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Four Fancy Ways to use Spam

When I moved to Hawaii, it took me a while to warm up to Spam. It wasn’t in my house when I was growing up, and trying a new meat product as an adult is a daunting proposition.

But it’s hard to avoid Spam when you live here. From Spam musubis (which look like giant sushi rolls).



to Spam locos (on a pile of rice with egg and gravy),

(Source: Wikipedia)

Hormel’s handy potted meat product is everywhere. In fact, Hawaii leads the nation in Spam consumption, with an average of six cans per year consumed per resident.

Eventually I did try a Spam musubi—and liked it a lot more than I thought I would. Spam isn’t rubbery or full of gristle as I’d feared. Instead, it fries up to a nice crispy exterior with a soft interior. I’ve embraced Spam with the typical zeal of the convert, and it’s my privilege and pleasure to share a few Spam tips with you.

1) Spam sticks

A Spam slicer will make this much easier.


Slice the Spam, turn it sideways, and slice it again to make matchsticks. Fry it in coconut or peanut oil until crisp.

(Slicer and Spam Sticks Photos:

Delicious, and perfect if your sodium levels need replenishing.

2) Add flavor to nachos


(Photo: Waikiki Spam Jam)

3) Use as moisturizer in a pinch.

Rub a slice of Spam on dry skin. The oils will soothe the epidermis, and the enticing, meaty aroma is an all-day bonus!



4) Art.

This Spam relief map of Hawaii was created by Jenna Turner at National Geographic. Photograph by National Geographic’s Rebecca Hale.

Photo: National Geographic


post-divider rightcursedSeries: The Molly Barda Mysteries (Book 2)
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (February 24, 2016)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 1943476136
ISBN-13: 978-1943476138
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Professor Molly Barda investigates a mysterious paddling accident near Hawaii's Mahina State University, and realizes it isn't just business majors who cheat to get what they want. Whether it's moving up in the college rankings, getting a seat in the big canoe race, or just looking out for themselves, some people will do whatever it takes-including murder.

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frankieFrankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike the characters in her Mahina State Mysteries, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.

In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.


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