Bacon Shortage? What Bacon Shortage?

Some good news from the USDA last week…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported last week that through the end of October, frozen pork supplies were down 4 percent from the previous month but up 24 percent from last year. Stocks of pork bellies were up 22 percent from last month and up 119 percent from last year.

So this holiday…make mine bacon!

Thanks to CTBites for the bacon pron.

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Originally posted 2012-11-27 02:01:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


serves 4-6?

2 tablespoons grass-fed butter?
2 lbs Brussels sprouts, quartered
2 cups salsify root, peeled and thinly sliced on the bias (diagonal)?
1/2 cup shallots, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced?
4 strips uncooked bacon, chopped?
1/2 cup broth (or water)?
1/2 teaspoon sea salt?
1/4 teaspoon black pepper?
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes?
Juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup)?
1/2 cup organic sour cream
pinch salt?

In a large skillet heat butter over medium flame. Add butter and melt. Add sliced salsify to the pan and cook 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until becoming slightly browned. Add bacon and shallots to the pan. Cook 5 more minutes until the bacon begins to get about halfway “done.” Add the Brussels sprouts and garlic and saute 2-3 more minutes to brown edges. ?

Add broth and salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Cover and turn to low; let simmer 5-10 more minutes until sprouts begin to soften and the liquid has reduced by at least half.?

While the veggie mixture is cooking, whisk the lemon juice, sour cream and pinch of salt together in a small bowl.

Add the lemon cream to the pan and stir to coat the vegetables. Cook 2-3 more minutes to let the sauce heat and thicken. Serve hot, garnished with a pinch of red pepper flakes.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Laura, Rising Moon Food, Portland, Oregon, January 14, 2013

Originally posted 2013-04-11 01:20:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Pig Fat Conspiracy, Why We Stopped Using Lard

The Jan 6th episode of NPR’s Podcast Planet Money had a very interesting topic, Lard. They talked about how everyone used pig fat for cooking a hundred years ago but now it’s almost no where to be found.

Most people think the whole reason lard cooking went away is because it’s unhealthy for you but that’s really only half of the reason. It turns out it was a combination of the back lash from the 1906 novel “The Jungle” that exposed the horror stories of the meat processing world and Capitalism.

Although “The Jungle” is fiction it was very well researched and showed some of the very unsanitary and dangerous conditions in the world of animal products. After it was released people demanded better care be taken in the preparation of their food and people even started to shy away from mass produced meats. Slaughter houses today might not be perfect but there a heck of a lot better than 100 years ago.

Then you have the company that produced the lard alternative Crisco, Procter & Gamble. They weren’t always in the business of producing healthier ways of making fried chicken. They were in the candle business, and business was good. Everyone from the richest tycoon to the poorest steel worker needed candles. It was the only way a person could do anything after the sun went down besides sleep.

But then something happened that changed the world, the light bulb. The light bulb was on the fast track of replacing the need for candles in America and that meant Procter & Gamble had to reassess their business. The candles they produced were make out of cotton oil and with not as many candles needed that gave them a cotton oil surplus.

What did they do with that extra oil; they got a German scientist to figure out a way for people to eat it. By using the process of Hydrogenation they turned the now useless cotton oil into tubs of white paste that resembled lard and called it Crisco. Then it was as simple as starting a mass advertising campaign to convince the American people Crisco was better than lard and the rest is history.

Is Crisco really better for you than lard? It’s a hard question to answer because most of us aren’t doctors or food scientists so we just have to listen to what people tell us and make up our own minds. There are people on both sides of this issue and both make some interesting points but I think it’s safe to assume no matter what side of the fence you fall on we can all agree that eating foods fired in any type of oil is something we should do in moderation.

Originally posted 2012-01-16 15:27:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bacon Thing of The Day: Bacon Wallet!

“Bringin’ Home The Bacon…”

Your Money Needs a New Home! Bacon Wallet Features:

Faux leather wallet with patterns of Delicious Bacon printed inside and out
Size: 4-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ (11 cm x 9.5 cm)
Plenty of space for money and credit cards!
High Fashion!

Sale Priced at just $10.95 and waiting for you to own it at This Link.

Originally posted 2011-09-06 14:41:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

I declared it loudly this morning, the words shocking even me as they escaped my lips. I’m in the mood for Christmas! (GASP!) Normally this time of year, I yell expletives when entering stores that have put up Christmas decor before Santa enters Harold Square at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I’ll admit the urge to sprinkle tinsel on a tree and sing along with Ella Fitzgerald’s Christmas album snuck up on me. But I’m going with it.

Luckily, stores far and wide are obliging my jonesin’ for some holiday cheer.
I hit up West Elm this weekend to check out their new collection of handmade felt ornaments. I grabbed a few of these adorable little letters for gift tags. Aren’t my friends and family lucky?

And I couldn’t resist buying this lovely wreath for our fireplace. Squee!

That’s about all the damage I’ve done so far with decor, but the siren song of Anthropologie is drawing me in with these cute little Matryoshka ornaments. Wouldn’t they cheer up a tree with their smiling faces?

Last year, I shelled out for one of these Merry Christmas banners (although I only paid $99, not the $128 that Anthro is charging this year.) It makes me squeal every time I see it strung across our window above our couch.

And if you’re as obsessed with letters as I am these days, these little guys will do the trick. They make me want to jump for joy with every adorable pom-pom.

Not to abandon my favorite handmade store, Etsy, for the big names, I found tons of handcrafted felt happiness with a simple search. Want a woodland holiday? Done!

From AstahtoysFrom Recycled Parts

:::::Or hearts!::::::
From Sewn Natural

Originally posted 2010-11-08 15:42:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


After a well-deserved break–during which plenty, but not quite enough, bacon was consumed–Bacon Du Jour will be returning on Monday, February 28, 2011, A.D. We apologize for the absence, but rather than make up some lame excuses, here are some cool ones (also made up):

“We went on vacation to a nude beach, after which we couldn’t sit down in front of our computer for a very long time, because of the extremely painful sunburn on our buttocks.”
“We got totally stoned on Bob Marley’s birthday and, thanks to a severe case of the munchies, ate our power cord. In our defense, those things look WAY too much like black Twizzlers.”
“We came down with the rockin’ pneumonia, AND the boogie-woogie flu.”
“After seeing a guy put ketchup on his hot dog at the mall food court, we were too traumatized to leave the house for several months.” **
“We went to Gene’s Sausage Shop to restock our Nueske’s supply, when a pack of angry vegans followed us to our car, then beat us with bricks of extra-firm tofu.”

Enough excuses–we’ll see you next week.

** we’re from Chicago.

Originally posted 2011-02-23 20:36:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter