Bacon and Lobster – A Perfect Pairing

If there was ever a dish that represented wealth, richness, and indulgence, it would be lobster. Whenever a particularly important celebration is taking place, I know exactly what I am going to order: the biggest lobster tail I can find, all that sweet and tender flesh just waiting to be dipped in butter. If you really want to impress me (and most classy ladies) when you’re taking them out on a fancy date, encourage them to order the lobster. Though lobsters themselves may be funny looking creatures, and keeping and preparing them can be tricky, there is nothing quite to stunning or special than a great lobster dinner.

And what could possibly go better with lovely, buttery lobster than, of course, bacon? In many ways, bacon and lobster were meant for each other. The crunchiness of the bacon offsets the soft, flaky lobster meat perfectly, and the saltiness of the bacon is the ideal complement to lobster’s natural sweetness. On honour of this match made in heaven, here are some of my favourite ways to combine lobster and bacon.

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Bacon Love Friday: A Bacon-Wrapped Thanksgiving Dinner

This coming weekend in Thanksgiving in the Northern realm of Canada, dear bacon lovers, and all over this fair country friends and families are preparing for a feast of epic proportions. Cinnamon and nutmeg-scented pumpkin pies will be cooling on window ledges, turkeys will be stuffed and trussed, and unbelievably good smells will be issuing from kitchens from Vancouver to St. John’s. It’s a wonderful time of year, when good food and togetherness and celebrated with gratitude.

And since Thanksgiving is all about celebrating some of the finest foods in the world, or at least those in season in the Autumn, this is also a time to celebrate bacon. There are many wonderful opportunities to integrate bacon into your Thanksgiving meal, from the appetizers to desserts. Here are some of our favourite Thanksgiving-themed bacon dishes – be sure to try some this weekend!

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Bacon and Mushroom Omelette Recipe

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No, I’m not cooking kale today. Aren’t you proud? I’m going back to some basics. The omelette: The refrigerator’s automatic cleanup function. Anything leftover in your fridge, throw it in an omelette. It will taste good – with some obvious caution. Don’t be throwin’ no smoked oysters, garlic, stilton and durian puree all together. An omelette cannot save that disaster. I’m going to go out on a whim and say bacon cannot even save that train wreck. Well, we’re not going to worry about that, because we’re going to make a delicious bacon and mushroom omelette. This would also be great with some cheese, but, honestly, I didn’t feel like it this morning. Oh well, the choice is yours. Get creative.

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Bacon Eating Contests Banned!

We live in trying times, fellow bacon lovers. Recently, word reached the Republic of Bacon that a world-wide bacon shortage was looming on the horizon. This alone would be enough to set the sturdiest bacon fan quaking in their boots. However, if ever there is a dedicated fan base in the world, it is the bacon fans all over this beautiful planet. No matter what the lean times happen to bring, we show that we will survive it not only intact and stronger than ever.

However, much to our dismay, it seems as though the fallout from this potential bacon shortage has already begun to send ripples throughout the bacon community. Already, we are starting to feel the pinch from the coming lean times. The first bacon-loving community to tighten their belts in anticipation of the coming bacon drought were none other than a group who are usually defined by their indulgence rather than their restraint: Major League Eating (MLE).

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Baconized Kale Chips Recipe

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So I’m on a bit of a kale kick. I went down to the local farmer’s market this weekend and was able to grab some ridiculously wonderful vegetables. I picked up some little cherry tomatoes that I’ve been eating like candy. The lot only lasted me a couple days, they were seriously dangerous. But this bunch of kale that I bought was one of the healthiest looking vegetables I’ve ever seen. Super hearty, super strong, all organic, and just chocked full of all things good. So here’s round two of the bacon-kale extravaganza. I’ve been hooked on kale chips because they just baffle my mind. When you dehydrate them in the oven, they literally become crispy like little green chips. And they taste AMAZING! Throw some bacon on there and you’ve got yourself a super healthy snack!

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Bacon Recipes Kids Love

I was never a picky eater as a kid. I’d always eat whatever was put in front of me, from macaroni and cheese to barbequed octopus. I’d always order crazy things off the menu, and my parents learned to let me because I always cleaned my plate. My little brother, on the other hand, was a very different story. He was a very picky eater, selecting only foods that had very specific textures and often leaving his plate mostly empty. For most of a year I think he lived off of broccoli with cheese and chicken fingers.

While some kids are easier than others, cooking for children can be a challenge. Pickiness aside, their palate are very different from that of adults, tending to like blander food with bigger, simpler flavours. But cooking for kids doesn’t have to be a chore, and also doesn’t mean you have to make grilled cheese or fish sticks every single night until they’re old enough for college. Because if there’s one thing almost everyone loves, it is bacon, and including a little of this ingredient in a dish is sure to tempt even the pickiest kid.

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Bacon Love Friday: Bacon Shortage!

This week, bacon lovers around the world were shocked by one of the most frightening pieces of bacon news to hit the airwaves in a long, long time: we are approaching a global crisis, and international bacon shortage that will affect people the world over. It might not be quite the bacon-pocalypse that many have long feared, but it is it’s own for of porkageddon, and worldwide crisis the likes of which bacon lovers have never had to face before.

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This crucial news comes out of Britain, whose National Pig Organization (which oversees pork farming) has announced that a combination of factors has conspired to make a world-wide bacon shortage unavoidable. Each year, fewer and fewer hog farmers have been operating in the Unites States, as the cost and difficulty of the work causes more and more farmers to close up shop. And now, it seems that pork feed prices in Britain and all across the European Union are set to skyrocket. As a result, many farmers are choosing to sell their herds rather than continue to operate in a situation where production will cost more than it is worth. This has caused the value of pigs to drop as well, so that those who choose to remain in operation will be losing even more money. The whole thing has conspired to create both a shortage of pork looming on the horizon, and to make what little bacon does make it to market very, very expensive.

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Bacon Braised Kale Recipes

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I’m sure we’ve all heard about the impending bacon shortage across the Atlantic. I’ve been sent the link by about 12 of my Facebook friends in the last 48 hours. I’m really hoping the report is exaggerated (as most news reports are) and we won’t have to worry too much about getting access to this wonderful cut of meat. It might be more expensive; oh well. That’s the price you pay for an awesome ingredient. So in honour of the bacon shortage, I’m going to make something super simple and not so bacon intensive. We want to preserve, right? Bacon braised kale would be a wonderful side to a slow roasted pork shank, or even some lovely pulled pork and sweet potato mash (that was leftover from last night!)

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Hot Bacon Beverages

As much as it pains me to say it, the time of iced coffees and cold everything is sadly over. There’s something about a latte when its on ice that makes me forget I’m drinking enough caffeine to make my heart feel like it’s going to explode, which somehow makes me feel less guilty. That said, with the changing of the coffee shop guard from summer to autumn, hot beverages (many with delicious fall themes) are back in style. And you know what goes brilliantly with hot, tasty drinks? That’s right, bacon!

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Bacon Wrapped Honey Garlic Chicken Wings Recipe

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I guess I’m really in the mood for hugging things lately, chicken especially it seems. Maybe it’s because I’m trying to embrace a new city to live in, maybe it’s because I miss the familiarness of back home, maybe its that I…. Who am I kidding… I just like wrapping stuff in bacon. It just makes stuff awesome. We all know it; that’s why we’re here at the Republic of Bacon.

Now, I’ve gone on and on about the wonders of caramelized bacon. The sweet and salty is just a great pair for me. I decided to take that approach here. We’d have salty bacon wrapped around wonderfully juicy chicken wings – one of my favourite things to eat… besides bacon – all covered in a sticky, sweet and garlicky sauce. Are you drooling, yet? I topped the finish product with some green onion – a favourite trick of Chef John @ Foodwishes.com – too add some colour and a final kick. OH! You could even sprinkle some sesame seeds on after, as well! Why did I just think of that now?! Get in the game Chef Rob!

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