Month: April 2008

Bacon Caprese

I just realized that one of reasons I’m so obsessed with bacon is that my husband is an enabler. He finds more and more ways to use the magical meat in recipes I would never have considered. This week, after a particularly difficult day, I came home to a lovely meal featuring the bacon delight pictured here. I’m a huge fan of caprese salad…I just love that a “salad” can have cheese as its main component. We had the mozzarella and the tomatoes, but sadly we were lacking for basil. Where I would have rushed to the market to...

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Giving “smoked bacon” a whole new meaning

I live in California, a state notorious world-wide for being non-smoking. Anytime we run into a French person (and that could happen anywhere), they guess where we’re from when we decline their offer of a cigarette. Whether in Central America or Asia, the response is now familiar: “Aaaah, Californian.” While I’m pretty fond of the goody-goody reputation, this product almost makes me want to give smoking a try. Juicy Jay’s Bacon Flavored Papers will give your next puff a smoky goodness that conventional cigarettes lack. Add that to the fact that you’re rolling your own, and you’re now the...

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Vegas BACatiON

A few years back, and rather late in the evening, my husband, our good friend and I discovered that none of us had ever really been to Vegas, other than driving through en route to further destinations. Given the lateness of the evening and the perfect amount of bourbon consumed, this seemed a great injustice to all members of the party, an injustice that had to be rectified immediately! Immediately, I say! And so it was that at 10:15 on a Friday night we three fueled up on espresso and headed for Sin City. I took the first leg...

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Pigs Ears are Not the Enemy

Somebody please call my roommates, because they won’t listen to me. I’ve been trying to convince them that pigs ears (like horse hooves and other disposable animal parts) are a perfectly natural thing to give to your dog. Seriously, if I saw a real pig, do you know what I would do first thing? I’d run up and chew on his ears. They look that good. If you’re unable to convince them, then at least talk them into these fake pigs ears, flavored like bacon: Better Than Ears Smoky Bacon Flavor I seriously doubt they’re as good as, much...

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I Heart Spring

There are so many things to love about springtime in Santa Barbara. Warm weather. Long days. The smell of jasmine. Beautiful fruit. Fresh, crisp veggies. One of our favorite spring and summer activities is to fire up the BBQ, no matter what we’re cooking. Yes, we’ve even mastered BBQing bacon. I used to fancy myself the outdoor chef, but in the last year my husband has really let his colors show. He has become the ultimate grill master, and I will happily let him have the title. There’s nothing the man can’t accomplish with some fire, foil and a...

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Bacon Chips

Lately I’ve been trying to determine my specific relationship to food. I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen, but I’m no gourmet. I love to eat, but I don’t think I qualify as a “foodie.” I think what it all boils down to is an indulgent personality, which provides me with a daily struggle not to eat every fatty food that comes to mind. What’s life without a challenge, right? Because I have so many food favorites, I have to pick my battles. One such battle is the war with potato chips. I’ve managed to swear them...

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Bacon Sushi?

I have to say that when I think of Japanese food, bacon may be the very last thing that comes to mind. Fish eyes, whale blubber, shellfish reproductive organs and dried squid all scream Japan to me. Can anyone tell me exactly what is going on...

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Fire up the DVD player…it’s Bacon Popcorn time!

Lately my husband has been extolling the virtues of popcorn as an evening snack over, say, chocolate fudge brownie ice cream. He particularly likes to share a big bowl if we’re planning to watch a movie or a marathon session of The Office episodes. He likes to sprinkle his with a little Tabasco for flavor. I, on the other hand, am a strict butter and salt girl. Which, I understand, undermines popcorn’s naturally healthy, low-cal benefits. So as long as I’m putting my health and waistline at risk for the sake of flavor, why not take it to the...

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Bacon Cat

So I was “surfing the net” as you humans say, and I found this great photo of a bacon-wrapped cat. Well, I guess that’s an exaggeration, but it is a cat with bacon on it. Was I searching for bacon-wrapped cats? Maybe. The point is, there it is. A Bacon Cat. My roommates don’t have a cat, but they used to. I hear them talk about her sometimes. I hear them saying they wish they could have another one, which I find utterly exasperating. I mean, hello! You have me, not just a dog but a total wonderdog. But...

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Bacon Business

Now we travel back in time a year or so to an innovation so wonderful, it’s worth seeing again. This ad campaign for heaven knows what is probably responsible for the bacon lunch box. And for this I must give thanks. I love the way they used a single, giant slab of bacon instead of, say, wrapping a real briefcase with individual slices. If I didn’t work in a dog-friendly environment, I might seriously consider carrying my most important documents in this sophisticated piece of luggage. Now if they would just come up with a similar design for my...

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Simply Charming

In case you’re looking for the perfect complement to that BLT Ring you just bought, here’s the perfect match. The Breakfast of Champions charm bracelet. This cute wrist adornment pairs bacon with all its favorite partners…eggs, toast, milk, and of course a jelly-filled, sprinkled doughnut. Or is it a pop-tart? Either way, utterly delicious and perfect for any occasion. Brought to you by another Etsy artist, this bracelet would make a great gift for your bacon-loving mom. (Mother’s Day is just around the corner!) Or for your favorite bacon-themed blogger. Or hey, treat yourself! At $18, this is an...

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