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Roasted Red Peppers…

…stuffed with onions, bacon, cheese, and some sourdough break cubes, then roasted in a small foil pan covered with foil on my Holland Grill. This tasted phenomenal! It turned out way better than I expected.

Roasted red peppers stuffed with bacon, cheese, and onions

Bacon and steak for dinner…

Lori and Megan were away on a trip to New York City last night, so I was on my own for dinner. That meant there was going to be bacon involved.

Saturday breakfast…

Bacon, eggs, and biscuits on the uber grill.


Yep… I can relate.

Bacon and coffee, or GTFO

Bacon makes a beautiful bride

Jack in the Box has a new commercial for their BLT Cheeseburger. The website promoting it has all kinds of bacon-related stuff, most of which is promotional, but still has some bacon gems!

Happy Bacon Valentines Day!

Lori made these for me for Valentines Day.

Best… Wife… EVER!!!

Bacon Roses!!!Bacon Roses!!!

Culinary Conscience

I just finished the latest video that Megan and I shot back in October. I had some issues with the effects back then and gave up for awhile, which is why it took so long.

Hooray for bacon!

The effects and 98% of the editing were done using FXHome’s HitFilm. I used Adobe Premiere Elements for the titles and some of the sound.

Saving the Day

My latest video project is complete. I put the script together, shot it the next day (with an exceptional amount of help from Megan), and edited it together today. There are a few things I would have done differently, but I’m happy with it for the most part.

It involves an argument over what to have for dinner. I don’t want to give away the ending, but it involves my favorite type of meat.

Bacon Pancakes… Oh, yeah!

I got up at 6:00 this morning, made myself a nice cup of Gevalia coffee… and started frying up some bacon.

Matt Blum of the Geek Dad blog, had a post about his recent experience making bacon pancakes and, since I’m a bacon aficionado, I thought I’d give it a try. My daughter was game, too, but we had to leave for a horse show at 7:45, so I had no choice but to get started early… on a Saturday, no less!

So I fried up a pound of brown sugar cured bacon. We didn’t eat the whole pound, but hey… I opened the package, so it might as well get cooked, huh? …there are worse things…

Bacon Pancakes - The Bacon

Having filled the kitchen with the spectacular aroma of bacony goodness, I went to work on the pancake batter. I will admit that I skimped on this part, as I used some Crusteaz pancake mix. Matt Blum made his from scratch and I will acknowledge his batter superiority, but hey… I was on a timeline here. I did, however, add a bit of the bacon grease to the batter for some extra flavor.

Bacon Pancakes - The Batter

All that was left to do was griddle me up some pancakes! Taking Matt’s advice, and taking into consideration the ease of griddle cake flipping, I decided to tear a piece of bacon in half for each pancake instead of making a long, bacon-shaped pancake. It worked fairly well. I did three combinations.

  1. Batter then bacon then more batter on top of the bacon
  2. Bacon directly on the griddle topped with batter
  3. At Megan’s suggestion, the inverse of the first version – Bacon on the griddle, topped with batter, topped with more bacon. (!!!)

Here is version #2 about to come off the griddle.

Bacon Pancakes - On the Griddle

Megan got the first batch of two pancakes. She ate both of those and a small part of a third. I ate four of the #2 version. Nobody ate the one pancake that was version #3. We were both way too stuffed at that point.

Of course, pancakes aren’t complete without butter (real butter) and maple syrup (real maple syrup). Yes, Yes. I know there was already bacon in the pancakes and bacon grease in the batter (we added more for the second batch, by the way, because the batter didn’t have enough of a bacony flavor), but that doesn’t preclude adding butter. It’s a different category of fat. Now move along.

Bacon Pancakes - Plated and ready to eat!

In retrospect, I think that they would be easier to eat if the bacon were cut into smaller pieces… perhaps squares. A more even distribution of bacon within the pancake would be a definite enhancement. That said, they were still awesome. Megan gave them a thumbs up.

Bacon Pancakes - Thumbs up!

After eating four of the pancakes, it was a long time before I was ready for lunch.

…and there is some bacon left over. Hmmm…

Oh, for the love of bacon!

How the heck do I sign up for this job!?

We taste-tested pounds of bacon from the grocery store to find the sizzling winners.

The folks on Rachael Ray’s website have got it made!

Every Day with Rachael Ray: Big Bite Taste Test - Bacon

The winners?

  • Best Oddball: Mountain Products Smokehouse Country Sliced Chipotle
  • Best Turkey: Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon
  • Best Thick-cut: Jimmy Dean Thick Slice Premium Bacon
  • Best Sweet: Beeler’s Uncured Apple-Cinnamon Bacon
  • Best Original: Ozark Trails Hickory Smoked and Peppered Bacon

I’m a big fan of thick-cut bacon, but I’d be more than willing to try the others, though turkey bacon holds a lesser appeal. It’s not real bacon. As we all know, real bacon comes from magical pigs.

Hint: All pigs are magical.