Show Your Love with a Bacon Bouquet

Sure, whatever: flowers are nice. Bouquets are great. They sit around your house, making everything look pretty and stuff. But what, really, have flowers ever done for you? I mean, apart from slowly dying? They’ve never done anything for me. But you know what has? Bacon. And that’s why I’m really excited about what I get to tell you about today. Someone has decided to take the flowers out of our lives and replace them with bacon. Yeah, that’s right: someone has invented a bacon bouquet. All of the crazy details about bacon bouquets follow after the jump.

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Bacon Love Fridays: Theories of Bacon

Bacon-love can be a very male-dominated pursuit. Men tend to get a little crazy when they smell bacon, and their crazed shouts of delight can drown out the sounds that any women in the room might be making. The thing is, though, is that the ladies love bacon just as much as the guys do – or perhaps even more so. That’s why I think it’s a good idea to spread a little link love to female bacon bloggers every once and awhile. And we have a perfect choice today: Theories of Bacon.

A Repository for Bacon-Related Wisdom

Theories of Bacon is run by the anonymous Culture Vulture. She lives in Chicago and runs several other blogs, including Culture Vulture and Leave Room for Delight. In terms of the bacon blogosphere, she’s part of the Second Wave (yeah, I just made that term up): she began her blog way back in 2008. (Remember 2008? No? I don’t really either.) She started the blog because she was “kind of known for being a person who is ‘into’ bacon. … I’ve struggled with it for awhile, but as I was cooking dinner tonight, I realized that, you know, I DO like bacon.” As a result, she decided to start a blog that would be “a repository for all the bacon-related wisdom I have accrued. Recipes, schwag, folklore, analysis, who knows.” Since then, she has kept up her side of the bargain, and we have all become the richer.

As the Culture Vulture says, her blog features a mix of things. There are some bacon-related news items, but usually, her focus is on cooking. Culture Vulture loves to cook, and she shares her many bacon-related recipes on the blog with us. I’ve provided a couple of my favourites here.

Coddle

It sounds like something you do to a crying child, but this is actually a sort of stewy-soupy mix of sausages and bacon. It’s a little complicated to summarize, and it involves that mysterious “blanching” bacon-cooking technique I keep hearing about, so I’ll let you just read it for yourself. Needless to say, it turns into a mush of what sounds like unimagineable deliciousness.

Asparagus with Bacon Vinaigrette

Je ne regretted bacon vinaigrettes! If there’s one acceptable way to eat vegetables, it is by dousing their sheer vegetableness with bacon grease. Culture Vulture’s recipe is as ingenious as it is simple. Take some bacon, chop it up and cook it in a frying pan. When that’s done, pour off the grease onto your asparagus and roast the whole thing in the oven. With the bacon, add some shallots and olive oil, cook them again, and after a minute, add salt, pepper, vinegar and water. When the asparagus is done, swirl it around in the vinaigrette sauce. I see no possible way that this wouldn’t be delicious. As CV says, “This was quite possibly the most fantastic dinner I have ever made for myself.”

What do you think of Theories of Bacon? Are there any blogs out there that you think we should be covering?

Bakon Vodka Recipe: The Drunken Bruschetta

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I recently invited over a couple Bacon-xecutives from Maple Leaf and the Republic of Bacon for the opportunity to sit in on a cooking session with me. They gladly jumped at the opportunity and brought a special gift with them: Bakon Vodka. This wonderful beverage is made by the folks over at Black Rock Spirits. Upon opening the bottle’s cork, the smokey aroma was immediately apparent – reminiscent of excellently prepared bacon. Now, I’m not a vodka expert by any means, but I found the flavours to be extremely complex and interesting. The first thing we did with it was make a Bloody Mary with it, and the smokiness complimented the fullness of the drink beautifully. I can try to convince my roommate to divulge his secret recipe…

Since the tomato and Bakon Vodka worked so well together, I decided to continue along those lines. I had a few ripe plum tomatoes lying around, so I decided to make a classic Italian appetizer – bruschetta (bru-sket-ta, not bru-shet-ta). If you recall back to the Tortellini alla Vodka recipe, I explained that adding vodka to the tomato sauce allowed for the extraction of unique flavours. The same is true with raw tomatoes.

This recipe is uber-simple, and best prepared well in advance to allow for all the flavours to meld together; a great appetizer for parties with lots of people!

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Good Bye Warts: Bacon is the Cure-ish

I spend a lot of time on the Internet. But every once and awhile I come across something that seems even weirder than the regular run-of-the-mill Internet weirdness. This is one of them. Many of us, from time to time, have had to deal with the unsightly annoyance of a wart or boil. While doctors have successfully used several standard treatments for warts for years – including salicyclic acid or cryotherapy – some people have turned to stranger remedies. One of the strangest is – you guessed it – using bacon to cure warts. The deets after the jump.

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Bacon Fried Chicken Recipe Stuffed with Kindness

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A couple days ago, I introduced you all to the magic of Chicken Fried Bacon. I also alluded to the possibility of combining it with something equally as wonderful – Bacon Fried Chicken. In this, we are using only the fat from the bacon to fry the chicken. Does that mean we are not using the bacon meat itself? Hell no! That would be a travesty punishable by lethal injection (don’t think the republic passed that law yet).

When I was researching the best way to prepare this dish, I came across a recipe from a place called Cap’n Charlie’s. After reading through the details, I knew I had to use it. It was perfect. They named it their “Bits-of-Bacon Fried Chicken”. The recipe is designed such that not only are you using ONLY the bacon fat to fry the chicken, the little bits of bacon will adhere themselves to the outside of the pieces of chicken – a crispy bacon crust, if you will.

A word of WARNING: you must be gentle when frying your chicken. I was not, and I didn’t get a nice even bacon-crust on all my pieces of chicken. So learn from me, treat your chicken with care. Love your chicken. Love your chicken like you love your mother…or your bacon.

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Sir Francis Bacon’s Peanut Butter Brittle

A few days ago, I talked about bacon peanut brittle as one of the craziest bacon candies that are out there. While I was suggesting that etsy is one of the best places to get bacon peanut brittle, it is not the only place. There are actually many different makers and creators of bacon peanut brittle. Today, I thought I’d feature the bacon peanut brittle of Sir Francis Bacon. Full details after the jump.

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Bacon: A Love Story. Dishes the Dirt on the World’s Greatest Meat

Well, I don’t read many books here at the Republic of Bacon – I’m too busy eating bacon! – but there’s a book that’s recently caught my eye. It’s Bacon: A Love Story. Written by Heather Lauer, the creator of Bacon Unwrapped, this book gives you a crash course on everything bacon-related. No surprise here: I loved it! But all of the mouthwatering details follow after the jump.

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Bacon Love Fridays: Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival’s Bacon Week and More Bacon Soap

For today’s Bacon Link Love, I thought I’d remind you about a festival we featured a few weeks ago. It’s the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, a week-long celebration of everything bacon in Des Moines, Iowa. The organizers have just released the full details of all the events they will be putting on during Bacon Week. As well, they have announced the results of a bacon poem/songwriting contest. All of the details follow after the jump.

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Political Instability Over Streaky or Back Bacon

Although the Republic of Bacon is a largely peaceful country, we do have one source of tension that constantly simmers in the background. It is between the two halves of our great nation, and these halves reflect the two different backgrounds of our country. What is this great divide? It’s the split between back bacon and streaky bacon. Which is better?

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The Four Best Bacon Candy Inventions Ever

If you are a dude who is reading this who has a significant other in his life, you’ve probably messed up Valentine’s Day somehow (please don’t let me be the only one!). Maybe the reservations for your restaurant didn’t work out. Maybe you bought flowers she’s allergic to (how was I suppose to know?). Or maybe you just forgot about the whole thing (I was eating bacon, I promise). Whatever you did, you probably need to make it up to your significant other. How can you do that? By buying some bacon-flavoured candy. My best bacon-candy suggestions follow after the jump.

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