I know it’s Black Friday and all our regular readers are out there doing their part to fix the economy! For those of you who do your holiday shopping online, don’t forget to check out the RBS Bacon Store for all your quirky gift needs. Remember: No one ever expects bacon! And if we don’t have what you’re looking for, pay a visit to our good friends at the Grateful Palate. Gotta love their ability to pair bacon and wine in one tasty gift basket.

It’s been a long and lovely holiday, and we’ll be back with real posts on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!

So after years of Marianne raving about Thanksgiving at her house, I am finally going to be attending her feast today.  I was so excited yesterday (and still am today!) that I spent the evening creating a gift for Marianne  to thank her for being such a great friend and for cooking Thanksgiving dinner for about a dozen Santa Barbara orphans.

Duh – of course it was a bacon gift!!! I sewed up these two little munchkins you see in the pic above with felt, stuffing, pipe cleaners, a glass of wine, and two kittens who discovered pipe cleaners are their new favorite toy.  They have removable hats so I can make them Santa hats and devil horns for future holidays, or just leave them in their naked bacon glory.  They’re about 10 inches tall and wonderfully plush and bendy.  I get the feeling these will either end up in Marianne’s nephew’s grubby little hands or in Brutus’ bacon-loving mouth today. I can’t wait!

Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!

In celebration of the season, Brutus offers his vision of a perfect harvest…something he could be truly thankful for. Hope you’re all enjoying a wonderful holiday!

 

Eric at baconbuzz.com (reddit) asked me to let you all know that they’re holding a Thanksgiving Day recipe contest. Just submit your best original Turkey Day bacon recipe by midnight tomorrow and you could win a whole box of goodies from BaconFreak.com. I’ve seen one of these goodie boxes, and you do not want to pass up this opportunity. So get to winning! Have a great Thanksgiving!

I can’t believe that we missed this great bacon find! From the talented and creative mind of Megan at NotMartha.org, we present Bacon Curls in a variety of shapes and sizes. Megan is the genius who brought you the Bacon Cup, which was one of our very first posts. And although the cup is massively impressive, it requires much more time and work than I have on a typical party-prep day. The bacon curl, on the other hand, I think I can manage! Make sure to visit NotMartha.org for a full set of instructions.

These would make for a fancy addition to salads, or top a side dish like Potatoes Au Gratin with style. Or, you could just show off and serve curly bacon with breakfast some weekend. Your kids, significant others or friends will all feel equally special that you took the time to add a little flair to their day.

Even before bacon exploded in bits all over the internets, I have to admit I considered myself somewhat of a bacon connoisseur.  However, my proof of expertise back then was that I had tried all the local grocery store brand bacons and concluded that the Vons brand was the best, hands down, case closed.

Seriously? I had no idea.

This whole bacon blog business has opened my world up to a deliciously intimidating world where there are endless flavors of bacon, and endless bacon flavored you-name-its.  Case in point: Bourbon Street Cajun Country Bacon.

Dry rubbed in all sorts of cajun spices, we weren’t quite sure what to make of bacon.  As we fried it up, it didn’t have that standard bacon scent.  It took us awhile to figure it out but once we did it was unmistakable:  it smelled like pizza!  Pizza scented bacon? Pretty great review so far!

This first batch of Cajun Bacon was the star of breakfast with supporting acts of scrambled eggs, home fries, and coffee.  Tasty and spicy, but perhaps a bit overwhelming in flavor as a solo act, our feeling was perhaps this type of bacon is one of the few that does not belong as the star of the show.

Ultimate Cajun Bacon Cheeseburger
Now this is where this bacon belonged:  glued to a ground sirloin burger by melted cheese on a toasted bun with no veggies.  Oh come on! Admit you’d forgo the lettuce and tomato if no one was watching!

This burger was a huge hit and ended up being lunch, dinner, and then lunch again.  Give it a try – you won’t regret it.

Ingredients
2 slices Bourbon Street Cajun Bacon
1/4 pound ground sirloin burger patty
Lots of cheddar cheese
1 toasted burger bun
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preparation
Burger it up!

If you are one of those health freaks (if so, what are you doing on this site??), Bacon Freak features an awesome looking BLT recipe which uses the Boubon Street Cajun Bacon.  Check it out and let us know how it turns out!

Cajun Bacon Smashed Potatoes
This was another huge hit, and actually overshadowed the filet mignon that sat right beside it.  The kicker here is that we added some of the delicious cajun-flavored bacon grease in addition to the bacon bits.


Ingredients

6 slices Bourbon Street Cajun Bacon
2 tbsp reserved bacon fat
4 pounds russet potatoes, quartered.  Do not peel.
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preparation
Fry up the Cajun Bacon in large skillet over medium-low heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels and drain. Crumble bacon and set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons bacon fat.

Cook potatoes in large pot of boiling salted water until tender. Drain well. Return potatoes to pot; mash. Add milk, butter and reserved bacon fat and mash again. Add chives, and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Top with bacon and serve.

Hope you get a chance to try this bacon some day and try these recipes.  If you do,  let us know what you think!

Everyone has been buzzing lately about how the newest James Bond, Daniel Craig, just luuurvs his English bacon. So much, in fact, that he has it flown in while on location in Spain or wherever for his daily breakfast. I’m sure many people find that fascinating, but I’m too busy loving the Foo Fighters for giving me a new name for bacon:

(You’ll also notice the term “chicken boobs” a couple paragraphs up.) This entire catering rider is jam-packed with delightfully silly requests, and a few that really make you wonder. Like, what’s with all the socks and t-shirts? And how can you trust perfect strangers to pick DVDs and magazines for you?! You can see the full thing at The Smoking Gun, complete with helpful arrows to point out the funny verbiage that you dont’ want to miss. When you read it, make a game of it: Count how many times they insult their roadies and guitar techs. Best jobs ever.

I happen to work in the non-rock-star performing arts and see my share of riders, but rarely do we see this kind of comedy. Considering how lengthy some of these things can get, I think we would all appreciate a little more humor and a little less “MAKE SURE EVERYTHING’S PERFECT OR SOMEONE WILL DIE!”

I’m going to make bacon a requirement in my personal rider. I’ll mail it in advance of dinner parties or as a gentle reminder before visiting my parents. It’ll be one page and say “Onions: No.  Bacon: Yes.  Any questions? See my dog.” Then during the actual meal I’ll say something slanderous about my husband, smash a serving utensil on the dinner table and walk out of the room without playing my hit single. I’m going to be the most bad ass dinner guest you ever had.

It’s a frightening world we live in. You never know from whence the next despotic ruler will spring. And today we can report, one has sprung from bacon. Worse than the Soup Nazi, it’s Bacon Hitler. And he’s wearing a v-neck sweater. Occult-obsessed megalomaniac meats meets jaunty fashion.

Thanks, Gabe, for bringing this shocking news to our attention. Via Eatliver.com.