Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thanksgiving Dessert? All Star Apple Pie!

So, after taking some time to figure out how to film most of my videos by myself and how to use my new tripod & recording equipment, I am pleased to debut the latest Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite episode: All Star Apple Pie!

Just in time for Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving feasts comes this DELICIOUS apple pie with handmade crust shaped into stars, topped with cinnamon and sugar and filled with two different kinds of apples!

This recipe comes from my 1950s Parenting Magazine cook book I inherited from my grandmother, using a time-tested simple crust recipe and a SUPER tasty filling. This pie didn't last a day out of the oven before the guys devoured it.

Watch me make it here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card here: MOLLY STARLITE'S ALL STAR APPLE PIE


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Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Walking Dead

Nope, I am not talking about the TV show by that name, I am talking about the new Halloween single by Molly Starlite & the Sputniks called "The Walking Dead" which you can download/stream at iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, & Spotify now, with more retailers coming SOON!

In 2007 or 2008 (I forget which), a friend of mine (who has, sadly, passed on) was making a zombie movie for a zombie film festival/contest. He needed a theme song to play over the opening and end credits, so I wrote this song! I taught it to the band, and it was so much fun to play - and so far outside of what we usually played - that it stayed in our repertoire.

In 2014, we recorded it at Bull O'The Woods Recording Studio in Newport, and I made a lyric video for it, but we were working on another project and it never really went anywhere.

I recently had it remastered at That One Basement studio in Spokane, WA by Glenn Case and released it as a surprise Halloween single.

Candied Apples!

As you can tell, I have gotten really into homemade treats for Halloween this year, and I continue that tradition by making Candied Apples this week! But I don't know if any of you have ever encountered this problem, but, a lot of times, the caramel slides right off apples, particularly store-bought ones, which, let's face it, is what most of us have.

So... how to fix that? Three words: Fine. Grit. Sandpaper.

I use 800-grit sandpaper to scrub the wax off the washed apples right before coating with caramel, and the rough texture of the apple peel helps the caramel adhere to the apple. In fact, using this method, I have never had a problem with the caramel trying to slide off the apple even at room temperature or before refrigerating. It also works with more traditional candy coatings on apples, not just caramel coating. It's a real game changer!

Watch me make them here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card by clicking here: CANDIED APPLES!

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Halloween Truffle Candies!

So, as you know, I took a week off to get some things done for a show that I had coming up. It got canceled due to weather, unfortunately, but I also was able to use the time to make my first music video! (See it in my last post!)

This week, I am back, and I have made for you some Halloween Truffle Candy! This is such a simple recipe, I use it all the time to make treats for Christmas, birthdays... heck, it's so easy, you can do it any time at all! With only 4 required ingredients and a little bit of time, these treats look like you spent hours on them when it really only takes about 20 minutes of active work on them.

You can choose your favorite flavor of cake mix, add flavoring to the cream cheese, choose holiday appropriate fillings - or just choose whatever you like! - and top them with whatever you want! Since these were for Halloween, I bought what I thought were Halloween sprinkles - edible sugar shapes - from Amazon, but they turned out to be little plastic confetti... which is fine, but they're NOT edible. That'll teach me to browse Amazon when I'm about ready for bed!



Anyway, people LOVE these truffles, and just one is just the right amount of after-dinner dessert, too! Watch me make them here:



And download the printable PDF recipe card here: HALLOWEEN TRUFFLE CANDIES


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Big, Ol' Stinky Update Post

SOOOOO much to catch you all up on!

I took a week off from the Mid-Century Kitchen in order to prepare for a show (that has since been cancelled ::sad face::) but I also was able to make THIS, the first music video for Troublemaker, for the song "Summertime!" Check it out!


Also, I made a bunch of parody songs for my Parody of the Week over on my Patreon, which you can access by pledging $5 or more per month! That's 4 songs per month for just $5, and I can use that money to get some things I DESPERATELY need:

1) A lighting rig for the Mid-Century Kitchen and other photography and video projects***
2) PA speaker tripods for  live shows (over the years bars and old band mates have stolen all but one of the four I used to have)
3) Matching shirts for my band
4) More recording time and/or a recording unit I can use at home
5) Props, costumes, maybe hiring an actual videographer for future music videos.
6) I want to start reviewing random Amazon kitchen finds on the Mid-Century Kitchen. Since i don't have sponsors... this is my best bet.

 ***This is really the most pressing thing I need.

Stay tuned tomorrow for this week's Mid-Century Kitchen episode where I am making Halloween treats!

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Boozy Birthday Milkshake!

This past week was my Tommy Lee's birthday, so I thought I would spoil him with homemade ice cream... and then, as is typical with me... I took it FARTHER.

I turned my homemade vanilla ice cream into a boozed up adult milkshake!

SIDENOTE: My blender is not so good, and I DESPERATELY need a lighting rig for film these videos. It gets so dark in my house - or, it appears that way on camera - and I found a lighting rig on Amazon for just $55... but I am always broke. :( I put up some sweet new rewards on my Patreon account that are exclusive gifts to my patrons... help me get a lighting rig to brighten up my videos! I will love you all forever!

Watch me make this boozed up milkshake here:


And you can print the PDF recipe card for my DELICIOUS boozy milkshake here: BOOZY BIRTHDAY MILKSHAKE

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fried Cheese Balls!

One of my favorite things to do is make up new recipes from random items I find in the store when I go shopping... and it's one of the reasons that I LOVE WinCo Foods so much... because there is always new and interesting ingredients there that I can't get anywhere else for the same price. So, even though I am an hour away from the closest one, it's totally worth the drive for me. But I digress.

This past week, I discovered Ciliegine Fresh Mozzarella cheese balls in the dairy case, and I thought, what could I make out of those? And then it hit me: Fried Cheese Balls!

Now, I have watched enough Food Network to know that you have to freeze your food before you deep fry it if you expect your breading to stay on, so I froze the cheese balls, then breaded them, then froze them again, and then cooked them up. You can watch me make them here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card here: FRIED CHEESE BALLS


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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Been a Busy Month - Time For a Cocktail!

I have had a really busy September so far. Every single weekend, I have had events to attend (which are AWESOME!) or things to do to prepare for winter in the northern hemisphere, and just a lot of extra work and projects all coming together. And that means... IT'S COCKTAIL TIME, BABY!

I really love using frozen fruit in my blended drinks because it means that there is no water to dilute my drinks. (Hey, if you're gonna drink, may as well get it done, am I right?) This drink uses frozen pineapple and raspberries with three different types of liquor to create the perfect wind-down drink for after work or Tiki Tuesday! If you like your drinks a little thicker, put it in the freezer (using a plastic glass!!!) for 30 minutes or so. The alcohol content won't let it freeze all the way!

It's tropical, fruity, refreshing, and, most of all, relaxing and TASTY! Watch me make it here:



Get the printable PDF recipe card here: BLENDED FRUITY COCKTAIL


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Soft Pretzels in the Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite!

This past weekend, I got the opportunity to go to the fair with my car club, the Miss Shifters All Girls Car Club, and show our cars! It had been YEARS since I went to the fair, so I had a blast seeing the exhibitions, performances, rides, games, and the fair food that we don't normally get to eat around here.

I thought it would be fun this week to make some fair food at home, so in this week's episode of the Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite, I made soft pretzel rolls at home! This was one of my most popular recipes with the guys here at the house; both of them ate three as soon as I was done shooting the video!

It's a little bit involved to make dough from scratch and turn it into pretzels, but it is so worth it! Watch me make it here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card here: SOFT PRETZEL ROLLS!


And don't forget to come out & see me perform at MickDuff's Beer Hall in Sandpoint this coming Saturday!




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Monday, September 11, 2017

My Busy Weekend!

This past weekend, I had several events to go to, and, living way out here in the boonies, it means being pretty organized and planning to leave way earlier than you think you need to. That was what we tried to do this past weekend.

Saturday was The Retro Studio's 2nd annual pinup contest and car show. I had pre-paid my entry fee for the car show and planned to bring my Shillelagh, but the car was not running right. The night before - Friday - we thought we had the problems all worked out... we found where someone had broken two spark plug wires off at the block on the driver's side (probably at a car show when we had the hood open), but when we went to leave Saturday morning, the car was running like total crap again.

I'd already had a bad morning. My necklace broke, my wet set wasn't totally dry, and the dress I bought for the event didn't fit right. To have my car not running right was just the icing on the cake, and I was starting to wonder if someone had a voodoo doll of me and was sticking pins in it!

We brought the Shillelagh back home and took my Explorer to the event instead, planning to go ahead with the pinup contest. The people there were so nice, and we had a total blast looking at the cool cars at the car show and I even got the DJ, Clay, to play my new CD! I sold a whole bunch of CDs, too, and was just so happy to meet so many awesome people and watch them listening to my CD that I wasn't prepared at all for the announcement at the pinup contest that I had WON!

I totally didn't expect to win, so I was just stunned when Jeni called my name... and I was already a little emotional hearing my music on the loudspeaker, so I totally cried when I realized that I won. It was a super special moment!

Later that night, we worked on the Shillelagh some more, finally deducing (after taking the carburetor off and all apart 4 times) that the problem was not the carb at all, but a timing problem, and it turned out to be the vacuum advance on the distributor that was literally knocking the motor out of time at mid-range.

After fixing that, we were all ready to go to the Retro Studio's Sock Hop in Athol! We changed clothes and went to the dance... which is something I have never gotten to do before. I wore the Pinup Girl Clothing Bernadette dress in pink  - which reminds me a LOT of the dress Lorraine Baines wore to the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance in Back to the Future - and my Tommy Lee and I went dancing! The music was great, and there was swing dancing lessons with Vintage Swing Spokane, delicious cupcakes and punch... I had a blast. Tommy Lee bought a bunch of raffle tickets and won a few things... it was well worth the drive to go out!

The next morning, we had to get up early again and we took the newly-repaired Shillelagh into Spokane to the Spokane Interstate Fair at the fairgrounds for an all-day car show with the Miss Shifters! The kids had a blast riding all the rides, and we saw a ballet performance, a hypnotist, and got to try all kinds of bad-for-you carnival foods! There was a camel and a sea lion, and so many neat thins to see. We had an awesome time hanging out with friends and family.



All in all, I had so much fun this weekend, and a lot of good came out of it... I got to meet a whole bunch of super awesome people... I got to hang out with friends and family... a lot of people got to hear my music... I sold out my CDs and had to order more this morning... my car is finally running right... and my busy month isn't over yet... I have a photo shoot with my car later this week and, this weekend, I am playing in a showcase at MickDuff's Beer Hall in Sandpoint at 5PM Saturday. Hope I can see you there! (I should have more CDs by then, too!)


Thursday, September 7, 2017

1958 Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe!

It's after Labor Day, and that means two things:
1) no more white clothing (yeah, whatever... I'm a rebel); &
2) Back to school time!

Was there anything more comforting than getting off the bus & finding a plate of cookies waiting for you when you got home from school? This recipe - which I found in a 1958 Better Homes & Gardens magazine - is a Nestle Tollhouse cookie recipe... and the main differences I found between this recipe and the one that is currently listed on the back of most Tollhouse chip packages is that there is a LOT less sugar. In the modern recipe, it calls for 3/4ths cup white sugar AND 3/4ths cup brown sugar! That's quite a bit!

This retro recipe calls for just 6 tablespoons each, which, while still a bunch, is nowhere near 3/4ths of a cup!

These cookies turned out soft but still crunchy - if that's possible! - and not nearly as sweet as more modern chocolate chip cookie recipes. Watch me make them here:



And download the printable PDF recipe card here: 1958 Tollhouse Cookies!


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Thursday, August 31, 2017

"Troublemaker" Drink 'N' Dip!

As you may have heard, my new CD, Troublemaker, is OUT NOW! That's right! You can download or stream it from iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, or Microsoft Groove RIGHT NOW, or buy a copy of the CD (signed, of course!) from me at my web site, MOLLYSTARLITE.COM!

To celebrate, for this week's episode of the Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite, I created TWO brand new recipes for y'all, a combo I am calling the Troublemaker Drink 'N' Dip! The cocktail includes one of my favorite liquors, Cherry Pie Moonshine, as well as a couple other fruity liquors (pineapple rum and coconut whiskey to name two of them).

The dip is a creamy concoction with a little bitty kick from salsa and ranch dressing mix (doesn't get more 1950s than a powdered dip mix, does it?) that disappears pretty quick at parties! I had my Tommy Lee's boss over yesterday when I made the dip, and he ate pretty much the whole bowl!

Watch me make the drink & dip here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card here: "Troublemaker" Drink 'N' Dip


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mini Cupcakes (plus a silicone cupcake liner review!)

STAY UNTIL THE CREDITS ROLL ON THE VIDEO BELOW & GET TO HEAR A SAMPLE OF MY UPCOMING CD TROUBLEMAKER ...

A few weeks ago, I really wanted to make mini cupcakes for a potluck event, but I could not find mini cupcake liners anywhere. Apparently, retailers don't have a big demand for them. I don't know why: mini cupcakes are just the right size to have when you have a sweets craving.

Anyway, so, after some research, I found some silicone mini cupcake liners on Amazon (also available in regular size), so I bought them - I mean, so it's $6... if they work... - and waited for them to be delivered. I have to say that I am pretty impressed with these things. The description said that they were heat resistant up to 445 degrees, and what cake ever gets baked hotter than 350 or - at MOST - 375?

They certainly worked for my mini cupcakes, based on a 1953 recipe in my Parenting Magazine cookbook I inherited from my grandma for a classic white cake. The cake is pretty simple for a scratch cake and tastes amazing, too! I topped my mini cupcakes with a strawberry cream cheese whipped cream that perfectly complimented my little white cakes. Watch me make them here:



And download the printable PDF recipe card here: MINI CUPCAKES
Verdict on the silicone cupcake liners: Get them! They are reusable & wash up easy, didn't discolor in the oven, and didn't make the cakes taste funny. Five stars!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Download Troublemaker on iTunes, Groove, or Google Play!

Let me cut right to the chase: My latest music with Molly Starlite & The Sputniks is available NOW at iTunes, Google Play, & Microsoft Groove Music! I also have some super cool bonus content up at my site under the new "Music" tab, and the physical CDs will be here next week and shipping out pre-orders!

This has been incredibly exciting for me. I've spent more than 5 years on this project - basically trying to get it done since the last Make Me Shiver album came out in 2010 - and to have 6 brand new songs for people to listen to after just 6 weeks? That's really something, in my book, considering everything I went through to get anything recorded.

I have to give credit to Glenn Case and Rachael Layne - my sister and brother-in-law - for helping me get this recording done in record time. After my drummer quit the band, I was ready to give up, but it was their hard work and convincing me to keep going that got this album made!

On this CD is 6 new songs - Troublemaker, Saturday Night, Over The Moon, Summertime, It's Entertaining, and Big Black Ford - and they all sound so good and adhere to my retro sound... I couldn't be happier. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cheese-Stuffed Italian Sausage Meatballs!

STAY UNTIL THE CREDITS ROLL ON THE VIDEO BELOW & GET TO HEAR A SAMPLE OF MY UPCOMING CD TROUBLEMAKER ...

You may remember in the first season of the Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite, I made my Italian soup recipe. I had all the ingredients here to make it for dinner the other night when I got the sudden idea to use the same recipe ingredients and turn it into meatballs! But then, I thought, just take it a step further and make them stuffed meatballs!

These things were really delicious, and they were just right for a night that was really just a little too warm for soup for dinner. Watch me make it here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card by CLICKING HERE.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tiki Torch Cocktail - A Molly Starlite Original Recipe!

STAY UNTIL THE CREDITS ROLL ON THE VIDEO BELOW & GET TO HEAR A SAMPLE OF MY UPCOMING CD TROUBLEMAKER ...


This week, the temperature has been in the 90s. Like much of the rest of the country, I'd imagine, the last thing I wanted to do was cook something. So, I decided to make you guys one of my favorite original cocktails I like to have on hot days: I call it the TIKI TORCH.


Filled with fruity liquors - orange liqueur, pineapple rum, coconut rum, and lemon juice - the surprise hit of cinnamon whiskey is fiery surprise that delights! I was surprised to read in my Tiki Cocktails book how often cinnamon flavors were used in tropical drinks, but I guess I shouldn't have been. In any case, here is the recipe:

1/2 cup 7-Up
2 tbls each orange liqueur, pineapple rum, and coconut rum
1 tbls cinnamon whiskey
2 tsp lemon juice

Shake in shaker filled with ice and strain into glass. Top with grenadine.

Watch me make it here:

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fanciful Tiki Cheese Log

So, there's no video to this week's recipe. I made one, but with no one to help me except my 6-year-old, the video was, quite frankly, unwatchable. So I won't put you guys through that. However, I still want to share with you the mid-century recipe I made this week, this time, from Pinterest: I made a 1950s party staple of cheese log!

The whole idea was to make a boozed-up smoothie with frozen pineapple and raspberries that were on sale at WinCo, so I got a whole pineapple, gutted it (which was a LOT harder than I thought it would be), and then blended the innards with frozen pineapple chunks and raspberries, 7Up, and pineapple coconut Malibu rum. To go along side, what is more mid-century than a cheese log? And to tiki it up a bit: shaped like a pineapple with the top of my fresh pineapple as a garnish. You can clearly see how lovely it looked when I was done:



And it tasted great, too! Here are the drink and hors d'oeuvres recipes I made:

DRINK RECIPE
1 whole pineapple
3/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
3/4 cup frozen raspberries
3/4 cup 7Up
1/4 cup pineapple-coconut rum
2 tbls cherry simple syrup

Cut top off pineapple. Set aside. Carefully cut pineapple innards out of pineapple until you have a cup. This may take a while; I am certain a pineapple coring device would help. Save pineapple innards, discarding core pieces.

Blend pineapple innards with all remaining ingredients. Serve in pineapple shell cup garnished with fruit slices, cherries, and a tropical cocktail umbrella, if desired.



CHEESE LOG RECIPE
1 pkg cream cheese (room temp)
1 tsp ranch dressing mix
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 slices cooked bacon
2 tbls finely chopped green onion
Almonds (whole or halved preferred, but I used slivered and that worked fine)

Blend all ingredients (except almonds) in a medium mixing bowl. Scoop onto plastic wrap and roll into an egg shape. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Place almonds around the outside to resemble the outside of a pineapple. Place pineapple top from drink recipe at the small end of cheese log to garnish. Perfect for parties!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Three Ingredient No-Bake Lemon Chiffon Dessert

I stumbled on this retro gelatin recipe from Tupperware on Pinterest earlier this week, so I thought: what a better thing to make for the Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite than a no-bake dessert that's perfect for summer? Cool, refreshing, and with only three ingredients, super easy to put together before work to have for dessert (or whenever you feel like it!)

Just make a large package of lemon Jell-O per the package directions and allow it to cool while you whip together a pint of heavy whipping cream with a small package of lemon Jell-O instant pudding mix. Combine half the whipped cream mixture with the cooled lemon gelatin, and pour into a bundt pan or jello mold. Allow to set (at least 2 hours) and then decorate with the remaining whipped cream mixture.

It's just perfect for a hot, July day! Watch me make it here:


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tiki Drinks Faster? Count ME In!

I don't know about you, but when I get done working on Tiki Tuesday, the last thing I want to do is more work to get my cocktail. So when I got a copy of the book Tiki Cocktails by Dave Adams, and I started reading about all the steps involved to making the signature syrups for tiki drinks, I was a little disappointed. Honestly, I get so busy that even though the syrups last a long time so you'd only have to make them once a month or so is a little time consuming and just wouldn't fit in my schedule most of the time.

So, as I was reading about all the steps to make the syrups, I thought, What if there were a simple shortcut to flavored syrups?

Now, I am certain that I am not the first impatient (and, let's face it, lazy after work) person to think of this, but in the video below, I show you my shortcut to flavored syrups for all your tiki drinks. After making and cooling the syrup, all you have to do is add the flavorings of your choice. Make an orange bitters syrup by adding licorice and orange flavorings; add vanilla or cinnamon, cherry, almond, rum, mint... anything you can imagine (and buy the food flavorings for), you can add to a simple syrup and add it to your next luau drink!


Watch me make it here:


The recipe for making drink I make at the end of the video is as follows:
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon almond syrup
1 tablespoon cherry syrup
1 tablespoon orange liqueur
1/4 cup pineapple coconut rum
Add all ingredients to shaker and shake to combine. Pour over ice in Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with Maraschino cherries and a lime slice on a cocktail umbrella, if desired.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Vintage Dole Pineapple Cheesecake Pie!

In the 3rd episode of Season Two of the Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite, I tackle another vintage canned goods recipe, this time from Dole, making their vintage recipe for Pineapple Cheesecake Pie! It's every bit as good as it sounds, and, with only 4 ingredients (plus a little water), it's so easy and the fact that it is no-bake makes it perfect for summer!

It is tropical, smooth, and really cools you down after dinner on a hot summer day. And it looks really pretty, too, with the shiny Jell-O and pineapple chunks arranged in circles on top! It's so mid-century 1950s, it almost hurts!


Watch me make it here:


And get the printable PDF recipe card here: Vintage Dole Pineapple Cheesecake Pie



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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Molly Starlite & the Sputniks Recording New Music!


Today is the beginning of a new first step for me & my music: I am headed into That One Basement again to record some of my music with Molly Starlite & The Sputniks, including two NEW, NEVER-BEFORE-HEARD tracks: "Over The Moon" and "Saturday Night."

For the first time in a long time, I feel excited about recording my music. I can't wait to show you guys!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

SPAM-etizers! Mid-Century Kitchen, S2 Ep.2

Yesterday was the 80th birthday for SPAM! And, while a lot of people say some very not-nice things about SPAM, I, for one, like it sometimes. I came across a 1965 recipe for breaded SPAM from the Kellogg's Foods Co. while scrolling through the Midcentury Modern Kitsch group on Facebook and thought, "why don't I modernize this one on my web series?"

SO I DID.




My family hates mustard, so I swapped that out for an egg wash, and I also thought that the flavors of brown sugar and cloves would be weird with my favorite Hickory Smoke SPAM, so I seasoned my bread crumb mixture with onion powder and black pepper, and instead of using the crushed Kellogg's Corn Flakes crumbs, I used straight up Panko that I got from the WinCo Bulk Bins (I love that place).

Also, since an entire slab of SPAM is a little heavy, I cubed my SPAM to make SPAM-etizer Pineapple bites that are perfect for a backyard cookout, birthday party, tiki party, or luau... or, let's be totally honest here: ANY TIME because, HOLY KITSCH Y'ALL, these things tasted JUST LIKE a bite of Hawaiian PIZZA!

I'm so totally not kidding! With a marinara dipping sauce, these things would totally be a dead ringer for Hawaiian pizza bites... which gets me to thinking... how come no pizza chain makes Hawaiian pizza with SPAM?!?! SPAM is totally Hawaiian!

And they all look so cute on my surf board tray with tropical drink umbrellas poking out of them... It's my new go-to appetizer recipe from now on!


Watch me make them here:


And get the printable PDF recipe card here: SPAM-etizers!


Here's the original Kellogg's ad with the recipe:


And the recipe close-up:







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