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Cuisine of my hometown

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Just to show that I have no place criticising Iowa, I improved on the Spam.com factiod that my hometown Charlotte was full to the brim with Spam eaters when I found this bit:

Charlotteans consume more Beanie Weenies than anywhere else in the world, boast the highest per capita consumption of Spam and the highest per capita consumption of ketchup in the world

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As the Carolinas’ largest urban area, it continues to be a culinary forerunner.

A favorite Spam church potluck recipe from Charlotte involved Spam topped with a heavily sugared pineapple slice then baked in the juice from the pineapple can and that from a jar of red candied cherries. The cherries were later used to fill the pineapple holes. Yumm good! I found a variation of that sugary treat as the winner of the 2004 Dixie Classic Fair; the variation is a casserole (of course).

3 Responses to “Cuisine of my hometown”

  1. MT.Net says:

    Charlotteans consume more Beanie Weenies than anywhere else in the world, boast the highest per capita consumption of Spam and the highest per capita consumption of ketchup in the world

    Hmm. I’m thinking these are Facts Pulled Out of the Air (POA), perhaps as a swipe to a great Southern city. Hormel’s website crowns Hawaii king of SPAM, which would seem to make Honolulu the top city. State-wise, North Cackalacy doesn’t even crack the top five:

    SPAM fact sheet:

    More than 122 million cans of SPAM are sold worldwide each year. In the U.S., a can of SPAM is purchased every 3 seconds. On a per capita basis, Hawaii, Alaska, Arkansas, Texas and Alabama are the heaviest consumers of SPAM in the U. S. Of these five states, Hawaii is the leader. Over 6.7 million cans are sold annually in Hawaii, which equals 5.5 cans per year per Hawaiian.

    Another SPAMmy link:
    Hawaii’s favorite Spam
    faces competition from Denmark/a>

  2. Paul says:

    I was just at the Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota on Sunday. There on the wall was the same info about Charlotte as the lead Spam consumer. Hawaii as a state does eat the most, but The Queen City of the South consumes the most per person. Charlotte is a sort of micro-blast of Spam and Beanie Weenies and Ketchup.

  3. MT.Net says:

    Well, dadgum. Learn something new every day!

    MT

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