Better with Bacon – Bacon Cantaloupe Bites

This recipe is what it is…damn tasty….

and simple and easy and quick…

Seriously, if you screw this one up you need to stay the heck away from the kitchen!

Even though it may be elementary in nature, it’s still packs a lot of flavor!

Hit the jump for the “recipe” ;-)

Bacon Cantaloupe Bites

1 slice bacon
1/4 cantaloupe


Cook bacon in pan or microwave (using paper towels).
Cut bacon and cantaloupe into 10 small pieces.
Spear bacon and cantaloupe with toothpick.


Originally posted 2010-08-17 20:44:27.

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Originally posted 2013-05-10 01:09:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2011 was a fine year

Time for the?year-end?List of Stuff That Happened to Me And You Likely Won’t Care About But Who Cares Because This Is About Me.?

A List of Random Things That Happened to Me This Year:
1.?Celebrated my second wedding anniversary with Hot Pants by going to France and Spain. It was my first visit to Europe, and it was just as magical as my brain had imagined it. Way to go, Europe.
2. Hosted my family for Christmas for the first time since HP and I got together. It was great to show off my Christmas crafting skills and to share our home with my parents, aunt, uncle and cousin.
3. Took a sewing class and have been going crazy on projects ever since. I can finally stop paying ridiculous prices for throw pillows and curtains.
4. Had a lovely visit from Ian, a ?friend from college who lives in England, after more than a decade of not seeing each other.
5. Our two best couple friends both had babies, shaking up our social lives in ways I still can’t properly explain without graphs and charts.
6. I paid off my college loans.?
7. I was in three weddings between January and June. Yowser.
8. I visited the set of “The Walking Dead” for work and got to meet many of the actors, makeup artists, costume designers and the rest of the braintrust behind the incredibly popular show. I even got a hug from IronE Singleton. It was a truly awesome evening that I can’t really tell you about because I signed an NDA.
9. My grandfather _ my last grandparent still living _ died in April after 90-plus years on this earth. I miss you, Grandpa.
10. My nephew, Elias, was born in May.
Update: 11. Visited with a dozen of my very best friends on a reunion trip in Washington, D.C., part of our annual meet up in cities across the country.

Amazing Albums Released this Year:
Fleet Foxes, “Helplessness Blues”
The Decemberists, “The King is Dead”
Wilco, “The Whole Love”
tUnE-yArDs, “Whokill”
Katie Herzig, “The Waking Sleep”
Adele, “21”
Noah and the Whale, “Last Night on Earth”
The Features, “Wilderness”
The Head and the Heart, “The Head and the Heart”
I’m From Barcelona, “Forever Today”?
The Submarines, “Birds”
Update: Beirut, “The Rip Tide”

Some Books I Read (and loved):
“Swamplandia!” by Karen Russell
“Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” by Mindy Kaling
“Bossypants” by Tina Fey
“My Life in France” by Julia Child
“The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” by Aimee Bender
“Anthropology of an American Girl” by?Hilary Thayer?Hamann
“One Day” by David Nicholls
“A Visit from the Goon Squad” by Jennifer Egan
Harry Potter, books 1, 2, 3 and 7 (some for the second time, others for the third or fourth)

Some Awesome Movies I Saw (and loved):?
“Crazy, Stupid Love”
“Harry Potter: The Freakin’ End”
“Midnight in Paris”
“The Muppets”
“Ides of March”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

Places I Visited:?
Paris, Avignon and Nice in France
Barcelona and Madrid in Spain
Norwich, NY
Grantville and Harrisburg, Pa.
Memphis, Tenn.
Washington, D.C.
Dauphin Island, Ala.
New Orleans

Famous People Sightings:
Bill Clinton
Ron Livingston (sighting No. 2, this time in Atlanta, rather than New Orleans)
the cast of The Walking Dead, plus Greg Nicotero
Michelle Obama
Spike Mendelsohn from Top Chef
Kevin Gillespie from Top Chef
Richard Blais from Top Chef
Gen. Larry Platt of “Pants on the Ground” fame
Spike Lee
Laura Bush
Ann Brashares

Originally posted 2011-12-29 03:32:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


yields four servings

1 cup olives, chopped
½ cup raisins, plumped in hot water
½ cup tomatoes, small diced
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chiffonade
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chiffonade
4 oz olive oil
2 oz balsamic vinegar
¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
salt and pepper, to taste

2 bunches broccolini, cleaned
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 oz olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Eggplant Puree:
3 eggplants, whole
1 lemon, juiced
3 oz olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

4 (6 oz) swordfish fillets?
olive oil, to coat
salt and pepper, to taste

For the Olive and Raisin Tapenade: Toss together ingredients and season to taste.

For the Broccolini: Blanch broccolini in salted water, shock in ice bath, and drain off excess water. Heat sauté pan with olive oil and slightly brown garlic. Add broccolini and heat through. Season with salt and pepper.

For the Eggplant Puree: Char eggplant over open grill until soft. Peel skin off eggplant and put in food processor. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Mix in bowl with basil and mint.

For the Swordfish: Season swordfish with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Sear until golden on both sides. Let rest.

To Plate: Place broccolini on plate. Make a line of eggplant puree. Lay swordfish across both. Top with tapenade.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Tiffany Derry, Top Chef, Season 7, Episode 7?

Originally posted 2013-07-20 01:05:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Baked Jalapeno Bacon Poppers…

It’s been a while since we’ve actually had a recipe on here.  So long in fact, I forgot what I called these segments…

I think this is a good one for us to get back into the groove.  Simple, easy, tasty!  I think I will convience Better Half that we need for these at the party she’s throwin’.

Baked Jalapeno Bacon Poppers


10 mini sweet peppers or jalapeno peppers
3 strips bacon
1 eight-ounce package cream cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (or your seasoning blend of choice)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs or corn flake crumbs


1. Preheat oven to 375F. Slice each sweet pepper in half lengthwise. Use your spoon to scoop out any seeds and some of the rib to make a nice, clean boat.

2. Cook bacon to crisp (you can use a microwave – place bacon between paper towels, microwave 3-4 minutes or until crisp). Mince cooked bacon. In a bowl, mix together the bacon, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and Cajun seasoning. Spoon cheese mixture into each sweet pepper.

3. Melt butter in microwave, stir in the bread crumbs. Hold each popper and dip cheese side down into bread crumbs. Bake 375F for 20 minutes or until cheese melty and bread crumbs crusty.

photo and recipe via

Originally posted 2010-12-08 20:49:40.

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Originally posted 2013-07-20 08:37:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


Leave it to the most healthy state in the country, North Carolina, to release the results of a study showing that a plate of bacon and eggs can help pregnant women have smarter babies. And then leave it to the most healthy country in the world, the UK, to report about it HERE

Eat it Dr. Spock!

Originally posted 2010-01-09 08:24:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter