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International Bacon Day 2015

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This year, Bacon Day landed on September 5th.

My cousin Stephen and brother Jimmy rented a house again for their stay this Bacon Day and was nice enough to let us have the event there. This was very much needed because as with every year the guest arrival seems to grow.

We had an awesome guest list: Me, Ric, my cousin Stephen, Wendy, Stephen’s new pups Shasta and Alice, my brother Jimmy, sister in law Robin, niece Cameron, niece Morgan, My pops (Gerald) and mom (Sandra), Aunt Linda, cousin Tommy, cousin Travis, Charlie, Rebecca, Brook, Evan, Matt, Stephen H, Laura, Jeff, Lynnette, and Alex.

Everyone showed up with various bacon goodies, packages of bacon, booze, and other supplies. Once again we were so overwhelmed with the generosity from all of our family and friends. The infamous Bacon Explosion did not make it into the festivities this year. I know! It’s a staple to the event, but we had so many wonderful things brought by guests to enjoy! The generosity of our guests was amazing and the table was always full!

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Here is the menu from Bacon Day 2015:

(Breakfast)
* Bacon Sweet Rolls (Cinnamon Rolls), By: Elle
* Maple Bacon Donuts and Chocolate Bacon Donuts, from The Donut King, Brought by: Evan and Brook
* Bacon-Wrapped Beef Filet Biscuit Sandwiches, By: Stephen

(Snacks/Appetizers)
* Jalapeno Poppers, By: Stephen and Wendy
* Smoked Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers, By: Jimmy
* Hickory Smoked Jalapeno Bacon, By: Jimmy
* Whiskey Bacon Jam/Spread, By: Jimmy
* Kona Bacon, By: Robin
* Crab and Bacon Dip, By: Linda
* Sriracha Honey Bacon, By: Matt

(Lunch/Dinner)
* Fancy Ass B.L.T., By: Ric
* Smoked Bacon-Wrapped Burnt Ends, By: Jimmy
* Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, By: Linda
* Bacon-Wrapped Butternut Squash, By: Evan and Brook
* Rouladen, By: Lynnette
* Bacon Jalapeno Cornbread Mini Muffins, By: Stephen H and Laura

(Desserts)
* Pecan Bacon Bars, By: Linda
* Bourbon Bacon Monkey Bread, By: Charlie
* Bacon and Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Sticks, By: Rebecca
* Bacon Carmelitas, By: Rebecca
* Bacon Maple Cake Balls, By: Rebecca

(Drinks/Booze)
* Breakfast Shots, By: Elle – Enjoyed first thing in the morning and then all day!
* Bourbon Whiskey – used with the Breakfast Bacon Shots, Brought by: Matt
* Bacon Pudding Shots, By: Elle – FAILED ATTEMPT




We also video-taped an important reading about Heart Attack symptoms to watch for on Bacon Day, read by: Charlie:



Unfortunately, due to the off/on rain on Bacon Day and just being overwhelmed with other events, we did not get to smash over the Bacon Pinata I had made for this year. I will be saving it for next year.

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After thoughts of Elle:

Bacon Day was a blast! The day was all about full bellies, drinks in hand, swimming in the pool while it rained, and bacon stickers on our faces as if Bacon Warriors! The idea of creating a day-long event all about bacon bringing so many people together is astonishing. Being able to bring so many family members and friends together always surprises me.

Some things I want to make sure to keep in mind for next year:
1.) Find a larger place to gather (My goal is to have a PUBLIC festival one day).
2.) Organize a “Sign-In” notebook to gather who brought what. I don’t want to miss mentioning someone’s bacon treat on the write-up.
3.) Have more fun things to do and make sure to do them (i.e. Bacon Pinata).
4.) Don’t forget bacon decorations (I forgot the tablecloth and bacon runner this year).
5.) More pictures of everyone (i.e. Bacon ‘stashes).
6.) Continue the bacon strip stickers (maybe even bring makeup for face painting).


– Elle.

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Whiskey Bacon Jam/Spread, By: Jimmy

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Whiskey Bacon Jam/Spread
Recipe By: Jimmy

Ingredients:

* 1 head garlic
* 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
* 1 lb Bacon (Thick or Thin)
* 2/3 cup water
* 1 cup pineapple juice
* 1/4 cup Teriyaki Sauce
* 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
* 1 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
* 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
* 3 Tablespoons minced white onion
* 2 1/2 Tablespoons Whiskey
* 1 Tablespoon crushed pineapple

Instructions:

* Roast the garlic – cut, oil, foil and put in oven at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
* Cook bacon until crispy, drain, cool, and crumble into small pieces.
* After roasted, squeeze garlic out and mash into paste.
* Combine water, pineapple juice, Teriyaki, Soy Sauce, brown sugar, and bring to a boil.
* Simmer mixture, add 2 teaspoons of the garlic, add remaining ingredients and continue to simmer for 40 to 50 minutes – until reduced by 1/2 or until it’s thicker and a little syrupy. (Note: It will thicken more as it cools.)
* Add bacon crumbles, cool, and transfer to a container.
* Use at room temp or warm if too thick.
* Keep left over sauce refrigerated.



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Review: The Hammered Lamb

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The Hammered Lamb had a booth at the Beer and Bacon Festival in Altamonte Springs on November 2, 2013. The menu they offered was Grilled Cheese with Bacon and served with side of Bacon Jam, Bacon and lamb Mash over a Lamb Reduction, and Bacon Maple and Waffle Cone Rive Crispy Treat.

We decided to try the simple one first. The Grilled Cheese. It was only $3, so why not?

It was served on what seemed like sliced potato bread. There were definitely three types of cheeses: goat cheese, cheddar cheese, and either brie or gouda. The contents of the sandwich also included spinach and bacon. And bacon jam was served on the side.

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You received 1/4 of the sandwich for $3. The sandwich was served cold, bread soggy, and the cheese was congealed. I’m not sure if we just got a bad cut because ours only had one piece of spinach and one piece of bacon.

My husband Ric said, ” The sandwich was bland. There was a mismatch of flavors. It was a waste of money.” And I agree. The choice in cheeses did not blend well and it ruined the sandwich, which was even worse being served cold and on soggy bread. And I was just confused by the single piece of spinach.

The jam that was served with the sandwich was the only redeeming quality in this dish. I would rather have received a larger quantity of the jam and they kept the sandwich. The jam had a very vinegar taste to it. It was sweet as if they used a jelly but also had a hickory smoke onion flavor. And the little kick it left in your throat was a nice surprise. It tasted great on it’s own and I could see eating it with many dishes, but not with their grilled cheese. Nothing could help that sandwich.

I felt The Hammered Lamb tried to do something different with a simple bacon snack but only ended up shaming it. I really can’t understand how a simple grilled cheese sandwich could be so badly insulted. I would recommend next time to try serving a larger quantity, serve it fresh, and better portion the ingredients…. or find recipes you can easily prepare for events that require quick prep.

And no. We did not bother going back to try the other dishes. I can’t imagine if a grilled cheese sandwich can’t be properly made and served, then how would their more complicated items on the menu taste? It wasn’t worth the waste in money to find out.



– Elle.