Our recipes contain lots of SPAM. SPAM is a product that was very popular during WWII and sill popular today….. at least that’s what John believes. Now there’s SPAM Lite with fewer calories and you can substitute it in any of our recipes. A fan wrote to us and told us that the word SPAM stands for Specially Processed Assorted Meats…


Braised Ginger Pork

Recipe from shows 138 & 311

                                            What You’ll Need:


2 lbs. pork (cubed)                          3 teaspoons peanut oil

1/3 cup chicken broth                        1 teaspoon sugar

3 cups instant rice                     1/3 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons sherry                        1 onion (chopped)

1 tablespoon crushed garlic            1 teaspoon ginger

2 tablespoons cornstarch               1 cup flour

large fry pan                                  small bowl



                                     How to Prepare This:


Prepare the rice according to the instant rice package instructions. Next, cut pork into cubes and dredge in the flour. Coat well. In a large fry pan heat ½ of the oil and cook flour coated pork. Once cooked, place in a bowl on the side. In your hot fry pan, add the rest of the peanut oil, chicken broth, soy sauce, and sherry. Bring to a boil and add onion, garlic, sugar, and ginger. Cook onions until transparent . In a small bowl mix cornstarch with a little bit of water until you get a milky consistency. Pour the cornstarch mixture into fry pan and keep stirring. This will make sauce a little thicker. Return pork to pan and let simmer for about 5 minutes longer.


To serve, take a large platter and make a rice ring. Place pork and contents in the middle of rice ring. Enjoy!



Colossal Ham Casserole

Recipe from show 292

                                What You’ll Need:


1 cooked canned ham or SPAM (diced)

1 head broccoli (chopped)             4 eggs

two 14 ½ oz.cans of corn      1 package frozen peas (10.oz.)                       1 package of frozen green beans (10 oz.)

 salt & pepper to taste    1 package of frozen carrots(10 oz.)            1lb button mushrooms              2 onions (chopped)                                   1 pint Half & Half                   2 tsp. dried mustard                1 stick margarine                   1 cup grated Jack cheese        ½ cup olive oil                      2 large skillets    

             4 crescent rolls broken in crumbs      


                            How to Prepare This:


Heat 2 large skillets with 2 tablespoons of margarine in each. Sauté broccoli in one, and onion in the other. Once onions are cooked, add corn to the onions and stir. Now place all contents into a large casserole. Add more margarine to skillet and add mushrooms and peas. Sauté a few minutes and add to casserole. Sauté green beans and carrots as well. Once cooked, place in casserole. While veggies are cooking, place Half- &-Half

 in bowl and whisk in eggs, spices, ham, and cheese. Pour into casserole and crumble crescent pieces over it. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes. For those outside the USA, Half- &-Half is half cream and half milk.



Hickory Grilled Pork Chops

Recipe from show 267


                                     What You’ll Need:


4 center cut pork chops                  1 onion (chopped)

1 tablespoon garlic                        1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon oregano                      8 oz. can of tomato sauce

8 oz. can of stewed tomatoes       8oz. Fettuccine noodles

chopped parsley          ½ lb. Mozzarella cheese (shredded)

large fry pan                                large saucepan

                2 tablespoons hickory smoked B-B-Q sauce


                               How to Prepare This:


Cook Fettuccine according to package instructions. Next, in a large hot fry pan, brown pork chops on each side. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. In a large sauce pan combine stewed tomatoes, onion, garlic, sugar, oregano, tomato sauce, and B-B-Q sauce. Simmer for about 10 minutes. To serve, place pasta on plate, pork chop on pasta, and sauce over everything.  Sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese and or parsley for garnish.


(Chefs & Stirrers: This is a fun recipe and is quick for those of you who have had a long and tiring day.)


 Pork Jambalaya

 Recipe from shows 136, 265, 316,                                            


                                            What You'll Need:


½ lb. pork (cubed)                                ¼ teaspoon thyme

1 whole clove                                    1 onion( finely chopped)

1 tablespoon crushed garlic            3/4 teaspoon salt     

1½ qt. beef or chicken broth           1 cup instant rice

½ lb. diced ham or SPAM      2 tablespoons margarine             

½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce           1 bay leaf                                       1 sprig of parsley            6 small pork sausages (sliced)

large fry pan


                                       How to Prepare This:


In a large fry pan melt margarine and add onion, garlic, pork, and ham. Keep stirring until meat is golden brown.  Next add sausages, bay leaf, parsley, thyme, and clove.  Cook this and continue to stir for about 5 minutes. Now add the Tabasco Sauce and salt. Bring this mixture to a boil. Add rice and cover.  Let this simmer for about 20 minutes until the rice is tender.  Keep stirring often.


(Chefs & Stirrers: We’ve made Jambalaya a bunch of different ways on our show, but this version seems to be John’s favorite There’s a lot to stir here, so don’t get bored...read Email Fan Jokes to pass the time!)


Quickie Piggy Chinese Dinner 

Recipe from shows 130 & 304                                          



                                What You'll Need:


1 lb. boneless pork                  3 tablespoons peanut oil

2 tablespoons soy sauce         1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 tablespoons cornstarch          1 bell pepper(chopped)

1 bunch scallions (chopped)     2 cups instant rice.

 3/4 cup beef broth                    2 tablespoons catsup

 1 large wok or fry pan           2 medium size mixing bowls

10z. can of Mandarin oranges   1 tablespoon ground pepper

                         1 teaspoon ground ginger            


                             How to Prepare This:

Cook instant rice as per package instructions.

Cut pork into 2-inch wide strips. Then cut each strip across into ¼

 inch slices.  Place pork slices in a bowl with oil, soy sauce, and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Mix well until pork is coated.


In a separate bowl, mix broth, catsup, and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch.


In a large wok add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil.  When oil is hot, add pork mixture. Stir rapidly and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until pork is pink. Remove from wok.  Add remaining tablespoon of oil, bell peppers, scallions, and ginger. Stir fry until the scallions wilt.


Return pork to wok. Stir in broth mixture and bring to boil. Add oranges and cook. Stirring constantly until the vegetables are crisp and tender and pork is cooked well. Place over rice and serve. 


Skillet Pork Chops

Recipe from shows 80 &124


                                         What You'll Need:


4 pork chops about ¾ inch thick           ½ teaspoon sesame seeds

1 tablespoon margarine                         1 cup sliced mushrooms

10 ½ oz. can of cream of mushroom soup    large fry pan

½ teaspoon white pepper


                                             How to Prepare This:


Sprinkle sesame seeds over pork chops and season with white pepper. Heat margarine in a large fry pan and brown both sides of the pork chops.  Next, add the soup and sliced mushrooms. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes until the pork chops are tender and cooked to your liking.  We suggest this with a baked potato, sour cream, and chives.



(Chefs & Stirrers: This recipe is so simple we're even embarrassed to write it down, but you will delight in how great it is and so will your family and friends. Since you both don't have too much to do in this recipe preparation, maybe you can find some creative things you can do with each other.... why wait for dessert!) 



SPAM, Broccoli, Pasta Combo

Recipe from show 292               



                                  What You’ll Need:


1 cup milk                      1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard

2  cups broccoli              1 can SPAM (diced)

medium shell macaroni (about 2 cups dry)

1 can condensed broccoli cheese soup

large sauce pan                 several sprigs of parsley

                                How to Prepare This:


Dice your SPAM and place in a fry pan and cook until well done. At the same time, have your “Stirrer” combine soup, milk, and mustard in a large saucepan.  Heat to boiling.  Stir in broccoli and return to boiling.  Reduce heat to low.  Cover and cook 5 minutes or until broccoli is tender.  Stir in macaroni and cooked diced SPAM. Keep stirring and cook for another five to ten minutes or until macaroni is tender.


 To serve, arrange mixture on platter.  Garnish with parsley, if desired.


(Chefs & Stirrers: For those on a diet, they now have SPAM Lite! What will they think of next!)


SPAM Casserole

Recipe from show 255



                                   What You’ll Need:


1 can SPAM (diced)               1 ½ cups string beans

1 head of broccoli              1 package frozen corn (10 oz.)

3 carrots (sliced)             1 lb. sliced mushrooms

1 onion (chopped)             2 tablespoons mustard

½ cup olive oil                1 cup grated Jack cheese

salt & pepper to taste    2 large fry pans & casserole


                                  How to Prepare This:


Heat oil in a large fry pan and add SPAM, broccoli, and mustard. Stir and cook until SPAM is golden brown.  In a second fry pan, heat a little bit of oil and add onions, beans, mushrooms, corn, carrots, salt, and pepper to taste. Keep stirring until veggies are tender. Pour contents of SPAM fry pan into a large casserole and then do the same with the second fry pan contents. Sprinkle the top with cheese and bake in oven at 325 degrees until cheese is melted, (approximately 10 minutes).


(Chefs & Stirrers: Use “real” cheese. On our show, John used some artificial cheese that was on sale in the market and it wouldn’t melt!  We kept it in the oven while we taped another whole show and it STILL didn’t melt. Being cheap didn’t pay off  for John…but it made for a very funny show!)



Spam Indonesia

Recipe from show 183    


                                    What You'll Need:


1 can of SPAM  (cubed)      2 cups cooked pasta shells

½ cup peeled grapes              1¼ cups pineapple bits

3 tablespoons butter              1 tablespoon flour

2 teaspoons curry powder     ½ teaspoon ginger

½ teaspoon salt                     ¼ teaspoon pepper

1/3 cup flaked coconut        13oz. can evaporated milk

large fry pan                         Personal Fan 

mixing bowl

                               How to Prepare This:


Cook your pasta shells according to package instructions and set them aside. Place 3 tablespoons of butter in a fry pan and add SPAM sliced into cubes. Cook until brown. Now, add in the grapes and pineapple. Keep stirring.   In a saucepan, add the evaporated milk, ginger, salt, curry powder, pepper, and thicken with the flour. It is important to keep stirring!  ( Stove Top Tip: mix a little water and flour in a small bowl before adding to the mixture. This will keep the flour from lumping and the recipe will thicken nicely. )


If the curry smell is too strong, whip out your Personal Fan about now….Combine cooked pasta, SPAM mixture and milk mixture in a bowl. Ladle on to dishes and sprinkle the top with coconut that has been  placed in the broiler for 3 minutes until golden brown. 


(Chefs & Stirrers: This requires lots of stirring. If you’re bored read a Fan Email Joke while you stir!)



 Sweet & Sour Pork

Recipe from show 193


                                  What You'll Need:


1 lb. pork (cubed)                              2 tablespoons corn oil

20 oz. can of pineapple chunks      ½ cup corn syrup

¼ cup vinegar                                2 tablespoons of catsup

2 tablespoons soy sauce               1 tablespoon crushed garlic

1 bell pepper (chopped)              2 table spoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons water                    2 cups instant rice

Frying Glasses                            large fry pan 

mixing bowl


                                         How to Prepare This:

Cook instant rice as per package instructions.

In a large fry pan heat oil.  Be sure and have your Frying Glasses  on as to not have oil splatter in your eyes!  Once the oil is hot, brown the cubed pork.  When brown, add pineapple, corn syrup, catsup, soy sauce, and garlic.  Keep stirring rapidly.  Bring this all to a boil.


Once boiling, reduce and simmer for about 10 minutes. Now add peppers and keep stirring.  In a separate bowl mix cornstarch and water.  Stir this white mixture into the fry pan and cook for another minute or so.  Serve with instant rice.


(Chefs & Stirrers: On our cooking show, John did not mix the cornstarch and water in a separate bowl.  Instead, he put the powdered cornstarch directly in to the fry pan and then added water.  Needless to say it did not work…. Big Time...)