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Dec 23, 2008 05:17 AM

SPAM in the White House?

I just saw on the news that President elect Obama treated his friends to lunch yesterday, hot dogs and Spam Musubi. Then I realized, he is from Hawaii and probably eats a lot of Spam. I can see a state dinner at the White House with Spam on the menu!

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  1. There's nothing wrong with Spam musubi for lunch, or a nice slice or two of pan-fried Spam alongside your sunny-side-up eggs. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it. But I seriously doubt that our newly elected president will have Spam musubi on the menu at a state dinner. Personally, I really love a snack of skinless and boneless sardines with a little onion and a squeeze of lemon, but would I serve this to dinner guests at a formal sit-down? A little credit, please, for Mr. Obama.

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    1. re: Deenso

      I don't recall hearing Jr. serve beef ribs and brisket at a state dinner for that matter either.


    2. spam musubi...ono home cooking. I think it's awesome that he's opening the culinary eyes of those unfamiliar to foods from other places whether upscale or street/comfort food.

      1. I'm going to assume that there was no disrespect intended for our new President-elect by your post.

        What one eats casually or for comfort is not likely the same as what would show up at a formal dinner -- at my house, at your house, at Mr. Obama's house. And certainly not at the White House.

        Like it or not, it may well be that as the economy worsens, more of us will be dining on Spam.

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        1. re: chicgail

          Not in a billion years, down-turned economy or not, would I ever eat Spam.

          1. re: latindancer

            That's an an interesting response. I am not a spam-eater, but I know it has connotations of being junk, being poor people's food, being unhealthy. Can you say why YOU would never eat spam? Just curious.

            1. re: chicgail

              My response has nothing to do with what your perceptions, or anyone else's perceptions, of Spam are. I actually have never thought of Spam the way you're portraying it...'junk food, poor people's food, unhealthy". There is an entire cultural population of Spam eaters that I love and admire for many reasons.
              I hate the taste. It's repulsive to me. I've eaten it and I just don't like it.
              Does that satisfy your 'curiosity'?

              1. re: latindancer

                Mi cunado, we also must put Spam on the bonfire. I've stated before that in a typical military SNAFU we were resupplied on a hill top with 4 palates of Spam, destined for batallion HQ, instead of our usual mixed c-rats. Never again.

                Su hermano in Spam
                El Passeo

                1. re: latindancer

                  It does. Thank you for your response.

                  I know I've tried spam, but I have no clear recollections of what it was like. I do know that I didn't continue to eat it, so maybe I didn't like it either, Maybe I should try it again -- so I know what I am talking about.

                  1. re: chicgail

                    Spam repulses me because the smell is very reminiscent of canned cat food.
                    But I cannot deny that well done and sliced thin, the flavor is msg good.

                    1. re: kb8240

                      Hate to break it to you, but there's no MSG in Spam. Pork, salt, water, sugar, and sodium nitrite - that's it.

                      1. re: alanbarnes

                        Mmmmmm.......Imagine Spam in an olive drab can with only small black block print on the can. Now imagine a Colt .45 cal slug hitting it dead center. Ooooo, oooo good!

                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                          Okay, pork, salt, water, sugar, sodium nitrite, lead, and trace amounts of accelerants.

                          Does the pressure blow the can, or does the 230 grain FMJ go through-and-through?

                          1. re: alanbarnes

                            My husband was telling me that the Coast Guard did a food drop once in the middle of the ocean (intercepting a ship) and they sent handreds of cans of spam for the passengers. There was some problem with the parachute and it didn't open. They hit the water full force and the cans blew open. He said it looked was an ocean full of spam.

                          2. re: Passadumkeg

                            LOL....the can doesn't tear open and send Spam chunks flying all over the place so the poor, unknowing animals eat it, does it?

                            1. re: latindancer

                              We would leave it for the Viet Cong and hope and pray they would eat it! True story.

                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                Now that would be one of the better stories I've heard in my lifetime....
                                The visuals, alone, are remarkable.

                  2. re: latindancer

                    Reminds me of Dr. Seuss' Green eggs & Ham...I will not eat Green Eggs & Ham...

                    But I would give spam a it really any worse than a hot dog or bologna?

                    1. re: soypower

                      Not only is it not worse, it's actually quite good IMHO.

                      My favorite way to eat it is sliced relatively thin (1 can = 8 slices) and fried or grill3ed until it's crisp on the outside, alongside a good scoop of medium-grain rice and a couple of sunny-side-up eggs. That's what breakfast tastes like in paradise.

                      1. re: alanbarnes

                        My breakfast in paradise usually consists of fresh local fruit, bagels and lox and espresso made from beans grown on Kona.
                        Life is good in paradise.

                        1. re: alanbarnes

                          alan, that sounds like the perfect b'fast!

                          1. re: OCAnn

                            It's pretty good. To be perfect, it has to be eaten on a lanai within earshot of the surf.

                        2. re: soypower

                          I ate bologna as a child on rare occasions and will have an occasional hotdog as long as it's all beef.
                          The thought of what goes in to the making of Spam makes me nauseated.
                          However I love plate lunches...the macaroni salad varies from one restaurant to another and that wonderful rice and that great deep fried mahi mahi.
                          Wow...watching/photographing competitive surfing championships with a plate lunch tucked securely next to me in the sand?
                          Nothing could be finer in paradise.

                          1. re: latindancer

                            I'm with you on the local fruit. But bagels? Lox? Espresso? Can't go there. I'll meet you halfway with toasted Hawai'ian sweet bread, ahi poke, and brewed coffee from Will & Grace, Moki's Farm, or one of the other small growers. Further than that and we'll have to agree to disagree.

                            But back to the original topic, what is it that nauseates you about Spam's ingredients? It's just ham and pork shoulder with the simplest of seasonings and curing salt.

                            1. re: alanbarnes

                              Don't know why the thought of eating Spam makes me sick.
                              As one who's eaten, with enthusiasm and curiosity, edible insects from all over the world eating Spam, and the memories of those rare occasions when I did it eat, is history.
                              I'll never do it again.
                              In my mind why ruin a great bowl of saimin with the addition of Spam?
                              It's purely a matter of personal taste...

                              1. re: latindancer

                                Eat what makes you happy.

                                Mele Kalikimaka.

                      2. re: chicgail

                        Regular price (at Ralphs in California) is $3.50 for a 12 ounce can. Even on sale it is $2.00 for 12 ounces. Not economical at all...actually, a delicacy in a way.

                      3. I meant no disrespect at all. On the contrary, if you check my previous posts, you will see that I am a SPAM lover as well. I was celebrating that fact that formally or informaly, there will no doubt be Spam in the White House.

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                        1. re: ChrisOC

                          Thanks for clarifying that. Posts, like emails, sometimes take on an unintended tone.

                          Spam for all of us. then!

                        2. White House cuisine has seen stranger.
                          This is from The Taste of America by John and Karen Hess:

                          "Day in and day out , Mr. (President) Ford eats exactly the same lunch - a ball of cottage cheese over which he pours a small pitcher of A.1. Sauce, a sliced onion or a quartered tomato and a small helping of butter pecan ice cream. " Eating and sleeping," he says to me, "are a waste of time."

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                          1. re: chilihead

                            Nixon also ate cottage cheese every day. I think it was only Knudsen brand. Bush II did one thing I found cute - when he first came to the white house, or maybe even the place he stayed briefly before moving in, he asked for a cheese burger. He was told they don't serve cheeseburgers. His response was "Yes you do".
                            If the new President likes spam, Rock on!, serve it.