Month: December 2008

Pappardelle with Arugula and Bacon

Earlier this year, I decided to stop eating wheat products. Which, although it has made me feel 10 times more healthy, was at first an incredibly difficult transition because I love carbs. Maybe more than I love bacon. And topping my list of carbohydrated favorites? Pasta. Oh, how I love pasta, preferably in the longest formats possible: Spaghetti, cappelini, and my personal favorite, pappardelle. Naseem and I love this restaurant called Ca’Dario here in Santa Barbara, which makes the best Pappardelle with Bolognese on the planet. No exaggeration. I would call it my #1 favorite meal of all time....

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Our Bacon Wordle!

Have you heard of Wordle? This is exactly the kind of silly internet program that just tickles me to no end. All you do is go to Wordle  and enter in some content, or even just your website’s url, and Wordle uses your content to make a cool image of your most used words. Our big word, no surprise, is bacon. For a larger view of this image, go here. Once your wordle is designed, you can change the color palette and font, customizing it to your personal aesthetic. You could use this for anything…as a fancy cover for...

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Poor Ireland

  And so tonight I plan to raise a pint and make a silent plea for the plight of our Irish friends. May the gods of cattle smile on their gentle herds, and give them back their tasty...

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Free Art!

  I love this painting of a Bacon Sandwich by Ali Spagnola. Each of her paintings has this simple, iconic style about it, and here’s something extra interesting about her…she’s giving away her art. Seriously. Check out her Free Paintings link and you can read all about it. She’s accepting donations, but refusing to put a price on her art, not even the price of shipping! Her work really appeals to me, and her approach to sharing it with the world is stunning. She can count me a fan for...

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It’s Raining Bacon!

From PBFComics.com Just a little update on my weekend: My husband came home after 9 weeks away on business, so I decided to have a second Thanksgiving for obvious reasons. This time when prepping the turkey, I put an entire stick of bacon butter under the skin! (Look for the recipe at the end of that linked post…I used salted butter rather than unsalted, but I’m a saltaholic.) And I’m here to tell you it was amazing…kept the breast wonderfully tender and moist, and added a nice saltiness directly to the meat. I highly recommend this method for any...

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More Holiday Bacon

If you’re like me, you still haven’t purchased holiday cards to send to your friends and family. Or, maybe you’re considering using the cards you have leftover from last year…mine feature a bottle of Maker’s Mark with a scarf around it’s neck. Pretty darn cool, actually, but not very bacony. I was really excited when Naseem found these Shaky Bacon Christmas Cards from the Mr. Toast Etsy Store, but then incredibly deflated when I found out the cards were sold out. So here are my suggestions: 1) Let’s inundate the Mr. Toast site with requests for more cards! Surely he’ll...

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Cobb: The BLT of Salads

I’m only a recent convert to the Cobb Salad. I grew up in a time and place where salads consisted of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers with any variety of gloopy dressings available, preferably something mayo based in my household. I was probably 21 before I had a salad I even remotely enjoyed: the Chef’s. And these I became obsessed with. Meat and cheese in a salad? Hell yes! Still, it would be many more years before I began my true love affair with the wide variety of “breadless sandwiches” that make up my current repertoire of lunches. A...

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Bacon Rice Krispies Treats

That Mr. Dave at the Ridiculous Food Society just keeps wowing me! You may remember that in October he made sausage entirely out of bacon, a feat heretofore unheard of. So of course I have to check in on him every once in a while and see what he’s up to. Seems that the day before Thanksgiving, he was up to ridiculous goodness. Yes, Mr. Dave invented the Bacon Rice Krispies Treat(BRKT); same basic recipe as the classic RKT, but with a package of bacon thrown in for fun. I wish there was a more close-up photo, but even this one is making me hungry. Rice Krispies Treats are such a simple delight, just tastes like sticky sweet and crispiness. And it was an equally simple idea to throw in some salty, smoky bacon. It’s the kind of thing you wish you had thought up yourself. But you didn’t. Mr. Dave did. Thanks, Mr. Dave, for another great idea. This will be making its way to the next Bacon Day for...

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Thanksgiving Day Review

Wow, Thanksgiving was fun. What I remember of it, at least. It certainly was a day of indulgence, and enjoying good friends. My gang of merry revelers all pitched in to make it a day of joy-filled memories (and black-outs.) As Naseem mentioned in her Thursday post, she brought me the cutest bacons ever made. Adorned in a pilgrim hat and native head dress, these Thanksgiving guardians stood proudly by the beautiful centerpiece (until we lit the candle), also made by Naseem with succulent clippings from her garden. It took me a few minutes to get through the, “I...

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