Bacon Takedown!!!

September 12th, 2010


The Results are in… for the Bacon Takedown… First things first, I didn’t win but I had an excellent time!

It was fun to finally put my culinary skills to the test… I made popcorn with cinnamon-chili candied bacon and Bacon Empanadas with pear-swiss-thyme-bacon filling… They were very well received… I ran out in less than an hour…

There were so many other delicious bacon things… My personal favorites: Rafael’s Bacon Greyere English Muffins, Grok’s Science Show (Elise and Caitlyn)’s Bacon, Asiago and Onion Quiche, and McMahon’s Maple Bacon Caramel Corn.

Overall, I had a great day… although I’d rather not see bacon for awhile now… But I definitely would like to continue competing…

Stay tuned recipes coming… I’m still cleaning up bacon grease…

Disclaimer: As a sponsor of the competition, Hormel gave me the bacon for free.

Bringing Home the Bacon…

September 10th, 2010

Literally, fifteen pounds of bacon! Now, I’m sort of wondering what I got myself in to…

Tomorrow I will be competing at the Chicago Bacon Takedown against at least fourteen other contestants… for some awesome prizes… like new knives… this poor law student could use some new knives… although I’m really just looking forward to my first cooking competition… it is about time!

Please come out and support me- 1:30pm at Lincoln Hall near Fullerton and Lincoln…A portion of the tickets will go to Feeding America… and you know eating for a charity eliminates any calories…

Now, if you will excuse me… I have some bacon to cook… into what, you ask?  Well, come by tomorrow and find out!

Disclaimer: As a sponsor of the competition, Hormel gave me the bacon for free.

Of Sisters and Birthdays…

September 8th, 2010


a guest post from my mother…

Recently I went away for my annual sister trip. I have seven sisters and once a year we gather at a different destination for a reunion. We exchange gifts and celebrate birthdays during the weekend.

Eight women together tend to cause a bit of a stir and in our case probably the dress code for the trip that includes lots of matching clothing contributes to the spectacle. Comments we have received over the years include: “are you all really birthalogical sisters?” and “which order of nuns are you?” We really enjoy the laughter and the wining and dining.

On our recent trip, we visited Richmond, Virginia. We stayed at the Grace Manor Inn in the Fan district of Richmond and near to all of the great shops in Carytown. The B & B was charming and the innkeepers, Dawn and Albert, were most gracious and more importantly, the food was great! Dawn also owns and bakes for her other business, Carytown Cupcakes, which of course we sampled too. Yummy!

In a previous post I mentioned that I have a long history of baking birthday cakes. This year I made a chocolate hazelnut cake.

It’s a really rich cake and I only tweaked the recipe a little. For the icing, I used one bar of bittersweet and one bar of semisweet chocolate (Ghiradelli, 4oz size bars). I was a bit generous with the Frangelico. I would recommend making the cake at least the day before you serve it to allow the flavor to really intensify. Enjoy!