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Chopped pecans!

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Add the flour in.

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Put in the dates with their water in the mixture to make a batter.

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Bake at 300F for a little over an hour.

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So tasty. We’d happily make this one again! Add it to the repertoire!

Tomorrow is National Pfefferneuse Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx244] National Trail Mix Day/National Eat Outside Day

What a great pair to fall on the same day.

IT’S NATIONAL TRAIL MIX DAY AND EAT OUTSIDE DAY!

Trail mix is great for exactly what it sounds like. You’re going out for a walk, you need some good, easy energy. And you want it to be tasty. So you get some dried fruits and nuts that will easily last a while, and then usually you’ll throw in some chocolate. Ya know. For fun.

We got this lovely Tropical Mix at Lund’s & Byerly’s, which has pecans and banana chips and coconut and so on.

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Highly recommended!

Tomorrow is National Cherry Popover Day and National Gyros Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx238] National Banana Split Day/National Whiskey Sour Day

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TODAY IS NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY AND NATIONAL WHISKEY SOUR DAY!

We don’t really get whiskey sour. Whiskey with a little bit of lemon and sugar just makes it taste more like whiskey. Eh. We were out to dinner with SParents at Pezzo and so we could give the rest of it to them!

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We did get to cleanse our palette with some stuff we love, though: ice cream! Ice cream summer never ends! Well, it kind of does pretty soon, but we’re in denial!

Invented in 1904, the banana split takes nature’s best fruit and pairs it with the best cold dessert. Here is the banana split AK made in its most beautiousness.

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“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!”

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Split!

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Halo Top is great.

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Put the ice cream inside and cover in whipped cream

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Chocolasauce

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Some chopped pecans for fun.

We could probably eat these all day.

Tomorrow is National Cherry Popsicle Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx108] National Cheeseball Day

It’s cheese… as a ball!

TODAY IS NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY!

There was a bit of disagreement about what was constituted as a cheeseball. Two things popped into mind, so we decided on doing both of them.

Number one: Cheeseballs. The poofy kind. Namely, Utz came to mind. You know, Utz?

Well, at certain membership-based wholesale clubs, you can get a whole tub of Utz Cheeseballs. Though we could’ve celebrated with the classic, we used the Market Pantry option because… I don’t know.

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Because sometimes you need a pound of fake-cheese dust.

Number two: a cheese ball. Like, a ball of cheese. You see these at parties: a brie or something rolled up with some sort of nuts. The kind Jimmy Barrett (above) wouldn’t like. As SPAK definitely has a thing for goat cheese, we got a ball of chevre, covered it in some locally made honey – supplied by SP‘s friend SPalex’s regulars at his work – and a little bit of the leftover cinnamon pecans all crushed up. Serve with crackers!

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So however you define “cheeseball,” happy cheeseball day!

Tomorrow is Animal Crackers Day!

-SPAK (reunited as a team)

[FHCx73] National Coconut Torte Day

Tortle power!

TODAY IS NATIONAL COCONUT TORTE DAY!

Raise your hand if you don’t like coconut. Okay, you look silly, put it down. Most people’s objections mirror that of Tallahassee from Zombieland:

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But it’s amazing! Think of how much we had to work, as a species, to uncover what coconut had in store for us. Who would have thought some gigantic, impenetrable, rock-shaped fruit could have had both sweet milk and tasty, funky-textured flesh? You might get annoyed with it stuck in your teeth, but that’s no reason to get mad. It’s reason to get braces. Or something.

In any case, this isn’t just about coconut. It’s about torte. It’s about SPom baking us this amazing coconut torte. What makes a cake a torte? Some people will tell you it’s about how the cake is made, or how the cake is layered, but honestly, we think it’s just people trying to be fancy.

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Three beautiful layers for our torte

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A frosting made from coconut, light sour cream, sugar, and pecans

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Magnificent. A super moist cake (AK: “I think I like the cake more than the frosting!”) with some amazing coconut goodness spread throughout (SP: “mMmrrhmmmfmfmmMMmm”). Thanks, SPom!

Tomorrow we celebrate National Potato Chip Day as well as π (Pi) Day.

SPAK