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International Bacon Day 2014

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This year, Bacon Day landed on August 30th.

I was lucky enough to have a wonderful co-worker (Megan) switch Saturdays with me this year. This meant I was able to get up early, get ready and immediately start cooking bacon.

We had an awesome guest list: My pops (Gerald) and mom (Sandra), Ric’s mom (Carolyn) and her friend David, my brother Jimmy, sister in law Robin, nieces Cameron and Morgan, cousin Stephen, Charlie, Rebecca, Autumn, Rick, Brook, Evan, Aaron, Jill, Alex, and MacKenzie.

Everyone showed up with various bacon goodies, packages of bacon, booze, and other supplies. We were so overwhelmed with the generosity from all of our family and friends. This year really showed us how much Bacon Day can be so amazing! In fact, we were so overwhelmed with food that Ric and I were unable to do a couple recipes we had on hand. One of which was Chocolate Covered Ice Cream Bacon Tacos. But don’t worry all these recipes will make it to the blog!



Here is the menu from Bacon Day 2014:

(Breakfast)
* Bacon Maple Donuts, from Nicola’s Donuts – Brought by: Rebecca & Charlie
* Breakfast Shots, By: Elle – Enjoyed all day
* Elvis Sandwiches, By: Ric

(Snacks/Appetizers)
* Sweet & Spicy Bacon Twists, By: Robin
* Bacon Wrapped Sweet Pickled Watermelon Rinds, By: Rebecca
* Crab Dip with Bacon Cups, By: Autumn (pending recipe)
* Pringles: Bacon Flavored – Brought by Jimmy/Robin/Cameron/Morgan

(Lunch/Dinner)
* Bacon Burger Sliders, By: Jimmy (pending recipe)
* Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, By: Stephen
* Bacon Jalapeño Corn Bread, By: Charlie
* Vanilla and Corn Infused Bacon Gravy and Brioche Biscuits, By: Jill (pending recipe)
* Curry Bacon Pasta, By: Elle
* Bacon Explosion, By: Ric & Elle

(Desserts)
* Bacon Rum Cake, By: Rick (pending recipe)
* Fireball Candied Bacon, By: Autumn (pending recipe)
* Bacon Chocolate Chip Bacon Bars, By: Robin
* Bacon Wrapped Twinkies, By: Ric and Elle

(Drinks)
– Bacon Bloody Marys, By: Autumn (pending recipe)



Bacon Explosion News from Bacon Day:

* We decided to try yet another type of meat mixture for the “meat blanket” portion of the Bacon Explosion: Pork Chorizo and Breakfast Sausage from Petty’s Meats in Longwood and also some ground pork from the supermarket.

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* For the bacon lattice, it came together wonderfully.

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*…… then, I had the bright idea of putting a little coconut oil on it between going from the oven to the grill…. and it actually EXPLODED. But, don’t worry, we had plenty of bacon. I removed the outside lattice and the inside was cooked enough that it held together. I made another bacon lattice, wrapped it back up, and started over with the cooking. Turned out great!

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And CHRISTOPHER DANIELS????

Wait. You don’t know about this? There have been some words going back and forth with Bacon in the Oven, The Read Pile and Christopher Daniels leading up to Bacon Day. To sum it up, I challenged Daniels to a Bacon-Off to take place on Bacon Day. The results to all of this turned out wonderfully! If you unfortunately missed out on all the fun through my twitter and The Read Pile’s shows, don’t despair: Elle vs Daniels.



After thoughts of Elle:

I am so happy with how Bacon Day went! We had lots of food, great company, a comical event took place, and I discovered “coconut oil bad for grill”. But as with every Bacon Day that passes, I instantly think of more ways to celebrate and immediately start thinking of next year. 🙂


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– Elle.

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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, By: Robin

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By: Robin

Ingredients:

* 8 slices of thick bacon
* Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
* Eggs, 2 large
* Butter

Instructions:

* Cook your bacon in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. (NOTE: May vary depending on your preference of crispiness.)
* While your bacon is in the oven, make your cookie mix as directed on the package.
* When bacon is done cut in to small bits and add to cookie mix. (NOTE: You may even want to add a splash of your bacon grease to your cookie mix to add a bit more flavor.)
* Place cookie mixture in pan and spread evenly.
* Bake according to package.
* When done baking, cool your cookie pan and then cut in to squares.



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Sweet & Spicy Bacon Twists, By: Robin

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By: Robin

Ingredients:

* 1 package of your favorite bacon, cut in half slices
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions:

* Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
* Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place wire rack on top.
* Mix brown sugar and cayenne in a shallow bowl.
* Individually coat strips in sugar-cayenne mix on both sides.
* Twist the bacon and use the wire rack to tuck the ends, preventng the bacon from untwisting while it cooks.

* Bake 20-30 minutes, or to your desired level of crispness.



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