Month: September 2008

Bacon & Sage Cornbread

  The October ’08 edition of Bon Appetit magazine has this wonderful looking recipe for Cornish game hens with a corn bread and sage stuffing. Coincidentally, my husband had the urge to buy Cornish game hens over the weekend, so I’ll get to try this recipe in the coming days. In preparation for said bird stuffing, I made cornbread on Saturday so it could dry out for a few days before use. Just before I started, my husband had the brilliant idea of adding bacon to the cornbread, which I immediately promised to do. (You can see why I...

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WowBacon

I’ve seen a lot of microwave bacon cookers in my day, but most of them are about the same. They’re usually a tray with poles or slats to drape the bacon over, allowing the grease to drip off and the bacon to (supposedly) become crisp in the process. The WowBacon is not so very different in concept, but for some reason is shaped like a pitcher, I guess to allow you to hang really long strips of bacon. The best thing about the shape is that it keeps everything contained so grease doesn’t splatter your microwave walls. And then...

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Bacon Jerky

Lest ye think that my devotion to this blog is insincere, I’ll tell you about my waking thoughts today: Bacon Jell-O. That’s what I was dreaming about when I woke up, and I thought, “Yes! Perfect! I’m sure I can find a photo of a perfectly molded Jell-O ring with strips of bacon in it.” Such is my delusional devotion to the pork belly that I believed this dream could come true. Alas, I will have to make it myself. Which, now that the sleep has been rubbed from my brain, I doubt I will do anytime soon. On...

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Bacon as a Dare

It turns out that bacon grease is often the center of bets, dares or penalties, generally propagated by individuals between the ages of 16 and 24. If you go to YouTube and enter “bacon grease” you’ll come up with a surprising number of videos of people undertaking the chug challenge. Be forewarned, often this results in projectile vomiting or explosive cursing. Here’s one of the milder (and shorter) entries: And all I can think is, hey! Don’t waste that bacon grease! Naseem could mix that with some dryer lint and make great kindling for a winter fire! Seriously, fueling a fire is just one of the many great uses for bacon grease. Did you know you could also make soap out of it? And of course it can be used endlessly for making all food (especially anything green) taste even better. Here is a bacon grease resource for all you hoodlums out there. Naseem and I were actually disappointed in the lack of a comprehensive list of uses for bacon grease, so we’re going to start one today. If you have any unique uses of your own (particularly outside the kitchen) please send them our way! This is your chance to share your knowledge with the world…and maybe keep some troubled youth from causing themselves harm. Won’t you help...

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Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

You know what goes great with bacon? (Ummm…everything?) Yeah well, this time I was thinking of bacon’s cousin, the pork roast. I’ve seen a lot of recipes lately for bacon-wrapped pork roasts of various cuts, but I must admit the pork tenderloin makes the most sense to me. Most pork cuts have a decent amount of fat to help them stay moist and delicious during just about any method of cooking. But the tenderloin is so lean and perfect that wrapping it up in strips of fat makes sense. Delicious, smoky sense. So you can find recipes for oven-roasting,...

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Bacon Day: The Swag!

I promise today is my last day posting about Bacon Day 2008, even though it’s worth talking about for another week. We were fortunate at the last minute to get a “swag sponsor” by way of BaconFreak.com. Not only did he provide us with some tasty bacon, but Rocco brought us a whole box of goodies to give away to our guest, including one mega-grab-box doorprize. There were “bacon is meat candy” t-shirts, stickers, bacon air freshener, gummy bacon, Bacon Salt, and the ever popular bacon bandages. There was enough stuff that about half our guests won a prize!...

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Bacon Day: A Tribute to the King

Chrissy & Smiley: Two people you cannot help but love. These friends (and avid readers) brought their own special bacon tribute to the party…a tribute to the king of all bacon lovers himself: His Holy Elvis. As seen in this photo, bacon pairs up with peanut butter and jelly on white bread for a scaled-down version of the famous Fool’s Gold sandwich. And of course each mini-sandwich was beautifully topped with an individual icon of His Holiness. If I was much, much cooler, I would have thought of this myself. You’ve probably heard this story about how Elvis once...

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Bacon Day: The Bourbon

So I thought I would give Bacon Bourbon another try, because it absolutely had to be shared on Bacon Day. I had high hopes as I was using my favorite bourbon this time, Maker’s Mark. It has a warm, slightly smoky flavor to begin with, so seemed perfect for the infusion. I began as last time with several ounces of fresh bacon grease in a pitcher with a full bottle of Maker’s Mark. This time I also added a slice of bacon for the three hours of room-temperature infusion. I used a thick-cut, applewood smoked bacon this time. I...

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Bacon Day: The Recipes

Bacon Day gave us a great excuse to try and share some of the recipes we’ve talked about on this site. The first, which I believe may be entirely original to Royal Bacon Society, was the Bacondoodle. It began with this basic Snickerdoodle recipe, but in place of the butter I used bacon grease. I also took about 5 slices of cooked bacon and ground them up in my mini-processor and added that to the batter. I also cooked a batch of regular Snickerdoodles for comparison. I was really excited about this new recipe, and was a little let...

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