Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Spam Museum: Revealing the Fun Facts

Before you say "eww Spam" or "they have a museum for this stuff?" Please hear me out on this one. 

Yes, Spam's history is so significant it has its own museum. The canned meat goes all the way back to 1937 and is a true slice of Americana. It's made a place in history, pop culture and culinary cuisine. 



I neither love it nor hate it, but Spam does hold a soft spot in my heart because it all began at the Hormel Foods Corporation based in Austin, MN, which just happens to be my hometown. 

I grew up seeing the iconic blue and yellow can in our cupboard and my favorite way to eat it is when my mom would chop it or shred it up fine then mix it with hard boiled eggs; like a Spam and egg salad spread on bread. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

If I Had a Nickel For Every Twinkie!

Go back to your school days for a moment. When you think of school lunches, what do you think of? Is it a fond memory, is it a horrid memory? Does it leave a bad taste in your mouth? Maybe it's the school cafeteria smell you remember. 

Image credit: pixabay.com -Wokandapix


Mrs. Bell was my 1st grade teacher in 1969 and I remember about a handful of things about 1st grade. I remember reading Dick and Jane books, square dancing in gym class, my little crush on Tommy and the unforgettable era with the Twinkie

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September's Picture The Possibilities

Monarch Caterpillar by Darcy Sime Photography - https://www.flickr.com/photos/djsime
Accepting Change Quote - http://www.asquareofchocolate.com/


September, what a month for song! Did you know that September is the one month out of the year that is used the most in song titles and lyrics? September seems to hold the record for inspirational song writing with April not far behind. 

The inspiration for “September” could come from many instances. 


Monday, August 29, 2016

Sloppy Greek Pitas with Creamy Cucumber Relish

It’s that State Fair time of year here in Minnesota and with everything, but the kitchen sink, being deep-fried, dipped or drenched, I felt encouraged to create a hand-held sandwich with a healthier twist. 

It’s a healthier remake of the Sloppy Joe and has a Greek Mediterranean twist. 



Our Minnesota State Fair, like many, has some unique and creative food concoctions transformed on a stick, in a waffle, between a bun or beside a mountain of whipped cream. So, if these don't sit well with you, here is my fair food creation minus the grease bomb gut feeling or the sugar laden high.  

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Tale of a Fateful Trip!

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip....

If you grew up in the 70's and, maybe like me, Gilligan's Island was a favorite T.V. show as a kid. Then, of course, you must remember the iconic theme song that would start every episode. 

This song is carved in my memory and it's still a good sing-along even if I heard it today. The little ditty told a tale of a cast of characters on a 3 hour tour aboard a tiny ship that would be tossed in a rainstorm and land on an uncharted island. 

You're probably wondering why in the world I would be dredging up flashbacks of a childhood T.V. show. 

Oddly enough, it's what came into my head when thinking about my trip aboard our little boat and motoring down the Mississippi River on one fateful afternoon. 



This sailing story also has a Gilligan, that'd be me and a Skipper too, that'd be Mister O. However, our cast of characters didn't sail with us for a 3 hour tour, but rather would be met along the way to our charted destination. 


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