Monthly Archives: April 2011

Ric’s Bacon Birthday

My boyfriend, Ric had his birthday on the 28th and requested bacon-related food to be cooked. I was more than happy to help his wish come true.

To begin, he wanted to take Bacon Cupcakes to work. (Yes, the poor thing had to work on his birthday. But don’t feel too bad for him. He works a comic shop.) I used a devils food cake mix, replaced oil with applesauce, and topped with vanilla icing. I was later told that you could not taste the bacon in the cupcake, so maybe I need I need to adjust how much bacon I put in the mix next time. I normally cook an entire package of bacon, set aside about 1/4 of it for topping, and crumble the rest in the mix. I’m sure two packages next time wouldn’t hurt. And maybe I could use some of the bacon grease in the mix or use it to simply grease the cupcake pan. I want to master the Bacon Cupcake one day soon.

Since Ric and I both worked, we just did a bacon dinner. He said he wanted more of a ‘southern dinner with bacon’. He chose Kraft: Velveeta Shells & Cheese with Bacon (added our own bacon on top of it), homemade Mashed Red Potatoes w/Bacon, Collard Greens, Corn Bread, and Beef Ribs with Montreal Seasoning Topped with Bacon and covered in Kraft Honey BBQ Sauce.

The corn bread we got from WalMart’s bakery was terrible. They were individually wrapped so I assumed they would be fresh. Nope. They were dry and required a lot of butter. I should have known better. Cornbread is always best when made in your own oven.

Everything else was delicious but soooo HEAVY. I couldn’t even eat it all. I was really happy with the ribs though. And I am glad I could give Ric the bacon dinner he asked for.

– Elle.

Easter Bacon

It’s Easter time once again. Some go the religious route, some the bunny and chocolate, and some just sitting on the couch (like me). But however you celebrate, it seems to bring out the imagination in most with egg decorating. Well, after searching the internet for bacon related topics, I came across an idea that just seemed bacon-tastic!

A guy by the name of Neil Caldwell came up with an amazing idea for his Bacon Color Wheel Project. No, it wasn’t for Easter, but it sure could be incorporated into a holiday event. I mean, think about it. We dye these boiled eggs that usually just get thrown away at the end of the day (or sometimes a few months later after finally finding them in the yard). Why not use bacon and then enjoy eating it!

I found this info on two other blogs, so let me give some credit: Mr. Bacon and Bacon Today.

– Elle.

“Baconalia” at Denny’s

I know it may be old news, but Denny’s is celebrating bacon with “Baconalia“. I can’t seem to find an end date, so any bacon lover out there may want to go at least try it out before it ends. I know. I know. It IS Denny’s and you may leave praying that you had some Imodium in your pocket, but it is bacon.

The last few time Ric and I had gone to Denny’s before the Baconalia, our food took forever, something was missing, and/or the food was just ‘eh’. But my mind was set on enjoying some bacon and I could not believe they could possibly mess up bacon.

We decided to test out this bacon experience for breakfast back on April 3. Of course we tried some breakfast favorites. I had the Bacon Flapjacks and Ric had the Ultimate Bacon Breakfast. The bacon was kin of rubbery but over all it was good. Just good. And it was ‘good’ because there were no high expectations.

They have 5 other choices on the menu: Pepper Bacon & Eggs, Triple Bacon Sampler, Maple Bacon Sundae, BBBLT Sandwich, and Bacon Meatloaf. First of all, I would be afraid to eat meatloaf from Denny’s. And the rest aren’t very creative at all. I know it sounds stupid coming from me because I haven’t tried many ‘creative’ recipes. But if I was a big restaurant chain, I would try to think of better ideas. Most of the dishes were just offering two to 4 slices of extra bacon than you would normally get with a breakfast plate. And the sundae just has bacon crumbled on top. Why not MIX in it the ice cream? They do milkshakes so they have the equipment.

Their website is actually more intriguing than their food. It talks about the history of Baconalia, offers bacon e-cards, songs about bacon, shows the moves for a bacon dance, and and a bacon cam. It’s a little weird but maybe entertaining to some bacon lovers.

Oh, well. The rant is dragging on. If you try it yourself, let me know what you think.