Saturday, August 27, 2011

27 August 1957 “Dealing with the Town, Preparing for a Hurricane, Spam Recipes, and a Wonderful Woolworth’s Advert”

Well, again I have been rather lax in my posting. But, in my own defense, this month has been insane with the odd things that have come up. Certainly the main issue has been dealing with our rental house, the tenants, going to court, cleaning the mess and so on. Thus far, besides paying a man with a truck and trailer $200 to take a large load of garbage and old furniture from the yard, I have make nine trips to our local dump with my station wagon filled to the brim!

There was some good news this past Wednesday. As I had mentioned before, we had to meet with the town Health Code department, as we were given a citation concerning the garbage and various rotting furniture in the yard. We did not get this to our actual address but to the rental address which we had no access to until we got the tenants out. Then we still did not know anything had been mailed there (Most likely tenants threw it away). So after Hubby’s staycation we went there to begin dealing with the aftermath of the worse tenants ever and found the notice stapled (into the nice clapboard siding I might add) saying we were now being charged $100 a day starting the first (it was then the 16th).

After our story to the board, the tenants, the court case and so on, they forgave us the dept. One of the ladies on the board even said, “I used to be a landlord, so I know what you have gone through. Notice I said ‘used to be’”.

Now, however, we have Hurricane Irene heading for our shores. It may be nothing, as last years hurricane was nothing when it reached us but some light rain and very little wind. But, many are saying this could be as bad as Hurricane Bob, back in the early 90’s, which could mean no power for a week. So, we have been dragging in all our heavy vintage metal patio furniture from the terrace. All potted planters that are not too large to carry are stored in the barn and we have battened down all the hatches. We even nailed in some cross beam wood across our Barn buildings doors, as one set is a French door full of glass that opens outwards.

All the kerosene lamps are filled and placed about the house, board games at the ready, extra ice laid aside and many containers of water at the ready. I even stocked up on some canned meats and things. Even, yes, a can of Spam. I could not resist. It lead me to consider all the Spam recipes from the 1950’s and here are a few.

spamloafThis fiesta Peach loaf sounds, er, interesting? I bet it actually is quite good. And, I have canned peaches set aside as well.

Here are a few Spam recipes which I found HERE.

Sweet and Sour Spam Recipe
12-oz can SPAM, cubed
8-oz can bamboo shoots, drained
1 lg. carrot, sliced diagonally
6 green onions, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small cucumber, cut in chunks
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp soy sauce
3 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp catsup
3 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp ginger
1 tbsp cornstarch
2/3 cups water

  • Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add the carrot, green onion, garlic and cucumber cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisply tender.
  • Add remaining ingredients except the SPAM and bamboo shoots.
  • Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened (5 to 6 minutes).
  • Add SPAM and bamboo shoots. Cook over medium heat until heated through (4 to 5 minutes).

Serve over rice or noodles.
4 servings


Spam Salad
Spam Recipe for Spam Salad
1 can of Spam, regular or low-salt
1/4 cup diced white onion
1/4 cup diced sweet or dill pickle
1 large hard boiled egg, diced
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
Sandwich spread or salad Dressing to taste
Chop or grind Spam to consistency of coarse hamburger. Mix with other ingredients using enough sandwich spread or salad dressing to consistency you desire. Chill thoroughly. Serve as a dip with chips or crackers or spread on bread Spam salad sandwiches.

Now, apropos of nothing, I thought I would close with this wonderful Woolworth Ad for sewing notions and things. It is just fun to peruse and it gives ideas for vintage style buttons, lace, and ric-rac.

woolworthad1 woolworthad2

If I am suddenly not posting for the next week, it might very well be due to the fact that we are without power. It was out for almost a week during Hurricane Bob. I hope all of you who are in the path on the East coast or have loved ones there, you are prepared. At least if we lose power we can play pioneers for a week, which might be fun.

Happy Homemaking.


  1. Hope you will be safe. So glad to hear you were forgiven the debt! That was only fair. It is difficult being landlords; we have been so twice. The Spam recipes look interesting, like you said. I don't care for Spam -- too mushy, too salty. My son made me buy it once so he could try it, he had heard so much about it, but he didn't like it, either. Still, bad taste or not, Spam is what we should be investing in, not gold! Every notice how the same people who tell you your paper money will be worthless eagerly snap it up to sell you some gold? Better off buying Spam.

  2. So glad to hear they forgave your debt!

    We are currently weathering Irene now (or at least preparing. We've gotten some outer bands, but she's still in North Carolina, headed this way). I think we're supposed to get the worst of it around 9pm.

    Stay safe!

  3. Stay safe - that includes not eating that SPAM recipe!

  4. Hey Donna! It's been so long since I commented. I hope you are doing well, and staying safe!

    I must be one of the few people who like spam. I pretty much only cook it one way though, pan fried in a little oil or grease with eggs. Yum, yum, yum!

  5. Well, Cedar, I do have a tin of it, so we shall see what we shall see. I am always up to try anything and honestly there is very little I don't like. As a matter of fact, I cannot think of one thing I don't like to eat, that is my problem of course!
    I am sure that Spam has less icky stuff in it than say hot dogs or fast food burgers.
    We are hunkered down in the bunker, as they say, awaiting Irene. It is hitting NYC now and we are just getting the beginning of winds. smaller tree limbs down, various leaves (green and not ready to let go yet) and very low pressure so that one has a pounding head ache. I hope all goes well. We have not lost power yet, but my friend a few towns over on the Cape texted me she already has.
    I hope all are safe and well. We shall be getting the damaging winds and Western Mass in the Berkshires is suppose to get up to 2 feet of rain! Wretched weather!

  6. stay safe!!!! Still not been approved to join the forum....i'm dying to get on there!!!!
    Kelly in Yorkshire, England

  7. I agree that Spam by itself is not that great. However, if you saute it so it browns and firms up, hey, it's pretty good! A few years ago there were "spamburger" recipes. If you slice the Spam into 3 pieces, they are quarter pounders! Saute to brown, add extras and condiments, and you have Spamburgers!

    Glad to hear the town forgave you that debt. I am sure that if reinspection occurred, they saw how you were indeed trying to clean up the property. That's what they really wanted. Unfortunately many times people have to be threatened and then fined or "punished" to get them to do the right thing (I'm thinking of your former tenants here).....

    I also agree with that poster who said invest in food...I'm not sure I agree with Spam per se, but food is a great investment....prices will only go up......

    Kathleen in IL

  8. Hello! I'm a 50's gal too, driving my 57 Chevy here in Minnesota. Better yet, I was aborn in Austin, the hometown of SPAM! Try it diced in scalloped potatoes...yum!

  9. I have to agree with Cedar: I love Spam! And panfried is my preferred way to eat it...yum!

    My husband used to belong to a men's chorus, & one year we attended what's known as the Big Sing, when several men's choral groups come together from the upper Midwest & Canada. That particular year it was held in Austin,MN, which is the headquarters of Hormel. While the guys rehearsed, the women were treated to a very tasty lunch made mostly of Spam products, as you might guess. I have to tell you, it was all very good. A favorite of mine was Spam quiche. Of course, you can make it with ham, but, I don't know, I just like the taste of the Spam in it! :o) And it brings back a nice memory of a fun time early on in my marriage.

    I'm so very, very glad that your debt was forgiven you. It must seem as though this nightmare will never end, but I suppose the worst of things are coming to an end...??? I do pray so!



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