Posts Tagged With: National Potato Day

300/365: National American Beer Day/National Potato Day*

October 27th marks our 300th food challenge of the year. It’s National American Beer Day! And also, National Potato Day. We’re on the road and enjoying our first-ever NFL game: Redskins vs. our beloved Broncos here in Denver. Fortunately, stadiums are synonymous with beer, and since we spent most of today at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, were easily able to celebrate both food holidays (potato wedges and Bud Light). Think of this as a two-touchdown performance in the 4th quarter. Speaking of…what a great game! 45-21, Broncos beat the Redskins handily. Go, Peyton!! National American Beer Day

We have already celebrated beer and potato holidays, so I won’t bore you with regurgitated history lessons. Instead, I promised a big announcement, and I wanted to save it for a special day. Challenge #300 certainly qualifies; we are racing toward the finish line now, with barely over two months to go, and nary a misstep. The food challenge has been time consuming, costly, and has required tons of planning and hard work, but it’s also been a lot of fun! We have learned a lot about the history of many popular dishes, and tried plenty of new ones we’d only ever heard of previously. Part of us will be sad when this all ends. Which leads to our announcement:

Eat My Words will continue beyond December 31st! 

Not in the same form, of course. Assuming we successfully complete our quest to consume a year’s worth of food holidays, we’re not going to turn around and do it all over again. Been there, done that, and we’d be dealing with an awful lot of repetition. Plus, the demands of a daily blog are overwhelming. The fact that we have been able to devote so much time to our challenge in a year that included a marriage, three-day work function, and multiple weekend trips is pretty amazing…but we wouldn’t want to do it again. It’s taken a ton of effort, not to mention a little bit of luck. I’m glad we took this on, but man, never again!

However, there is plenty more we can do, at a much more relaxing pace. Read: whenever we want, rather than on a daily basis. The theme of our blog will still revolve around food challenges, and we’ve got a lot of fun ones planned. Some of our ideas include:

  • Making a meal using only yellow foods.
  • Creating upscale versions of kid’s food (Spaghetti-Os, Sloppy Joes).
  • Cooking a retro meal from a 1950s-era cookbook.
  • Making a complete meal using ingredients that start with the letter R.
  • Cooking a Dinner From Hell, using foods we despise.
  • Making a meal using only ingredients sourced from the farmer’s market that day.

We also envision more head-to-head challenges (like our souffle battles) and, yes, we’ll celebrate the occasional food holiday – ones that we passed on the first time around when there were multiple choices, and others that we just really enjoyed. We have lots of great ideas, and will be turning to our readers for even more. Our blog will be more interactive than ever before!

So, there you have it! Eat My Words will be back in 2014 with new challenges, new food facts, and new fun. A scaled-down version that won’t clog your In Box with emails every single day. It’s a win/win, folks!

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231/365: National Potato Day/National Hot & Spicy Food Day*

Today presents us with a real dilemma. We have two food holidays to choose from: National Potato Day, or National Hot & Spicy Food Day. No problem for me, but somebody in the house doesn’t like potatoes OR hot and spicy foods.

Hint: it’s not the cat.

Before I continue, I want to update you on a recent challenge. A couple of days ago was National Vanilla Custard Day. My parents had given us some rennet tablets to assist in the preparation. I had never used them before – had never even heard of them, as a matter of fact – and the instructions for preparation were very precise. My first batch was ruined because the milk was too hot, so I cooked up a second helping, and this time the temperature was just right. We put it in the refrigerator overnight to set, and the next morning – before hitting the road – tried the custard. It wasn’t bad at all. But, after fourteen hours in a cooler filled with ice, the consistency had changed to something akin to a watery, lumpy cottage cheese. Neither of us was keen on trying it, but we knew we must adhere to the rules of the challenge, so we actually waited until the stroke of midnight, when it was officially Saturday, and had a spoonful each. Honestly, the flavor wasn’t bad, but the texture was revolting. So, our vanilla custard was a major disappointment – but given the obstacles we faced this weekend, we won’t beat ourselves up too badly.

Moving right along…

Spices were first used to flavor foods around 7000 B.C. when our forefathers discovered mastodon tasted so much better with a dash of red pepper flakes. Some cultures began to build their entire cuisines around spicy foods (Indian, Thai, Japanese, Mexican, and others), which isn’t really a bad thing: hot spices rev up the immune system, ignite the libido, and stimulate the brain. Which means, eating them will keep you healthy, horny, and smart as a whip. Plenty of reason there to pass the jalapenos!

I figured it would be easy to celebrate both food holidays today by combining the two. How to do that? With a bag of jalapeno flavored potato chips, of course! They were good. Tara wasn’t as crazy about them, but was a trooper about it (like always) and had a couple despite her distaste for them.

National Hot & Spicy Food Day, National Potato Day

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