I’ve been slacking here on BaconJew lately, but I wanted to wish everyone a very happy pork-filled holiday weekend. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days!

Originally posted 2010-09-04 20:46:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bacon Love Friday: Bacon-Stuffed

Some of the most delicious and most popular recipes we have ever featured on the Republic of Bacon have been those that feature foods wrapped in bacon. It is no small wonder that bacon-wrapped recipes tend to garner so much attention: they are also some of the tastiest creations out there. Wrapping food in bacon […]

Originally posted 2012-09-14 20:56:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Crafternoon delight

Well, hello there! Sorry for the prolonged absence.
Time to share what I’ve whipped up recently in my Craft Cave. I recently threw another baby shower, this one for my friend, Amy, at our favorite local brunch place Radial Cafe. It’s the same restaurant where Hot Pants threw me a surprise engagement brunch with family and friends from all over the place, so it already carried a lot of really happy memories.
For my first trick, I will you show you how I made pinwheels that actually go around and around. It took some grunting and cussing, but they turned out adorable and are now a bouquet in little Alexander’s room.
Check it:

I used these instructions from Create Studio for these little boogers. I had quite the time finding a grommet tool at Michael’s, mostly because they call it an eyelet tool there. Apparently, eyelets are a girlier version of grommets. I’d also recommend getting a little thicker dowel than I did here because the push pins kept poking through the back of the sticks and making it hard to get the pinwheel to go around and around. The fun things with these are that you can either use decorative craft paper or just plain card stock that you draw on yourself.

For the centerpieces on the tables, I opted to use the toys I had bought for the mom and dad-to-be instead of wrapping them. Less paper waste, less stuff for them to open and it was rather festive for the occasion. Plus, all the kids who attended the shower had stuff to play with during the boring parts.

I also put together some fun little note cards for folks to fill out with advice for the new parents. I have to put in a plug here for Michael’s rubber stamp section which has some really cute, modern stuff now. This little owl was perfect for the occasion.

I ran out of time to make cupcake decorations, so I turned to the tried and true artists on Etsy to hook me up with some cuteness. A Little Lollipop Tree came through with flying colors. She even had a design that matched the Dwell Studio bedding on the registry. And, yes, the cupcakes were just as fabulously tasty as they appear in this photo.

I also put together a time capsule for guests to fill up with items that represent the year the little guy was born. I turned a simple photo box into the cutest little time capsule ever with Sharpies and Japanese washi tape.

But before you go thinking I just let our guests off the crafty hook, here’s my favorite part of the party. I stole an idea from another baby shower I attended and loaded up a table with blank onesies in a variety of sizes, fabric markers and stencils. Voila! Fun craft time for everyone! I make party guests work for their keep. And the parents-to-be were so thrilled with having a stock of personalized onesies.

Originally posted 2011-02-21 18:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Thankin’ for Bacon – Stuffing & Potatoes…

It’s a twofer tonight as we finish out our side dishes.  So far on our Thankin’ for Bacon Thanksgiving table we have:

Bacon Apple Pie – Dessert
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts – Appetizer
Spinach, Bacon and Onion Dip – Appetizer
Green Beans and Bacon Sauté – Veggie Side
Carrots with Country Bacon – Veggie Side

What’s missing?  Some good old, stick to the ribs, potatoes and stuffing!

Let’s start with the taters…

Cheddar and Mashed Potato Gratin


4 bacon (slices chopped)
1 cup shallot (sliced)
6 cups mashed potatoes (leftover)
1 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped, thyme and chives)
1/4 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese (grated)



Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cook bacon and shallots in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until bacon is crisp, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes.
Stir in mashed potatoes and herbs. Mix in 1/4 cup milk, adding more milk if mixture is dry. Season potato mixture with salt and pepper.
Transfer to 2-quart gratin dish. Sprinkle cheese over and bake until cheese is beginning to brown, about 30 minutes.

Aren’t those yummy?!?  With something as heavy as that, I thought we’d go a slightly different route with the stuffing…

Wild Rice Cranberry and Cornbread Stuffing


1 slice bacon (chopped) – Ed. Note: feel free to add more ;-)
2 tbsps butter
2 onions (chopped)
3 celery ribs (chopped)
1 1/2 cups cremini mushrooms (sliced)
1 cup cranberries (fresh)
2 cups chicken broth
3 cups cornbread (crumbled)
1 1/2 cups wild rice (cooked)
1/2 cup pecans (toasted and chopped)


Cook bacon until crisp, remove and set aside.
Add butter to pan and melt. Add onions, celery and mushrooms. Saute for 8 to 10 minutes until vegetables are tender.
Add cranberries and chicken broth. Bring to boil, then remove from heat.
Add corn bread, cooked wild rice, pecans and bacon.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Roast inside turkey or in casserole dish (about 30 minutes at 350 degrees).

We wrap up our week tomorrow with the star of the show…

both recipes and photos via yummly – dish 1 | dish 2

Originally posted 2011-11-22 20:27:40.

Related Stories:June 17, 2014 Thankin’ for Bacon – Appetizer #2…January 27, 2014 Thankin’ for Bacon – Veggie Side #1…

Originally posted 2013-03-05 16:46:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


2-11 oz. bags of candy corn
1 1/4 cup peanut butter
1 package crispy cooked bacon
milk chocolate or candy coating

Butter two 8×8 disposable pans. Set aside.

Slowly melt the candy corns in a large microwave safe bowl until smooth and completely melted. I microwaved mine for 1.5 minutes then stirred, then put it back in for 30 seconds, stirred and continued the process until it was smooth and easy to stir.

Stir in the peanut butter until completely incorporated.

Evenly distribute the mixture into the two pans.Set in a cool place to firm up (about an hour or two)

Cut into what ever shape you want and dip into melted chocolate. Tap off the excess chocolate and carefully place onto wax paper or parchment paper.

Dip bacon pieces that will fit the candy pieces into the chocolate, shake off some of the excess then place on top of the chocolate covered candies.

Allow to set in a cool place, or refrigerator until chocolate is set.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Carrie, Fields of Cake and Other Good Stuff, November 21, 2011

Originally posted 2013-05-15 01:20:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bakon Vodka

Yes you read that correctly. Apparently the new hot vodka on the town is Bacon flavored Vodka coming out of the http://www.blackrockspirits.com/ cellar. There seems to be a lot of bacon flavored products coming out these days and why stop short of Vodka. Flavored Vodkas are also every where so I guess it was only a matter of time. According to www.baconvodka.com :

“Bakon Vodka is a superior quality potato vodka with a savory bacon flavor. It’s clean, crisp, and delicious. This is the only vodka you’ll ever want to use to make a Bloody Mary, and it’s a complementary element of both sweet and savory drinks.”
I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to find a bottle for those special occasions that call for something out of the ordinary. You know like breakfast…

Originally posted 2009-07-08 18:04:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter