World’s Largest Bacon Explosion: A Christmas Miracle

What do miracles have to do with bacon? Why, everything!

The holidays are a time of year when miracles seem truly possible. Average people make extraordinary gestures, breaking out of their every day routines to brighten a strangers life, like the anonymous and good-heated folks, dubbed the “layaway angels,” who have paid off the K-Mart layaway accounts of dozens of strangers. No matter who you are and what you believe, Christmastime tends to bring out the best in everyone, and make things that otherwise seem completely beyond the realm of possibility into something real.

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Pasta with Bacon and Broccoli

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We’ve all been in this situation. It’s 7:30pm and you’re starving. You look in your fridge and all you see is a head of broccoli and a package of Maple Leaf bacon (because you should ALWAYS have bacon). So you figure, there’s no time to cook and what the heck are you gonna make with just bacon and broccoli? By the time you go to the grocery store, come back home, and prepare a regular meal, it will be 10:00pm. So you pick up the phone and order a pizza. WRONG! If you do this right, you can cook this delectable pasta dish in the amount of time it takes you to actually cook the pasta – about 15 minutes! That’s way faster than any pizza delivery…

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My Bacon Christmas: A Personal Holiday Celebration

While I know this might come as a shock to some of you, loyal readers, but I did my absolute best this holiday season to ensure that all my celebrating somehow involved bacon. While I am not exactly the spokesperson for self-restraint even at my most staid and reserved, I generally do try to exercise some reason.

This usually translates to congratulating myself if I eat less than an entire back of bacon in a single sitting. At Christmas, however, even these feeble attempts at keeping myself in line are thrown out the window, and I allow myself to indulge on whatever I want. And more often than now, whatever I want is bacon.

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Bacon Love Friday: Holiday Side Dishes

For bacon lovers, the temptation is to make their most beloved food the foundation of the feast. Perhaps you will serve a beautiful roasted chicken lovingly wrapped in a lattice pattern of bacon. Or maybe a plate of filet mignon steaks, each cooked to a perfect medium rare and each adorned with a crisp strip of bacon, tying each little steak up like a bow. And of course, there are even more spectacular, and bacon heavy, main dish options available, such as a stunning bacon explosion.

But let us not forget the secret champions on our holidays feasts: the humble side-dishes. A perfectly roasted turkey may be the iconic symbol of a Christmas meal, with it’s burnished, golden brown skin and tender meat. However, it is often the side-dishes that are actually eaten, and enjoyed, the most. While I do relish chowing down on a drumstick, it’s the stuffing and mashed potatoes that always have me loosening my pants and going in for a third helping.

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Bacon: A Cure For Overindulgence!

In many ways, bacon is an emblem of indulgence. The sweet, fatty saltiness of bacon seems to combine everything about food that we love, but should not have too much of. Adding bacon to a meal makes it an instant treat. But what is bacon could actually relieve some of the symptoms of overindulgence as well as being something special all by itself?

Let’s be honest with each other: the holidays are a time for overindulging. For most of the year, the average person tried to be reasonable, watch their waistlines, not party on school nights, and generally live as a responsible human being. But the Holiday times is a time when all of that goes out the window, when people loosen their belts and eat and drink whatever they want. No one is on a diet during the Holidays, and regular health regimens and workouts can all be resumed in January. There is something magical about this time of year, when all the usual rules are suspended.

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Bacon and Sausage Stuffed Apples

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A little while ago, I posted a recipe that was the holy trinity of pork. It involved pork chops that were stuffed with pork sausage and wrapped in (pork) bacon. Now, if you made that recipe (which I did very recently), you’d notice that there is a bunch of stuffing left over. What the heck should you do with that stuffing? Well, it is stuffing, so we should stuff it into something. We’ve already stuffed the pork chops, so that’s out. We should do something different. We stuffed pork with apples, so how ‘bout we stuff apples… with pork! Brilliant! Let’s do it!

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Holiday Bacon Cookies! You Need to Make These

Here at the Republic of Bacon, we love bacon cookies. There is something about the cookie that reminds me of so many positive memories, like being given milk and cookies as a bedtime snack when I was a kid. Cookies very often become synonymous with treats, little edible rewards that let us know that we are doing well and that someone loves us.

Also, because cookies are so easy to bake, they are often the very first sweet thing that we learn to bake on our own. Making that first batch of perfect cookies all by yourself boost your confidence, and that sense of accomplishment makes them taste all the sweeter. With all these positive associations, the only real way to improve something as wonderful as a cookie would be to add bacon.

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Bacon and Fig Compote in a Red Wine Reduction with Goat Cheese on a “Not-So-Flatbread”

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I know. The name couldn’t get any longer – and for an appetizer, too!. But as complicated and, I believe, impressive as this dish sounds, it is absolutely fool proof… and insanely delicious. The contrast of the sweet fig and red wine against the saltiness of the goat cheese and bacon is remarkable.

Throw in the contrasting textures of the crispy crust, creamy goat cheese and soft and chewy compote, and you’ve got a cornucopia of things to enjoy and sort out in your mouth. This is another modified Martha recipe. I’ve gotta give the woman credit; she (or whomever she’s hired to come up with this stuff) comes up with some great stuff! I just like to modify it further to make it even better.

Here we go!

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Bacon Armour – Lances, Helmets and Body Armour

Who hasn’t fantasized about donning a suit of armour, hefting a mighty sword, mounting your noble steed and charging into battle for your lady- or gentleman-fair? It’s a dream that has inspired LARPers, Renaissance Fair goers, and anyone who hasn’t had time to find a Halloween costume. There is something about stories of adventure from a time of knights and dragons that captivates people even today, and countless novels and video games have been created to help people indulge in this most beloved form of escapism.

Now that you’re picturing yourself in a heroic, idealized form, resplendent in gleaming armour, think: how could this possibly be any better? What if your armour were made of bacon?

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Spanakopita Recipe – The Name Doesn’t Do it Justice

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The Greeks have done a lot of things right over the course of history. Without them, we would have been without democracy, mathematics and some delicious, delicious food.

Spanakopita is one of those delicious things. Sauteed spinach and feta wrapped in light, flaky phyllo pastry – absolutely heavenly. Although the Greeks are great, there are still ways to improve on what they’ve done. One word: Bacon. Doing math homework? Add bacon, and suddenly you’re happy. Stressed out running your democratic state? Have a BLT. Making spanakopita? Baconize it.

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