Month: March 2008

Makin’ Bacon!

As a constant frequent maker of bacon, I tend to stick to the pan-fry method. It’s simple and gives me the drippings I require to make everything else in any given meal taste like bacon. Although I have baked it on a cookie sheet and even used my grill pan (with an official bacon press!), I have never cooked bacon in a microwave. It just sounds impossibly wrong.That said, you have to see this microwave dish invented by an eight-year-old. It lets you cook lots of bacon at once, but attempts to make it vaguely healthy. Mmm, healthy microwaved...

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Expert opinion

I have been asked to guest commentate on the subject of bacon and bacon flavored treats. My hobbies are extensive and include licking my butt and chasing things, but treats are definitely #1 on that list. I happen to be the recipient of numerous daily treatings, and so consider myself something of an expert. I’ll begin with Purina Beggin’ Strips. The commercials claim that dogs don’t know it’s not bacon. Oh really? I couldn’t agree less. While bacon’s initial flavor is far superior to that of a Beggin’ Strips, it has a weird, pill-shaped thing in the middle that...

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Effing brilliant!

Maple-Bacon Lollipops. There isn’t much I can say about this product that it doesn’t say for itself. It’s made of maple syrup and bacon. It’s pretty much breakfast on a stick. Next Saturday morning, you can serve your family eggs with a side of lollipop. How popular would you be? For the record, this company also makes Absinthe pops. But unless you love the evil flavor that is black licorice, I’d stick with the bacon pop. We don’t want to loseWeight Exercise any ears over this...

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Top 10 Homer Simpson Quotes About Bacon

1. “(Lisa) “I’m going to become a vegetarian” (Homer) “Does that mean you’re not going to eat any pork?” “Yes” “Bacon?” “Yes Dad” Ham?” “Dad all those meats come from the same animal” “Right Lisa, some wonderful, magical animal!”” 2. “Porkchops and bacon, my two favorite animals.” 3. “When you’re in my house you shall do as I do and believe who I believe in. So Bart butter your bacon.” 4. “Is it Bacon Day?” 5. “Mmmm. Move over, eggs. Bacon just got a new best friend – fudge.” 6. “Not again! First you took away my Philly Fudgesteak....

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In a compromised position

I would say that in certain circles, I’m known for my “extensive” use of bacon and pork products. Beyond wrapping my favorite steaks, poultry and seafood, I am a fervent believer that bacon makes any vegetable desirable to even the pickiest of eaters. Vegetarians beware. Thanksgiving is nothing short of carnage in my home. A Mexican friend of mine once said, “white people put bacon in everything!” “Actually,” I replied, “I think its just me.” Today I am proud to say that I am alone no longer. Joanna Pruess has made me feel part of a society, nay, a proud heritage in her loving homage, Seduced by Bacon: Recipes & Lore about America’s Favorite Indulgence. The photography is delicious, and the recipes…well, they go beyond even my own pork obsession. I mean, after eating bacon-wrapped filet with pan-fried bacon brussel sprouts and a salad with bacon crumbles, I think the ice cream is allowed to be bacon free. Still, you have to admire her passion. So if you’re looking for new ways to amaze your friends and family and send them home smiling, look no further. Bacon is the...

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Because everything should taste like bacon

While listening to NPR last October or so, I heard an interview with the inventors of a miracle. It’s called BaconSalt, and I was immediately enthralled. There was even a really great creative financing story behind its inception, so I just had to give it a try. By ordering 18 bottles. I gave them to friends and loved ones for Christmas. Check it. It’s free of calories. It’s kosher. It’s vegan. It’s…frankly, delicious. My husband and I have used it on steaks, mixed into burgers, on baked potatoes and, our personal favorite, on boiled eggs. Seriously, eggs and bacon without all that…wait. Why would we ever want to skip the real bacon? Oh yeah, because of the whole not wanting to die of carotid arterial blockage. Does it taste exactly like bacon? I won’t lie, nothing’s that good. But can it add a smoky, salty goodness to your favorite recipes without all the fat? That’s a big 10-4. If you’ve already tried this miracle of modern science, please share your feedback and favorite uses. Lord knows I can’t get...

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