Month: July 2008

Southern Comfort

You gotta love The New Yorker. Wry, urbane, and recently under attack for some controversial cover art. You know what? It’s not going to make me stop reading. Not when the latest edition features the Fourteen Passive-Aggressive Appetizers that would spice up any intimate gathering. And one of them includes bacon! “2. Vegetarian friends? Try veggie rumaki: wrap a strip of imitation bacon around a water chestnut, spear with a toothpick, and broil but instead of imitation bacon use real bacon, and instead of a water chestnut use veal.” I believe I’ve mentioned before that Thanksgiving at my house...

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Bacon Apple Pie

There are an amazing number of recipes in existence that pair up the salty with the sweet. I myself rarely mix the two. Can’t stand sweet & sour chicken. Don’t want pineapple on my pizza. The thought of pickles and ice cream has made me sterile. Bacon is the only exception. Does it go great with maple syrup? Yes. Will I try pretty much anything with bacon in it? Absolutely. And so I’m perfectly happy to endorse the Bacon Apple Pie. It’s made with fresh apples, which is the only way an apple pie should be made. The recipe...

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Bacon Old-Fashioned

As we’ve all heard recently (and redundantly), New York Magazine has called the bacon movement a dying trend, boring as a lecture about plastic bags and beat like the proverbial dead horse. Why, then, did they give us this delightful recipe for bacon-infused bourbon? Is it just because they love me so much? This post from April includes step-by-step instructions for making bacon-infused bourbon, and then mixing it with bitters and a little maple syrup for a sweet, smoky cocktail, something like an Old-Fashioned without all the muddled fruit. I am highly intrigued by this recipe, as bourbon (specifically...

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El Arte Award

We interrupt our usual plugging of bacon products to announce that we are proud recipients of an Arte Award! Dave’s Cupboard gave us this honor, and what a compliment coming from one of my favorite food bloggers! Thanks, Dave! This award originated at Arte y Pico, a Spanish-language blog dedicated to finding and sharing art. They love to give props for creativity found around the web, and bravo to that! In the spirit of passing it on, I now have the responsibility to select five recipients for this prestigious award. There are so many amazing blogs out there and...

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Our 100th Post!!

Hey Internet, we made it to 100 posts! I must admit that when we started this venture, I wasn’t sure how many new and exciting bacon finds there could be, but the hits just keep on coming! Thanks for reading and sending in so many great ideas. We couldn’t have done it without you. And now to celebrate this milestone, a slice of bacon heaven. I cannot tell you how both my stomach and brain reacted to this new wonder. Needless to say there was much salivating and dying to know how I could get ahold of it. This...

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What Gives, World Religion?

I knew that certain Jewish and Islamic traditions forbade the eating of pork, but when did the Christians turn on us? This is even more harsh, although more straightforward, than the last religious tirade aimed at bacon....

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Mmm…Bacon Doughnut

Could Homer Simpson ask for a more perfect creation? A doughnut…with bacon on top? This creation could have come straight out of Matt Groening’s brain. But instead it came out of Portland’s now-famous Voodoo Doughnut. I know this probably isn’t news to most of you, but who doesn’t want to look at a bacon maple bar now and again? And again. And again. I am so hungry. If you’re not familiar with this wonderful shop, Voodoo makes an amazing variety of one-of-a-kind doughnuts. So many, in fact, that it’s difficult to decide which you want to try most. The...

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The Bacon Rage

What a week for bacon! Salon Magazine has officially dubbed this “Pork Week” and kicked it off with an article about America’s Bacon Mania. Something like BeatleMania for carnivores? This article gave it up for lots of our favorite bacon blogs, and touched on tons of cool products. Somehow they missed the Society, but we forgive them, because that’s how we roll. Royally understanding. Check out Salon all week for articles about bacon, including today’s feature on curing your own bacon. The author makes a great point about learning to respect the animal behind the meat. Miami Dish also...

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If I had any money, here’s where I’d put it

I don’t know about you, Internet, but I find holiday weekends a royal strain on the wallet. Between the drinks with friends, breakfasts and dinners with friends, pedicures, bottles of wine at the house, cases of beer at the house…well, you catch my drift. We’ve been on a spending bender that has left me full of remorse, but also full of happy (if somewhat hazy) memories. Totally worth it. I woke up this morning, however, determined to stanch the flow of currency, and this wallet looks like the solution. The Bacon Wallet will hold my cash, strap down those credit...

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Sir Francis Bacon – 1561-1626

Also known as the Viscount St. Alban, Sir Francis Bacon is best known for his Baconian method, known to this day as the scientific method of inquiry. A widely-respected scientist, philosopher and statesman, Bacon was also believed by some to have ties with the occult, the freemasons and other connections of dubious nature. Despite the enemies who disapproved of Bacon’s ideas and lifestyle, he never lost favor with King James I, a friendship that would save his career and his life. Bacon tidBits Although many historians reject the idea, Sir Francis Bacon is listed (along with his brother Anthony)...

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Grilling Time Again

I love it when July 4th falls on a Friday. It’s the perfect 3-day weekend where you actually start the partying on day one and either rage on through, or have a full two days to recover. Believe me, I’ve done both. I was looking for something to spice up tomorrow’s grilling menu. I do love the tri-tip, chicken, burgers, sausages and grilled veggies that are our barbecue norm, but I always come up lacking in the seafood department. I know bacon-wrapped shrimp isn’t exactly boundary-breaking, but check out this recipe. I love the flavor of chipotle and am...

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Coconut Bacon

Will wonders never cease? I just ran across a recipe for homemade vegan bacon, using coconut as its base. I don’t usually do this, but here’s the recipe: 3 large handfuls of bulk coconut 1 tablespoon liquid smoke 2 tablespoons soy sauce/ tamari 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional) Directions: Place coconut in a shallow baking pan.  Mix other ingredients together and coat coconut well. Cook in preheated 400 degree oven until crispy. It will get crispier after it cools. Use in sandwiches or salads as a vegan bacon substitute. May be kept in sealed container for...

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