[FHCx366] National Champagne Day

THIS IS IT! THIS IS THE END!

IT’S NATIONAL CHAMPAGNE DAY!

366 days straight of food holiday challenges. No retrospective in this post. No “here’s our favorites.” Nah, we’ll save that for another time. We have to get to the NYE partying!

And in true SPAK spirit, we want to avoid the actual alcohol (and fizziness for AK specifically) and circumvent the process. Not only that, but we’d probably have people arguing over what’s “real” champagne anyway. So we got these two things from Sugarfina – thanks looking out, SPom!

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Champagne gummi bears and Champagne Marshmallows! The gummi bears tasted like gummi bears.

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The marshmallows had actual gold on them which made them kind of expensive. They were also super squishy and delicate. Not your Stay Puft kind of mallow.

Well that’s it! A full trip around the food holiday calendar. Tomorrow is National Bloody Mary Day, but you probably already knew that!

Happy New Year, and thanks for all the support in our Food Holiday Challenge! Stay tuned in 2017 for further blog posts.

-SPAK

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[FHCx355] National Sangria Day

Wiiiiiiiiiiiiine

IT’S NATIONAL SANGRIA DAY!

We’ve made it to the last alcoholiday, with the exception of Champagne Day on 12/31.

When SP hears the word “Sangria,” he thinks white people with boxed wine.

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In reality, Sangria is a little bit more classy. The Spanish give us this wine kind of thing that they just call “blood” and we accept it. Alright. Well we weren’t going to try to make ours at home, but we could certainly buy a bottle of a “REAL” sangria from Total Wine.

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Yep. Tastes like wine.

Moving on… Tomorrow is National Fried Shrimp Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx289] National Roast Pheasant Day/National Chicken Cacciatore Day/National Mushroom Day/National Red Wine Day/National Cheese Curd Day

Title too long.

IT’S NATIONAL ROAST PHEASANT DAY AND NATIONAL CHICKEN CACCIATORE DAY AND NATIONAL MUSHROOM DAY AND NATIONAL RED WINE DAY AND NATIONAL CHEESE CURD DAY!

If you thought having three food holidays in one day was difficult, welcome to the big leagues.

Cheese curds.

We picked some up from Culver’s, which is really the only choice for cheese curds when the State Fair isn’t operating. In fact, they’re having a promo right now for “Curd Nerds” and a sweepstakes to win a whole bunch of money. Here’s hoping.

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“Fried” and “cheese” do belong in the same sentence together more frequently than you’d think.

As for the main event, SParents really blew us away with all their hard work today. SPom put together a chicky-catch yesterday, that we were able to heat up and have at dinner tonight.

Basically chicken cacciatore is a kind of Italian chicken stew that has a bunch of veggies, and is usually served over noodles.

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Notice the mushrooms for mushroom day?

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In the US, we frequently use a red sauce for cacciatore.

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Along with dinner was some red wine…

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…and some sauteed mushrooms, just because you can’t ever have enough.

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We’d been really nervous with roast pheasant coming up. It’s not something that we frequently get around here, even though many of SP‘s coworkers are reveling in the opening of the pheasant hunting season this weekend. Sure you can hunt it, but can you roast it? SPad can. He got these pheasants from the grocery store on special order, and went to work with a tasty recipe.

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Hate to say it… but it tastes like chicken!

It was extra special with the juice/dip/sauce that went with the recipe.

All in all, a successful but stressful day, and we didn’t even have to do the brunt of the work. Thanks SPom and SPad! Here’s hoping we don’t have another psychotically packed day of food holidays again.

Tomorrow is National Liqueur Day and World Food Day.

-SPAK

[FHCx146] National Wine Day

Quit your wining!

TODAY IS NATIONAL WINE DAY!

It wasn’t enough to have a Drink Wine Day. But the boozeaholics at the food holiday creation institute (not a real thing) just needed more excuses to drink wine. And not like Moscato day where we can celebrate one particular wine, but just wine in general. Sigh.

Here’s your wine!

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We also enjoyed some steak. The steak was better.

Tomorrow is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day and National Cherry Dessert Day! Apparently [fruit]+[dessert] days garnered disproportionate representation as well.

-SPAK

[FHCx130] National Butterscotch Brownie Day/National Moscato Day

Dessert and wine!

TODAY IS NATIONAL BUTTERSCOTCH BROWNIE DAY AND NATIONAL MOSCATO DAY!

Not too much to say about this first item. AK made a batch of homemade, from-scratch brownies using this recipe and they were delicious.

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It’s a good thing we had SP‘s friends over to pawn off some of this treat on them. The rest will go to coworkers. The thinner we spread the love, the less weight we all gain! Right? Or something.

The butterscotchiness is subtle and much more round of a flavor than you’d get using butterscotch chips. And, contrary to what you’d believe, it’s not just a mixture of butter and scotch.

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As much as this guy would want to believe it.

The other part of today celebrates the wine that non-wine-drinkers drink: Moscato! It comes from the muscat grape, and has skyrocketed in popularity in the last few years. It is the number 3 selling white wine in the US. This is due in large part to its popularity among young people, and across many “demographic groups.” Basically, Kanye and Drake have talked about Moscato, so now everybody drinks it instead of Champagne.

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We enjoyed it! AK doesn’t normally like carbonated things, and this one was definitely a little bubbly. But it was still enjoyable. Didn’t really feel like high class, but it wasn’t Sutter Home. No offense.

Tomorrow is National Shrimp Day!

-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

[FHCx49] National Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day/National Drink Wine Day

The seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake.

TODAY IS NATIONAL CRAB STUFFED FLOUNDER DAY AND DRINK WINE DAY!

Alright. Crab-stuffed flounder. Someone at the top of the food chain of this food-holiday-making machine decided to go obscure, so here we are. Our initial plan was to kill and eat Sebastian and Flounder make something like this at home but there really isn’t much access to flounder in these parts. Instead, after a tiny bit of hunting, we succumbed to Beyonce’s advertising and took ourselves to Red Lobster. There, this beauty awaited us:

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Look at dat stuffin’s.

Of course, while we were there chomping on our Cheddar Bay Biscuits™ we overhead another table order wine, saying “It’s national drink wine day!” Little did they know, they could have celebrated both holidays at once.

Us? We waited until we got home so we could have the good stuff. SP is a fan of a Hungarian wine called Tokaji. The wine was made semi-famous by Kings Louis XIV and XV, and as well by Bram Stoker when Harker drinks some near the beginning of Dracula. Dracula himself isn’t a fan of the stuff. He never drinks wine, ya know.

Our choice in Tokaji is this beauty. It’s sweet and subtle. Makes for a terrific dessert wine fit for royalty!

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Join us tomorrow for National Chocolate Mint Day! Now where did that giant peppermint patty go…

-SPAK