Bac’n

Just came across this and haven’t updated the bacon category in a while so I thought I’d share. It’s true that there’s good bacon and excellent bacon. The site below is dedicated to selling only excellent bacon.

Anyone else hungry?

Mmmm. Bac’n.

Wikipedia Of The Night

Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia
Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia

Wikipedia is by far my favorite source of information. When I come across something I’m curious to know more about, I turn to Wikipedia. It’s a great way to educate yourself about any particular topic and you learn something new every day.

For example, did you know that the great Jewish teacher, Hillel the Elder, lays claim to the invention of the sandwich, some 1500 years before the Earl of Sandwich? (John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, according to the site.)

I did not know that.

I knew of Hillel only in passing reference, mainly because his famous quote in regards to the Golden Rule: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Law; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.” The quote was mentioned as part of the discussion surrounding “The Greatest Commandment” from Mark 12: 29-31, which can be summed up in two parts as love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and, the Golden Rule, love your neighbor as yourself.

It’s funny because we’re not even studying Mark. We’re studying 1st John and were at the tail end of chapter 3. I guess it’s an appropriate discussion to have as Valentine’s Day approaches.

At any rate, it struck my curious nerve so I went digging on Wikipedia to learn more.

And now I’m thinking that the sandwiches we had for dinner should perhaps have been called hillel’s. Pretty sure mine had ham on it. It definitely had bacon on it. Would a ham and bacon hillel even be legal?

It’s probably better than John Montagu got credit for layering food stuffs between two slices of bread. The world just wouldn’t be the same without the BLT.

Pig Candy

Hey, Mike, here’s a bacon recipe for you, just in case you, you know, get tired of eating your bacon straight up.

Thanks, Ma, for suggesting the recipe the other day on my post about Chocolate Bacon Candy Bars. After some digging, I managed to find the recipe and thought I’d share with everyone. I hope to put up all of mom’s recipes at some point and this gives me something to put on the blog without actually having to come up with something on my own! You’re the best, Ma.

Without further ado: Pig Candy.

Okay—if you just can’t stand calling this Pig Candy, you can call it Glazed Bacon. Either way, it tastes great. Thanks to Fred Thompson, the Weekend Gourmet for The News & Observer, for sharing this recipe. He suggests sprinkling the bacon with about 1-and-a-half teaspoons of red pepper flakes, but I found that to be way too hot. I suggest you sprinkle a few of the strips very lightly with cayenne pepper and sprinkle the rest with brown sugar alone. You can decide then what suits your own taste without ruining a whole batch.

    16 slices (about 1 lb.) of high quality bacon
    1/2 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar (or more)
    Cayenne pepper (optional)

Prehead oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a broiler pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and place a wire rack (or the broiler rack) on top of this. (Yes, you really should do this or you will be cleaning that pan into next year.) Put a little oil on a paper towel, and rub the wire rack lightly with it. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on the rack. Evenly sprinkle the sugar (and pepper if you decide to use it) on top of the bacon slices.

Bake until the bacon is uniformly very crisp and very brown. This will take 30 to 40 minutes. Remove bacon from the rack onto a plate. After the bacon has cooled somewhat, you may pat away any remaining grease lightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you make pig candy. One of you loyal readers (either of you is fine) will have to make this and either let me know how it is or feed it to me. I suspect the effort is beyond my bachelor skills at this point. I don’t foresee myself taking up cooking any time soon.

It is bacon, however, so it might prove worth the effort.

Stay tuned for more of Ma’s (plagiarized!) Recipes. She stole put a whole bunch of supposed family recipes and family anecdotes together in a cookbook for all of her children as a Christmas gift in 2007 and I think them worth sharing.

Name the Devil and He Will Appear

Just another guy in a red jumpsuit. Eating bacon.
Just another guy in a red jumpsuit. Eating bacon.

This morning, my mother sends me a link to Chocolate Covered Bacon candy bars.  Being a huge fan of bacon and quirky internet finds, I dutifully blog about it. I even create a whole category for my blog to deal with all the delicious goodness that is bacon. I’m even dreaming up things I personally can do with bacon, just to make the world a better place.

And then I find out that Mike Nelson (of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame) has decided to eat nothing but bacon for the entire month of February. Mike (of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame) is already my hero. For one, the man appeared in a show, the entire premise of which is based on editorializing bad films with snarky commentary.  Any of you who have ever watched a movie with me know that I idolize the show and, finding the highest form of flattery to be imitation, caption everything I watch with a constant stream of snark.

This may explain why I watch a lot of movies by myself.  I’m sure it explains the great majority of evil stares I get from people around me in the movie theater.

I even went so far as playing trivia and singing karaoke under the pseudonym of  ‘T. Servo’ for several years.

I have to admit, I thought Joel was much cooler back in the day. Mike came into MS3K in much the same way that Colonel Potter came into ‘M.A.S.H.’,  in much the same way that Picard came into ‘Star Trek’ and in much the same way Dick Sargeant came into ‘Bewitched’; they all were the second versions of beloved characters.

But now…the man is going to consume nothing but bacon for an entire month. My heart swells.

And I’m sure his is going to as well. Oh my God. You cannot live on nothing but bacon for a month. Seriously. You will die!

Mike, you’re gonna’ die!  Didn’t you watch ‘Super Size Me‘? That guy nearly lost his liver.

Seriously.

Hey, if you’re gonna’ die, you should definitely get this on film. Do it documentary style and call it ‘Super Size Me 2: Bakin’ in Bacon’. I promise to catch it on opening night.I promise that I will have bits of bacon in my popcorn. I will even bring one of those chocolate covered bacon candy bars. I’ll be true to the theme.

And I promise that I will not shut up through the entire thing.

Chocolate Bacon Candy Bars

Chocolate. Bacon. What else do you need?
Chocolate. Bacon. What else do you need?

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes Chocolate-covered Bacon candy bars. Who can resist the sweet, smoked sensation of rich chocolate covering salty bacon? It’s two of God’s favorite foods coming together in a match truly made in heaven.

Thanks, Ma, for the link. I’m adding a new category to the blog just for bacon related entries. I feel certain there will be more as bacon is something of a fetish of mine.