TREATS TO BUY:
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Oh, hello Vosges Haut Chocolat! So I see you once again blew us away with bacon goodness?
David Bradley Chocolatier is now on my radar! Amazing!
MAKE TREATS AT HOME:
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Peeps S’mores (By: Gourmet Mom on Tablespoon.com)
(Add chocolate covered bacon like I do in my recipe: “No-Grill S’mores with Chocolate and Peanut Butter-Covered Bacon“)
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Hello St. Patty’s Day! I see you coming!
St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday to celebrate a day of feast for the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. The day celebrates the arrival of Christianity to Ireland and also celebrates the overall heritage and culture of Ireland. To learn more about how different parts of the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, check out Wikipedia. For more information and videos on the history and culture behind St. Patrick’s day, check out The History Channel online.
But for this blog, I discovered that bacon can be found throughout many traditional and non-traditional favorite dishes for St. Patrick’s Day. I gathered some fun and yummy recipes online that include bacon:
Dublin Coddle – Source: Real Irish Recipes
Irish Breakfast Pie – Source: Mama Ging
Warm Black Pudding & Bacon Salad – Source: jameswhelanbutches.com
Split Pea and Bacon Soup – Source: The Baker Upstairs
Bacon and Cabbage Potato Cakes – Source: Stasty
Bacon Scotch Eggs – Source: Jill, Delectable Cooking
Colcannon – Source: Wives with Knives
Irish Cheddar & Bacon Soda Bread – Source: Stacey Snacks
Yorkshire Pudding with Bacon and Sage – Source: epicurious.com
Traditional Irish Bacon, Cabbage, and Parsley Sauce – Source: Martha Stewart
Bacon-Wrapped, Stuffed Pork Sausages -Source: irishabroad.com
Crumbed Bacon Chops with Sweet Whiskey Sauce – Source: The Secret Ingredient Blog
Steak and Kidney Pie with Bacon and Mushrooms – Source: Allrecipes.com
Steak and Irish Stout Pie (with bacon) – Source: Allrecipes.com
Irish Cheese and Bacon Cheesecake with Walnut Crust – Source: Chocolate Moosey
Guinness Candied Bacon – Source: Jo and Sue
Bacon Chocolate Stout Cheesecake – Source: See Brooke Cook
Gunniess Bacon Brownies – Source: My Shiny Life
Another year has passed and another one around the corner. About now is the time for people like me to just now start making that resolutions list and decide what to eat. Yes, “what to eat?” It’s quite important. There are several superstitions through time and cultures about the type of food you should eat on New Year’s Eve and Day. The foods you eat will determine wealth, health and much more! I gathered information from many sources on different food fortunes and how to include bacon:
(Sources with more details on history: epicurious; Good Housekeeping; Blog Her)
Grapes: Consume 12 grapes at Midnight. Each grape represents one of the 12 upcoming months. Advice… Try not to get a bitter grape on your birthday month!
Cooked Greens: Cabbage, collards, kale, and chard. Associated with luck, fortune, wealth. Represent folded money. They symbolize economic fortune – “Eat more and get more.”
Legumes: Beans, peas, and lentils. Represents prosperity. “..resembles coins that swell when cooked so they are consumed with financial rewards in mind.” – (epicurious)
Pork: Represent progress and prosperity. “The animal pushes forward, rooting itself in the ground before moving.” – (epicurious)
Fish: Choice when red meat is avoided due to religious/cultural reasons. Can represent good luck, fertility, long life, good harvest, and progress. Scales can represent silver. “…people associate fish with moving forward into the new year since fish swim forward. Other people think fish symbolize abundance since they swim in schools.” – (Good Housekeeping)
Baked Goods: Specifically round or ring-shaped goods. Symbolic items baked inside.
Noodles: Represent long life.
Pomegranate: Associated with abundance and fertility.
Lobster: “Lobster, for instance, is a bad idea because they move backwards and could therefore lead to setbacks. – (epicurious)
Chicken: “…discouraged because the bird scratches backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past.” – (epicurious)
Any Winged Fowl: “…because good luck could fly away.” – (epicurious)
* “In Germany, it’s customary to leave a little bit of each food on your plate past midnight to guarantee a stocked pantry in the New Year.” – (epicurious)
* “…Philippines, it’s important to have food on the table at midnight.” – (epicurious)
Now check out some lucky recipes (more than one fortune finder in each recipe) for the New Year that include your favorite ingredient – BACON:
Cabbage, Bacon and Pomegranate Salad, From: Food.com
Kale Pomegranate and Bacon Salad, From: Lauren Brennan
Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon and Pork, From: Food Network
Collards & Grapes with Bacon, From: Yummly
Tuna Noodle Casserole, From: Yummly
Pan-Fried Trout with Bacon, From: epicurious
Cajun Fish With Cabbage and Bacon Sauté, From: Real Simple
Roasted Grape Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon, From: Yummly
Pecan and Bacon Bundt Cake, From: Elle.
King Cake with Bacon-Pecan Praline Filling, From: Food Orleans