The Mighty Taylor Ham
A special request came in for this one: Taylor Ham. Or call it pork roll. Either way, it’s a treat from New Jersey and according to Wikipedia
“Although the product is widely consumed and enjoyed, it resists accurate description. Some people compare the taste and/or texture to Spam, Treet, bologna, mild salami, smoked summer sausage, or US-style Canadian bacon. In 1910 it was described as “a food article made of pork, packed in a cylindrical cotton sack or bag in such form that it could be quickly prepared for cooking by slicing without removal from the bag.”
At any rate, it’s one of those regional foods that the rest of the country probably doesn’t know about, and I love those. In addition, I love the packaging. Red and white. What’s not to love? And note the cross in the “O” in Taylor. Swiss-inspired? What’s that all about? Ultimately, it doesn’t matter. This is Taylor Ham, baby. TAYLOR HAM.
I’m doing a painting each day this month. 30 paintings in 30 days. Being November, the Month of the Feast, the theme is Things We Love to Eat and Drink.
A painting a day, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can buy them on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new painting du jour. Each one is 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board; perfect for a standard size frame, or easy to matte for a larger one.
I’ll need some content, folks, so if you have any suggestions for good subjects, leave a comment or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. What would you like to see memorialized as art? What’s your favorite comfort food? Your most-loved childhood treat? The hometown food you miss most? If you moved away tomorrow, what local specialty would you long for? And, looking ahead, what other themes would you suggest?
Thanks to those of you who have contributed (among other things) RC Cola & a Moon Pie, apple pie a la mode, Nathan’s hot dogs, Fowler’s Taffy of Florida, Cafe du Monde coffee and Michigan’s Towne Club pop. What else ya got?
Thanks, too, to Michael Stern of RoadFood.com for his mention here.
Tomorrow’s painting: comfort lunch supreme.
Yesterday’s painting: “Guinness: a Pint of the Black Stuff.”
"Guinness (A Pint of the Black Stuff)"