Thursday, May 6, 2010

Make it Hormel

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Hormel Foods. All opinions are 100% mine.

Growing up I did not watch a lot of tv. I'm serious. I  also wasn't allowed to eat junk food or sugar. We had a small black and white television set in my parent's bedroom. My favorite show when I was little was the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour on PBS. Ok, you can stop pointing and laughing now.  Later I graduated to British television and the junk food of our television set, grainy black and white westerns. I did however have friends. Lots of friends. Friends with junk food, pools, and cable.

One of these friends was my bestie and we would play outside barefoot until the bottoms of our feet were burnt to a crisp. Then we would go inside for a/c and popsicles. And of course TV!
This was the 1980's. Commercials that I remember from this time were for Koolaid, Cabbage Patch Kids, Barbie, Frosted Flakes (They're GRRRReat!), and of course Dinty Moore and hormel chili.

In the 80s, pro football player Fran Tarkenton was tapped to promote Hormel chili.

Hormel Foods has been around forever it seems. The company was founded as George A. Hormel & Company in 1891. The company changed its name to Hormel Foods Corporation 102 years later in 1993. They have a long history of character ads. In the 30s, characters Jiggs and Maggie from “Bringing Up Father” were used in Dinty Moore advertisements. Later, a lumber jack character was introduced, proclaiming “First name’s Dinty, last name’s Moore,” who placed his signature thumbprint on every can.

Hormel is a national household brand with a product line including:

* Hormel® Chili
* Hormel® Chili Master® Chili
* Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals
* Hormel® Refrigerated Entrees
* Hormel® Natural Choice® meats
* Hormel® pepperoni
* Hormel® Black Label® bacon
* Hormel® Microwave Ready bacon
* Hormel® 100 Percent Natural Deli Meats
* Hormel® Cure 81® ham
* Hormel® Always Tender®
* Hormel® bacon toppings

* Hormel® party trays
* Hormel® Snac*Cups™
* Hormel® Little Sizzlers® pork sausage
* Hormel® Mary Kitchen® hash
* Hormel® Kid’s Kitchen® microwave cups
* Hormel® microwave cups
* Hormel® chunk meats
* Hormel® dried beef
* Hormel® Fresh Pantry® meats
* Hormel® Old Smokehouse™ summer sausage
* Hormel® Wranglers® franks
* Hormel® corned beef & roast beef with gravy

Several other brands are sold by Hormel Foods including SPAM.

Not to be punny, the 80's were kind of cheesy and Velveeta and Hormel Chili were used often to make party dip.
We use the chili on baked potatoes with sour cream, cheese (sharp cheddar tastes best), and optional chopped green onions on top.

What do you make with Hormel Chili or the Hormel product line? I would like to try this yummy looking recipe using Hormel® Always Tender® Pork Chops.

Coconut Curry Pork Chops

Servings: This recipe is recommended for 4 servings

* 3 tablespoons butter
* 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 tablespoon red curry paste
* 4 Hormel® Always Tender® Pork Chops, boneless
* 1 (14-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk


1. In large skillet, heat butter and oil over medium-high heat. Add pork chops; brown on both sides. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Reduce heat to medium. Remove chops from skillet; wrap in aluminum foil.
2. Shake can of coconut milk. Whisk coconut milk into skillet drippings. Whisk in curry paste. Bring to a simmer.
3. Return chops and accumulated juices to simmering sauce; cook, turning chops once, 5 to 6 minutes. Do not allow sauce to boil; reduce heat if necessary.

For more ideas try the Hormel Foods recipe database.

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