[FHCx330] National Leftovers Day/National Maize Day/National Parfait Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL LEFTOVERS DAY, NATIONAL MAIZE DAY, AND NATIONAL PARFAIT DAY!

We wanted to do something different from the last couple times we did parfaits. This time we picked up a fruit and yogurt parfait from McDonald’s.

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Tastes like fruit and yogurt. NEXT!

Maize. We could have done something elaborate with maize, but instead opted for the cheap stuff: some tasty Xochitl chips. Says “maiz” right on the bag.

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Lastly, our dinner came courtesy of last night’s Thanksgiving feast. Of course we went home with these:

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There was just so much good that we had to keep eating it. Frankly, we would’ve consumed the calories anyway, it’s just a matter of having them spread out over two days instead of one. That’s being responsible, right?

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SPom’s stuffing, sweet potato banana mash, blueberry wild rice, and SPad’s beautiful turkey.

Who doesn’t like leftovers anyway?

Tomorrow is National Cake Day!

-SPAK

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[FHCx329] National Turkey Day/National Sardines Day

IT’S THANKSGIVING NATIONAL TURKEY DAY AND NATIONAL SARDINES DAY!

Thanks to the calendar, we’re stuck celebrating a strange holiday for Thanksgiving: sardines. SPAK have probably never actually had sardines before. We know they certainly have a reputation for being packed tightly together, and that they taste really fishy and oily. Leave it to SP to pick up a kind that is even more oily than usual.

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We may hear from fans that we shouldn’t have just dug a fork into these, but used them in something else. Well we wanted the full experience. It… wasn’t magical. Not that we were revolted, but man, their reputation definitely precedes them.

But then we got to palette cleanse with a beautiful dinner at SParents for Thanksgiving. It was a truly lovely time, and SPad’s turkey was unbelievably tasty.

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We have a lot of leftovers, which is great because tomorrow is National Leftovers Day, National Maize Day, and National Parfait Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx327] National Cranberry Relish Day

IT’S NATIONAL CRANBERRY RELISH DAY!

Relish, not sauce. Relish is uncooked; that’s the main difference. This Thanksgiving-y food is classic for the berries that are actually in season (unlike some food holidays) and is often served alongside turkey. We used a recipe from Ocean Spray to make ours.


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Cut up the orange and leave the peel on.


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Food processor! Vrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!


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Take the mush and pour some sugar on it.


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Beautiful color.


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SP put some on his turkey sandwich for lunch today.

Tomorrow is another multi-day: Cashew Day, Eat a Cranberry Day, and Espresso Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx308] National Sandwich Day/National Men Make Dinner Day

IT’S NATIONAL SANDWICH DAY AND NATIONAL MEN MAKE DINNER DAY!

Sandwiches are beautiful.

Sandwiches are fine.

I love sandwiches.

I eat ’em all the time.

It’s the truth. Sandwiches are absolutely fantastic. Bread is great as it is. Add some stuff inside and it’s like having a food utensil to hold the good stuff inside. They’re fast and tasty and everything you could want in a food. Frankly, if don’t know how to break the ice with people, just ask the question, “Is a hot dog a sandwich?” Let them chew on that for a bit.

SP always takes a sandwich to school. Bread, mayo, and 4 oz of Boar’s Head Honey Maple Turkey. Protein packed, easy to make and pack, and can be eaten fast enough for a teacher’s lunch break.

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Now, SP tried to cover for this yesterday and didn’t mention that today is National Men Make Dinner Day. Mostly that’s because this is his idea of making dinner:

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But not really. He did make tuna, and it was really great. Specifically, tuna specialy. Tuna melts, basically.

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Thanks, SP, for cooking this one!

Tomorrow is National Candy Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx90] National Turkey Neck Soup Day

The neck?

TODAY IS NATIONAL TURKEY NECK SOUP DAY!

Alright. 90 days in and we’re getting pretty damn specific. Can’t just be “soup” or even “meat soup” or even “turkey soup.” Has to be the neck. Fine.

So let’s say you roast a turkey. Big family function, huge bird, everyone’s happy. Well if you started from a whole bird, it means you’ve got a lot of giblets to take care of. Gizzards, livers, neck bits. It’s a bunch of meat that you can’t really assemble together without something to provide cohesion. So you take that, you take the bones, and you make yourself a soup! In this case, SPad made the soup for us.

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Made with barley and carrots and mushrooms… mmm… It’s an especially good soup for a cold, drizzly, gloomy day like today. Hunker down and have some soup!

Tomorrow is a biggie: Clams on the Half Shell Day, Tater Day, and Oranges and Lemons Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx76] National Artichoke Hearts Day!

Eat your heart out!

IT’S NATIONAL ARTICHOKE HEARTS DAY!

SPAK are often asked where we get our sources for these food holidays. Since we are a good couple and can cite our sources, here’s a few of the places we’ve gotten them:

http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/

http://www.tfdutch.com/foodh.htm

http://bfy.tw/4n7Y

Between the many online sources, it took a lot of cross-referencing to confirm dates. For example, this Friday is Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day, not to be confused with Oatmeal Cookie Day that happens later in the year. But some sources just don’t read carefully enough to post the nuances like that.

One of our print sources comes from Steff Deschenes and her book, Eat the Year (2014). Though sometimes she’ll write about one of the days while we celebrate both, it’s fun to see what tidbits she picks up! Today we learned about mafioso Ciro Terranova, a.k.a., The Artichoke King. Apparently this guy bought up all of the artichokes being shipped from the west coast to NYC, and then sold them at a huge profit margin. He used violence to coerce producers into being a part of his scheme. Fiendish!

While we thought about making entire artichokes to celebrate today, we instead took the opportunity to make some homemade pizza with artichoke hearts.

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These Green Mill pizza crusts are amazing. And super low calorie. A definite do-again for homemade pizza.

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All the bits that will go on our pizza!

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Mmmmm

If you haven’t had artichoke hearts on pizza, let today be the day you try it! Again, homemade strikes again for healthier option. This should be essentially the same as your average 12″ pizza from Domino’s or Pizza Hut. But you could literally eat two of these pizzas that we made, and it would still be fewer calories than your regular chain pizza. Go SPAK!

Tomorrow is National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day! I think there’s some sort of Catholic holiday that goes along with that…….

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