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Rocco “Boss Hog” Loosbrock
Times have changed my friends! Things just simply aren’t the way they used to be back in the black and white days of “Father Knows Best” and “Leave it To Beaver!” as a matter of fact, I bet nearly half of you reading this article right now are to young to even know what those to references are even about, which only more effectively proves my point.
Things have changed over the year and one thing that most definitely has changed is the image people once used to carry around in their minds about dear ole’ Mom! As another dated cultural icon once provocatively reminded mom, “You’ve come a long way baby!”
These days Mom is a lot more likely to eat bacon and nachos than crumpets and curd. She’s more likely to cruise the town in a funny or clever t-shirt and jeans than in a red polka dot dress down to her ankles.
These days, Mom spends a lot less time hanging out all day long in the kitchen making elaborate 7 course meals and is more likely to be constantly on the run, going out and doing stuff with her circle of best friends, helping the community to be a better, cleaner, safer place to live and more likely than not, still holding down a career that not only helps out the family by bringing home the bacon but gives her life a sense of satisfaction and self expression that she may have neglected back in the day.
Dinner these days is far more likely to be multi-vegetable salads, soups with some choice protein rich meat tossed in for energy, taste and brain power or a delicious BLT sandwiches and a lot less likely to be a pot roast or full turkey dinner.
Today’s Mom is s busy and on the go and she’s expanded her interests when it comes to life, art, education, entertainment, politics, philosophy, religion, exercise, health etc. So your Mother’s Day gifts should reflect your acknowledgement of the fact that Mom isn’t some old lady living in a shoe, she’s now a pretty radically cool and hip character and needs to be both treated and gifted as if she is a “person” as well as “parent!
Bac’n.com carries a wide an extensively awesome collection of Mother’s Day gifts, from the worlds finest quality gourmet bacon, to Monthly clubs and from the coolest, hippest clothes and accessories to Gift Certificates! It’s ALL here for MOM!
And if you still want to go old school and get Mom a nice new apron, then no problem, we’ve got that too, so go for it!
Happy Mother’s Day!
These days, we’re hearing all sorts of buzz going on throughout the “foodie” world regarding Starbuck’s new Bacon, Gouda & Egg Frittata.
OK, now I know exactly what all of you are already thinking. I’m sure that for many of you, this may seem like a venture in pointlessness, predicting a “no brainer” instant slam dunk of loving the product simply because everyone knows just how much I totally LOVE Gourmet Coffee and Gourmet Bacon, as well as any sort of sandwich that includes artisan bread, premium quality cheese and “bacon’s best buddy,” … eggs.
But I swear, I was dedicated to being completely unbiased and I walked into Starbucks with as evenly balanced and fair set of mental scales as I could muster up for the occasion, just so I couldn’t be accused of allowing my personal premium pork prejudices to cloud my thinking and appraisal.
I am proud to announce that I was not swayed one way or the other, until I actually tried the sandwich, not once, but three times.
You see, the truth of the matter is, had I only tried it once, I possibly would never have tried it again, but I had heard enough positive to moderately positive reviews, so I wisely decided that perhaps my first failed dive into the Starbucks Bacon, Gouda & Egg Frittata was a pure mathematical fluke and sure enough it was.
Then when the 2nd try was so far superior to the 1st time, I had to go back a third time to see if my positive review held up and was consistently solid and assured.
I am happy to say that it did.
On a scale of 1 to 10 “Little Piggies,” I would have to give this breakfast sandwich an overall score of 7.
The sandwiches #2 and # 3 were both pretty tasty, though the amount of bacon on all 3 sandwiches were uniformly sparse and left one immediately wishing there was more.
The gouda cheese was delightful and was not overly intense, nor was it “fast food / franchise” bland, stale or tasting of being “left out” in the elements or stored too long.
The eggs were OK, but that’s expected at any place where the food is off tertiary concern, behind coffee and merchandise sales.
The bread was good, especially by “franchise” standards, but when I asked the barista what it was specifically about the bread that made it “artisan” he was unable to find anyone behind the counter or in the back room office who had that information for me. Still, it pretty tasty and a lot more enjoyable than a typical English muffin or one of those conventional, fast food restaurant, white flour bun.
I was happy I went back for the 2nd taste try and extremely happy to discover during visit #3 that everything that I liked in version #2 was present and accounted for in “try # trey!”
If you are easily tempted by tasty little tidbits, be sure to have someone around to keep you from trying to eat the entire batch yourself the moment they cool down enough to put in your mouth.
However, on the other hand, if you are looking forward to making this a scrumptious, single, solo snack, then be sure to take special precautions to ensure that you are alone when these babies come out of the oven, otherwise, there will most likely be multiple mouths to feed.
A long-time, loyal customer / member / friend of Bac’n.com sent this absolutely delicious recipe to me and I simply couldn’t wait to try it out for myself. Notice my intent and specific mention of hoping to be trying it out “MYSELF,” as in, “Me Myself and I.”
Only problem was, by the time the alluring aroma of this sweet and slightly salty “flavor fest” finished wafting throughout the neighborhood, I had a few people at the door who claimed that they were just passing by and suddenly felt compelled to check in on me and see how I was doing.
So while I did thoroughly enjoy this fantastically awesome fudge recipe, next time I prepare it, I’ll be sure to do so late at night so there is less chance of having neighbors pop by to sample the goods themselves.
Turns out everyone absolutely LOVED them and while I would have enjoyed eating a bit more of the bounty on my own, the neighbors seemed to truly appreciate my willingness to share and I ended up turning some neighborhood acquaintances into some authentic friends … so it’s all good!
Check these out for yourselves, they are going to absolutely blow your taste-buds and mind!
Smoked Maple – Cinnamon Bacon & Peanut Butter Fudge
(Serves 1-2 Baco-Maniacs or 8-10 humans)
12 strips of Bac’n.com Maplewood, Smoked Cinnamon Bacon
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon maple extract
Generously lubricate an 8-inch-square baking pan with gourmet olive oil or convenient canned cooking spray.
Cook your bacon “to taste and texture” either in a frying pan, on the grill, skillet or in the oven, your choice.
Once bacon is cooked, blot it well on a paper towel-lined plate to remove all excess bacon grease.
Now toss all ingredients mentioned above, with the exception of the bacon, into a medium sized saucepan and begin to cook it over medium-low heat stirring continuously until chips and butter are completely melted and the mixture is both thick and smooth.
Remove the sauce-pan from heat and begin to stir in bacon. Be sure to hold back two pieces of bacon for the garnishing of the top of the fudge.
Then carefully pour this mixture into the previously prepared baking pan.
Chop the last two pieces of garnish bacon into moderately small sprinkle sized bits.
Now sprinkle the garnishing chopped bacon bits all over the top of the mixture, lightly pressing them into the mixture with your finger tips.
Cover the pan with aluminum foil and chill in the refrigerator until firm or approximately 4 hours.
Slice into 7 equal rows that are then sliced across into 7 equal rows, creating a total of 49 squares.
Serve at room temperature with a big, frosty glass of milk or a cup or two of your favorite gourmet coffee.
Things are most definitely getting a lot more “Finger Licking Good” for us dedicated “Baco-Maniacs;” now that the good folks over at KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) have just released the “Double Down” sandwich; the ultimate, optimum combo sandwich that is exceptionally high in brilliant bacon flavor and amazingly low in “belly bulge building” carbohydrates.
This is the perfect harmonic balance, where “nutritionally light and healthy” meats (pun intended) “fully satisfying and absolutely delicious.” So by now you must be asking yourself, “OK … so what exactly is the “Double Down” and what is all the “hubbub” about?”
Great question … glad you asked! KFC’s new “Double Down” sandwich is a whole new way of doing sandwiches, because instead of pushing all the fattening, empty calories of bread down your throat, the Double Down” tosses the bread away and serves up the most delicious and nutritious meal by using tasty slabs of fried or grilled chicken (your choice) as the foundation on which the sandwich is built.
That’s right! This sandwich features two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets as the bookends holding the entire meal together. Then between these two slabs of tender chicken, they assemble a couple of pieces of yummy bacon and two melted slices of good ole’ Monterey Jack and Pepper Jack cheese, along with the Colonel’s very own Secret Sauce.
Like KFC says, “This product is so meaty, there’s no room for a bun!”
OK, so as many of you already know, besides the world’s best bacon, there are a few other tantalizing and tempting taste treats that I absolutely adore in fevered fanatical fashion … and one of those flavorful favorites of mine is a truly great cup of gourmet coffee.
So I was totally mesmerized to hear of the genius barista in Richmond, VA who figured out precisely how to effectively combine two of so many of our taste treats “into one!”
The location was the ever popular “GlobeHopper Coffeehouse & Lounge” in Richmond, Virginia, where official “Barista Jam” took place this week.
Nine creative coffee competitors gathered in a gallant attempt to allure the aesthetic attention and seduce the savory senses of three expert judges with their bold and brash, brewing bravado!
These “creative coffee-teers” were each offered the opportunity to serve up a shot of their very own original espresso or “Specialty beverage,” that would then be judged, based on such criteria as taste balance, “crema,” consistency of milk, visual appeal, presentation, customer service, and overall impression.
OK, so who /what won the competition, after all, the suspense must be absolutely killing you already by now, right?
The winner was two-time champion, “Barista Darren” of Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market with his judge and crowd pleasing Maple Bacon Latte.
Apparently baristas go by first names only, because I gave up trying to find Darren’s last name after about 15 minutes of reading numerous stories about the event, so congratulation Darren The Barista!
Special thanks to the organizers of the Richmond “Barista Jam,” Stephen Robertson of Advanced Coffee Tech and David Blanchard of Blanchard’s Coffee. Thanks to you two, I’ll be spending the next week or so in the kitchen with 100 pounds of coffee and bacon each, trying to re-enact the event and recreate the winner for my own personal palate pleasing enjoyment!
What’s the very first thing you would do if you won the lottery?
I don’t mean winning $5.00 to $100.00 dollars on a lottery ticket “Scratcher” … I mean
(A) Call Your Mom and / or Dad.
(B) Call Your Best Friend.
(C) Call That Hot Chick Or Dude That Would Never Give You Time A Day Before
(D) Call Your Boss With A Creative Suggestion as To Where He Can Shove Your Job.
(E) Eat Some Bacon!
If you answered: (E) Eat Some Bacon, then you are a very wise person in deed, because that’s exactly what Nigel Page, 43, and Justine Laycock, 41. The couple, living near the English town of Cirencester, recently won a record-breaking £56m in the EuroMillions draw.
The first order of business for Mr. Page, a self-confessed “white van man” Maintenance Man, was to celebrate Britain’s biggest lottery win in history by sharing a meal of “Bacon Rolls with Ms Laycock and their children at one of his favorite, local cafes.
EuroMillions is played by people throughout nine countries, including – the UK, France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Irish Republic, Portugal and Switzerland.
I’m proud of Mr. Page, who took a page right out of my own “Book Of Dreams,” winning the lottery, eating bacon and finding love with a woman bearing such a provocative name as well as his children.
Way to go Nigel! We salute you Sir!
Most people here in the U.S. strongly believe in and support the principal of consistently protecting and respecting the religious rights of everyone on Earth and it’s truly quite amazing that there is as much freedom of religious expression experienced here in the country, without problematic backlashes and turmoil resulting from these freedoms.
However, there have been more and more stories in the press, coming out of England, regarding some proponents vigilantly pushing for the Islamic principals of “Halal” to be implemented throughout the British society, including many of the most popular fast food restaurants and eateries.
What’s really beginning to draw a whole lot of attention lately is the fact that both KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) and Dominos Pizza, two restaurants that have recently made major strides in gaining loyal customers with some very popular menu items that feature bacon, are now deciding to bow to the political pressures of these Islamic groups making their demands, and now many other people are feeling as if they, the majority, are now suffering from having their rights infringed upon by a small minority interest.
“The Three Things” that you are always told never to talk about at a party are: Politics, Religion and Sex, so any story that comes along that includes 2 of those 3 taboo topics must always be handles with the utmost in tolerant respect and open minded grace and understanding.
For those who are unfamiliar with the laws of “Halal,” here is what an online dictionary explains: Islamic dietary laws, according to the “Shariah” (The code of law derived from the Koran and the teachings and examples of their Prophet) over-seeing which food is lawful or legal for a Muslim to consume.
According to the laws of “Halal, these Muslim dietary laws strictly forbid the eating of pork and the drinking of alcohol, as well as prescribing specific mandates and methods for which the food is to be prepared, including the proper way to slaughter the animals used for eating, with a particular blessing and process.
Apparently the lines have been drawn and the media is announcing more and more strong and powerful British opposition and resistance from many “Non-Muslim” citizens, who are now complaining that the rights of the vast majority are now being squelched by a small, but extremely vocal minority.
Many outraged regular customers of both KFC and Dominos are now calling for people to show their solidarity and let their local Dominos and KFC restaurants know that if they continue along the path of “thumbing their nose” at the vast majority of their long-time, regular customers, there will be boycotts, demonstrations, as well as vigilant opposition all throughout Britain, as well as many of the other western countries, where these two franchises operate.
So while the gigantic, swelling wave of “Baco-Mania” continues to gain momentum, size and speed here in the United States, some fast food franchises in the UK are in the painful process of deciding whether or not to completely cleanse the premises of any pork product or alcohol, in order to appease and appeal to a small but dedicate and vocal minority.
Apparently it’s not just a matter of “Halal” stating that a Muslim is not to eat pork, but they are not to consume any food that is served at a restaurant or prepared in a kitchen that has served or prepared any food that is proclaimed to be “Haram,” which is the exact antithesis or opposite of “Halal!”
If you love you bacon like we do … and obviously you do or you wouldn’t be here reading this right now, then you definitely have to check out the brand new Bacon Cookbook that has just been released by the pork pushing peeps over at Bacon Freak.
I honestly wish we had thought of this idea first, cuz it totally ROCKS!
What they have done is gotten a bunch of popular, highly respected chefs from all around the country, including TV, Radio, Magazines, Online etc., and asked them to create a completely unique and original “bacon oriented” recipe for them to publish in their new cookbook.
Check out this list of prime, posh and prominent pork preparers:
Mary Beth Lawton-Johnson
What’s really cool is the fact that they have special sections for a bunch of different recipes for different meals of the day, breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner, even desert / snacks, and every single one of these recipes predominantly features our all-time favorite meat … BACON.
Now, while it’s true that these recipes were originally designed to be prepared with the real high quality, premium gourmet bacon that the we and the boys over at Bacon Freak proudly provide this bacon loving world, the truth is, even the cheap, low quality generic store-bought bacon is not that bad with these delicious recipes that are designed to bring the very best flavor and essence out of whatever bacon you use, even the “not so good stuff” from the grocery store.
They have some extremely munch-able recipes for every meal of the day:
Bacon Burrito w/Avocado
Biscuits & Gravy
Boss Hog’s Spinach & Cheddar Quiche
The Fat Boy
Bacon Numb Pang
Avocado Mango Salad
Bacon Spinach Salad
Bacon Cheddar & Cauliflower Soup
Wrapped Lobster Kabobs
Savannah Red Rice & Beans
Spaghetti Alla Carbonata
Swine & Wine Salsa, Soaked Sausage Bacon Wraps
Swine & Wine Wraps
Bacon Wrapped Medjool & Dales with Goat Cheese Balsamic
Coastal Caliente Shrimp
Shrimp BLT with Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette
Chipotle Raspberry Bacon
Boss Hog’s Tricks & Treats Custard Pie
Chocalate Bacon Martini
Bacon Grilled Smore
Sweet n’ Salty Chocalate Covered Bacon
Boss Hog’s Bacon Chocalate Sueyts
I wish we had thought of it first, but we didn’t, so we gotta tell you, we totally support what Bacon Freak has done here and you can rest assured that every single recipe that is presented in this Bacon Freak Bacon Cookbook has already been prepared and thoroughly enjoyed, using the world’s best gourmet bacon, found right here at Bac’n.
Squealing For Your,
Your bright eyed, squiggly tailed Bac’n Buddy!
I will admit the unmentionable and come clean with you all right now, confessing that very much “Un-Like” so many other notably impressive Connoisseurs and Aficionados in the Gourmet Food world, I actually like TV.
OK, that wasn’t really fully sincere and honest … the truth is, I actually LOVE television, which now days has far better acting, writing, directing and is 100 times more interesting, funny and exciting than 99.99% of the movies that have come out over the past decade.
But … and this is a Fat Albert sized butt, … but I am often too busy bringing you loyal “Baconators” and “Baconettes’ the very best bacon in the whole wide world, so there quite often are times when I have to rely on my “Consummate Council of Entertainment Experts” to help ensure that I spend the highest possible “quality time” enjoying what television programming I have time available to experience.
One such “TV Titan” whom I regularly check in with is Ken Tucker who thankfully comes to us regularly, as the consummate “Cultural Correspondent” by way of Entertainment Weekly.
Thankfully, Mr. Tucker is kind enough to take the time to watch and pre-digest most of the great show and some of the dregs that are bobbing pointlessly at the very bottom of the television barrel; helping us busy buddies know what’s worth watching and what isn’t.
He sharply shares his wisdom, wit and wonderful words with us “human tryings” who can’t seem to shake our unnatural addiction to the “Lobotomy Box,” a term that writer extraordinaire, Larry L. Nichols creatively and quire hilariously coined a decade or so ago and I just can’t seem to get the image out of my head!
Here’s what Ken Tucker had to say about the show “Parks and Recreation” and their enthusiastically honorable “homage” to bacon:
In his most recent post, which he titles: “Parks and Recreation’ recap: Chewing bacon and eyebrows” Ken discusses the rising popularity and quality found in a new show called “Parks and Recreation.
Mr. Tucker writes: “Of the four NBC sitcoms on last night, I got the most pleasure from Parks and Recreation. It’s a measure of just how terrific P&R has become that even when it breaks its format with a mostly-outdoors episode, it still moves its ongoing story lines along briskly and provides a constant stream — a babbling brook, in Leslie Knopes’ case — of laughs.
For sake of space and time, I won’t print the entire commentary, though I highly recommend that you read it for yourself right here.
He cleverly closes out his article by describing a scene that I must admit, I find very highly emotional and dear to my heart.
As character Leslie and Ron achieve a moment almost equal to Mary Richards and Lou Grant when they shared a diner meal, the following “Pro-Bacon” conversation takes place and I am loving every minute of it!
“Why would anyone eat anything other than breakfast food” Leslie asked contentedly.
Ron, biting into a bit of extra-crispy bacon: “People are idiots, Leslie.” Amen.
Mmmmmm, extra crispy bacon, or for that matter, any version of bacon sounds pretty good right now, I think it’s time to chow down again my friend!