[FHCx358] National Pfefferneuse Day

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TODAY IS NATIONAL PFEFFERNEUSE DAY!

Bless you!

Pfefferneuse, or more appropriately “pfeffernüse,” are little spice cookies from central Europe. They are traditional to December in Germany, Denmark, and the like, specifically around the time of the feast of Saint Nicholas around December 5/6. Despite being named “pepper nut,” these contain no nuts. Or peppers. Who comes up with this anyway?

The cookies came over here with the Dutch Menonites, so they aren’t too unfamiliar for most living in the Eastern states. They aren’t hard to find in grocery stores around this time of year.

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“I’m glad they’re soft,” AK exclaimed. They taste gingerbready and cardamomy and such and so on. If these were around during the rest of the year, we would probably get them again.

Tomorrow is National Egg Nog Day!

-SPAK

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[FHCx320] National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day/National Bundt Day/National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

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IT’S NATIONAL SPICY HERMIT COOKIE DAY, NATIONAL BUNDT DAY, AND NATIONAL RAISIN BRAN CEREAL DAY!

Raisin Bran is a polarizing cereal, as we’ve found out from conversations with friends. SP tends to like raisins, and AK doesn’t. But even the bran part is something people don’t like. Weird.

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Two Scoops for extra poops

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Just look at how fun this cereal is!

Our next task was handling some Bundt. We are proud to present it as a regional creation with Jewish roots. Can you believe it? It’s based off of Gugelhupf, which was a Eastern European cake popular in Jewish communities. And then some dudes in St. Louis Park (which used to be referred to as “St. Jewish Park” – ya know, where SParents grew up) made this company called Nordic Ware and invented the Bundt pan based off this cake thing.

Everywhere you go in Minnesota, Bundt. Believe it. And Mrs. Wonderful’s are frequently available at Target. And they are wonderful.

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When picking out which flavor to use today, AK said “Obviously Cinnamon Swirl.” So I guess there you go.

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Super duper good.

The last part of today was something we’d never heard of: Spicy Hermit? What? Like, spicy hot? Hermit like a crab, or a person hiding out somewhere? Who came up with this crap?

New Englanders in the 1880s, like half of these dang food holiday foods.

Imagine an oatmeal raisin cookie. Take out the oatmeal, but still keep the cookie soft and chewy. Then throw on a whole bunch of spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, etc. That’s a spicy hermit. We nabbed this recipe from The Spice House to make our own.

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Dry ingredients with a bunch of spices.

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Cream butter with sugar.

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Add in some beaten eggs and mix it up. This looks super cool, doesn’t it?

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Combine with the dry stuff.

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Chewy. Could’ve had more spices in them, but likely the recipe was made “mild” so that people wouldn’t run screaming to the hills. An interesting cookie, but not our favorite.

Tomorrow is National Fast Food Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx281] National Frappe Day

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IT’S NATIONAL FRAPPE DE DAY!

What even is a frappe? Since Starbucks unleashed the Frappuccino on the world, nobody can think of anything other than that one specific item. Apparently it came from Greece of all places. But who cares? Starbucks has the monopoly. So we had to give in.

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Because our level of basic is off the charts for today, this is specifically a pumpkin spice frappuccino. If you want to pronounce it the same way, just try pronouncing it nasally without ever closing your lips. “Frappachinaa”

Tasty. But still coffee.

Tomorrow is National Fluffernutter Day and National Pierogi Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx96] National Deep Dish Pizza Day/National Raisin and Spice Bar Day/National Caramel Day

Today is the day we’ve been waiting for.

IT’S NATIONAL DEEP DISH PIZZA DAY AND RAISIN AND SPICE BAR DAY AND CARAMEL DAY!

When it comes to pizza, SP and AK agree that the deeper the dish, the better the pizza. Not to say that other kinds of pizza are bad. Just that if we had a choice between matzo pizza and Chicago-style, we’d be in the green-water, organized-crime, bean-art, Ferris-Bueller’s-Day-Off camp.

Now normally the first place that comes to mind when people talk about the Chicago Style Deep Dish is Giordano’s. And yes, we did just receive the holy gift of a Giordano’s in Uptown Minneapolis last summer. But since before then, we were given a bastion of pizza by the name of Pizzeria Pezzo. This gem in White Bear Lake does not get nearly the love that it should. From the same family that brought us Kowalski’s we get amazing pizza that reaffirms our love for saucedoughcheese every time we eat it. Pictures speak louder than these words.

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Our favorite small-plate appetizer: Baked Cipollini Onions and Whipped Cheese. Ughghghsoerugao;bna;eoiuenarg

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We order the Lincoln Park with pepperoni and extra garlic. It’s like a veggie works, but a million better.

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We only eat one slice each and take the rest home!

It was hard, after the amazing dinner, to bring ourselves to our other two food holidays. In order to make Raisin and Spice Bars, SP took a box of Duncan Hines spice cake mix, a can of pumpkin, a box of raisins, and put them to work!

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No extra egg, oil, or anything. The pumpkin does all the heavy lifting.

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A low-calorie baked treat!

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What’s this? A wild caramel appears!

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It’s super effective!

We had fun today.

Tomorrow we’ll take it a little easier by celebrating Caramel Corn Day.

-SPAK