Keep Fit – Eat Meat Every Day

This past weekend I ventured over the Williamsburg bridge for brunch at Marlow & Sons. My friend and I shared a couple dishes that included an amazing boudin sausage—possibly my favorite part of the meal (and yes, I did have bacon). Afterwards we stopped into Marlow & Daughters to check out the butcher shop where this wonderful sausage came from. Scott Bridi, manager and charcutier (and dining partner), was kind enough to give us a tour. See all photos here.
The place was packed and meat case close to empty. Scott was busy cranking out lamb sausages. Eventually there was a lull & the meat case was replenished before the shot above was taken. I was then introduced to the various charcuterie available—smoked meats, fresh sausages, patés, terrines. There is a lot of thought and care in the preparation of these items. Wine and fresh herbs are often used “to create the balance of a well composed dish,” according to Bridi. We of course had to see for ourselves… we sampled duck rillettes, pork rillettes, a Sunset Park taco-inspired pig head terrine, and sweet sopressata. Like the boudin at brunch, I could certainly eat any of these as a meal by itself. Another wonderful thing about the prepared foods is that it gives the shop an opportunity to make use of the whole animal.
Marlow & Daughters does whole animal butchering and they source their animals very locally. Their beef is from 3 farms in upstate NY. Pork comes from EcoFriendly Foods in VA as well as farms upstate including Flying Pigs. The lamb is from Elysian Fields Farm in PA. Duck and rabbit are from a farm in New Paltz. Meat isn’t all that they get locally. Fresh veggies come from Guy Jones’ upstate farm and their beans come from Cayuga Pure Organics in Ithaca. A number of groceries are sourced even closer to home: popsicles from Brooklyn Flea regulars People’s Pops, Williamsburg’s own Mast Brothers Chocolate, and Marlow & Sons’ house-made ice cream, granola, marmalade and hazelnut butter (to name a few).
This is truly your local neighborhood butcher shop… and if it’s not exactly local to you, it’s worth it to go out of your way. These guys aren’t just chopping up meat. They can tell you what cut to use and the best way to prepare it. There is a flexibility and a trust between the staff of M&D and their customers. Talk to Scott, TJ or Andrew who can offer suggestions on easy, delicious dishes based on what’s available. Coming from the kitchens of Gramercy Tavern, craft, and Momofuku—these guys know how to fucking cook. So take advantage of that knowledge when planning your next meal. And don’t forget:
P.S.M&D will soon be selling barbecue packages… Get your grills ready! (Talking to you, Rosa.) If you can’t grill, their eponymous pork sausage will be available at Summer Stage this year.

Originally posted 2010-04-27 11:22:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2928. BACON BUTTERFINGER CANDIES

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

2799. BACON SHORTBREAD COOKIES

½ cup salted butter, softened
¼ cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
dash of coarse sea salt
¼ cup crumbled bacon
1 cup all purpose flour
3 oz. dark chocolate, melted

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and mix until combined.

Turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides. Add the salt, bacon, and flour. Mix on low speed until combined. The dough may appear crumbly. Turn the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Press together into a disc and wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper and roll out to a ¼ inch thickness. Remove the plastic wrap and cut out cookies into desired shapes. Place the cut outs on trays and place the trays into the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to let the cookies firm up.

Place the cookies into the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until firm and lightly browned. Move the cookies to wire racks and cool completely.

Once the cookies are cooled, dip them into the melted chocolate. Move to waxed paper lined baking trays and place in the refrigerator to harden. Move the cookies to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Amy’s Cooking Adventures, March 20, 2012; adapted from Joy of Baking.com

Originally posted 2013-01-06 08:56:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Chocolate Bacon Pecan Pie with Chocolate Whipped Cream

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Did you know that August 20th is National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day? Having National Pecan Pie Day just wasn’t enough. ‘Merica had to come up with CHOCOLATE Pecan Pie Day… Heck yeah we did! I wonder how long we’ll have to wait until National Bacon Chocolate Pecan Pie Day is declared?

Because believe it or not, bacon, chocolate, and pecan pie go together like peas, carrots and Forrest Gump. This pie is filled with layer upon layer of wonderful, sweet and savory flavors. All this nutty, bacon-y, chocolate-y goodness starts with a flaky, buttery crust. Next comes our variation on a traditional pecan pie filling. Adding semi-sweet chocolates, candied bacon, AND smooth bourbon to our toast pecans gives this pie a “Yeah, baby!” flavor explosion. Top this dreamy pie with a dollop of Chocolate Whipped Cream for a pie that is perfection on a plate.

Basic Pie Crust:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 – 4 tablespoons chilled water

Chocolate Bacon-Pecan filling:
3 large eggs
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup light or dark corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons melted butter, salted or unsalted
2 tablespoons bourbon
1 1/3 cups toasted pecans, lightly chopped
1/2 cup chopped, candied bacon
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Whipped Cream:
1/2 teaspoon bourbon vanilla extract
3 – 4 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar (or more to taste)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup cold heavy whipping cream

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1. Using a food processor or pastry blender, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add in butter and combine until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsps. water and continue mixing until the dough is crumbly, but holds together. (Add 1 Tbsp. additional water if necessary).

2. Flatten dough into 1″ thick disk and refrigerate for about an hour. You can prepare your other pie filling and whipped cream while you wait.

3. Preheat the oven to 375ºF and position the oven rack in the center of the oven.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, syrup, vanilla, salt, melted butter, and bourbon.

5. Stir in the pecans, candied bacon bits (learn how to make candied bacon HERE), and the chocolate chips. Set aside.

6. Using a chilled whisk, stir together vanilla, sugar, cocoa powder, and 2 Tbsps. of cream in a chilled mixing bowl to form a thick paste.

7. When the cocoa powder is dissolved, add the remaining heavy cream and beat until stiff peaks form. You may also use a hand mixer (be sure the beaters are chilled).

8. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.

9. Place your pastry dough on a floured surface and roll dough into a 14-inch circle with a floured rolling pin. Place your dough into a 9″ pie plate and gently fit into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate.

10. Scrape the pie filling into the pie shell and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the filling puffs up slightly but still feels slightly jiggly and moist in the center.

11. Let pie cool completely before slicing. Serve with a dollop of chocolate whipped cream and a sprinkling of chopped candied bacon.

A pie complete with bacon and booze. Alas, a pie that the great Dean Winchester would go to hell and back for.

The post Chocolate Bacon Pecan Pie with Chocolate Whipped Cream appeared first on Bacon Today.

Originally posted 2013-08-19 00:55:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Dina’s Candied Bacon Edition!

After the “all Charlie” post yesterday, I can across a series of Facespace messages from another long time FoTDB Dina (SHOUT OUT!).  Dina’s been a BIG supporter of this little blog and just after the New Year she sent not one but five, FIVE, recipes that included candied bacon.

Candied Bacon Ice Cream

Candied Bacon Green Salad

Candied Bacon Maple Popcorn

Chocolate Chip Candied Bacon Pancakes

Candied Bacon Butter!

See something you like?  Of course you do!

Thanks for all the bacon love Dina and for being a loyal TDBer!

Photos via davidlebovitz, jaimeoliver, pinterest, evilshenanigans and tablespoon

Originally posted 2012-01-12 21:24:25.

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Originally posted 2013-05-11 01:18:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Whiskey, Caramel, Marshmallow and Bacon Bark…

Um…yes please!

Whiskey, Caramel, Marshmallow and Bacon Bark

Ingredients:

16 oz of semi-sweet chocolate
4 cups of mini marshmallows
¼ cup whiskey
1 cup caramel (recipe follows)
1 cup of spiced bacon crumble (recipe follows)

Directions:

Place chocolate in a heat-proof bowl above simmering water. Heat on low until chocolate is melted. Pour half of melted chocolate into parchement-lined pan. Then using an offset spatula, spread chocolate until smooth. Transfer pan to freezer to chill for about 5 minutes or until melted chocolate becomes solid.
Place marshmallows in a large saucepan and heat until marshmallows starts to just melt and forms web-like strands when stirred. Remove from heat and add in 5 tablespoons of whiskey; stir to combine. Spread marshmallow mixture over solid chocolate layer. (To easily spread the marshmallow to an even layer, spray offset spatula with non-stick spray.)
Pour caramel on top of marshmallow layer. Then, using an offset spatula, spread caramel until smooth. Transfer pan to freezer to chill for about 5 minutes or until caramel becomes slightly hardened. Pour remaining half of chocolate over caramel layer and, using an offset spatula, spread chocolate until smooth. Sprinkle and gently press bacon crumble into chocolate, Return fully assembled bark to refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes or until bark becomes solid. Bring bark to almost room temperature before cutting.

To get the Ingredients and Directions for the bacon crumble and the caramel, head over to endlesssimmer.com.  That’s where this incredible recipe came from!

Thank you FoTDB Cathryn (SHOUT OUT!) for sharing this with me today on the Facespace ;-)

Originally posted 2012-06-06 19:25:33.

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Originally posted 2014-03-14 12:12:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2752. SALTINE TOFFEE BACON BARK

1 pack of saltine crackers
?1 cup brown sugar?
1 cup cream?
9-12 oz. dark chocolate (disks, chips or chunks)?
1/2 cup (or more) toasted chopped pecans (or other nuts)?
2-3 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled

Line the crackers facing up, side to side in a lined baking pan. In a saucepan, heat the brown sugar and cream to boiling and simmer gently for about 5 minutes, stirring.? Carefully pour the brown sugar toffee over the crackers in your pan and bake in the oven on preheated 350F for about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate all over the toffee. Let rest for a few minutes, then using a spatula, spread the melted chocolate out evenly. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and bacon and allow to cool for 15 more minutes. Place in the refrigerator to help set the chocolate for about 20 minutes or more.??Break into pieces and serve, or you can hold in an airtight container or freezer for a couple days.?

bacon recipe courtesy of: Cathy Shambly, ShowFood Chef, February 26, 2011

Originally posted 2012-11-20 09:17:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter