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February 10, 2000

Bunker full of Spam? Spread it around

Now that the world seems to be Y2 OK, many people who feared the worst are stuck with stockpiles of Spam and other canned foods.

If this sounds like you, you could learn how to mix up new recipes with some of your surplus canned and packaged foods (see the recipe for Spam nachos). Plus, you could donate some of the goods to a food pantry.

America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization, announced a "Y Go 2 Waste" food drive until Feb. 15. "The food is very much needed by hungry people," said Deborah Leff, president of Second Harvest, which helps supply 50,000 local charities. For information on where to find a food collection site near you, call America's Second Harvest at 1-800-771-2303 or go to www.secondharvest.org.


1 (10 1/2-ounce) bag tortilla chips

1 (12-ounce) can Spam, cubed

1 (15-ounce) can refried beans

1 (16-ounce) jar salsa

1 (8-ounce) package shredded Mexican pasteurized processed cheese

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Place chips on baking sheet. Sprinkle Spam over chips. In bowl, combine refried beans and salsa; pour over chips. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 6 to 7 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately. Makes 10 appetizer servings.

For more Spam recipes go to www.spam.com.

Amaze your friends!

How? It's easy with Discovery School's Puzzlemaker at puzzlemaker.school. discovery.com.

The Web site generates all kinds of customized puzzles -- including word searches, mazes, crossword puzzles, cryptograms and, for math whizzes, number blocks.

Like word searches? Type in a list of words. The computer will hide the words in a grid of letters. (You can theme your puzzle. Try making one for a friend and load it with words describing favorites -- colors, foods, TV shows, etc.)

We liked the intricately illustrated mazes that picture animals and other objects, such as zodiac signs. In fact, we got dizzy maneuvering our pencil around the tail feathers of a peacock. Whew! Talk about your dead-end jobs!

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