[FHCx251] National Napoleon Day/National Salami Day/National Beer Lovers’ Day/National Acorn Squash Day

TOO MUCH

TODAY IS NATIONAL NAPOLEON DAY, NATIONAL SALAMI DAY, NATIONAL BEER LOVERS’ DAY, AND NATIONAL ACORN SQUASH DAY!

We’ll try to be brief.

Acorn squash, and many fall/winter squashes, are great additions to most meals. Whether you want to make them savory or a little sweet (SPom uses maple pepper), just mash ’em up and you’re good to go.

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But really want we want to focus on is how we knocked out three of these food holidays at one place. It’s very dear to us: Cosetta’s in St. Paul. Imagine walking into an large building with beautiful wooden structure, delicious looking cakes in a bakery window, the smell of marinara, and the sound of Louis Prima.

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This captures about 1/3 of the cafeteria-style area

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The Italian Hero is what we’re after!

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Salami sandwich. Boom.

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Their pasticceria is also gorgeous, with some of the most elaborate looking desserts you’ve ever seen. They also have unbeatable gelato – a cioccolatto, for example, that cannot be matched anywhere.

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Napoleon!

Okay, pause here. Napoleon, yes, is very much related to Napoleon Bonaparte. Really, this dessert is a Mille-feuille, a many-many-layered pastry with cream and all sorts of goodies. Of course, French people in the 18th-19th centuries associate such a grande dessert with the grande guy himself.

So why at an Italian place? This is hands down the best Napoleon in the Twin Cities. The cream is on point. The layers are delicate and fluffy. And the top is beautiful, as you can see. Most Italian versions of the mille-feuille are actually savory with stuff like spinach and cheese, but Cosetta’s does the classic. So there you go.

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Cosetta’s also has a great beer selection of local stuff for beer lovers!

Phew, we made it! I guess this makes up for tomorrow, which doesn’t have an OFFICIAL food holiday. But we are going to MAKE ONE UP!

That’s right! We declare tomorrow… NATIONAL HONEYCRISP APPLE DAY!

-SPAK

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[FHCx35] Homemade Soup Day/National Stuffed Mushroom Day

Another two-fer

TODAY IS NATIONAL HOMEMADE SOUP DAY AND NATIONAL STUFFED MUSHROOM DAY!

We were very happy when SPom said she would help out with the FHC this year. Tonight she really brought the thunder by making us a terrific dinner that incorporated both of the holidays! How amazing!

First up is the homemade soup: A spicy, sweet butternut squash soup. These soups often incorporate insane amounts of cream, making the caloric count not so wonderful. But making it at home you have a lot more options. This particular recipe uses a lot more squash than most would use, making it naturally thicker. A lot of moisture comes from adding a whole onion and a whole apple, blended up into an awesome sweet mush. Throw in some vegetable broth and a bunch of spices, and you get this amazing soup.

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SPom’s Butternut Squash Soup

SPom also went out of her way to make some homemade stuffed mushrooms. Here in the SPAK household, as you guys know, “mushbooms” and “umyums” and garlic are like a holy trinity. Apparently, you take off the stem of the mushroom, grind it up with garlic, onion and a bit of cream cheese (among other nice things), and then use the mixture to fill the caps. They were so, so good.

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Fresh out of the oven

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Look at that goo.

Overall, a very successful evening. We’ll repay them by having them over tomorrow for a steak dinner! Oh, and chocolate fondue for tomorrow’s holiday!

-SPAK