yields 8-10 servings

1 cup grade B maple syrup
4 cups half-and-half
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
5 egg yolks
1/2 pound thick-cut bacon (about 6 slices)
special equipment: candy thermometer, ice cream maker

In a medium saucepan over moderate heat, reduce the maple syrup to 1/2 cup. Set aside. Over moderate heat in a medium saucepan, heat the half-and-half with 1/2 cup sugar until hot and just bubbling around the edges. In a medium bowl, whisk the yolks with 1/2 cup sugar, then add 1 cup hot half-and-half mixture in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Pour the whole egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture coats the back of the spoon and registers 170 degrees F on a thermometer. Do not let boil. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl and whisk in the maple syrup. Cover with parchment paper letting the paper touch the surface of the mixture, to prevent a skin from forming. Chill the mixture until very cold, at least 6 hours and up to overnight. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed sheet pan with heavy foil. Place a baking rack over the lined sheet pan and arrange the bacon slices across the rack next to each other. Bake until crispy, about 15 minutes. When cool enough to handle, finely chop. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. Place the remaining 1/2 cup sugar in the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring with a fork, until the sugar starts to melt. Stop stirring and cook until the sugar is a golden caramel color, about 10 minutes. Add the bacon and stir to coat. Pour onto prepared baking sheet and let harden. Chop the candied bacon into small pieces. Freeze the custard in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions, 20 to 30 minutes and at the last minute, add the candied bacon and let churn until just combined. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Claire Robinson, “Beachy Keen,” 5 Ingredient Fix, 2011, Food Network

Originally posted 2012-12-31 08:11:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


yields six servings

4 to 6 large cactus pads (about 8 inches x 4 inches)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 cup water
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
4 bacon strips
2 tablespoons or red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
cornbread, optional

Slice cactus pads into 1/2-in. wide strips; place in a saucepan. Add onion, water and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cover and cook over medium heat until cactus is tender, about 15 minutes. Drain. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a skillet until crisp; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. To drippings, add vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and remaining salt; bring to a boil. Add cactus and bacon; toss to coat. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Serve warm with corn bread if desired.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Birds & Blooms Magazine, December/January 1998, page 55 | Taste of Home, RDA Food & Entertaining Affinity, 5400 South 60th Street, Greendale, Wisconsin 53129

Originally posted 2012-03-25 09:39:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Marinated Lamb Chops with Crushed Broad Beans

These moreish lamb chops are marinated with freshly chopped rosemary, garlic, lemon juice and seasoning and either pan fried or cooked on the barbecue and served with crushed broad beans flavoured with  fresh mint and crème fraîche.

Marinated lamb chops with crushed broad beans

Originally posted 2014-03-10 09:16:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bacon LIVE: Pittsburgh Chevy Burger and Shake Crawl 2011

Back in the day if one wanted a nice burger and shake they would have to walk 10 miles in the snow up hill both ways just for a little bite to eat. Then out of a desire to never have to walk again mankind invented the car and we’ve been driving ever since.

The good people at Chevrolet must have realized how much I enjoy burgers and hate walking because they invited me and Jason on the 2011 Pittsburgh Chevy Burger and Shake Crawl!!

The deal was we would be whisked away in some of the new Chevy vehicles to some of the best burger and shake joints in the burgh. At first I was a little hesitant to sign up because I know very little about cars and didn’t want to come off as a fool but I do know a lot about the American past time of eating.

I decided to use this as an opportunity to learn a little about cars and fill my belly at the same time, so I signed up. With an open mind and open mouth we headed out.

The plan was to meet up with Chevy, check out the cars, then hit up the restaurants BRGR and Sharp Edge Bistro and finish the day at the Milk Shake Factory. We were so pumped we couldn’t wait around for the 11:30am start time so we went almost 40 minutes early.

When we got there the Chevy team was wiping down the cars to make them all shiny and they were doing such a good job I was half tempted to ask them to do my car next. This was the first glimpse I’ve had at the vehicles. Lined up in all their shiny glory was the Cruze, Tahoe, Equinox, Camaro, and Volt.

We had a quick overview of the cars and they gave us some impressive stats on gas mileage, horse power, and leg room. Now I have to make a little confession, before doing this I wasn’t really a GM supporter but after it was all said and done I was impressed with all the little extras Chevy puts in their cars and the days after the event I even found myself defending Chevy against naysayers.

All the bloggers involved seemed to have a really good time. The afternoon was filled with good food and good people. I for one had a blast and over the next week I’m going to take a more in-depth look at the cars, burgers, and shakes. Some of the things we tried were amazing and blew me away and others were kind of disappointing. So check back through out the week for full coverage.

Listen to this episode of Bacon LIVE if you don’t want to wait for all the details!

Go to BaconLIVE.com to learn how to subscribe, call the show, and watch us live Wednesdays at 7pm ET!

Watch the live video recording on uStream.tv!

Originally posted 2011-06-16 19:09:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Saturday Morning Video Funhouse…Rube Goldberg edition

This new video from OK Go is TEARING up the Googleverse!!  It made the Yahoo homepage today it’s so hot!

In three words…it is awesome!!!  A single tracking shot of a Rube Goldberg inspired masterpiece.  You have to watch it several times to really enjoy both the simplicity and complexity of it…

Click here to view the embedded video.

But what has this to do with bacon?  Well, it reminded me of the opening scene from one of my favorite movies…

Click here to view the embedded video.

You can stop watching after breakfast if you want ;-) but I love the whole clip!

“I pity the fool who don’t eat my cereal.”

Have a great weekend everyone.

Originally posted 2010-03-06 09:39:46.

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Originally posted 2012-12-25 01:35:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter