Usually, the transition from summer
to fall is a bit subtle here in the Eastern
portion of these United States. I remember going
to school in September and sweating like a pig
under the weight of the dress shirts, ties,
and wool blazers we were forced to wear. Our
grade school was completely devoid of air conditioning,
so there was no escaping the heat and humidity
of early spring and late summer.
the time I reached high school, a few concessions
had been made to modernization... the two annex
classrooms (read that "trailers")
were air conditioned, so it was always in your
best interests to schedule classes there. By
senior year, I had the plan down and started
and ended each day with my buddies, Mr. Guida
and Mr. Nolan. Maybe I wasn't thrilled to be
there, but damnit, at least I'd be comfortable!
This year the change in seasons
has come a bit more rapidly. In fact, it's only
the first week of September and tonight's temperature
is forecast to bottom out in the low 40s! Then
again, it might rebound into the 90s by this
weekend, but that's what happens when you live
in an area populated by gum-snapping mall chicks
with aerosoled hairdos piled on top of their
empty heads, waiting in the parking lot of the
mini-mall for the muscle-car-driven meathead
of a boyfriend. As Drew Carey once said, "Screw
the grandkids, I want it warm now!"
Though we may experience an Indian
Summer down the line, the coming Fall and Winter
seasons are inevitable. And, according to no
less a source than the Weekly World News,
Nostradamus predicted the worst winter on record!
With that kind of reliable publication on the
job, this week's recipe will be sure to warm
the hearts and colons of family and friends
alike as you wait for the three-foot snowdrift
in front of your door to melt!
SPAM CAKES: A two-step recipe...calm
down, it's easy!
STEP 1: Make Bisquick Pancake
2 cups Bisquick
1 and 2/3 cups milk
Add egg, milk to Bisquick. Beat
with rotary beater until smooth. Grease griddle
if necessary. Griddle is right when water sprinkled
on it jumps around. (!) Makes about 18 pancakes.
STEP 2: Spam-afy!
Brown Spam slices on one side,
2 to 3" apart; pour batter over browned
This recipe comes from Betty
Crocker's Bisquick Party Book (© 1957,
General Mills, Inc.). I don't know, but that
recipe seems a bit vague to me. If anyone tries
this, please e-mail
us with the results...I'm curious, though
not curious enough to try it myself.