Saturday Morning Video Funhouse…

I have never seen “Cougar Town” but if bacon and bikini’s are involved then maybe I’ll start watchin’!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Originally posted 2010-01-16 11:58:32.

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Originally posted 2014-06-13 21:51:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Corned Beef & Cabbage

In anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day, Bobby Flay was on “The Early Show” this morning with his spin on traditional corned beef and cabbage. Of note, his liberal use of bacon!

In fact his strategy of cooking the corned beef directly in bacon fat is something I think I am going to be trying when I cook up my next filet at the house…I’ll let you know how that works out.

Anywho, back to Bobby’s recipe. I was going to post but I fear the wrath of CBS Corporation so instead here is the video (which they allow to be embedded) and you’ll have to click on through for the recipes.

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Originally posted 2010-03-15 13:31:46.

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Originally posted 2013-07-03 06:49:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bringin’ Up a Bacon Baby – Monster & Robot…

Flippin’ around On Demand tonight, trying to find a show for Lil’ Baird.  Pop open the Nickelodeon menu and at the bottom I see “Monster & Robot“.  I’ve never heard of this show before, but anything’s better than another helping of Dora, right?

Here was the first scene…

Turns out that Monster and Robot are best friends who hang out at the Makin’ Bacon restaurant and consume vast amounts of our favorite strips of swine.

I’m in.

Head over to Nick.com to check out the videos or find it On Demand.

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Originally posted 2012-10-05 01:09:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

BEST OF TDB | Test Kitchen – Maple French Toast & Bacon Cupcakes…

We are away on vacation until July 12th.  Until then, please enjoy these selected “Best Of” posts.  This was originally published 9/2/2009.

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Yesterday’s “Better with Bacon” featured recipe, the Maple French Toast & Bacon Cupcake, came from the “Food Network Magazine” and provided yet another take on what is becoming a trend in the dessert world – sweet & savory desserts featuring bacon!

When I was a kid, I used to love to bake: Nestle Tollhouse Cookies, Skywalker Crunchies (I know…nerd), cakes, brownies, etc.  I need to say upfront that it has been quite some time since I actually baked anything but this looked so good that I had to try.

What I didn’t expect was the amount of time it took to make these.  The recipe said 40 minutes, but turns out that was just the baking time.  I started this project at 9:15 pm and didn’t finish until 11:30 pm.  Granted, my lack of current experience may have hindered me, but making stuff from scratch like this takes a while (that did also include clean up as the cupcakes were in the oven).

So when I start to make anything, I like to have all the ingredients pulled:

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Seriously, look at all this stuff.  Usually it’s just a box of mix, eggs and oil…this is when it hit me, you may have bitten off a little more than you can chew right out of the gate.

The only variation I had from the original recipe was using corn starch instead of potato starch.  I ran around to all the markets around my house and NO ONE carried potato starch.

So we started out with getting all the dry ingredients together:

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Right off the bat, the cinnamon and nutmeg hit you.  It’s got a good aroma.

Then, time for the “wet” ingredients.  You should have seen me trying to separate the egg whites.  For a guy who watches as much “Food Network” as I do, you think I could have handled that one…but no.

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Here’s the completed batter.  I made a mistake here and whipped the dry ingredients in instead of a nice, slow mix.  I should have changed the head on the Kitchenaid.  My batter really was overworked at this point, but got to keep pressing through.

Now the good stuff…the bacon…

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Good, thick sliced smoked bacon from breakfast on Sunday.  I used only five strips and it turned out to be plenty.  Took my time and got all these bits folded in…

Looks like we’re ready for the oven.

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After 40 (yes 40) minutes at 325,  presto…

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The Maple French Toast & Bacon Cupcake!

The frosting was a cream cheese base with maple syrup and cinnamon.  I screwed this up to and didn’t get enough air into it, so the frosting had this gloopy sort of consistency you can see in the photo.

I thought I had enough batter in each cup, but looks like I could have really filled them up more, as the cake really didn’t rise much.

The cake itself was a little dense.  I blame my overworking the batter for that.

So how did it taste?

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Pretty good if I don’t say so myself.

You can really taste the cinnamon and nutmeg.  The bacon actually was pretty even throughout the cake and I had some in every bite.  The frosting provided the perfect level of sweetness to contrast the smoky taste of the bacon and the maple really works with the spice.  My co-workers all seemed to agree as the plate I brought to work the next morning was woofed down.  So even with all the problems I had, that was a good sign.

Would I make again?  I don’t know.  They were good, but really time consuming.  I am thinking of maybe using a simple spice cake mix and seeing how that plays out.

If you get the time, try it.  I think you’ll like it!

Originally posted 2011-07-05 19:00:00.

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Originally posted 2013-07-19 08:27:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bacon Pic of the Day – Ron’s Pick…

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Originally posted 2011-07-19 21:08:30.

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Saturday Evening Video Funhouse…

A little something celebrating the Thanksgiving weekend…

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Oh Snoopy!

Now to bring it back to the bacon.  Alton Brown with a method new to me for cooking bacon!  Why not try your waffle iron?

Click here to view the embedded video.

hmmm…..I don’t know, but I’m willing to try!

Hope you are having a terrific holiday weekend!

Originally posted 2009-11-28 18:03:38.

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Better with Bacon – Tomato and Bacon Guacamole

Top Chef Master himself, Mr. Rick Bayless, shared this recipe over at Good Morning America’s site on ABC.com…

This from Rick:

This is kind of a no-brainer, bacon, lettuce and tomato being such a beloved sandwich combo, especially when there’s a good smear of mayo. This guacamole is in the same vein, except that the tangy, creamy mayo is replaced by avocado and lime. Come to think of it, the avocado, along with a little cilantro, brings the lettuce-green to the picture as well. It’s a perfect Mexican-American fusion of smoky, bright, creamy, fresh and satisfying.

Sign me up!  Recipe after the jump!

Bacon and Tomato Guacamole

Ingredients:

5 strips medium-thick bacon (full-flavored smoky bacon is great here)
3 medium-large (about 1 1/4 pounds) ripe avocados
1/2 medium white onion, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
2 or 3 canned chipotle chiles en adobo to taste, removed from the canning sauce, stemmed, slit open, seeds scraped out and finely chopped
1 medium-large round, ripe tomato, cored and chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, loosely packed, coarsely chopped, thick bottom stems cut off
Salt
1 or 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Directions:

In a large (10-inch) skillet, cook the slices of bacon in a single layer over medium heat, turning them occasionally, until crispy and browned, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels, then coarsely crumble.
Cut around each avocado, from stem to blossom end and back again, then twist the two halves apart. Dislodge the pit. Scoop the flesh from the skin into a large bowl. Using an old-fashioned potato masher or a large fork or spoon, mash the avocados into a coarse puree.
Scoop the onion into a small strainer and rinse under cold water. Shake off the excess water and transfer to the bowl, along with the chipotle chiles, tomatoes, cilantro (save out a little for garnish if you wish) and about 2/3 of the bacon.
Gently stir to combine all of the ingredients. Taste and season with salt, usually about 1/2 teaspoon, and enough lime juice to add a little sparkle.
Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. Scoop the guacamole into a serving dish, sprinkle with the remaining bacon (and cilantro if you have it), and you’re ready to serve.
Tip: If the tomato is really ripe and juicy, cut it in half widthwise (across its “equator”), then gently squeeze out the jelly-like seeds from each half. That’ll keep the guacamole from becoming runny.
If you’re not serving right away, wait to stir in bacon to ensure the crispy texture!

Recipe by Rick Bayless courtesy (with photo) from ABC.com

Originally posted 2010-07-14 19:02:51.

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