Did your mother ever tell you that very thing when she placed a plate of something unfamiliar and distasteful-looking in front of you? Mine sure did, and oftentimes, she was right!
My sister filly, Julie Benson, had a super-fun blog on pumpkin spice raves and flops in her blog last week. So many of you joined in and shared your favorites. If you haven’t had a chance to read “Pumpkin Spice Everything? Maybe Not” and all the comments, just click here.
One pumpkin spice marketing ploy that received several mentions was Pumpkin Spice Spam. Not a single one of you had tried it–or wanted to. Ewww! I recalled seeing it on my grocery store shelf, and I had the same impression. Ewww! But when I decided to write this blog, I searched numerous stores and couldn’t find a single can.
So that led me to my friend, Google. I came across several interesting articles. And lo and behold, the novelty–and taste!–of Pumpkin Spice Spam was so greatly loved that the Limited Edition meat product sold out online in hours, and alas, is no longer available. Anywhere. Well, except eBay if you want to pay THAT much for it. Hormel claims it has no plans to bring it back anytime soon.
For those of us who never gave Pumpkin Spice Spam a chance, those who did claimed it tasted like breakfast sausage or a Christmas ham. Cinnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg were added to the original Spam base, and nope, not a bit of pumpkin.
Hormel first introduced Spam on July 5, 1937, and derived its name from “spiced ham”. Due to the difficulty of delivering fresh meat to the troops during World War II, Spam soared in popularity throughout the world. It was the only canned meat that did not need refrigeration, was affordable, accessible and had a longer shelf life. In the years since, literally billions of cans of Spam have been sold–and eaten. Spam even boasts having its very own Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota, all 14,000 square feet of it.
So yep, I grew up on the stuff. We loved it. In fact, I’ll share a recipe my mother made for us more times than I can count. We ate tons of these! And oh, my mouth is watering as I write.
Spam Jobbies (family nickname – but really an open-faced sandwich)
1 can Spam
Grate equal measures of Spam and cheese into a bowl. Hold it together with ketchup. Add 1 Tb. grated onion, if desired. Spread over split hamburger buns. Arrange on oven rack or cookie sheet. Broil until edges begin to turn brown.
All this talk about foods that get a bad rap is not so different than what my hero went through in A CATTLEMAN’S UNSUITABLE WIFE. Anyone who reads westerns likely knows that cattlemen despised the sheepherder. Sheep ate valuable grass the cattle needed, and no self-respecting cattleman would ever eat a bite of mutton.
Well, guess what my poor hero, Trey Wells, had to do, thanks to the heroine’s cleverness. Zurina–the daughter of a sheepherder–made sure she knocked Trey down a peg or two, and well, to find out what happens next, you’ll need to read their story.
Book 1 in the Wells Cattle Company Trilogy!
Zurina Vasco despises Trey Wells for the power he wields over her people and their beloved sheep. But when tragedy strikes, there is no one else she can turn to for help but him.
Trey doesn’t have room in his life for a beautiful woman like Zurina–until the night his father is murdered. Only she can help him find the truth and satisfy the revenge he craves.
Bound by the secrets that will tear them apart, they flee into the wilds of Montana Territory and find a love worthy of legends.
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Did you eat Spam growing up? How did you fix it?
What foods have you tried and you didn’t think you’d like, but did?
Let’s talk about foods that once made you go EWWW! and then made you go YUM!
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