Week 13 done of my US National Food challenge with only 4 out of 7 accomplished!  Add that to a new full-time job and still trying to figure out this living in the US thing … not bad, I do believe!

September 3 – Welsh Rarebit Day

2014-09-03 Welsh rarebit Apparently the Welsh Rarebit Day was a ‘nicer’ way of saying Welsh Rabbit … but it doesn’t have any meat in it.  Basically it’s a cheese sauce on toast – not sure where the rabbit bit comes into it.  Most of the recipes I found included beer and Worcestershire sauce, but I adapted and used a white sauce (flour and butter) then cumin, paprika, ketchup (see, I’m becoming American already), and a bit of soy sauce (gluten-free), and of course some cheddar cheese.  I can’t give you the recipe, but the family reckon it should become part of our regular meals.  I think some mustard would have gone down well in the mix too!

September 4  National Macadamia Nut Day

Didn’t have time to go looking in the grocery stores for macadamia nuts, or any recipe I really wanted to try, so had a rest day.


September 5 – National Cheese Pizza Day

2014-09-05 Cheese pizza We found the pizza crust in a can in the grocery stores and the rest of the family loved it (it was full of gluten, so I didn’t), but for this day I used a cauliflower crust (recipe here), added some pizza sauce and then three different types of cheeses.  And some spinach, because that’s just who I am!  The rest of the family put cheese in their crust and then topped it with their favourites … a good day for all!

September 6 – National Coffee Ice Cream Day 

Those of you who know me (and Grant) know that we have a distinct aversion to all things coffee … so this was a rest day for me again.


September 7 – National Acorn Squash Day

2014-09-07 Acorn squash2014-09-07 Acorn squash #2 This is one of the days that if I were not in the US, I wouldn’t be able to accomplish.  But I found an acorn squash (see the top photo), and made a yummy soup out of it, using this recipe (here).  I substituted cauliflower for the potatoes and added some peas and corn for extra veggies, and had it for lunches at work with some gluten-free bread. It turned out more of a ‘mash’ than a soup, but it was still really yummy! I enjoyed this day (and the following days) immensely!

September 8 – National Date Nut Bread Day

 The recipe that I found when I clicked on this day looked pretty easy, so I tried it.  And loved it.  Could do with some tweaking, but overall it was a winner – chopped dates, sugar, a little bit of butter, gluten-free all-purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder and then some chopped nuts and an egg.  The family enjoyed it too – Henry had it for breakfast the next day as well! 2014-09-08 Date nut bread

 September 9 – Weinerschnitzel Day

I’ve done a few schnitzels in the past, with either gluten-free oats, gluten-free bread crumbs, even some corn chips crushed small enough to be used.  But this was just too hard for this point in time.  Would have been yummy though!


Coming up next week:

  • September 10: TV Dinner Day
  • September 11: National Hot Cross Bun Day
  • September 12: National Chocolate Milkshake Day
  • September 13: National Peanut Day / Snack a Pickle Day
  • September 14: National Cream Filled Donut Day / Eat a Hoagie Day
  • September 15: National Linguini Day
  • September 16: National Guacamole Day

Stay tuned to see which ones I choose to make/eat and how successful (or not) I am! 

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