serves four

1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 slices bacon, diced
4 (4- to 5-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
1 shallot, peeled and minced
1 1/4 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup pearl (Israeli) couscous
1 tablespoon parsley, freshly chopped
2 teaspoons cider vinegar

In a small bowl, whisk the mustard, maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; set aside. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.

Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of fat from skillet and return pan to medium-high heat until fat shimmers. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until golden brown and meat registers 160 degrees, about 6 minutes per side. Transfer to platter, brush with mustard mixture, and tent loosely with aluminum foil. (You might not use all of the mustard mixture depending on the size of the chicken breasts.

Add shallot to now-empty skillet and cook over medium heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Add broth and bring to simmer. Stir in couscous, cover, and cook over low heat about 10 minutes. Stir cooked bacon, parsley and vinegar into couscous. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve couscous and chicken with any remaining Dijon sauce on the side.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Detroit Free Press, 615 W. Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48226, March 3, 2013; adapted from Cook’s Country Magazine, January 2013

Originally posted 2013-05-24 01:02:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Make it with Mince Challenge 2013

Every year we run a competition to encourage young people to cook, now in it’s 8th year, we asked asked Denise, our in-house food advisor, to tell us all about how she runs the days and what it’s like to work with James Martin:

The 11-13th November 2013 kicked off the three-day tour for the Red Tractor beef and lamb Make it with Mince competition.  Celebrity chef James Martin and the crew covered over 653 miles judging 56 eager, but nervous contestants from the following heats:  Harrogate, Manchester, Bristol, Cambridge and London.

Originally posted 2013-12-15 08:20:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

#Bacon Salt ala Cabin Goddess Style – #InternationalBaconDay


Cabin Goddess Homemade #Bacon Salt

It is Labor day Weekend!!! But more importantly the Saturday before Labor day is known as International Day of Bacon! It is also the last grilling weekend of the summer! You can whip this up just in time to grill! Salt and pepper are great, but what about adding a bit of pizzaz to it? #Bacon Salt can be bought all over, but it is easier to make. Plus you can adjust it to your own tastes. I make it really thick with bacon and I also make it just right for potatoes, steak and great for a rub for your chicken and roast pork. It is also great on homemade grits, home-fries, and even popcorn!

Bacon Porn’s Homemade #Bacon Salt!

Brought to you originally on Cabin Goddess’ Mama’s Kitchen Mondays

Cabin Goddess Homemade Bacon Salt

Close-up of black peppercorns, Piper nigrum, i...

Close-up of black peppercorns (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

6-8 slices of bacon
1/2 to 3/4 cup coarse sea salt
3/4 teaspoon ground peppercorns (I coarsely grind these in my mortar and pestle and do not overflow the measuring spoon)


Some chicken, pork and corn in the barbeque

Some chicken, pork and corn in the barbeque (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees.
Lay your bacon out in single strips over a cookie rack and put that in a baking tray.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until the bacon is crisp and starting to blacken (in other words perfect in my mind, but some do not like it  
Once the bacon has cooled, dab the excess oil off of it with a paper towel
Transfer the bacon to a food processor and process until there are only small chunks and a slight paste begins to form.
Add in the sea salt and ground pepper(you have to grind the peppercorns ahead of time. I poo-pooed this and almost broke my mini-processor. So I use a mortar and pestle).
Continue to process until the salt breaks up into smaller pieces and mixes with the bacon.
Transfer to an airtight jar and keep in the refrigerator when not using.


Do you bake cookies? Cupcakes? Try this recipe without the pepper and keep the bacon in, and use this as your salt for your chocolate chip cookies and brownie mix. Savory is right. Bacon Salt is lovely!

Quick tip: A pierced potato will microwave in midrange watt in 10 minutes. If you want a crispy skin, throw it under the broiler after brushing it with a little butter and bacon salt!

What would you put #bacon salt on?
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Originally posted 2013-08-31 02:20:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


pizza crust (ready-made or homemade baked and ready to go) 1/4 cantaloupe, sliced4 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled4 oz. crumbled goat cheese1 cup arugula3 tablespoons olive oilsea salt or kosher saltfreshly ground black pepper?Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Place pizza crust on pan. Prep pizza crust by bushing with olive oil. Once oven is heated, place pizza crust in oven. Allow to bake for five minutes. Using a grill pan, brush cantaloupe slices on both sides with olive oil and grill until marks appear and cantaloupe is slighted wilted. On heated pizza crust, coat with goat cheese, crumbled bacon and cantaloupe slices. Return to oven for five minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkled with salt to taste and top with 1 cup of arugula. Crack freshly ground black pepper on top, serve and enjoy.??bacon recipe courtesy of: Linda Arceo, Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps, August 13, 2013?

Originally posted 2013-08-27 01:21:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

This is one of those dishes that looks like it took all day to make, but really requires very little effort – Well, you do have to pound the crap out of a breast of chicken. Sure, that requires effort, but also takes out a bunch of frustration in the meantime. After making this, I […]

Originally posted 2011-10-25 15:26:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

ABC Melt – Great Lunch Idea

Hi, I came across this recipe and thought – wow – quick, easy, nice blend of flavors and I bet kids would like it too. Ingredients 2 English muffins, split and toasted 2 teaspoons prepared mustard 4 slices Canadian bacon 1 medium apple, thinly sliced 4 slices Swiss cheese Directions Place muffin halves, cut side up, […]

Originally posted 2011-08-20 14:00:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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