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International Bacon Day 2013

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This year, International Bacon Day landed on August 31.

We were lucky enough to have MANY guests for Bacon Day this year! I want to thank everyone who came to participate in Bacon day: my husband Ric, Jimmy, Robin, Morgan, Cameron, Stephen, Travis, Charlie, Aaron, Jill, Billy, Heather and Ronnie. And Creepy Cat joined us, along with Mr. Bacon (thanks Aunt Benna!). Don’t forget to check out the Bacon ‘Stashes aquired!

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I did have to work the morning of Bacon Day, but I showed my bacon love by wearing a pink and brown scrub combo. And of course I did my nails!

This year we met up at a home my cousin Stephen, brother Jimmy and his family rented for the Labor Day weekend. We went with a potluck idea. Everyone to bring a recipe to try out. Well, my family always goes above and beyond and of course brought many. 🙂 And of course we had friends that brought their recipes too! I’ll list the full menu below and links to recipes if they were provided:

Breakfast:
Bacon Muffins with Bacon Guava Paste – By: Elle
* We also ate straight bacon strips dipped into the Bacon Guava Paste

Lunch:
Inside-Out BLT’s – By: Stephen
Bacon Mac N Cheese – By: Jimmy
Bacon Salad – By: Charlie
Bacon Scotch Eggs – By: Jill
Bacon Guava Paste Covered Pork Ribs – By: Ric

Snacks/Appetizers:
Bacon-Wrapped Dates – By: Elle
Bacon Rinds – By: Jimmy
Bacon Wrapped Smokies with Brown Sugar and Butter – By: Stephen

Dinner:
Bacon Explosion w/Filling – By: Elle and Ric

Dessert:
Bacon-Wrapped Twinkies – By: Elle and Ric
Bacon Peach Pie – By: Ric
Mocha-Hazlenut Bacon Cream Pastry – By: Elle

Drinks:
BBQ Bloody Mary (with Beer) and Bacon Garnish – By: Stephen
Bacon Champagne – By: Elle


I feel as though this year was a BIG success. We had repeat offenders for bacon day, new faces, old recipes, and new ones. Most of the recipes turned out fantastic! Bacon Peach Pie didn’t do so well this year. We used bacon that was too thick. It does require thin bacon for the top. I also feel that the Bacon Champagne didn’t turn out well. The idea was to put a cooked bacon strip and fruit into a glass and pour chaampagne over it, hoping that the “bubbly” would release some bacon flavor. It did not. But I am determined and will continue my efforts to bring more bacon cocktails to this blog.

I already can’t wait for next year! I’m pretty sure I have the perfect plan…..

I leave you with video and photos of our bacon celebration. I have noted the photos taken by our Official Bacon Day Photographer, Charlie. 🙂 And the video was compliments of my husband, Ric with help from Robin!

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– Elle.

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International Bacon Day Bacon ‘Stashes

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During our celebrations for International Bacon Day this year, we collected many bacon ‘stashes!

Mr. Bacon's Bacon 'Stash!

Mr. Bacon’s Bacon ‘Stash!



Elle's Bacon 'Stash!

Elle’s Bacon ‘Stash!



Ric's Bacon 'Stash!

Ric’s Bacon ‘Stash!



Stephen's Bacon 'Stash!

Stephen’s Bacon ‘Stash!



Jimmy's Bacon 'Stash!

Jimmy’s Bacon ‘Stash!



Cameron's Bacon 'Stash!

Cameron’s Bacon ‘Stash!



Morgan's Bacon 'Stash!

Morgan’s Bacon ‘Stash!



Robin's Bacon 'Stash!

Robin’s Bacon ‘Stash!



Charlie's Bacon 'Stash!

Charlie’s Bacon ‘Stash!



Billy's Bacon 'Stash!

Billy’s Bacon ‘Stash!



Ronnie's Bacon 'Stash!

Ronnie’s Bacon ‘Stash!



– Elle.

International Bacon Day is Coming!

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Alright! Eleven days until Bacon Day! Once again, Bacon Day is the Saturday before Labor Day. I started celebrating Bacon Day in 2009. Each year my husband and I built on our celebrations and tried different ways of celebrating.

In 2009, we dipped our feet in, just cooking a lot of bacon. We did some basic treats: Bacon Chocolate Cupcakes and Chocolate Covered Bacon.

In 2010, I decided each meal needed to be covered. I made sure to have breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack, and dessert all bacon-related creations.

In 2011, we made it into more of an EVENT. We had friends and family over. We made new recipes. We got out the grill. We went all out with bacon creations and I was able to really get started on “My Recipes” section.

In 2012, we went to my families reunion out of town. So our bacon adventure was shared with family. I used this time to take a cake recipe of my Grandmothers and incorporate bacon into it. My family loved it!

But details can be seen through my “International Bacon Day” section if you’re interested in details.

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I do have rules when it comes to Bacon Day now.

1. At least one brand new recipe must be done. That day will be the day to try it.
2. All bacon cooked must be eaten. Even if cooked for a sculpture.
3. The following categories must be covered: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack/Appetizer, Dessert, and Drink.
4. The colors must be represented. Wear your choice of combination of colors: red, white, brown/tan, pink. You can only opt out on the colors if appropriate attire includes bacon or a pig.

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Are you not sure about hosting your own Bacon Day?

Well, if you are in these area, you can always check out the following festivals that are taking place on International Bacon Day this year:

** Winter Park, Florida – Peterbrooke Chocolatier Winter Park’s 2nd Annual Bacon Bash

** New York, New York – Baconery’s Bacon Feast

** Rutherford, California – St. Supery Vineyard Estate and Winery’s “Cabernet is for Bacon Lovers” Event

** San Jose, California – San Jose Bacon Festival

** Dallas, Texas – Dough Pizzeria’s National Bacon Day Tour

** Asheville, North Carolina – BaconFest Asheville at Highland Brewing Company

** Roanoke, Virginia – BaconFest VA

** San Diego, California – Hormel Black Label Bacon Fest (San Diego Bacon Fest)

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How every you decide to enjoy Bacon Day, please share it with me! I would love to display your celebrations on my blog! If you have a recipe to share, send that to!



– Elle.