[FHCx321] National Fast Food Day

IT’S NATIONAL FAST FOOD DAY!

At dinner this evening, SP and AK reminisced over many fast food memories of childhood and adolescence. Much of America can remember certain instances tied to McDonald’s and the like, and it’s just so ingrained in our culture that it would be truly a shock if someone had never had food from any one of the multitude of fast food options. Things to note in our fast food history:

SP used to get a combo of two hamburgers at McDonald’s when he was little. But… No pickles or onions. It wasn’t until much later that he realized how amazing those are.

AK used to not understand why her brother would get the Western Bacon Cheeseburger at Carl’s, Jr. because she didn’t like barbecue sauce. Again, something that would turn around later in life.

SP was the kind of guy who would dip his french fries into his Frosty at Wendy’s.

AK used to love getting the Chicken Teriyaki Bowl with an Oreo shake from Jack-in-the-Box. Unfortunately, we have none in Minnesota.

SP didn’t experience White Castle until he was in his teenage years, because the rest of the SPamily tends to really dislike White Castle. When he found out how amazing it is, he felt betrayed that he’d never been exposed to it.

AK knows how to order her food at In-n-Out just right. It’s important to get your fries animal style with extra spread. Gimme dat extra.

Anyway, tonight’s pick was narrowed down to Arby’s. A good choice to celebrate all that is fast food!

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It was fast. And food!

Whichever speedy drive-thru option you choose today, just know that America runs on this. A true patriot eats pre-prepared foods from under a heat lamp.

Tomorrow is National Homemade Bread Day and National Baklava Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx63] National Cold Cuts Day/National Mulled Wine Day

What’s cooler than being cool?

IT’S NATIONAL COLD CUTS DAY AND NATIONAL MULLED WINE DAY!

SP‘s lunch at school is most frequently a packed lunch with a turkey sandwich. It’s nutritious and fills you up nicely. You’d think after doing that as many days as he has, he would never suggest something like having cold cuts at dinner. But he still does! And today celebrates that, because cold cuts sandwiches are the business. While some people still scream cancer about processed deli meats, we’re talking about the real deal here. Turkey cold cuts are definitely better than those of pork like mortadella. And fresh sliced roast beef and corned beef from a real deli make for delicious and nutritious sandwiches.

So here’s to mile high sandwiches with some low sodium chips and some of SPom’s legendary onion dip.

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Corned Beef from Cecil’s, Maple Honey Turkey and Roast Beef from Boar’s Head

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Today also celebrates mulled wine. It’s crazy enough to think that wine was invented. It was more than just “let’s just squash this fruit and wait a while,” obviously, but even that in itself is a strange idea. And to think that that happened millenia ago!

Well the first time in recorded history that “plain” wine just wasn’t good enough was when the Romans heated and spiced wine. Then that spread to the rest of Europe, and countries like the UK now want to claim it as their own invention. It doesn’t take a genius to look at an $8 bottle of wine and say, “I should make this better than it is.”

Today we used Ina Garten’s recipe for mulled wine. Like most of the alcohol-related holidays, we weren’t too excited. But just like Hot Buttered Rum Day, we were pleasantly surprised! Something about the mulling process took the bite of the wine, which is what we don’t really like, and so we were better able to appreciate the flavor of the wine. Tannins, right? Then again, your mulled wine is only as good as your ingredients. Sweet and deep, rich and interesting.

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The deep dark wine reflecting a light above it

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Whoops, did I forget to take a picture of a “full” cup?

Anyway, a satisfying food holiday!

Join us tomorrow for National Pound Cake Day!

-SPAK