[FHCx311] National Nachos Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL NACHOS DAY!

Nachos were invented by a guy named Ignacio (“Nacho”) in 1943 as a treat for some US Soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan near Mexico’s border. In his hometown of Piedras Negras, they celebrate Nacho by having a Nachos Festival in October. Man, that would certainly be a sight…

Americanized nachos (more than just chips, cheese, and peppers) might include any of the following: black beans, pinto beans, refried beans, chili, cilantro, green onions, chicken, steak, ground beef, guacamole, lettuce, lime juice, olives, garlic, pico de gallo, salsa, sour cream, etc., etc. As big as you can pile it on is your tribute to the great Ignacio Anaya.

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Cook up some steak AK style with garlic salt, onion powder, and pepper.

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Chips.

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Cheese.

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Steak.

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Salsa and Guac.

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Lettuce eat!

Delicious carby nachos. If only we could eat your salty cheesiness forever.

Tomorrow is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day!

-SPAK

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[FHCx287] National Yorkshire Pudding Day

Another national holiday celebrating another nation’s food…

IT’S NATIONAL YORKSHIRE PUDDING DAY!

Picture pudding. You probably just thought of some chocolatey or vanillay goo that can be gobbled up with a spoon pretty easily.

Not that kind of pudding today.

In the UK, pudding is really just a word for what happens when you mix eggs, flour, and milk, and make a popover-y pastry kind of thing. And usually that means with MEAT. None of this namby pamby sweet stuff. Meat.

Luckily for us we have a pub in town (a few actually) that serves food of the British Isles. It’s called Merlin’s Rest, and it’s very fun.

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If you’re gonna go British, grab a cider.

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Yeeeeeah, pudding!

Meaty and potatoy. The way life should be.

Tomorrow is National Dessert Day and World Egg Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx260] National Guacamole Day/National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day

Holy guacamole!

TODAY IS NATIONAL GUACAMOLE DAY AND NATIONAL CINNAMON RAISIN BREAD DAY!

It’s Friday night, and so we made cinnamon raisin bread a special moment. Thanks to Lund’s & Byerly’s, we got ourselves a cinnamon raisin challah! Challah is the traditional Shabbat (Friday night/Saturday) food: a braided bread. And theirs is very tasty.

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Dinner itself had to involve some guacamole. Both SP and AK are fans of getting guac on their Chipotle bowls, and we like recreating that at home. We’ve shown you a whole bunch of SP‘s steak bowls over the last year. Tonight was no different.

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Steak in a pan, cooked a la AK (rare, with lots of garlic, onion, and pepper)

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Steak on rice is step one.

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Next up is to take one of these amazing guacamole pouches…

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And plop it on!

We really like Wholly Guacamole‘s minis. Their spicy guacamole is the real deal. Since avocados are running out of season in September, it’s hard to find good ones. And we are certainly happy to have these pre-portioned minis around to help us out.

Tomorrow is National Apple Dumpling Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx247] National Welsh Rarebit Day/International Bacon Day

IT’S NATIONAL WELSH RAREBIT DAY AND INTERNATIONAL BACON DAY!

We know Harley Morenstein would probably be spending today bathing in a tub full of bacon. Bacon is amazing. If we had our way, we would be eating the bacon at Manny’s Steakhouse every day. It looks like this:

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They make it with Nueske’s pork belly. Bacon may be hyped up everywhere you go, and the words “applewood smoked” have started to just look like the word “the” as far as prevalence, but it has good reason. Today we had some at lunch at Mill Valley Kitchen.

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Alright. Raise your hand if you can name more than two Welsh foods. That’s what we thought. We don’t mean to be offensive. The UK has given us foods like Fish n Chips. Or has it? (Spoiler alert: Spanish Jews brought fried fish to England in the 17th century.)

Welsh Rarebit is one of those foods that people might know the name but not what it is. No it’s not Rabbit. Common misconception, as that was originally the name of the food. And the word “rarebit” has no other use in the English language than for Welsh Rarebit. It’s basically just a cheese sauce. It’s good! We used Alton Brown’s recipe.

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2 Tbsp butter

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Whisk in 2 tbsp of flour, then dijon mustard, worcestershire, salt, pepper, and a half cup of some Porter beer.

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Look at it go!

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Add 3/4 cup heavy cream

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Slowly whisk in some shredded cheddar (shreddar)

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Pour over toast! We ate it with steak.

A sentence that was said after dinner: “What else can we put this cheese sauce on?”

Verdicts:

  1. Graham cracker was pretty good, actually.
  2. Marshmallow was not.
  3. Crackers were excellent, as you could imagine.

Tomorrow is National Macadamia Nut Day!

-SPAK

 

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

IT’S NATIONAL SOFT ICE CREAM DAY AND NATIONAL HOT AND SPICY FOOD DAY AND 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.


-SPAK

[FHCx226] National Filet Mignon Day

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IT’S NATIONAL FILET MIGNON DAY!

Filet is one of the best cuts of steak. It doesn’t have the marbling and dry age flavor of a ribeye, but its tenderness beats out all other cuts.

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Right there in the tenderloin.

This evening, we went to Mancini’s in St. Paul to have this dainty steak. The Char House has some great steak and also great garlic toast, so we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight it for this particular steak holiday.

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Garlic toast, grilled on the same grill as the steaks, comes in white and pumpernickel varieties.

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Medium rare.

Happy SPAK full of steak. Tomorrow is National Creamsicle Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx185] National Eat Your Beans Day/National Chocolate Wafer Day

Eat ’em!

IT’S NATIONAL EAT YOUR BEANS DAY AND CHOCOLATE WAFER DAY!

Beans, beans… the musical fruitSP loves beans: black beans, refried beans, jelly beans. AK likes baked beans, too. Why are beans so good? And good for you? All that fiber just helping you get your digestive system going! Yeah! Pair it with rice and you can create a complete protein. It’ll keep you full and it’s one of the best pairs in fooddom. Today, SP made a homemade Chipotle-style bowl.

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8 oz cooked rice, 4 oz black beans

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8 oz lean sirloin steak

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A bit of salsa and a Wholly Guacamole mini

There was much tooting in House SPAK today.

It’s also National Chocolate Wafer day and we nearly forgot. So we booked it over to the nearby gas station to pick these up:

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Like a Reese’s version of a nutty buddy!

Tomorrow is National Caesar Salad Day and National Barbecued Spareribs Day.

-SPAK