My Facebook Friends Hurt My Feelings!
Last week there was a FB post asking to respond to the question, "What food did you hate as a child and have never eaten since?" I was kind of shocked that 80% of the foods listed were some of my childhood favorites. Gosh! What's wrong with me?
Liver and Onions, Sugar Sandwiches, Peanut Butter and Pickles, Hot Dogs and Beans... Really? But I had to draw the line with Spam. My go to meal as a kid.
My grandmother died when I was 11 and I took over doing the cooking for my family. I bought two cookbooks. One Pot Dinners and Hormel's Spam for Every Occasion. I rotated a recipe from each until I got to the end of the book. I don't remember much from the One Pot but oh the Spam. Spam Wellington, Spam Stroganoff, Spam Charcuterie.
When we lived in Honolulu I met Hogie. Hogie had the Hormel distributorship for Hawaii. If you worked for Hormel this was the job to have. The Hawaiians love spam. When you walked into a grocery store in Hawaii there was a Spam Aisle. I have never seen so my different types of spam in my life.
My favorite golf snack on the Island was Spam Musubi: (Click Pic for Recipe)
So I was kind of surprised to learn that after WWII spam fell from grace and had to have a makeover. Jay Hormel, AKA Spam Man decided to kill two birds. Help returning soldiers find jobs and remarket Spam.
The men were offered jobs in his factories and plants and the women were offered jobs as musician in an all female drum and bugle corp called Spamettes. They traveled all over the country playing patriotic songs like “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “Give My Regards to Broadway.”