[FHCx350] National Cupcake Day

THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY?!

IT’S NATIONAL CUPCAKE DAY!

As if cake wasn’t good enough, you can put it in a little paper wrapper, and then use about 20x as much frosting as would normally go on a slice of cake. And we’ve had our share of cupcakes this year. As we’ve previously done chocolate cupcake day and vanilla cupcake day, today was sort of a compromise: cookies ‘n cream!

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Because why have a cupcake if it doesn’t have some sort of chocolate?

Tomorrow is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx337] National Fritters Day

Fry something!

IT’S NATIONAL FRITTERS DAY!

A while ago we had more guidance when we were told to specifically make corn fritters. But fritters in general? We can fry anything??

Hush puppies?

Beignets?

Apples?

Apple fritters aren’t fried apples. But they’re damn good. And another reference to Albuquerque goes here.

We couldn’t resist having two of these earlier in the week.

Tomorrow is National Peppermint Latte Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx336] National Pie Day/National Eat a Red Apple Day

We don’t want to believe it but

IT’S NATIONAL PIE DAY AND NATIONAL EAT A RED APPLE DAY!

Pie Day, PI DAY, was on March 14th. It’s not okay to claim this false idol. But we’ve come around to it, being that we don’t mind being asked to eat pie multiple times within a week (see Bavarian Cream and Lemon Cream in the last 4 days), let alone within a year. To give ourselves a bit of variety from the pies we’ve had recently, we got these little miniature pies from Target.

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Cute, right? Shoulda used a quarter for scale…

Also, seriously, who bakes a pumpkin pie with a top crust? Old Fashioned does, we suppose…

Anyway, Eat a Red Apple Day was easy. There’s one of these in SP‘s lunch every day of the year! Thank goodness for apples that can survive winter.

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Tomorrow is National Fritters Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx331] National Cake Day

It took us this long to just have cake.

IT’S NATIONAL CAKE DAY!

Put a food word in front of cake and it sounds much more interesting. Corn cakes. Banana cakes. Spaghetti cakes, a.k.a. lasagna. Potato cakes. All good. Every single one.

But there’s one that stands above all, and that is the chocolate cake. Is there really anything more comforting, more delicious, or more gratifying than a slice of chocolate cake? They look good, they smell good, they feel good. Chocolate cake is life.

So even if today isn’t the anniversary of when you joined Reddit, you can still enjoy a beautiful chunk of whatever kind of cake you want.

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This cake is chocolate AF.

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Super Target’s bakery is really bringing it these days. Really tasty.

Tomorrow is National Bavarian Cream Pie Day!

-SPAK

[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

[FHCx315] National Vanilla Cupcake Day

IT’S NATIONAL VANILLA CUPCAKE DAY!

We honestly would never pick out a vanilla cupcake if left to our own devices. Not that we don’t like vanilla flavors, it’s just… there are usually more exciting kinds of cupcakes to have.

But can we take a sec to give Target some major rep? Super Targets are already amazing, but they’re really starting to nail it in their bakery. Today was no exclusion. Thanks, Target, for having some real deal tasties.

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Super good.

Tomorrow is National Sundae Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx302] National Chocolate Day/National Wild Foods Day/National Breadstick Day

IT’S NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY, NATIONAL WILD FOODS DAY, AND NATIONAL BREADSTICK DAY!

We’ll make this quick.

Bread is great in many forms. In stick form, especially, bread can absorb a great deal of butter and has low volume to surface area ratio, which makes it have a great crunch on the outside and chewy on the inside. You do have to watch out for the popping can on these puppies.

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Dusted with a little bit of garlic bread spread.

Alright, let’s talk wild foods.

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Does this count? It says “wild.”

Okay, just kidding. Really, SPom made us some wonderful wild rice this evening to go with our kabob dinner. There’s something that’s really fun and different about wild rice. If you haven’t had it, or it’s been a while, do yourself a favor and try some.

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Uncooked.

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Cooked. Very tasty and hearty.

For chocolate day, and this time it’s national instead of international, we decided to finally put together this beautiful set that AK bought at Target.

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We demolished this house pretty quickly and set the ghosts free. It was chocolatey.

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Bonus family pumpkin picture! Of course AK‘s looks better than everybody else’s…

Tomorrow is National Oatmeal Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx212] National Cheesecake Day

How many cheesecakes is this? C’mon…

IT’S NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY!

Some people would be happy to eat cheesecake every day. There’s not much around here that really brings the boom when it comes to cheesecake, except maybe Muddy Paws, and that’s hard to get a handle on because of the advance ordering. We have come to find that the days where we get to make stuff or go to a fabulous local place are the days we like best. That being said, cheesecake. Archer Farms.

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Triple Chocolate.

Woo!

Tomorrow is National Raspberry Cake Day and National Jump for Jelly Beans Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx191] National Sugar Cookie Day

Frosted or unfrosted?

IT’S NATIONAL SUGAR COOKIE DAY!

We picked frosted, because if you’re going for sugar, you better be ready to go all out.

We spent today in Hudson with the SParents and no bakery around had any sugar cookies. So we resorted to what we’re used to: go to Target!

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Pink and sprinkled like a Simpsons donut

We each settled on having one and a quarter cookies. That was enough for us.

Tomorrow is National Pick Blueberries Day and National Pina Colada Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx174] National Onion Rings Day/National Chocolate Éclair Day

Today is good for your heart.

IT’S NATIONAL ONION RINGS DAY AND NATIONAL CHOCOLATE ÉCLAIR DAY!

When faced with the choice of french fries, tots, or onion rings at a place like Blue Door Pub, your likelihood of popping a blood vessel increases tenfold. How can you say no to any one of those things? A bar staple, the onion ring stands up next to its fried buddies very, very well. SP has always wondered why onion rings are so different in different restaurants and here’s the conclusion:

Battered vs. Breaded. That’s it.

Breaded – Hand-coated with bread crumbs and deep fried. Crunchy and makes a fun mess. Often has bigger slices of onions than battered. Examples of Breaded that we love: Red Robin‘s Onion Tower, Tony Roma’s Onion Loaf, Timberlodge Steakhouse‘s Paul Bunyan Onion.

Battered – Battered, frequently with a beer batter and buttermilk, and deep fried. Very crispy. Examples of Battered that we love: Stout’s Pub‘s Onion Rings, George and the Dragon‘s Onion Rings, and The Hat‘s Onion Rings.

While we wish we could celebrate at all of these places today, here’s our sad attempt at eating onion rings:

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Easier to manage and not overdo it.

We’ll have real onion rings again someday.

It’s also chocolate éclair day. If you haven’t had a chocolate éclair in a while, you’ve probably forgotten how amazing they are. It’s like having a cream puff without excessive mess (there’s still a mess) and with chocolate. What’s better? Very little. Profiteroles, we suppose.

Éclair means “flash of lightning” because that is the speed at which you are supposed to eat them! We tried to slow ourselves down for these.

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Everybody talks about how these Target éclairs are amazing. We had to try them.

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Bavarian creme filled

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Peanut butter.

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Yes.

What a glorious day!

Tomorrow is National Pecan Sandy Day.

-SPAK