2793. MAPLE BACON ICE CREAM

yields 8-10 servings

1 cup grade B maple syrup
4 cups half-and-half
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
5 egg yolks
1/2 pound thick-cut bacon (about 6 slices)
special equipment: candy thermometer, ice cream maker

In a medium saucepan over moderate heat, reduce the maple syrup to 1/2 cup. Set aside. Over moderate heat in a medium saucepan, heat the half-and-half with 1/2 cup sugar until hot and just bubbling around the edges. In a medium bowl, whisk the yolks with 1/2 cup sugar, then add 1 cup hot half-and-half mixture in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Pour the whole egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture coats the back of the spoon and registers 170 degrees F on a thermometer. Do not let boil. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl and whisk in the maple syrup. Cover with parchment paper letting the paper touch the surface of the mixture, to prevent a skin from forming. Chill the mixture until very cold, at least 6 hours and up to overnight. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed sheet pan with heavy foil. Place a baking rack over the lined sheet pan and arrange the bacon slices across the rack next to each other. Bake until crispy, about 15 minutes. When cool enough to handle, finely chop. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. Place the remaining 1/2 cup sugar in the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring with a fork, until the sugar starts to melt. Stop stirring and cook until the sugar is a golden caramel color, about 10 minutes. Add the bacon and stir to coat. Pour onto prepared baking sheet and let harden. Chop the candied bacon into small pieces. Freeze the custard in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions, 20 to 30 minutes and at the last minute, add the candied bacon and let churn until just combined. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Claire Robinson, “Beachy Keen,” 5 Ingredient Fix, 2011, Food Network

Originally posted 2012-12-31 08:11:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Saturday Morning Video Funhouse…Rube Goldberg edition

This new video from OK Go is TEARING up the Googleverse!!  It made the Yahoo homepage today it’s so hot!

In three words…it is awesome!!!  A single tracking shot of a Rube Goldberg inspired masterpiece.  You have to watch it several times to really enjoy both the simplicity and complexity of it…

Click here to view the embedded video.

But what has this to do with bacon?  Well, it reminded me of the opening scene from one of my favorite movies…

Click here to view the embedded video.

You can stop watching after breakfast if you want ;-) but I love the whole clip!

“I pity the fool who don’t eat my cereal.”

Have a great weekend everyone.

Originally posted 2010-03-06 09:39:46.

Related Stories:January 2, 2010 — Saturday Morning Video Funhouse…December 5, 2009 — Saturday Morning Video Funhouse…
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Originally posted 2012-12-25 01:35:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2888. BACON ACORN SQUASH PATTIES

makes 4-8 patties

1 large acorn squash, cut in half, seeds removed
4-6 strips bacon, diced
2 eggs
2 tablespoons coconut flour
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut your squash in half and place your squash open side, face down on a baking sheet. Roast your squash for 25-30 minutes. Once your squash is soft when you poke its skin, remove it from the oven to cool. Then cook your bacon in a medium pan until cooked through, and place on a paper towel to soak up the excess fat. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon fat in your pan after your bacon in done cooking. Scoop out your acorn squash into a bowl and add your bacon, eggs, coconut flour, and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly until eggs are broken up completely. Use a spoon to scoop out a large spoonful of mixture and add to your hot bacon fat pan. Cook each patty for 3-5 minutes then use a spatula to flip it over and press down and cook for another 3-5 minutes. You just want to create a crust on each side of the patty. Repeat.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Juli, PaleOMG, September 25, 2012

Originally posted 2013-04-05 01:28:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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

Bringin’ Up a Bacon Baby…Part Dos

As you may have read below, Saturday was Lil’ Baird’s first birthday.  A nice little party was had with family. The Lil’ one took her first bite of chocolate, destroyed a cake (with some help from daddy) and ended up gettin’ a whole mesh o’ swag.  One of the gifts was this…

present

from my brother - Eggs and Bacon.  I love the call out on the package: “No Heat, No Mess!” Really? REALLY?!? You needed to spell that out?  My baby can’t actually fry her own bacon? 

So while she has yet to taste bacon, yet alone pork, she now has TWO bacon toys to play with!  And that makes daddy smile ;-)

Originally posted 2009-09-28 18:30:05.

Related Stories:February 12, 2013 — Bringin’ Up a Bacon Baby…All in the FamilyApril 9, 2012 — Bringin’ Up a Bacon Baby – Worst Bacon Toy EVER!
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Originally posted 2013-04-10 22:34:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Oberto Bacon Jerky Giveaway

**UPDATE!**Congrats to Phairhead for winning the Oberto Bacon Jerky! Hopefully she’ll let us know how she likes it! Natazcha was originally picked as the winner but I didn’t realize that you couldn’t ship food overseas so a consolation prize is coming her way!

A couple of weeks ago I entered a Thrillist contest on Twitter (@Thrillist) to win some bags of Bacon Jerky from Oberto. All I had to do was answer the question, how much do I love bacon? Well, duh, and yes, I was one of the winners.

So I came home the next week to this box sitting on my doorstep:
Oberto Bacon Jerky box

You might know Oberto from their jerky and other meat snacks. New to their line-up is Applewood Smoked Bacon Jerky and I was psyched to try it. I opened the box to two bags of Bacon Jerky and a Bacon Wallet!
Oberto Bacon Jerky

I ripped open a bag right away and was automatically impressed by the look of the Bacon Jerky. Big pieces, thick and meaty…
bacon strip

Wow, this stuff is really, really good. Pure, fresh bacon taste, not too salty, not too fatty or chewy. It’s also not as leathery or tough as beef jerky and you could totally use this on a sandwich. I’d have no problem throwing some on a BLT. I brought a bag to work with me and everyone who tried it was really impressed. I’ve tried some other bacon jerky products and so far Oberto’s Bacon Jerky is hands-down the best.

It wasn’t until a couple of days later that I opened the Bacon Wallet…
bacon wallet

Freakin’ hysterical. Oberto filled the wallet with all sorts of fun – a Bacon Driver’s License, Bacon Jerky Business Card, photobooth photos and more.

bacon drivers license
These made me actually laugh out loud.

**GIVEAWAY**
Anyhow, Oberto wants to give one of my readers a couple of bags of Bacon Jerky. Just leave a comment here or on Twitter (@skullsandbacon) and tell me why you need this Oberto Bacon Jerky. Comments must be in by midnight EST, Tues. May 7th. Please make sure I have a way to contact you via email or twitter when making your comment, so that I can contact you in case you win. If I can’t contact you then another winner may be selected randomly.

Originally posted 2013-04-30 21:57:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter