Lemon-Lavender Cold Brew

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There are people with good taste. Then there are people who are good tasters. Shannon Steele, roaster and brew specialist at Passion House Coffee, has a preternatural skill at discerning flavors in coffee and, as I have found lately, her skill translates equally well into the world of food – she recommended a cookbook that I had dismissed wrongly which turned out to be fantastic – and gin – she recommended a wonderfully aromatic French gin.

When Shannon talks about flavors, I listen. When she combines a little food with coffee, I drop what I am doing to listen, then immediately follow along. I wrote last year about my preferred method for cold brewing coffee, so when Shannon mentioned infusing her cold brew with basil and lime, my ears perked up.

For the longest time, every time iced coffee came along, it was dull and bitter – which is why you see most iced coffees loaded down with sugar and cream. The thought of steeping the cold brew with citrus and herbs really interested me and the addition of fizzy soda water pushed me to act immediately. I had tried the combination of cold brew and soda water at Next, it was Passion House coffee and Shannon’s bending the ear of the staff no doubt, and loved the lightness it brought to iced coffee. Continuing to add lightness, brightness and flavor was too intriguing to wait.

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After brewing a particularly strong batch of cold brew (100g coffee, 200g water off the boil, 550g ice water), combinations began to bounce in my head. I have a lovely lavender bush in the yard and, after trying a roast of coffee this summer with serious lavender notes, I thought the pairing would work, so I added flowers from 2 sprigs. Since it was my first shot at this, I stuck with the herb/citrus pairing and added zest from half of a lemon. I briefly consider orange zest, but I wanted tartness not sweetness.

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After a brief steeping period (8 hours), I strained the coffee again and chilled it. In the evening, I filled a tumbler with ice, then a bit of sparkling soda water. After adding the cold brew, I smelled not only the coffee, but the lavender as well. The flavors from the lemon were more forward than the lavender, despite the aroma being amazingly strong. The coffee sparkled even beyond the bubbles from the soda water. The combination of coffee roasted with skill and brewed with care combined with a few small additions made this cold brew an incredible treat.

Brainstorming later with Shannon, I think my next go will be with anise hyssop flowers and noyaux. Kind of a bubble gum/almond combination that will differ substantially from the herb/citrus combination, but has possibilities.

Originally posted 2013-08-06 23:06:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bacon LIVE: Bacon is Bad Again

On Season 5 Episode 10 we talked about how some people are spreading lies about how bacon is bad for you, Bacon Take Down, Better Bacon iPad book, UK’s Biggest Bacon Burger, Donny Bacon, and so much more.

How many times do we need to hear people telling us bacon is bad for you? Anything is bad for you if you eat an ungodly amount of it. That’s why bacon lovers only eat the best bacon and never over do it. Watch or listen to the show to hear our full commentary on this situation.

Go to BaconLIVE.com to learn how to subscribe and/or watch us live Wednesdays at 7pm ET!

Originally posted 2012-04-02 15:17:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Cheesy Beef & Bacon Burger Meatloaf

From the “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger” file comes this recipes for your enjoyment…

It’s Cheesy Beef & Bacon Burger Meatloaf.

Let me say that again…

CHEESY…BEEF….& BACON…BURGER MEATLOAF.

Your mouth is saying “Yum!”, your eyes are saying “Oh, good lord!” and your stomach is saying “Good luck!”

Recipe after the jump.

Cheesy Beef & Bacon Burger Meatloaf

Ingredients:

1 lb. bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled and divided
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef sirloin
1 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 c. dry bread crumbs
1/3 c. mayonnaise
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 c. catsup
1/4 t. hot pepper sauce
3 T. Dijon mustard

Directions:

Set aside 1/2 cup bacon for topping. Combine remaining bacon, ground beef, cheese, eggs, crumbs, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in a large bowl; set aside.
Mix together catsup, hot sauce and mustard; set aside 3 tablespoons of mixture. Add remaining catsup misture to beef mixture; blend well.
Press into an ungreased 9″x5″ loaf pan; spread reserved catsup mixture over top and sprinkle with reserved bacon.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until done. Remove from oven; let stand 5 to 10 minutes before slicing. Serves 6 to 8.

Photo and content idea via Full Bellies, Happy Kids.  Recipe from the Gooseberry Patch Cookbook

Originally posted 2010-08-09 11:58:29.

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Originally posted 2013-09-26 17:32:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

NPR – Bacon Gets Its Just Desserts…

I listen to NPR every day, I’m their fan on facebook, yet I completely missed THIS story from last week.  How the heck did that happen??

From Susan Russo, an NPR contributor and food writer in San Diego.  She discusses how bacon has made it’s way on to the dessert table…

Paired sweet and salty flavors is why we love kettle corn, chocolate-covered pretzels and Snickers bars.  From that perspective, chocolate-covered bacon and bacon cupcakes suddenly seem, well, right.

Right indeed!

She also provides four great bacon dessert recipes, the first was actually featured earlier today in our “Better with Bacon” segment (so while I found the dessert on Dying for Chocolate, they actually found it here).

Take a quick read and check out the rest of those recipes.  It may be time for another TEST KITCHEN soon!

Originally posted 2010-01-04 16:30:24.

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Originally posted 2014-05-06 17:26:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bacon Thing of The Day: Bacon Love 2011 Calendar!


Rolling over into a new year means a lot of things to a lot people, but for me it means buying a new calendar so I can keep track of my many social engagements and important dates. My blogging friend Nick just posted about a neat calendar he received that is all about one of the best things on earth: Bacon. According to Nick, who received the Bacon Love 2011 Calendar as a holiday stocking stuffer: “Each day, bacon lovers will enjoy bacon trivia, recipes and even quotes by bacon connoisseurs such as Thomas Jefferson and Homer Simpson! The mini calendar is approximately 2 x 3 inches and has a magnet backer to conveniently stick to your fridge. Excellent!”

Here is my favorite bacon-related quote, included on the page for May 27th, from Nick’s review:

“Last Thursday, I turned 95 years old and I never exercised a day in my life. Every morning I eat five strips of bacon, and for lunch I eat a bacon sandwich.”
– Grandpa, Grumpier Old Men

That is so awesome. Obviously, you can see why you need to own this. Get your Bacon Love 2011 Calendar for just $8.99 from Amazon.com by clicking This Link .

Thanks to Nick at The Littlest Winlsow For The Tip!

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Originally posted 2011-01-04 15:21:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter