A reader hipped us to the New York Times' discovery of Spam (the kind made in Austin, Minnesota) and its re-discovery of former MN-01 representative Gil Gutknecht. Money quote:
“There are all kinds of people who have an emotional connection to Spam,” said Gil Gutknecht Jr., the former Minnesota congressman, who was in the gift shop at the Spam Museum buying a Spam tie, sweatshirt and earrings. Mr. Gutknecht recalled that he once served as a judge in a Spam recipe contest.
“The best thing was Spam brownies,” he said, with more or less a straight face.
We checked the official Span web page and discovered that Hormel hasn't included that recipe in its database. Since one can't argue taste, we won't.
Value, though, is another question, and so we found ourselves puzzled when the Times implied Spam is a budget food. A 12 oz. tin of Spam costs $2.75 at the Spam store, and with the prudent use of coupons, we've found we're able to buy fresh meat for less than that. Each to his or her own, we guess.
Photo: Spam sushi. Honest.