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I’m a Hormel Family Blogger – What Does That Mean? Yummy Food, Recipes, and More

I’m proud to announce that I am an Extended Family Blogger as part of the Hormel Family.  It is a great program where we get to try tons of Hormel products, learn great tips and tricks from Hormel’s Test Kitchen, and share recipes and giveaways with our readers.  Over the next six months I will post all kinds of information for you and together we will learn a lot about the brand.  At the end of the program one of the 15 participating bloggers will have a chance to win $5,000.  Not bad, eh?

Over the 4th of July weekend we are planning a great time grilling out.  We are making the most delicious hot dogs – ever!  We have a bunch of Hormel products (many of which I didn’t even know they made) and will be using a couple for our hot dogs.  Have you ever had a hot dog wrapped in Hormel Black Label Bacon and covered in Hormel Chili?  If not you have no idea what you are missing!  These are the talk of any party and the quickest way to winning endless admiration from all the men.

With it being the 4th of July Hormel had some great tips about making care packages for our troops serving overseas.  Have the kids make hand-made cards and send them some Hormel Pepperoni Stix, Hormel Snac*Cups, or some delicious Turkey Pepperoni (my favorite).   Whatever you choose to put in your basket I’m sure they will love it.

Here is a grilling alternative from Hormel’s recipes (be sure to check out their site for more delicious recipes):

Applewood Bacon Spinach Salad

Applewood Bacon Spinach Salad

 Add some flavor to your salad with fresh fruit and Hormel® Black Label® bacon.

Gluten Free:      Yes
Serving Size:     6
Total Time:        Under 30 Minutes
Preparation Time:         Under 30 Minutes
Preparation Method:   Stove-Top
Meal Occasion:               Lunch
Level of Difficulty:        Beginner


This recipe is recommended for 6 servings

  • 6 slices Hormel® Black Label® Applewood smoked bacon, diced
  • 1 cup mustard vinaigrette
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced into thin wedges
  • 2 cups fresh orange segments
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted


  1. In large skillet, cook bacon until crisp; drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon when cool.
  2. In small bowl, combine vinaigrette, cranberries and onions; mix well.
  3. In large bowl, combine spinach, apples, orange segments and almonds. Add vinaigrette mixture; toss well. Sprinkle with bacon.

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Hormel and I received various products from them, but my opinions are my own.