What a bummer--we were looking forward to "Last Comic Standing" tonight, but NBC is showing hockey instead. Not a fan, with all apologies to any hockey fans out there. So we're delaying dinner a bit so Ken can crank out some "work" work, then we'll watch a movie.
No, we're not having Spam for dinner, but there was an article on AOL about how Spam sales are up as grocery prices have gone up. I haven't had Spam for years, but I'd certainly eat it if I had to. Believe me, when I was growing up, there were times when we had Spam for dinner. Mom would fry it nice and crispy, and we'd have some kind of vegetable with it, and probably some kind of potatoes, maybe baked sweet potatoes...I am no stranger to Spam.
I find it interesting that it would be perceived as a "hardship" to have to eat *gasp* Spam. At least it's eating, right? It's nutritious, and you won't starve if you have to include it in a meal. And no, it's not Nutraloaf. It's actually edible.
I dunno...I guess that being a child of Depression-era parents gave me a different perspective. Mom was very frugal with her dinners, and every once in a while, we had fried mush (any Southern readers will know about fried mush) and THAT I wasn't a fan of. (Although I might like it now.) Sometimes we had dandelion greens that Mom picked from the yard. We didn't eat like kings, but we never went hungry.
The Spam article talked about how people are starting to cook more meals at home, rather than going out a lot. I'm not saying that we should all start cooking with Spam, but maybe cooking at home more often is not such a bad idea. You'd be surprised at how much we save by not going out to dinner often. It's pretty much a rare treat that we reserve for special occasions and vacations. In that spirit, here's the recipe for what I made last night. Sorry I don't have a picture, but it basically looks like hamburgers. My Mom used to make these a lot, and still does, and it's really easy to fix. Serve a salad and something like rice or potatoes with it, and there you go! Dinner is served.
Mom's Meatloaf Patties
1 lb hamburger
1 slice of bread, in tiny pieces
1 egg, beaten
about ¼ cup milk
a little minced onion
a little dried parsley
Combine egg, milk, onion, and parsley. Pour over hamburger and bread, and squish together with a potato masher.
Form into four patties and fry until cooked through. Enjoy!