Sunday, April 5, 2009

sometimes I shouldn't read the headlines...

...or maybe the point is that I shouldn't follow the links...

So, today, I was cleaning up the spam mail in my work email account. I always check it because once in a very great while the Gmail spam checker puts a request for my services in there where it shouldn't be and lets something slip through to my inbox which is obviously a scam to get thousands of dollars or let me make whooppee all night long. No comment.

Back to the point of this "are you kidding me?!?!" post.

I was checking my spam before deleting forever (or at least until the next time some other bot sends it my way). Right there at the top of the email list window pane was the following:

French Fry Spam Casserole - Bake 30-40 minutes

I thought, this has to be a joke, right?, so I clicked the link. I don't know why someone thinks I would like spam, except that Gmail calls it the spam filter so some crazy "what does the user like" rubric has decided that I want to know how to prepare the mystery meat called Spam. Ugh!

Apparently someone has actually concocted a recipe for the above said meal. Looks like a flashback to the meals of my childhood. Anyone who has read some of my recent writings has seen examples which might have included an ingredient or two from this list.

Speaking of which, my poem titled "Spanish Rice and Party Mix," which is being published in the upcoming "Home" issue of Alltopia, includes foods of the past. (Check back a couple days in my posts for the antholozine launch and reading party announcement.)

In case you're curious, below is the recipe. Personally, I do not recommend trying it at home! Up to you, though. It could still be a joke, though; I can't imagine ....
Categories: Main dish
Yield: 8 servings

1 pk Frozen french fry potatoes,
-thawed (20 oz)
2 c Shredded Cheddar cheese
2 c Sour cream
1 cn Condensed cream of chicken
-soup (10 3/4 oz)
1 cn SPAM Luncheon Meat, cubed
-(12 oz)
1/2 c Chopped red bell pepper
1/2 c Chopped green onion
1/2 c Finely crushed corn flakes

Heat oven to 350'F. In large bowl, combine potatoes, cheese, sour
cream, and soup. Stir in SPAM, bell pepper, and green onion. Spoon
into 13x9″ baking dish. Sprinkle with crushed flakes. Bake 30-40
minutes or until thoroughly heated.
ps: in case you're curious, Spam does indeed come in many flavors. But I don't know if they have a veggie or vegan version yet. Shudder. If you want to see a picture of a wall of Spam varieties, you can view it at Nullvariable.