Ah, Spam. Ridiculed by comedians and food snobs for years, it is a best-selling product in this economic downturn. Some chain supermarkets are reporting skyrocketing sales of rice and beans, (which I totally understand, because I could eat both with every meal) and Velveeta, (which completely eludes me)
Well, I’ll eat Spam. When I was a kid, I loved it. I could eat it cold, on a cracker, or fry it up and eat it with toast. Whats not to love? Its meat-like, its salty as hell, and its cheap, not chic. If I ever forget where I put it, I could make little Spam maps, which is fun for no other reason except thats a palindrome.
Its Ham’s little half-brother. Its funny, I know people who scrunch up their faces at the mere mention of Spam, then reach right past you to retrieve their Hot-Pocket from the microwave….Haute Pahkit. Hawwwt pawkit. ) Sorry, I was riffing on this comedian The Missus and Rock Solid made me watch.
Anyway, I just thought I’d mention Spam since it looks like we are in for a rough ride for a few years. I’ll tell ya, I’ve figured out how to feed a family of four three meals a day for less than 300 bucks a month, and never had to supplement with Spam or any other faux meat. But, one cool thing about it is that until you open it, it needs no refrigeration. The can of shiny pink meat substance, covered in puke colored gelatin can last for years in your pantry, or the trunk of your car.
I’m going to practice making corn tortillas like my Grandma made. In fact if any of y’all want to come over and make some, lets do that while our big pot of pinto beans cooks. We’ll make a day of it. Who knows, you may find that skill useful in the days ahead.
For awhile, I want to talk about cheap, practical food. And ways to save fuel. And financial literacy. And the Titans. Anything but politics.
Send me your best Spam recipe…I’ll cook it up and take pictures and everything.