Posts tagged ‘bacon’

February 22, 2012

Bacon Double Cheeseburger DIP

WARNING – this is not diet food!

This dip is perfect for a crowd at your next party. At our Super Bowl Party this year this dip was the one that had the highest percentage of it eaten, so that should speak for itself. There is nothing “healthy” about this – so make sure to cook it for a crowd so the calories consumed will be lower… high calories (divided by) more people (equals) less calories per person!

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September 17, 2011

Bacon Habanero Infused Vodka

As a teacher, I often think about my personal vs. public life. This blog makes me think about those private/personal lines and my privacy as well (especially right now as I am teaching Internet Safety/Responsibility/etc). I am an adult, but I am also an educator and the shaper of young minds. My students know that I blog and I am sure that some of them have found it. 

I’m an adult who is legally allowed to consume alcoholic beverages (not that I ever really do though, seriously, its pretty rare for me- I can count on my hands the number of times I have had a drink in the past year). Even though I am an adult – I always want to be a responsible role model for my students.

So here is the post, written by a teacher in her late 20’s who is a lover of food and exploring new ways to use her ingredients and who also encourages her students to make the right choices in their life…

I made Bloody Mary Tomato Juice for my Grandmother with lots of our garden fresh tomatoes and wanted some spicy vodka to go with it, especially since I was making the drinks for my grandmother who loves them spicy (a constant challenge to make them spicy enough for grandma)! We have an over-abundance of habaneros in our garden (all thanks to one plant) and I am trying to come up with ways to use them without burning my face (or hands) off! When I stumbled across Kitchen Konfidence, I knew that I had to make this for my grandmother (and share with my spice-loving neighbor).

At first I was not sure if I should add the bacon (by all means feel free to make this vegetarian by leaving out the bacon), but it did add a bit of ‘smokiness’ to the vodka. Play around with it & be careful with the heat (no touching your eyes) and how long you let this infuse!!

enjoy responsibly and always think before you act

Bacon-Habanero Infused Vodka

  • 2 – 3 slices (cooked) bacon
  • 2 habaneros, sliced in half
  • 1 jalapano
  • 2 cups (approx..) vodka

Cook, drain, & cool Bacon. Slice your peppers in half. Add all solids to a mason jar (or any clean recycled glass jar you have around the house). Pour your quality vodka over top. Allow to infuse for up to 7 days – the longer you let it set, the stronger it will be.

Feel free to use this after 2 days or so (at 2-3 days I took mine out and it was more than plenty strong for me – if you like it spicier, leave it) but after about a week, take out your solids & use your infused vodka with caution & enjoy responsibly!

I wonder what else this ingredient can be be used for… I can see some sort of “Devil Drink” to be a perfect use for this Habanero Vodka for Halloween – suggestions? 

And I Leave You with this, Today’s Question of the Day… What flavors  of an infused liquid have you created or do you think you would enjoy the flavor of?

March 23, 2011

BACON Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are my “sunshine on a cloudy day”. Because today, March 23, 2011 we had our second snow day of the week and almost 6 inches of “snowball snow” fall outside my window! I decided to make myself a breakfast skittle breakfast (you know: potato, meat & egg) and wanted to finally use the bacon I had in the fridge and cook it all up at the same time (since I HATE cooking bacon). Usually when I cook up a whole package of bacon I just freeze the cooked bacon in a baggie so its there when I want some. Today was different though: I wanted to bring that sunshine to Rich when he got home since he had to work today and decided to make him some chocolate chip cookies. We all know how much Rich loves that Cookie Dough – but I decided to something unthinkable and cook that dough (with some bacon mixed in)!

These are one of those Heaven on Earth type things… we all love bacon & we all love chocolate (even though we all try to deny ourselves those loves).

Happy Wednesday & Happy Spring

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

RECIPE (from Everything Nice)

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup [Candied] Bacon (to candy: check this out – I just used regular)

Preheat oven to 325F. Grease OR line with parchment paper several baking sheets.

Beat the sugars and butter together until smooth. Mix in the egg, vanilla, and baking soda. Mix together the flour and salt, then mix them into the batter.  Stir in the chocolate chunks and bacon bits.

Using a small cookie scoop (teaspoon), scoop the cookie dough into small balls, about 1-inch in diameter, and place them 2 inches apart on each of the baking sheets. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until pale golden brown.  Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

… and remember: all good things in moderation. Do not deny yourself the things that you love – just enjoy them in moderation!!

March 15, 2011

Bacon & Eggs

I love theatre!

I’ve been involved with shows since I was 10 and did “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” as a 5th grader when I played Woodstock (then as high schoolers we met Kristen Chenoweth & the rest of the cast who looked through our photos, but that is off the topic.) In High School I was usually onstage, but did some student directing, stage crew, & props stuff as well. In college I earned a minor in [Children’s] Theatre and have continued to use my knowledge as the Property Mistress at Bangor Area School District (in addition to doing props & stage managing for quite a few community theatre shows in the area as well).

The only problem with being in charge of props is that at some times I need to be “artistic”… which is just one word that people would not choose to describe me (ask my former high school director who also happens to be like a second father to me AND an art teacher)! Luckily, I have lots of people who help me (even if those people aren’t my students who can’t be counted on to supply their own props, like phones – but once again… that is off topic!). My art teacher (a.k.a. “The Best Art Teacher at DeFranco”) is a great teachers because she has been able to teach me to be artistic!!

photo by Emily Robson

Our High School just got done doing Bye Bye Birdie & we needed food (but it didn’t actually need to be eaten). I could not justify spending big bucks on fake food & did not think until too late to ask the kids for their younger sibling’s play food! My wonderful art teacher had some plaster stuff (gauze with plaster powder) that when wet (and wrapped around oak tag) is amazing to craft with. A few quick lessons (and lots of encouragement from her & my students) and Eggs & Bacon were created. Painted using watercolors & ready to sit in my classroom now until I need a good prank (or the next show with breakfast food!)

I am quite proud of my artistic ability & that I was able to pull this off, especially since my students know that I am a computer technology teacher instead of an art teacher for many reasons!

I enjoy being crafty… which is why I love cooking so much – I get to “craft” tasty treats which hopefully look awesome, but if they don’t then you just eat them up quickly and enjoy the taste while forgetting the looks!

Get crafting & get cooking!

December 5, 2010

Loaded Potato & Beer Soup

A few weeks ago we had a “quiet” day planned for Rich to study for his GMAT exam  (he ended up scoring in the 75% percentile – more on that later) and my parents were going to join us to see the High School production of Robin Hood for which I did the props. I wanted to cook something yummy while Rich studied and wanted to start with potato & bacon…. settled on inventing my own “beer cheese soup”.

As the day went on I kept tasting & adding and inventing (also deciding we needed to have biscuits to go along with it). Well, in the long run – we had a large pot of soup, called my folks to come over, and decided that I had made what ended up being one of the most amazing “Loaded Baked Potato Soups” ever!

Loaded Baked Potato & Cheesy-Beer Soup

RECIPE…

I started off my cutting up a whole package of bacon into about 1″ pieces & throwing the whole thing into the pot (high sided pan – whatever) & cooking that down 90% of the way. Then I drained off all the fat & put the bacon aside. I then added 2 chopped onions & 4 chopped potatoes. To that pan went (5??) cloves of garlic, a bottle of beer (Sam Adams dark something) and some chicken stock. (I don’t make my own chicken stock – but hate storing so many cans since I use it all the time – so I am a big fan of the dry bullion powder & then just pouring water right from my tea pot & having the stock make itself in the pot.) Pepper and spices went as the day went on, at some point I chopped 2 chicken breasts into small bite-sized pieces and cooking that in a separate pan (with some bacon for flavor) before throwing that in the soup. About 15 minutes before serving I added some milk & about 8 oz of cheddar/monterey jack cheeses. Top the whole thing off with some scallions & a little more cheese & perfect!

soup & biscuit

(Sorry for the really “cruddy” directions – I spent way to just time cooking the way I often do with “a little of this” and “a little of that” that I did not really pay that close of attention. The above directions/recipe should get you close if you want to give it a shot. This is one of those things that you just have to taste & play it by ear.)

My Soup Theory…

You can’t go wrong when making soup! And if you think you went wrong, it just means that you are changing directions!

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