Archive for December, 2011

Whiskey, Caramel, Marshmallow and Bacon Bark

Saturday, December 31, 2011 Review by Brian
Whiskey, Caramel, Marshmallow and Bacon Bark

Whiskey, Caramel, Marshmallow and Bacon Bark

OMG – So if you’re in the mood for some¬†alcohol/bacon¬†based sweets, you must try these¬†Whiskey, Caramel, Marshmallow and Bacon Bark!!!


Whiskey, Caramel, Marshmallow and Bacon Bark

Makes 1 8√ó8 pan | Preparation: Line pan with parchment or wax paper with a one-inch overhang on each side.

16 oz of semi-sweet chocolate

  • 4 cups of mini marshmallows
  • ¬ľ cup whiskey
  • 1 cup caramel (recipe follows)
  • 1 cup of spiced bacon crumble (recipe follows)

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Bacon, Egg & Hash Brown Bake

Thursday, December 29, 2011 Review by judywrites

I found this on a list of Betty Crocker Best of 2011 recipes. Sounds like a winner for New Year’s Day breakfast or any Sunday morning!

1  lb bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1  medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1  medium red bell pepper, chopped (3/4 cup)
1  package (8 oz) sliced fresh mushrooms
2  tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2  teaspoon salt
1/2  teaspoon pepper
3/4  cup milk
12  eggs
1  package (2 lb) frozen hash browns, thawed
2  cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 oz)
  • In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Using slotted spoon. Remove from pan to small bowl. Cover and refrigerate. Drain drippings, reserving 1 tablespoon in pan. Add onion, bell pepper and mushrooms; cook 4 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in mustard, salt and pepper. In large bowl, beat milk and eggs with wire whisk.
  • Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Spread half of hash browns in baking dish. Spread onion mixture evenly on top. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese. Spread remaining hash browns over top. Pour egg mixture on top. Cover; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  • Heat oven to 325¬įF. Uncover; bake 50 to 60 minutes or until thermometer inserted in center reads 160¬įF. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese and the bacon. Bake 3 to 5 minutes longer or until knife inserted in center comes out clean, top is puffed and cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes.

Thanks, you sweet talker, Betty Crocker ūüôā¬†

Bacon, Avocado and Tomato Club

Monday, December 26, 2011 Review by judywrites

Bacon and avocado together – yum! This is a bit different as it can be served as an appetizer. Here is great recipe from the Avocado Commission:


  • Baguette Croutons (recipe follows)
  • 2 ¬Ĺ¬†each Fresh California Avocados*
  • ¬Ĺ tsp.¬†lemon juice, fresh
  • 4¬†slices crisp cooked bacon, cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup¬†micro sprouts or micro greens
  • Roasted Cherry Tomatoes (recipe follows)
  • ¬ľ cup¬†basil pesto, thin consistency
  • Baguette Croutons (Yield: 24 each)

  • 24¬†thin slices of 2″ diameter baguette
  • melted butter, as needed
  • Roasted Cherry Tomatoes (Yield: 1 batch)

  • 2 cups¬†cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp.¬†olive oil
  • Lemon Aioli (Yield: 1/2 cup)

  • ¬Ĺ cup¬†mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp.lemon juice, fresh


Baguette Croutons:

  1. Brush one side of the baguette slices with melted butter.
  2. Bake at 375 degrees F until lightly toasted, about 15 minutes.  Cool.

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes:

  1. Slice tomatoes in half and toss with olive oil.
  2. Roast at 400 degrees F until lightly browned, about 15 ‚Äď 20 minutes.¬† Cool.

Lemon Aioli:

  1. Mix together mayonnaise and fresh lemon juice.

Bacon Avocado and Tomato Club:

  1. Coarsely mash the avocado and mix it with the fresh lemon juice.
  2. Top each crouton with 1 Tbsp. of the mashed avocado mixture.
  3. Top with 2 thin strips of bacon, micro sprouts, lemon aioli and roasted cherry tomatoes.
  4. Drizzle with pesto.  Serve immediately.
  5. Servings of 2 each

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe.  A large avocado averages about 8 ounces.  If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Merry Christmas! Bacon Candy Canes (and Whiskey!)

Sunday, December 25, 2011 Review by BetterThanAndrew

Bacon Candy Canes

Merry Christmas!

So if you’re anything like me, you see the holidays as not only an excuse to wear ties and vests that would be viewed as fashion travesties any other time of year, but to re-establish your certification as a functioning alcoholic. The holidays present us with many opportunities for not just social drinking but social drinking of whimsical holiday cocktails that, much like singing Santa ties and white socks, celebrate a finite calendar period of acceptance.

“What the hell is he rambling about?” you’re probably thinking. “He must be drunk right now!”. Well there’s a point here, I promise you. Sure, candy canes are the quintessential Christmas tree decoration alongside those shiny balls that shatter if you so much as look at them funny, but did you know that they’re edible? No, seriously. Even better, you can use them in cocktails like…

Merry Irishman
The Merry Irishman


2 parts Tullamore Dew (or other full-bodied Irish whiskey)
1 part Kahlua
1/2 part peppermint schnapps
(Bacon) candy cane for garnish
Combined and served in a rocks glass over ice.

Ok, the original recipe calls for a ho-hum standard candy cane but that doesn’t play into my preceding ramblings very well. Whether you choose to try them in a drink, eat them on their own or just hand them on the tree, you can find bacon candy canes at Archie McPhee and Co. They taste like bacon (allegedly) and come 6 to a box for under $5.

2bleu’s Bacon Cheeseburger Roll-Up

Friday, December 23, 2011 Review by Brian
2bleu's Bacon Cheeseburger Roll-Up

2bleu's Bacon Cheeseburger Roll-Up

Nom, nom, nom. These looks amazing. Screw the bun and the burger – just mix it together and roll it up! Boom!



1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup onion , chopped (about 1 small)
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
8 ounces cheddar cheese , shredded
8 slices bacon , cooked crisp and crumbled
1 (14 ounce) can refrigerated prepared pizza crust

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