January 25th is National Irish Coffee Day! Since the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco claims to have brought Irish coffee to the United States, I decided to go with their recipe that can be found on their website:
I definitely didn’t do the cream bit right as a fair amount of mine got mixed in with the coffee instead of staying on top, but I wasn’t complaining. My housemate Lara had some Bushmills Irish Whiskey so we did a taste test between Jameson and Bushmills- Bushmills won by a landslide.
January 20th is also National Buttercrunch Day! As much as I love cheese, I was also really fascinated by the idea of making buttercrunch (and getting to use my candy thermometer again!) — so instead of choosing between them, I decided to celebrate both. By the way, buttercrunch toffee is easy to make and very, very tasty!
January 20th is National Cheese Lover’s Day! Count me in. Not yet during this food adventure have I been so torn on how to celebrate a holiday as I was today. Pizza, baked ziti, cheese soup, mac’n’cheese, fondue… the options were endless, but I settled on one of my favorite cheese dishes, my mom’s baked brie. It’s a round of brie baked with cranberries and toasted almonds in a cream cheese pastry, and it is delicious.
January 16th is National Fig Newton Day! I’ll be honest, the newtons and I didn’t exactly see eye to eye today and there was a point toward the end of this food adventure that I wanted to scrunch the dough and fig mixture into a huge ball and chuck it in the trash. But putting that aside, they taste just as good as the store bought kind, if not better! They’re just not as cute. So.. success?
Today (January 12th) is National Marzipan Day! I’ve slowly but surely been building a cupboard full of cooking accessories and with this food holiday came the purchase of my first candy thermometer! The recipe called for 4 cups of ground almonds, and while they looked pretty ground to me after a few minutes in my food processor, the end result was a bit grainy and I think finer ground almonds would have produced a better marzipan. Or maybe I should have blanched the almonds and removed the skins first? Regardless, it tastes great! I originally had grand ambitions for creating some beautiful art with my marzipan, but hadn’t counted on it being so sticky and thus resorted to making an American flag. Cheesy? Yes, but it is a national holiday after all!
January 4th is National Spaghetti Day! Earlier this week I was so busy running around the store buying ingredients for the fun sauce recipe I had found (Betty Crocker’s Creamy Tomato-Vodka Sauce… senza Vodka) that I completely forgot to buy spaghetti– luckily my housemate Lara had some to spare tonight! YUM. This Italian American will say yes to pasta any day!
January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day! I definitely could have done with stopping after my fifth taste test, but at the time my stomach thought otherwise. This is another recipe that states ‘best after 1 or 2 weeks’ and while the fruitcake might survive the wait, I’m pretty sure these won’t!
Nothing says ‘hello 2012!’ like National Cream Puff Day (January 2nd)! And while I may not be a huge cream puff fan, these were a ton of fun to make! Happy new year everyone!!