serves 3 as a main dish; 6 as a side

1 pound bowtie pasta
?4 slices thick-sliced bacon
olive oil as needed
?1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
1 cup frozen sweet peas
1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)
?2 tablespoons butter?
salt and pepper to taste
grated Parmesan cheese for garnish

Put a large pot of salted water on to boil. When boiling, cook pasta until al dente (firm to the bite), about 10 minutes. Reserve about 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. While pasta is cooking, make the sauce.
Cut the bacon into 1/4-inch pieces. Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, until just lightly golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Leave remaining bacon drippings in the skillet and reduce heat to medium. Add onion to the skillet and sauté until soft and tender, about 4 minutes. Add peas and sauté a few minutes more until heated through.? If the skillet starts to get dry, add a little olive oil.

Stir in cream and simmer a few minutes until it begins to reduce and thicken.

Add cooked, drained pasta and bacon to the skillet and toss gently until all of the ingredients are incorporated and pasta is coated with the sauce. If the dish seems dry, add in some of the pasta water. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and drizzle in a little more olive oil and the butter. Swirl until butter is melted. Sprinkle on some grated cheese and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Susan Filson, Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy, November 4, 2010

Batch5280.com has an unbeatable bacon deal!

Batch5280 bacon

Batch5280 is the culmination of a lifelong passion for all things bacon – whether its unique smoking techniques and flavors, bacon creations whipped up by food artists, products crafted from the finest quality pigs/meats – they’ve found the best of them…and wrapped them up in what they call a Batch – amazing bacon delivered. And they have just introduced their bacon “6-pack” – a limited quantity of artisan produced, handcrafted bacon from around the country for $99!


serves twelve

12 pitted dried plums
5 1/3 ounces goat cheese, divided into 12 equal portions
3 slices bacon, each cut into 2-inch pieces (to total 12 pieces)

For each dried plum, make a lengthwise slit and spoon a portion of cheese into slit; wrap with a piece of bacon. Secure bacon with wooden pick; arrange on rack in broiler pan. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat 6 to 8 minutes or until browned and barely crisp, turning once. Serve hot or warm.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Georgeanne Brennan, California Dried Plums Board?