Happy Hour In The Heptarchy: Spicy Snaps and Snickerdoodle Milk

by J.R.

It’s five past 5 across Conference III (leave work early, Colorado — you have our permission), time to hit bricks and get that freakin’ weekend started, am I right?

Of course I am.

It’s been a tough week for some of you so loosen your belt, pop a top, grab a spoon and stop being such a sourpuss. III Communication’s got good news for everybody.

The Particulars

labor-cookies-cardWhat We’re Eating: Back when me and my wife were waiting for Zoë to be born, we tried all sorts of things to hurry her arrival (she ended up being 11 pounds, 4 ounces, so you can imagine how desperate my wife was for her to be born). Hot chicken, a legendary eggplant Parmesan recipe and so on. We also stumbled across a recipe for “labor cookies.” They are basically little more than ginger snaps with a healthy dose of cayenne pepper.

They didn’t work, but the cookies ended up being delicious. They are a perfect treat for Christmastime. Traditional enough to be served at holiday gatherings, but with a twist that carries them beyond mere holiday baking.

What We’re Drinking: I like boiled custard at the holidays, but at Target they are selling something called “Snickerdoodle Milk,” which is basically what it sounds like — it’s slightly sweet milk with a cinnamon flavor. But here’s a fun (?) snickerdoodle fact: no one knows how they got that name. One theory — purported in, among other places, The Joy of Cooking — is that it comes from the German Schneckennudeln which means “snail noodles,” a kind of pastry that can’t possibly be as disgusting as the name. Another is that New Englanders just give cookies silly names.

Reasons To Celebrate

Chicago: With Crawford out and Antti Raanta in, everyone gets to test the “Chicago can win with any doofus in the net” theory. If they have trouble keeping their head above water, maybe they can call on the Chicago Police Department.

Your Weekend Jam: “In The Air Tonight” by Northern Kings

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Colorado: Is Colorado regressing? Let’s ask Patrick Roy:

Have a few Coors Banquets, Coach. As the only tolerable Coors offering, it’s right that it’s the only one showing growth.

Your Weekend Jam: “Banquet” by Bloc Party

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Dallas: Despite strong play for a few weeks, the Stars haven’t been able to wrest control of the Chambers Pot or the Conference III Championship Belt. Hey, at least you took the ice storm in stride.

Your Weekend Jam: “The Ice Storm, Big Gust and You” by Tilly and the Wall

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Minnesota: Your Fenwick is falling, but your grad rates are climbing!

Your Weekend Jam: “Graduation Day” by Head Automatica

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Nashville: Weird barely-explainable snowfall. Retaining The Belt. You know who’s happy? Carter Hutton’s happy.

Your Weekend Jam: “Still The One” by Orleans

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St. Louis: David Backes is (of course) excited about the Olympics. And St. Louis is excited about Tony LaRussa being in the Hall of Fame.

Your Weekend Jam: “The Blues” by Tony! Toni! Toné!

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Winnipeg: Travel Manitoba has a new slogan: “Manitoba: Canada’s Heart Beats.” Will it beat on without Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien, two guys who have nothing in common except they are always mentioned as trade possibilities?

Your Weekend Jam: “Tournament of Hearts” by The Weakerthans

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