[FHCx360] National Pumpkin Pie Day

6 days to go.

IT’S NATIONAL PUMPKIN PIE DAY!

SP made a pumpkin pie with SPom’s help. We had fun.

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Festal pumpkin cans have this recipe… So we just had to follow it.

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We accidentally put in the whole 12 oz can of evaporated milk instead of just 8 oz. Made it really liquidy. We used some flour to thicken it back up. AK suggested we use non-evaporated milk to cancel it out.

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A very liquidy pie goes into the oven. Had to watch out for sloshing.

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This rose and fell quite poetically.

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Then we got to have it for breakfast today!

Tomorrow is National Candy Cane Day.

-SPAK

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[FHCx347] National Gingerbread House Day/National Ambrosia Day

Sweet!

IT’S NATIONAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE DAY AND NATIONAL AMBROSIA DAY!

One of these is an appropriate Decembertime food. The other is definitely a Southern USA summer dish. So Southern that we used Alton Brown’s recipe for it. Ambrosia is basically an extension of fruit salad, and not the drink of immortality of the Greek pantheon. Oh well.

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Makin’ some whipped cream.

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Mini marshmallows, fruits, coconut shavings, and chopped pecans.

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Gooey and fruity and sugary.

Because we couldn’t get enough of a sugar high off of that, we also made and ate some Gingerbread House! Gingerbread used to be restricted to professional bakers in Germany and France except on Christmas and Easter, when anyone could bake it. It got to the point where there were fierce competitions of professional gingerbread bakers. The shaping into houses made it all the more fun.

Current record for size is this dude from Texas who made a 2520-square-foot home. That’s more than 1.5 times as big as SPAK‘s house. It used up 1800 pounds of butter. And the total calorie count? Estimated at 35.8 million. That’s enough calories for an adult male to eat for 49 years.

And here we are, building ours from a kit.

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The required statement of any food-house we build together.

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It was hit by a snowcandy storm before it was disassembled and partly eaten.

All these sweets put us right in the mood for bedtime. ‘Night everybody!

Tomorrow is National Ice Cream & Violins Day and National Cocoa Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx332] National Bavarian Cream Pie Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL BAVARIAN CREAM PIE DAY!

We had some experience with a faux bavarian cream, but we wanted a serious undertaking today. Real bavarian cream is a custard, frequently thickened with gelatin. The regular serving of it is to mold it into a frustum shape and served on its own. But once the Americans get their hands on anything… well, then it just becomes another pastry cream to fill stuff with. Like a pie! We grabbed a recipe from AllRecipes and got to work.

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Pie needs a crust!

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Our ingredients.

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Mix up the sugar, cornstarch, and egg in a mixing bowl.

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Add scalded milk and softened gelatin (couple packs of gelatin and cold water)

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AK got inventive to do this double-boiler system. Big pot has hot water, top pot has the custard mixture.

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Take out the custard pot to let it cool, but mix in 3/4 cup of ice cream while it’s still hot.

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Whip up a bunch of whipped cream.

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Use about 3/4 of the whipped cream to fold in to the pie, saving the rest for the top of the pie.

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The pie, before we let it set.

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Topped with the rest of the whipped cream.

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Tada!

It mostly tasted like cream. Next time maybe we’ll add more vanilla or almond flavor just to see what happens.

This is only the beginning of a tri-pie week when we have National Lemon Creme Pie Day on Tuesday and National Pie Day (wrong) on Thursday. But in the meantime, tomorrow is National French Toast Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx316] National Sundae Day

Sundaey

IT’S NATIONAL SUNDAE DAY!

Any kind you want. It doesn’t have to be hot fudge or strawberry. Just ice cream and toppings. Usually whipped cream, some sort of sauce or syrup, maybe some fruit. Sprinkles? If you got ’em.

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Tomorrow is National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day and National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx284] National Angel Food Cake Day

The antithesis to Devil’s Food Cake!

TODAY IS NATIONAL ANGEL FOOD CAKE DAY!

Celebrate the angels in your life with some cake that is more air than substance! Tasty, delicious, poofy air. Really, it’s awesome because you get a huge honking piece and really there’s not much badness to it. As you remember from Devil’s Food Cake Day almost half the year ago, this is the cake that came first. Stiffly beaten egg whites, no butter. This is a spongey cake that goes well with just about everything.

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Gorgeous browned outside on this angel food cake.

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With the accoutrements!

 

Terrific for a light dessert with the fat free Reddi Wip and a bit of chocolate sauce.

Tomorrow is National Sausage Pizza Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx272] National Strawberry Cream Pie Day/National Drink Beer Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY AND NATIONAL DRINK BEER DAY!

Beer. Ben Franklin’s BFF. With all sorts of varieties: hoppy, malty, dark, light, etc., there’s plenty to choose from. If you’re really cool, then you get to Surly’s Brewer’s Table where you can enjoy a delicious tasting menu with beer pairings. You won’t think of beer the same way. (We did this on SP‘s birthday and it was great!)

Today we celebrated by having this Sioux City Birch Beer. It’s not beer in the traditional sense, but it sure is in the title!

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AK‘s endorsement: “It tastes like benadryl!”

Well if beer isn’t your thing, maybe dessert is?

SP‘s “contact” at Baker’s Square says that currently Strawberry Cream Pies are out because strawberries are “out of season.” This is coming from the same place that serves strawberry-rhubarb pie to octogenarians year-long. Trips to the grocery stores nearby were not fruitful (or creamful) either. So we had to make it at home!

AK mixed up some strawberry Jell-O and some vanilla pudding, and made this little pie-lets. Top with strawberry and cream and there you have it.

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Look at that beautiful color!

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Decorated artfully.

Tomorrow is… ugh… Coffee Day…

-SPAK

[FHCx238] National Banana Split Day/National Whiskey Sour Day

Banananananana

TODAY IS NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY AND NATIONAL WHISKEY SOUR DAY!

We don’t really get whiskey sour. Whiskey with a little bit of lemon and sugar just makes it taste more like whiskey. Eh. We were out to dinner with SParents at Pezzo and so we could give the rest of it to them!

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We did get to cleanse our palette with some stuff we love, though: ice cream! Ice cream summer never ends! Well, it kind of does pretty soon, but we’re in denial!

Invented in 1904, the banana split takes nature’s best fruit and pairs it with the best cold dessert. Here is the banana split AK made in its most beautiousness.

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“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!”

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Split!

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Halo Top is great.

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Put the ice cream inside and cover in whipped cream

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Chocolasauce

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Some chopped pecans for fun.

We could probably eat these all day.

Tomorrow is National Cherry Popsicle Day!

-SPAK