Groundhog Month Inspired Meals #HormelFamily


    I’m sure by now, most of you know that the groundhog saw his shadow a few weeks ago which indicates that we can look forward to six more weeks of winter.  You can be like me and get depressed over this bit of news or you can use it as a reason to get together with your family and friends after the holiday season.  Instead of planning ways to cook that little groundhog for delivering such bad news, you might decide to use your imagination.

    Since the groundhog has the option of either seeing or not seeing his shadow, you might decide to hold a cooking competition with some of your friends.  Put together two teams and give each team the same variety of ingredients along with one protein such as Hormel® Always Tender® meat along with different vegetables and sides.  Give each group a certain amount of time and see what kind of meal they can each come up with in a pinch.  Afterwards, everyone wins because you will have two delicious meals to enjoy together.

    If you are not really in the mood to have everyone over because you are still exhausted from the holidays, you can just have a quiet meal with your family.  One way to spice up an old family recipe is to add a new ingredient to surprise everyone’s taste buds.  Use the rest of this month to try a new Hormel product or ingredient two different ways! 

    There are some other ways to keep the Groundhog from getting a bad reputation this month for predicting more winter weather.  You can get in touch with your inner child by playing a game of shadow tag with your family.  One of our personal favorites is holding an all day movie marathon which we kick off by watching the movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray.  If you are feeling really adventurous, you can even take a road trip to Punxsutawney, PA, the official home of Punxsutawney Phil, who holds the esteemed title of being the only true weather forecasting groundhog.

    Did you talk to your kids about Groundhog Day and what it means  when the groundhog sees his shadow?  Will you be hosting a cooking competition with friends and trying a new ingredient two different ways this month?  We would love to hear all about it!

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