[FHCx365] National Bacon Day/National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

If this weren’t a leap year we’d be done tonight…


Truly fitting that in our last moments of the Food Holiday Challenge that we revisit some classic food holiday shenaniganry: having two holidays for the same food. That’s right, bacon’s been done before. So it wasn’t too hard to just get some bacon and make it. It went perfectly with the latkes AK made for brunch.

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Nueske’s is the business.


Latkes being prepared.


AK was kind of scared of the bacon in the hot pan.



Latkes are best served with applesauce and sour cream, btw.

Bicarbonate of Soda. Sodium Bicarbonate has many uses in food as a leavening agent, like we used in our date nut bread not long ago (and ate today as part of Baking Soda day). It also has a number of non-food uses, including: pest control, disinfectants, fire extinguishers, personal hygiene, and running jokes from Groucho Marx. So thanks, science! You made food and the world better.

Tomorrow… is National Champagne Day!


[FHCx323] National Vichyssoise Day


Cold. Soup. Yay.

Vichyssoise is controversial because the French say the Americans invented it, and the Americans say the French invented it. It’s like neither wants to take credit (or blame) for the creation of this soup. Maybe because it’s not really all that good?

In theory, pureed potatoes and leeks with some cream and stock sounds like it could be great. Potatoes and onion-y flavor is not exactly the gross end of any spectrum anywhere. SPom and SPad were up to the challenge of making this one.


It was better when heated up. Overall, we’re glad we got to have it. AK suggested that it tasted like a liquid pringle. Just imagine that for a bit.

Tomorrow is National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day!


[FHCx237] National Waffle Day/National Peach Pie Day


Today’s Pearls Before Swine, by Stephan Pastis


Pearls is one of SP‘s favorite comics, so he was delighted to get this comic via e-mail from SPom this morning. Waffles are great and they do deserve their own day. Not specific waffle types, but just waffles in general. Whether you eat Eggos on the run or you take the time to go somewhere tasty like Black Coffee & Waffle Bar, today is a day to sit back and enjoy the syrupy, battery goodness that is the waffle.

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SP bought this waffle maker for AK as a present. The mix is 2 cups of Kodiak mix and 2 cups of water. Easy peasy.

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It was dark when we took this picture because AK can’t handle bright lights in the morning.

As we found out the other day, peaches are in season! And of course that means peachy desserts. No, not Melba or Cobbler. Straight up pie.

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Courtesy of Baker’s Square

Tomorrow is National Banana Split Day and National Whiskey Sour Day!


[FHCx232] National Soft Ice Cream Day/ National Hot and Spicy Food Day/National Potato Day


We were cruising along at United Noodles earlier in the week, when SP found this staring at him from the shelf. Knowing we had two holidays coming up and both were listed on the package, we had to do it!

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That potato seems like he has something to say.

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Unfortunately, the chips weren’t hot or spicy. They tasted like regular barbecue chips. I guess Western taste in spicy is very different. We even had a zen moment where we remembered International Hot & Spicy Food Day, when we made an international dish… But just to make sure that we got something spicy, SP had a steak bowl at home with some Frontera salsa.

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After all of that hot and spicy, make sure that you have something to nullify at least a little. Thanks to Mythbusters, we know for sure that Milk (dairy) is best for neutralizing the heat. Soft serve was our way of doing that, and when we think soft serve ice cream cones, we think Conny’s. Barring that, some sort of fast food. McDougal’s McDonald’s it is!

 Tomorrow is National Lemonade Day and National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day.


[FHCx77] National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day

Not our usual corned beef…


Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a feast day for the saint made in the 17th century by the Catholic church. Like most things religious, the day has been twisted – especially in the United States. Now it stereotypes everything Irish, from how 10% of Irish people have red hair (so anyone who has red hair must be Irish, right?!) to how Ireland is the 4th highest in the OECD region for alcohol consumption. Some jokester decided that today should also be a national (i.e., United States of America) food holiday traditionally thought to be Irish, but some argue otherwise.

We made ours in the slow cooker!

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Carrots, potatoes, cabbage, 2.5 lbs of brisket, water, beer, spices

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It was good! Typically we associated corned beef with deli meats, so going for the slow cooked hunk o’ meat was a little different for us. Still, the vegetables were tender and tasty, and the brisket was choice. Good stuff.

Tomorrow is Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day and Sloppy Joe Day!


[FHCx74] National Potato Chip Day/National Pi Day


Potato chips used to be a lunch staple, as we mentioned on Almond Day. When it was decided that something else would be healthier, they lost their place in the regular rotation. That doesn’t mean that we don’t love potato chips. Quite the contrary, bags disappear very quickly in this house, even of not great flavors. There’s something about constantly putting a food in your mouth and having an extended period of flavor and texture.

And no other food measures up for that kind of crisp. People at WW meetings will talk about using celery instead, but we all know it’s not the same. But that’s when it’s important to say, “You know what? It’s ok if I have some chips. But just some. Not all.”

Today we selected some Kettle Brand Sriracha chips. They’re great.

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It’s wise to portion chips out by weighing them in grams. You can maximize how much you get that way!

More importantly, today is Pi Day. Though not celebrated as a food holiday, we sure will treat it like one. Pi Day started in the 1980s at the San Francisco Exploratorium. Those were people who celebrated things like Pi Day way before it was cool. In fact, likely at a time when it was decidedly uncool. (Maybe they even ate their pies before they were cool? Don’t burn your mouth.) Nowadays, hipsters who cherish “nerd culture” love to cling on to anything that makes them sound smart. So Pi Day for everyone, I guess!

At SP‘s school, as is tradition, the math department comes together with several pies and invites the staff to come celebrate.

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Clockwise from top left: Blueberry, dutch apple, pumpkin, oatmeal cream, chocolate cream, banana cream, cinnamon apple, pecan, Hostess

We had an irrationally good time. For fun, here’s a site where you can search pi for certain digits like where your phone number or birthday appears: http://www.angio.net/pi/

Speaking of eating pie and also trying to lose weight, here’s a relevant cartoon from Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal.

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Tomorrow is National Pears Helene Day! We’re going to have Melba flashbacks.