Week 20 done of my US National Food challenge with 4 out of 7 accomplished!  Only 3 were what I would consider successes, though.  Lots of learning still to do!

October 22 – National Nut Day

2014-10-22 Peanut butter & jelly cookies (nut day) Just had to do something with peanut butter, or peanuts, for this day.  I found a recipe for ‘healthy’ peanut butter and jelly cookies, using only peanuts, pecans and raisins (recipe here), and stored them in the freezer – they didn’t last very long because they were very yummy!

October 23 – Boston Cream Pie Day

Couldn’t find the time to look for a gluten-free recipe …


 October 24 – National Bologna Day 

Processed lunch meat?  Not for me …


October 25 – National Greasy Foods Day

Needless to say, I sat this day out!


October 26 – Pumpkin Day 


2014-10-26 Pumpkin carved Our first Halloween in America – had to do the carved pumpkin thing.  So I got some carving tools from the local hardware store and let the kids go wild – this was the result.  I was quite impressed!  I used the pumpkin I managed to salvage from the carving attempt in some pumpkin soup, combined with cauliflower, quinoa, spinach, peas and corn, with a little nutmeg and cumin for flavour.  It was a little odd, but still formed my lunches for the following week.

 October 27 – National Potato Day

Growing up, my mum sometimes took my brother and I to a food court during a day in town.  I would generally always get a baked potato … and my toppings of choice were cheese and coleslaw.  When I was a little older, I remember being taken out to lunch for a week by a colleague during a research project, and every day I ordered baked potato with cheese and coleslaw.  So for this day, I made … baked potato with cheese and coleslaw … and it was YUMMY! 2014-10-27 Baked potato

 October 28 – National Chocolate Day

Rocky road slice  I had some mini-marshmallows and graham crackers (gluten-free) in the pantry, and wanted to try a recipe from Gordon Ramsay again.  It worked well in Australia, when I had golden syrup.  But, molasses is not a good substitute for golden syrup.  These just didn’t taste right, so it was a baking failure for me … and they ended in the bin.

Coming up next week:

  • October 29: National Oatmeal Day
  • October 30: National Candy Corn Day / Buy a Doughnut Day
  • October 31: National Candy Apple Day / Trick or Treat for UNICEF Day
  • November 1: National Deep Fried Clams Day / National Vinegar Day
  • November 2: National Deviled Egg Day 
  • November 3: National Sandwich Day
  • November 4: National Candy Day

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

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