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Bacon Jam aka The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Ever Seen

There have been many things made out of bacon perhaps none has been so perfectly matched as this.

Bacon Jam

Blogger Not Quite Nigella first heard about the Bacon Jam produced by Skillet Foods and was unable to obtain a jar herself so she became obsessed with very thought of this food. I mean who can blame her? A sweet and spicy jam that could be used on any sort of sandwiches, eggs, toast and a variety of breakfast foods….whats not to love? Well, thankfully her obsession lead to her development of this succulent looking recipe that I hope to try out for myself very soon. Its a fairly simple recipe that combines common pantry items and smoked bacon to make this extraordinary jam…the real trick here is taking the time to slow cook down everything and if youre like me, patience and bacon do not often mix. But in this case, I think the wait would be well worth it!

You can see the whole recipe along with step by step photos here.

happy st. patrick’s day!

oh yes, it’s a day of drunken Irish celebration.  i love it. Erin go bragh!  we pre-celebrated this weekend by attending the official St. Patrick’s day parade in San Francisco.  i got up at 6:30 am to endure some massive cooking.  my Irish breakfast included: Irish soda bread, Dubliner Irish cheddar and mushroom eggs, fried tomatoes, corned beef n’ cabbage, and bacon.  topping that off with some Irish coffees, Guinness, Magners, and Murphy’s, we had ourselves quite a festive breakfast.  if only i had time and didn’t have to work today, i would have done it all over again! :)  check out the highlights:

cooking in my kitchen!

cooking in my kitchen!

thats a whole lotta bacon.

that's a whole lotta bacon.

since i was using my stovetop, and i had a massive amount of eggs to make, i tossed some shredded chedder and green onions on top and baked them for 15 minutes.

since i was using my stovetop and had a massive amount of eggs to make, i tossed some shredded chedder and green onions on top and baked them for 15 minutes.

after simmering the seasoned corned beef in water for almost 3 hours (50 minutes per pound), i added the red potatoes, carrots, and cabbage.  i love how the veggies soak up all of the delicious flavor of the beef!

after simmering the seasoned corned beef in water for almost 3 hours (50 minutes per pound), i added the red potatoes, carrots, and cabbage. i love how the veggies soak up all of the delicious flavor of the beef!

of course, the men wait patiently while the food is prepared.

of course, the men wait patiently while the food is prepared.

fried tomatoes!

fried tomatoes!

Irish soda bread, or whats left of it!

Irish soda bread, or what's left of it!

a glorious spread of food

a glorious spread of food

<3 katie

bacon, bacon, and more bacon!

okay, we all know that seanalyn is a bacon freak!  well, i found the most incredible breakfast in a bag!

wake up to a delicious aroma of maple bacon pancakes!  you can buy the mix at this website.  there slogan is ‘bacon is the meat candy,’ which clearly portrays their dedication to the decadent slab of pork.  they have a whole section of their website dedicated to their passion for bacon.

other notable products include the glorious concept of bacon jerky! with tons of different flavors, including cajun and blt tomato bacon jerky, the opportunities are endless!

Bacon fans of the world, we have created the first ever bacon jerky.  You heard me right, I didn’t say
beef jerky, I said Bacon Jerky!  I am sure that all you true bacon aficionados are already drooling
uncontrollably as your internal tasting mechanisms know that bacon jerky will be able to satisfy your
daily bacon urges on go.  No longer are you limited to eating bacon at home, you can now take our
pouches with you and eat bacon at work, school or simply as a great snack no matter where you are
at anytime throughout your day.

my favorite part of this site is they have bacon gift baskets! you can get the ‘bacon freak basket,’ ‘bacon lunch box,’ or ‘swine and wine!’  these clever gift ideas are sure to knock your meat loving socks off!

last but not least, if you are obsessed with bacon, you can join their ‘bacon club!’  for a monthly membership of $47, you can receive the following:

*** 2 packages of uniquely distinct & delectably delicious packs of premium quality, gourmet,
“Blue Ribbon Winning” bacon delivered to your door each month.
*** Our fun, informative & highly valuable Monthly Newsletter with helpful hints, articles & Special
“Members Only” discounts, above & beyond our normal regularly great prices!
*** Interesting & insightful information regarding each of the months specially “Featured” bacons!


i guess i know what i am getting seanalyn for her upcoming birthday!!!

<3 kt

bacon peanut brittle?!?

i personally am NOT a fan of bacon.  but i know most of the US population, including seanalyn, is!  i came across this fantastic odd creation retailed at $6/piece, made by our local San Francisco ‘Humphry Slocombe.’ they are known for the incredible ice cream too.

Humphry Slocombe is located at 2790A Harrison Street (at 24th St) and is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

<3 kt

Ultimate Super Bowl Snack Stadium

This weekend is the Super Bowl so of course there will be a plethora of sporting snacks to be had at every Super Bowl party. But if you really want to steal the thunder then I suggest creating this monstrosity of snacking.

The Greatest Snack Stadium Ever Built

Made by the guys over at Holy Taco this creation includes the following:
The Field:

  • 1 Pound of Guacamole
  • 15 Oz. Queso Dip For The Steelers End Zone
  • 15 Oz. Salsa For The Cardinals End Zone
  • 2 Oz. Sour Cream for the Field Lines

The Players:

  • 15 Vienna Sausages
  • Helmets – 3 Oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese

The Goal Posts:

  • 1 Slim Jim for Each Goal Post
  • 1 Oz. Monterey Jack Cheddar To Anchor (each)

The Stands:

  • 58 Twinkies
  • 1 Pound of Bacon
  • 1 Bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos
  • 1 Bag of Cheetos
  • 1 Bag of Corn Tortilla Chips
  • 1 Bag of Chex Mix


And I suppose youre wondering what this ammount of junk food will do your arteries…well the Holy Taco boys broke it down.

TOTAL CALORIES: 24,375
TOTAL GRAMS OF FAT: 1,285
TOTAL COST: $86.47
TOTAL DELICIOUSNESS: 1 Billion trillion dude.  One billion trillion.
I guess you cant put a price on awesome.  Although they probably shouldve figured in the medical bill for the triple bypass you’ll need after eating this whole stadium to yourself.

For all the juicy details to make your own Super Bowl Snack Stadium click here.

<3 seanalyn

Bacon Salt review

Yesterday one of my dear coworkers bestowed upon me 3 bottles of Bacon Salt…Original, Hickory and Peppered. She said she didn’t really ever use it and knowing my love of bacon, thought they would have a better home in my kitchen. I immediately changed my original dinner plan to accommodate my new addition to the spice rack. She did give me one word of advice, “you cant really cook with it or it looses the flavor, like if you are sauteing chicken it wont work but you can top french fries with it after they are cooked.”

Hmmm, this was a little disconcerting but I was still excited to give it a shot. I had a fresh bunch of asparagus in my fridge so I decide to do a steamed asparagus tossed with olive oil and bacon salt then topped with fresh Parmesan cheese. The moment I opened the Original Bacon Salt bottle I noticed a problem…it smelled more like BBQ sauce then bacon. I decide to try the Peppered Bacon Salt on the asparagus hoping that would be a little less sweet.

The Bacon Salt Parmesan Asparagus was good…it tasted a lot more unhealthy that it was heh. Ultimately though the Bacon Salt ended up tasting a bit more bacony than it smelled….but it still wasn’t quite bacony enough in my opinion. Needless to say Im a bit disappointed, but then again the essence of bacon is difficult to capture in a bottle. Really its just that its quite sweet and smokey tasting which is close but not quite bacon (Im scared to try the Hickory since I fear that will be even more BBQey). I’ll try a few more experiments (bacon edamame, bacon fries, fried chicken, etc) before I make my final judgment. As of right now Im sadly not totally sold on the Bacon Salt. Dont get me wrong, I’ll still use the Bacon Salt because it has a really good flavor (especially the Peppered one)…its just not quite up to my high bacon standards.

The sad tale of the turbaconucken that never was :(

As many of you know I was excited…no ecstatic about the plan to bacon wrap and deep fry a turducken this year for Thanksgiving. However my dreams were crushed by certain wussy boys who were afraid of the awesomeness that would be the turbaconducken. We had it all worked out…we would make the turducken then deep fry it until it was almost done then pull it out and wrap it in bacon and pop it in the oven for the rest of the way. It was perfect…there was no way it could go wrong! But at the last minute some of the guys decided it wouldnt work or something (I think they were just afraid of its awesomeness). Dreams = crushed.

Although not all was lost, due to the high number of people attending our Thanksgiving we decided one mega bird wasnt enough so we got a backup turkey. Needless to say, I claimed it as my own and announced that I would bacon wrap and roast it myself.

The plan was simple. Prepare the bird as normal: rub with oil and salt and pepper…. stuff with an onion, garlic and celery… place more onions, garlic, and celery in the pan…pop in the oven and roast. I basted it every 45 minutes to keep it moist and right before it was done I draped it with 2 lbs of delicious bacon. I also stuffed some bacon inside the bird and then cut up some pears and tossed them in the pan to roast along with some dried rose petals. After about 20 minutes the bird was done (a few pieces of bacon werent cooked all the way so I removed them, wrapped em in foil and tossed em back in the oven to finish up before draping them back on the bird).

I took the juice and made a gravy as you usually do, only I blended up the roasted pears and mixed that in (I also tossed in a few extra pieces of bacon to the gravy just to reinforce the bacon flavors).

The bird was carved and served…to my surprise the meat was very bacony tasting! I thought that the bacon would just infuse the skin but some how it permeated the deeper layers of the turkey giving it all a delicious bacony flavor. The pear gravy was a perfect accent adding the sweetness that the salty bacon needed (you know, for that yin/yang balance shit). I highly recommend trying a bacon wrapped turkey for anyone looking to pep up their bird this holiday season. Next time I want to try a maple syrup glaze instead of the pear, really I think just about any sweet topping would match perfectly.

All in all the bacon wrapped turkey was a total and complete success.

Oh and I guess the turducken wasnt too bad either….but it would’ve been better with bacon.


This turducken would look a lot happier if it wasnt naked…it needs a nice bacon suit.

Turbaconducken….all that is good in this world

Just moments ago my friend Rob sent me proof that there is a God and he is made of pure bacon and love.
Behold…..

Turbaconducken

It is the perfect harmony of turkey, duck and chicken all harmoniously wrapped in bacon and baked to perfection. Corey James of Bacon Today describes every juice detail for creating this culinary masterpiece.

I am currently trying to convince all my friends that this is really the only option for thanksgiving dinner.

Only we want to step it up a notch and deep fry it! My arteries and heart are swelling just thinking about it.

Baconnaise

There are very few things that can list my spirits and excite me on a Monday morning….unless it involved bacon. Behold, from the makers of Bacon Salt comes Baconnaise!

“Baconnaise is the ultimate bacon-flavored spread. Use it on sandwiches, salads, dips, sauces, chicken, fish and fried. Vegetarian safe!”

Bacconaise is available in Regular and Light and can be found at these locations or bought online via their web-page. Although I don’t see where it is available in their online store, you can call a number on their site to order. I personally am salivating at the thought of french fries dipped in bacon and extra bacony BLTs.

Bacon candles

Im on a bacon roll today! So why not add another post? I mean really…can you ever have too much bacon? (plus Im still sorting through photos and video from Japan…so my Japanese domestic geek blog extravaganza will have to wait until next week). I stumbled across this a while ago and finally remembered the page so I could share it with you all.

BLT Candles

“I’ve invented Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato votive candles. Maybe I’m crazy, but here’s how my mind works: I love the smell of bacon cooking. I fantasize about having bacon grilling on the stove day and night. In my philosophic musings I asked myself what is better than a BLT? As much as I try, I can’t eat a BLT at every meal and I can’t grill bacon 24 hours a day. Then I asked myself: ‘What is the meaning of Bacon? What is the meaning of Lettuce? What is the meaning of Tomato?’ What is the meaning of life? Then the epiphany: BLT-scented votive candles! Isn’t it obvious? One votive candle scented with the aroma of bacon. One votive scented with the aroma of lettuce. One votive scented with the aroma of tomatoes. They are sensual, sexy and tantalizing. You may want to light them in your kitchen, office or bedroom or wherever you seek sensual pleasure and enlightenment; by yourself or with someone special. Depending on your need and sensual mood, you can light them as a set or individually.”

The set retails at $33.95


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