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.