Posts Tagged 'Bacon'

Livebloggin the Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today is the day all domestic geeks look forward to (or dread for some)…a day focused on food, family and more food. I started my preparations at about 3 pm yesterday by making an Apple-Cranberry Sauce, Curry Sweet Potato Mash, baking bread (gluten free) for the stuffing, making the butternut squash for the stuffing and setting the turkey to brine (brining is a surefire way to create a moist and juicy turkey). I cheated a bit and just got a pre-made brine from Whole Foods…it smelled delicious and was almost identical to the one I was going to make so why not save some time? All I have left today is roast the turkey…which I forgot to mention will be bacon wrapped. I bacon wrapped the turkey last year and it was amazing! I waited until the turkey was almost done and applied the bacon for the last half hour and the bacony taste permeated the turkey to the core. Well this year I decided to start wrapping the turkey from the beginning and just remove and reapply the bacon throughout (to keep it from burning. By my calculations, this will either cause the turkey to have a bacony flavor the likes of which the world has never seen….or I will blow up my kitchen. Either way it should be good times!

So you might be wondering why Im here now and why Im live blogging. Well why not? People live blog stupid stuff all the time (ie: Live Blogging Martha Stewart) and dammit Im going to liveblog cooking my turkey. So keep checking back for more turkey updates and let me know what youre cooking and how its going. ;)

8:33– Ok Ive hit snooze long enough, time to get up and get this bird going! I removed it from the brine and patted it dry. Next I heated up an apple quartered, a half onion, some cinnamin, some sage, a cup of water and a splash of maple syrup and filled the bird with the mixture (leaving out most of the liquid).

9:06– The Turkey has entered the oven! Its a scorching 500 degrees and Ive opened up all the windows in my apartment to avoid setting off any smoke alarms. It kind of sucks because it lets all the delicious turkey scent out.

9:36– Alright 30 minutes of broiling (and only one burn to my hand) and the heat has been reduced to 350 and the turkey wrapped in its FIRST layer of bacon! Look at this beauty!

Bacon application #1

10:15– OMG my apartment smells like bacon and all kinds of deliciousness. I wish I could transmit scent over the internet because this is what love smells like. Im trying to gauge how long to leave each bacon application on. I want it to cook trough but not burn…but I also need to make sure I dont open the oven too much because that will just add more cook time to the bird and lead to drying it out. Oh and have no fear the bacon from the turkey will not go to waste…what I manage to avoid eating will be diced and added to the stuffing to make a Bacon Butternut Squash Stuffing.

11:01– Alrighty, so the bacon has cooked and is ready to be removed…although some of the bacon decided to graft itself to the turkey and it took some finagling to remove it. But the first layer was shed and the second applied and the turkey is popped back into the oven for the final hour to 2 hours. Sadly I just realized I forgot to get a turkey thermometer so I have to run out and procure that. Lets hope the store isnt too crazy!

12:09– Back from the store and shockingly enough, there were hardly any lines! I was able to walk right up to a register and was out in less than 10 minutes! So now the thermometer is in the turkey and its just under 140 degrees and looking lovely. Check out the all that turkey n bacon juice accumulating at the bottom of the pan…that will make for some tasty gravy! Time to dice up the bacon I removed earlier and make the stuffing! Going to make the executive decision to drop the temperature of the oven a bit so that I dont overdo the bird (chow time is scheduled for around 2pm).

12:47– Success! The turkey has reached peak deliciousness (and something about proper temperature)! Final result was 2 bacon applications (about an hour and 15 minutes for each application). I cooked up some extra bacon and along with the bacon from before, diced it for the stuffing. Ive got to say, I might actually be more excited for the stuffing! Look at it! Homemade bread…butternut squash sauteed with onions, celery and herbs…and now bacon. Just popped that into the oven while the turkey sits wrapped in foil awaiting its transportation.

fun fact- between the turkey and the stuffing there is a total of 3 lbs of bacon!

1:33– Stuffing is almost done and the Curry Sweet Potato Mash is warming up. Just finished the gravy which involved not only the bacon/turkey drippings but a secret ingredient (hint- Aunt Jemima would be proud).

1:46– Huzzah its all done! Now to back it up and pray it survives the 2 mile trek to my friend’s house. Wish me luck!

2:21– Food arrived safely! Got a celebratory glass of wine and am waiting for everyone’s delicious contribution to the feast. Will post final pics later. Thanks for following and happy Thanksgiving everyone!

<3 seanalyn

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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.

another bacon post

i totes know what i am getting ms. seanalyn for Christmas this year!!! (hopefully she doesn’t read my post! :)  this adorable handmade ipod/ipod shuffle/iphone case made by Antjes on Etsy.com:

it’s super cute and just the thing for those extra special bacon fanatics!  $35 for the iphone/ipod and $19 for the ipod shuffle case, these are a perfect out-of-the-box gift!

<3 kt

Bacon cupcakes

Yet again apologies for the slow week. Ive been laid up in bed all week with a nasty cold so my brain hasn’t been functioning properly since Monday. However I just saw a tweet from one of my friends about the most amazing thing ever created and it gives me hope for a better tomorrow.

Bacon Cupcakes

I wish I had more information on these little lovelies but sadly all I have to go off of is a picture and my dreams.

<3 seanalyn

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

this is why you’re fat

did you make a new year’s resolution of dieting or working out? haven’t stuck to your new regiment? be glad you aren’t consuming some of this disgusting, heart attack inducing crap:

french fry wrapped hot dog

french fry wrapped hot dog

are you just slightly satisfied with a corn dog?  it’s kind of bad for you, but you can make it worse. slop it up a bit by wrapping your hot dog in french fries and deep frying it.  that’s intense!

its the fatty burger

it's the 'fatty burger'

this will surely leave you with some lovely heart burns.  this hot mess consists of ‘three bacon-stuffed grilled cheese sandwichs for buns, cheese, bacon and two four-ounce beefs patties.’  holy cow, your ass will be feelin’ that later!

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.


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