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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Popeye, Spinach & Cartoonists


"I am certain that as we come more and more to depend on visual aids in our daily lives cartoon strips will promote the concepts of good food and good living in a fashion hitherto undreamed of."
James Beard, The Cartoonist Cookbook 1966


First, I need to apologize for scurrying off yesterday. I spent so much time trying to figure out how to tweak this blog that I just plum ran out of time. It isn't like I'm not familiar with posting on the internet. I've had a website on AOL since probably 1998. It's called Months of Edible Celebrations. I taught myself html basics (with much help from books and internet websites) and offered it for the world to view. Through the years, it got more and more difficult to update. You see, it was a calendar and I thought it needed to be updated all the time. Sadly, I finally had to let it go:( But now, I can Blog about it...

As I mentioned yesterday, October is Cookbook Month. Well, it is also National Spinach Lovers' Month. I was going to write about all the benefits of spinach and allude to the French proverb spinach is the broom of the stomach and thought to myself, heck why not mention Popeye, Spinach & Cartoonists. Better yet, why not just link to the page I did that puts all the salad in the same bowl. Here's a little tidbit to wet your appetite.
The list of contributors in The Cartoonist Cookbook ranges from Neal Adams creator of Ben Casey to Bill Yates creator of Professor Phumble. Lank Leonard responsible for Mickey Finn, created in 1936, is also one of the recipe contributors.

When Popeye made his debut on January 17, 1929, spinach became the third most popular children's food after turkey and ice cream. It wasn't long before states and cities began to claim they were "the Spinach Capital of the world." Popeye became the "patron saint" of Crystal City, Texas. In a years time, a statue of Popeye was erected across from city hall and the yearly spinach festival bolted. Crystal City isn't the only place to claim to be "Spinach Capital of the World." Kansas and Arkansas also have their share of spinach festivals and claims.

I did a little googling to see if I could find the words to a song I remember from my childhood. I think it may have been called The Spinach Song but I'm not real sure. This is what comes to mind, Baby Snooks (in her high pitched whining little voice,) "but Daddy I don't want to eat my spinach. I can picture the record in my head. Red & White, maybe a 78, Fanny Brice. That's all I can remember. Anyway, I did stumble across an Indian recipe on Manjula's blog called Spinach Song which is a Spicy Spinach Curry. It sounds nourishingly tantalizing. I think I'll go back to try it. See ya...

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