Jell-O Trophies
If you tire of the clutter, recycle trophies from years past by leaving them on the hostess' front porch.

Hoedown song sheets

Ohio Avenue

Updated March 30, 2013

Posted January 20, 2013

Hotdish Hoedown 2013
was Saturday, January 26

Email hostess for location and time.

"They returned to their meal, a nameless concoction of egg noodles, ground beef, and cream of mushroom soup that Dave’s mother had discovered in a women’s magazine in the early eighties and had been serving on a weekly basis ever since. Amazingly, Dave still wasn’t tired of it."
— Tom Perrotta, The Wishbones, 1997

The Jell-O Contest

Participation optional. Hoedown guests select winners through secret balloting. Festive trophies will be awarded. This year’s contest categories:

  • Best outcome of fiscal cliff shenanigans
  • Best special effects
  • Best tale told
  • Best winter wonderland

On July 5, 2012, Peter and Betsy note:

According to Garrison Keillor,

On this date in 1937, SPAM was unveiled by Hormel Foods. It is precooked pork and ham in a can, with a little potato starch, salt, and sugar. Sodium nitrate is added to keep it pink; without it, pork tends to turn gray.

There's no consensus on what the name actually stands for; one theory is that it's a combination of "spiced meat" and "ham." In Britain, where it was a popular wartime food, they called it "Specially Processed American Meat" or "Supply Pressed American Meat." A host of tongue-in-cheek acronyms have also arisen, like "Something Posing As Meat," and "Special Product of Austin, Minnesota," Whatever it stands for, Hormel specifies that it should be written in all caps.