Monthly Archives: June 2013

Unicorns and Bacon… Who Knew?

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Unicorns and bacon. Why put them together? Well, they are both magical and can make you smile at first sight.

I searched the internet to find where others have combined the two:

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The Kitchen Project made a unicorn out of raw bacon. I actually think it looks pretty awesome!

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YouTube had some fun videos:

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Cupquake made some fun “Unicorn Bacon Cookies”. No, the recipe doesn’t actually call for bacon, but you could easily add it if you wanted. The idea is that unicorns are made of rainbows so the cookies are rainbow colors and formed to look like bacon strips. So, you get unicorn bacon strips. I loved the concept so much, I overlooked the fact there was no actual bacon involved and included it into this post anyway.

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And…. of course here’s some random clipart I came across:

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– Elle.

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No-Grill S’mores with Chocolate and Peanut Butter-Covered Bacon

INGREDIENTS:

* 2-4 strips of fully cooked bacon for each smore
* semi sweet chocolate chips; Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips, melted as directed on bag
* graham crackers
* Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallow Creme
* wax paper lined or non-stick baking sheet

STEP 1:

* Time to cover your bacon with that yummy chocolate.
* Spread your bacon strips out onto a baking sheet that is non-stick or lined with wax paper.

* NOTE: Best to cook your bacon in the oven or drain well. Too much grease on your bacon will not hold chocolate.
* NOTE: Bacon should be fully cooled. Chocolate will not hold onto bacon strips and firm up if bacon is still warm.

* This step is pretty easy. Spread your melted chocolate/peanut butter chips onto one side of each strip of bacon. And let set.
*NOTE: This is where you want to add any sprinkles or chopped nuts to the chocolate/peanut putter surface as it sets*

* After it has set, flip each strip carefully and repeat the last step.

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STEP 2:

* After your bacon strips have set, it’s time to build your creation (It’s quite simple):

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* Marshmallow crème on graham crackers.











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* Bacon pieces on marshmallow crème.











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* Top with second graham cracker.











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* Squish together.











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* Enjoy!

NOTES ON THE RECIPE:

* You have many opportunities to make adjustments to this recipe. You can chose to use any flavor of bacon, use cookies instead of graham crackers, or even add ingredients (maybe a thin slice of apple?).

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* It’s best to use crispy bacon but not burnt.

* If you want to make this into a grilling experience, simply make your bacon on the grill, use marshmallows cooked over a flame, and maybe even toast your graham crackers lightly on the grill. But you would need to add chocolate separately.

* This was my first attempt at this recipe and I am open to any suggestions or ideas on how to improve it.



– Elle.

Oh, Those Yummy Bacon Drippings….

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So you’ve made a nice stock pile of bacon? Got a lot of bacon drippings left? What will you do with it all? How do you store it? Where to store it? I’ll help you with that. Or better yet, others will but I gathered the info in one convenient spot for you. You can always have some real bacon seasoning around. Forget the fake “hickory” flavored stuff. Enjoy!

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Facts About Bacon Drippings:

* “It’s a myth that Bacon Drippings are the worst fat you can eat. Bacon Drippings, in fact, have 42% less saturated fat than does butter.” (CooksInfo.com)

* ” Bacon Fat is lower in saturated fat (by about 42%) than butter, and higher in the good monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Like all fats (including oils), it needs to be used in moderation.” (CooksInfo.com)

* “Per 1 tablespoon: 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus®” (CooksInfo.com)

* “Bacon drippings are high in fat but low in sodium.” (eHow.com)

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Proper Ways of Filtering and Preparing Your Bacon Drippings for Storage:

* Choose a jar with a mouth wide enough that you can easily get a spoon into, to take out a bit at a time. The jar should have a tight-fitting lid. Pour the liquified Bacon Drippings into the jar through a strainer (or skip the strainer, if you don’t care about the crispy bits getting in). Keep the glass jar refrigerated. Or, you can freeze it if you like in a plastic container, if you don’t use it all that often.
(CooksInfo.com)

* STEP BY STEP by eHow.com.

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Containers for Bacon Drippings:

* I found a pretty cool storage container for drippings that actually says its filters for you. I haven’t tried it myself, but I should love to.

FilterChef. (Click the picture to go to their website.)

FilterChef. (Click the picture to go to their website.)

* SouthernLiving.com had an awesome idea of placing your drippings into an ice cube tray and then freezing!

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– Elle.