[FHCx138] National Cherry Cobbler Day/National Walnut Day

Cobble this one together!

IT’S NATIONAL CHERRY COBBLER DAY AND NATIONAL WALNUT DAY!

Here’s our beef with the national holidays: so far we have had both blueberry popover day and raspberry popover day (with cherry popover day coming in September), as well as both peach cobbler day and cherry cobbler day. Meanwhile, here are just a few foods that currently don’t have holidays:

  • Mapo Tofu – or frankly any tofu anything
  • Steak
  • French Onion Soup (some people claim this happened in January… or February… Or March… etc.)

So our theory is that someone started with blueberry popover day, and then said, “Screw it, let’s have every other fruit as a popover. We have to fill up this calendar somehow.” Now, if you’re offended that we’ve just dissed cherry popovers, you can deal with it.

We reused our recipe from peach cobbler day and made it with cherries instead!

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Flour, sugar, yadda yadda.

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Melt butter at the bottom of the baking pan

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Pour in the batter stuff but don’t stir it!

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Sugar and lemon juice

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Add the cherries and boil ’em up

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Someday this will be used as evidence against us in a court of law.

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Pour cherry mixture in the batter

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Look at that crust!

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Look at that interior!

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Yum!

So I guess we won’t stay mad forever. After all, with a face full of tasty cherry cobbler, it’s easy to forget that it’s just another ripoff holiday.

Today is also National Walnut Day! We ate some walnuts.

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Tomorrow is National Cheese Souffle Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx133] National Nutty Fudge Day

Specifically nutty?

TODAY IS NATIONAL NUTTY FUDGE DAY!

If we told you that making fudge required heating to the soft-ball stage, would you know what we meant? Yeah. Fudge is going beyond just chocolate, which can be both good and bad. Most of the time, chocolate is good enough as it is. Other times, you want that super buttery, milky, chewy texture of a fudge. Get in there.

We celebrated thanks again to Regina’s Candies. This thing was beautiful.

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There really isn’t much else to say! Just make sure that you don’t eat all 8 oz yourself…

Tomorrow is a lot: National Crouton Day, National Fruit Cocktail Day, International Hummus Day, and National Apple Pie Day. Phew. I guess we just won’t eat anything else.

-SPAK

I like this place a waffle lot

SP here, for a quick write-up about an amazing spot just north of the University of Minnesota: Black Coffee and Waffle Bar. I went here with a coworker before helping out with a “camp” at the U, and it blew my mind. I couldn’t think about anything else for the rest of the day.

To me, there’s a holy trio of breakfast foods: french toast, pancakes, and waffles. Personally, I believe that french toast is one of the greatest foods of all time, and the best among the three. Pancakes and waffles are locked in an eternal battle for supremacy. Sometimes pancakes win, and sometimes waffles.

Black Coffee and Waffle is aptly named because those are essentially the two items on the menu. 7am-9pm every day – coffee and waffles. They have a few bakery items, but you know what you’re getting into when you walk in the door. I can’t speak much to the coffee because I am not a connoisseur, not even much of a fan. But waffles are my domain.

Among the waffle choices are sweet and savory options. Now, if you’re like a couple of my [crazy] friends, you’re not a fan of sweet foods for breakfast, so you might opt for the ham and swiss waffle: a waffle-sized slice of ham with melted swiss over it. Hearty and tasty for the meat-eater. If you’re like me, anything that has the word “banana” becomes immediately more attractive. This time around, I opted for the Banana Nut waffle, with whipped cream, walnuts, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It tastes like a banana nut bread that just got pressed into a waffle.

I fell into a tasty ring of bananas

I fell into a tasty ring of bananas

A great waffle has an exterior crunch that is unique to wafflekind. The interior is super fluffy but slightly chewy in order to feel substantial. It’s almost like a french fry, in a way. And unlike the french fry, the Belgian waffle does have its origins in its namesake country. It’s all a great combination.

Also, I bought AK a waffle maker a couple weeks ago. Maybe she’ll make some of these at home. But in the meantime, I’ll definitely be back to Black Coffee and Waffle Bar.

SP