Saturday, September 30, 2006


1 young, fat possum
8 sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon sugar

First, catch a possum. Skin the possum and remove the head and feet. Be sure to wash it thoroughly. Freeze overnight either outside or in a refrigerator. When ready to cook, peel the potatoes and boil them tender in lightly salted water along with the butter and sugar. At the same time, stew the possum tender in a tightly covered pan with a little water. Arrange the taters around the possum, strip with bacon, sprinkle with thyme or marjoram, or pepper, and brown in the oven. Baste often with the drippings.

courtesy of: Dave Baker, Lakeland, Florida

Friday, September 29, 2006


serves 4

4 slices smoked bacon
One 1-pound tuna steak, 1 inch thick, cut into 4 pieces
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 head frisée, torn into bite-size pieces (about 4 cups)
2 Hass avocados, thinly sliced

Lay the bacon strips on a cutting board and place a piece of tuna in the center of each; season with salt and pepper. Fold the bacon around the tuna and secure with toothpicks.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil until shimmering. Add the tuna and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until the bacon is crisp and the tuna is still pink inside, about 6 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil with the vinegar; season with salt and pepper.

Toss in the frisée and avocados and transfer to plates.

Remove the toothpicks from the tuna and cut each piece in half. Arrange the tuna over the frisée and serve right away, drizzling any remaining dressing left in the bowl over the fish.

courtesy of: Katy Sparks, "Minimalist Recicpes," Food & Wine, April 2005

Thursday, September 28, 2006


yields 2 servings

4 woodcock
salt and pepper
4 slices bacon
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
4 slices toast, buttered

Sprinkle woodcocks inside and out with salt and pepper. Wrap weach with a slice of bacon and fasten with string or a wooden pick. Place woodcocks in broiler pan about 6 inches from heat. Broil 8 to 10 minutes on each side, or until tender, basting frequently with butter. Remove string or wooden pick. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve on buttered toast.

courtesy of: Traders Creek, 55 East Main Street, Johnstown, New York, 12095

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


1 12" x 12" sheet of Puff Pastry
½ lbs. Teleme cheese (cut into 1" pieces)
24 baby spring onions (washed and trimmed and cut into 1" pieces)
1/3 lbs. smoked slab bacon (cut into 1" pieces)
1 egg
1 T. garlic chives (minced)
sea salt

Roll out pastry to 1/8 " and place on lightly floured sheet pan. Scatter pieces of cheese on dough leaving at least 1/2 " border in all places Remembering that the cheese will spread generously when melted. Cook bacon until crisp but leaving pieces still slightly juicy and drain. Scatter bacon and onions on dough and brush borders with beaten egg. Refrigerate covered until ready to bake (at least 1 hour and up to 12). Preheat oven to 425 degrees and when ready remove tart from cold and bake till crispy, golden and bubbly, about 15 -20 minutes depending on how thin the crust is. Remove and hit with chives and sea salt to taste just before serving.

courtesy of: Christopher Greenwald, Iron Horse Vineyards, 9786 Ross Station Road, Sebastopol, California 95472

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Serving Size: 8

2 pounds cod, diced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup clam juice
1 cup water
6 potatoes, sliced
4 onions, peeled and sliced
4 carrots, sliced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 cup canned corn, drained
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled

Sprinkle cod with lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for several hours. In a stockpot, combine clam juice, water, potatoes, onions, carrots, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in fish, peas, corn, milk and curry. Cover and simmer an additional 10 minutes. Remove bay leaf and sprinkle with bacon before serving.

courtesy of: Sportsman Fishing Adventures, Ltd., Box 645, Gold River, British Columbia, V0P 1G0, 250-283-2142

Monday, September 25, 2006


makes one serving
20 grams potatoes (half of a medium-size potato)
20 grams carrots (1/10th of a medium-size carrot)
20 grams onion (1/10th of a medium-size onion)
10 grams garden peas
half a rasher of bacon
50ml milk
7 grams miso (half of one tablespoonful)
150ml water
soup stock (half a cube).

Peel the potato and carrot, and cut them into fan-shaped pieces 5mm thick. Slice the onion. Pour boiling water over the bacon and cut it into 1cm-long pieces. String the garden peas. Mix the soup stock cube, bacon, potato, carrot, onion and water, and bring them to the boil. When they are cooked, add the garden peas and milk. Add miso by dissolving it in the soup. When the soup starts to the boil, turn off the heat.

courtesy of: Miyasaka Brewery, Kamisuwa, Nagana, Japan

Sunday, September 24, 2006


Servings: 6

1 lb green Peas, freshly shelled
2 tablespoons Butter
1 Medium-sized onion, chopped
1 Head iceberg lettuce/chopped
1 Sprig mint, chopped
1 Sprig parsley, chopped
3 Strips bacon, chopped
2 1/2 cups Ham stock
Salt and pepper
Chopped parsley & mint for garnish

After shelling the peas, save the pods, wash them and put them to boil in the ham stock while preparing the soup. Heat the butter in a large saucepan and soften the onion in it, then add the lettuce, mint and parsley. De-rind and chop the bacon. Fry it for about 2 minutes, turning it from time to time; add to the saucepan with the peas, salt, pepper and a small amount of sugar. Strain the stock and add. Bring to the boil, stirring, then simmer for about half an hour until the peas are quite soft. Sieve or liquidize, taste for seasonings and add a little milk or cream if needed (but not too much, for the fresh flavor must be preserved). Garnish with chopped parsley or mint.

courtesy of: CelticTV, Unlimited Ventures Corp., William A. Phillips, 7 Sterling Place, Edgewater, New Jersey, 07020, (201)-491-4055

Saturday, September 23, 2006


4-6 slices bacon
4-6 pieces of salmon fillet (about 6 oz. each)
2 sweet gherkins (small pickled cucumbers) diced

Fry bacon until crisp In heavy skillet. Drain fat. keep fat in skillet. Put fillets, skin down, into skillet, Fry until skin is crisp, about 2 minutes. Turn and fry until browned. Place salmon fillets on platter. Crumble bacon over tops and sprinkle with gherkins. Serve.

courtesy of: Island Angler, 30 Acacia Avenue, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada V9R 3L4

Friday, September 22, 2006


Serves 4

1 kg salt cod
300g frozen lima beans
2 medium onions chopped
2 large tomatoes peeled, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 strips bacon
2 tablespoons tomato puree

Soak cod overnight with one change of water. Drain and rinse well. Poach fish until it is barely cooked. Set aside. Heat oil and sauté onion and garlic until lightly
browned, add tomatoes and cook until tomatoes tender. Place vegetables in casserole and arrange fish on top. Lay bacon strips on fish and dot with tomato puree. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 degree oven.

courtesy of: Sea-Ex, P.O. Box 3152, Bracken Ridge, Qld, 4017, Australia

Thursday, September 21, 2006


6 slices side bacon, chopped
8 oz (250 g) old or extra old cheddar cheese, cubed
1/4 cup (50 mL) butter, cubed
2 tbsp (30 mL) each chopped parsley & green onions
2 tbsp (30 mL) drained hot banana pepper rings or to taste
3/4 cup (175 mL) toasted finely chopped pecans

Cook bacon until crisp; drain well reserving 1 tbsp (15 mL) drippings. Set bacon and drippings aside. Combine cheese, butter, parsley, green onions and banana pepper rings in bowl of food processor fitted with metal blade. Cover and process until smooth, stopping machine to scrape down sides of bowl as necessary. Add bacon and drippings to bowl and process until bacon is finely chopped. Chill mixture 3 hours or until firm enough to roll into 2 dozen balls, about 1-inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. (If mixture softens too much during rolling, return to refrigerator until firm.) Roll balls in chopped pecans and store in refrigerator up to 2 days before serving. Garnish as desired. Serve with crackers.

courtesy of: The Village Cheese Co, Farmstead Artisan Cheese, 3475 Smith Dr. Armstrong, BC V0E 1B0

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Makes 16 cups per 3/4 serving

1 1/2 bags (16 oz each) cornbread stuffing mix
1 1/2 cups pecan halves, toasted
5 Tbsp butter or margarine
2 cups chopped onions
2 cups chopped celery with leaves
6 oz sliced Canadian bacon, stacked and cut in 1/2-inch pieces (1 1/2 cups)
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup water
3/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp each dried sage and thyme
1/4 tsp each dried marjoram and rosemary

Put stuffing mix and pecans in a very large bowl or pot. Melt butter in a large skillet. Add onions, celery and bacon; saute 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Add to stuffing; toss to mix and moisten evenly. Bag and refrigerate until ready to stuff turkey.

Stuff neck and body cavities, and bake the remainder of the stuffing separately.

Stuffing Tip: After stuffing the bird, you'll still have extra stuffing. Spoon it into a greased baking dish, drizzle with 1/2 cup broth, cover and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer until lightly browned.

courtesy of: Razzle Dazzle Recipes

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


serves 4

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/4 pound thickly sliced bacon, cut crosswise 1/4 inch thick
3 garlic cloves, minced
8 Thai bird chiles or 4 serrano chiles
1 1/2 pounds shelled and deveined large shrimp
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup vermouth or dry white wine
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped mint

In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the bacon and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the fat has been rendered. Spoon off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the skillet. Stir in the garlic and whole chiles and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until they are pink and curled, about 3 minutes. Add the vermouth and cook until nearly evaporated, about 1 minute. Stir in the mint, transfer to plates and serve.

courtesy of: Jerry Traunfeld, "Herbal Remedy," Food & Wine, August 2005

Monday, September 18, 2006


serves 6

6 frozen puff pastry shells (in freezer section)
6 eggs - poached
3/4 lb bacon
1.5 lb mushrooms
1 garlic clove
fresh parsley, minced

Plus your favorite hollandaise recipe - I use citrus hollandaise. Bake puff pastry shells according to directions. When done, take top off, and take out insides and discard. Keep warm in low oven. Cut bacon in small pieces and cook until crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside. Pour off most of the bacon grease - keep a few tablespoons. Mince garlic and saute in grease for 1 min (not too hot) Put in mushrooms that have been chopped very small...and cook for 8 or 10 min on low. Drain mushrooms - keep warm. When ready to serve: poach eggs. Take out pastry shells and put on place. Divide bacon equally among plates. Put a little bacon outside the shell, as well. Divide mushrooms equally - put in nest, and add some surrounding the nest, as well. Put on poached egg (carefully) and top with hollandaise. Garnish w/ minced parsley.

courtesy of: Bear Paw Inn, Winter Park, Colorado

Sunday, September 17, 2006


Serves 4

1 lb. small red potatoes
1 lb. spinach, stems removed, washed and drained
1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 cup shredded, extra old white Cheddar cheese or Asiago
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp sea salt
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
4 6-ounce skinless boneless salmon fillets
2 tsp lemon juice
8 slices good quality bacon
4 Tbsp sour cream, heaping
1 Tbsp minced chives
Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Cook the potatoes in boiling water until just tender, approximately 20–25 minutes. Drain and cool.

Place the spinach in a large pot, turn the heat to high and cover with a lid. Steam until it wilts, turning it over occasionally. Transfer to a large plate AND SPREAD OUT TO COOL. When cool, squeeze into small balls with your hands to remove the water. Finely chop and place in a bowl. Add the melted butter, cheese, garlic and salt. Mix well. The potatoes and the spinach mixture may be prepared up to a day in advance. Cover and refrigerate.

Slice the potatoes into ¼-inch slices and arrange in slightly overlapping rows in an 8×11½-inch baking dish. Season well with salt and pepper and dot with half the 1 Tbsp butter. Divide the spinach mixture into 4 equal portions, flatten each into an elongated patty and place one in each quarter of the baking dish over the potatoes. Place a salmon fillet over each patty of spinach, sprinkle with the lemon juice, dot with the remaining butter and season with salt and pepper. Cover snugly with foil and bake for 20–30 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through.

While the salmon is cooking, fry the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels and crumble when cool. When the salmon is done, lift each portion onto heated individual plates or leave in the baking dish. Top each piece of salmon with a dollop of sour cream. Sprinkle the bacon and chives over the sour dream and serve immediately.

courtesy of: The Passionate Cook, Karen Barnaby. Whitecap Books, 2004

Saturday, September 16, 2006


Serves 8

1 kg cockles (in their shell)
1.5 litres water
40g streaky smoked bacon
2 medium onions, finely chopped.
3 medium potatoes, diced.
1 bay leaf
475 ml milk
250 ml single cream
salt & pepper to taste

Rinse the cockles well in cold water and drain. Bring the water to the boil in a deep pan and add the cockles. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes until the shells are open.

When the cockles have cooled a little, drain the pan, retaining the cooking liquid, and remove the cockles from their shells – discard any shells which have not opened. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve or muslin cloth.

In a large pan, fry the bacon until golden brown. Add the onions and sweat over a medium heat until softened.

In a milk pan, bring the milk to a simmer and take off the heat.

Add the bay leaf, potatoes and the cockle liquid to the bacon and onions and bring to the boil. Cook for about 8-10 minutes until the potatoes are just turning soft, but still retaining their shape. Stir occasionally to prevent the onions or bacon sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Add the milk, cream and cockle meat and gently heat cook for a further 3 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and season to taste.

Serve in soup bowls with warm crusty rolls. Garnish simply with chopped parsley or snipped chives.

courtesy of: The Soup Ladle, Blueprint Foods Limited, Unit 8, The Nelson Centre, Portfield Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5SF, Tel: 02392 620020

Friday, September 15, 2006


serves 4

3/4 pound double-smoked bacon, sliced 1/8 inch thick
Four 1/2-pound skirt steaks
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 large shallots, thinly sliced
3/4 pound white mushrooms, thickly sliced
1/4 pound small chanterelle mushrooms, thickly sliced if large
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped parsley

Lay half of the bacon slices on a large sheet of plastic wrap. Set the skirt steaks on top and cover with the remaining bacon. Wrap and refrigerate overnight, or for 24 hours.
Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet. Add the shallots and cook over low heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add all of the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, cover and cook until they have released their liquid, about 4 minutes. Uncover and cook over moderate heat until the mushrooms are browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Stir and cook for 4 minutes longer. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a saucepan.

Remove the bacon slices from the steak and save for another use. Heat 1/2 tablespoon of the oil in each of 2 large skillets. Add 2 steaks to each skillet and cook over moderately high heat until browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Turn the steaks and cook until medium rare, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer the steaks to a carving board and let rest for 5 minutes.

Gently reheat the mushrooms and stir in the parsley. Thinly slice the steaks across the grain and arrange on plates. Top with the mushrooms and serve.

courtesy of: Marcia Kiesel, "From Skirt Steak & Zinfandel," Food & Wine, April 2002

Thursday, September 14, 2006


serves 6

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups minced onions (2 medium)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon sugar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup dry red wine
1 cup canned tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 quart milk
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of white pepper
2 pounds fresh spinach, large stems discarded
1/4 pound bacon, cut into 1/4-inch strips
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
Basic Crêpes

In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add 1 cup of the onions and cook over moderately high heat, stirring frequently, until golden. Add the oregano and sugar and season with salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the wine and simmer, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomato sauce and water and simmer over moderate heat until slightly thickened, 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Melt the butter in a medium sauce-pan. Add 1/4 cup of the onions and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes. Whisk in the flour until combined. Add the milk in 2 batches, whisking constantly until smooth before adding more. Bring to a boil over moderately high heat, then simmer over moderate heat until thickened, about 2 minutes. Whisk in 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, the nutmeg, white pepper and 3/4 teaspoon of salt. Remove from the heat and press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the white sauce.

In a large skillet over high heat, add the spinach by handfuls and toss until wilted. Wipe out the skillet. Squeeze the spinach dry, then finely chop.

In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the bacon and cook over moderately high heat until golden, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of chopped onion and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of the white sauce and 1 teaspoon each of salt and black pepper. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of the remaining Parmesan cheese and the chopped walnuts.

Preheat the oven to 400°. Lay 16 crêpes on a work surface and spread 3 tablespoons of the spinach filling in a strip down the center of each one. Tightly roll the crêpe around the filling, tucking in the edges as you roll to form a neat cylinder. Repeat with the remaining filling and crêpes.

Spread 1/4 cup of tomato sauce on the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Arrange the cannelloni over the tomato sauce. Spread the remaining white sauce over the cannelloni. Drizzle the remaining tomato sauce on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and the cannelloni are heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

MAKE AHEAD: All the components can be made up to 2 days ahead and assembled just before baking.

courtesy of: Maricel Presilla, "10 Top Dishes from South America," Food & Wine, May 2003.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


1 cup brown sugar
1/2-1 tsp. ground red (cayenne) pepper
2 lb. sliced smoked bacon

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl combine sugar and red pepper. Sprinkle over both sides of bacon. Place slices on two foil-lined baking sheets. Bake 10-15 minutes, turning often until browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels.

courtesy of: One Whole Clove / Sarah Lou, Quebec, Canada

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


1 dozen large, fresh Champignons (White Mushrooms)
1 small onion
4 oz. Cayuga Blue
1/4 stick of butter
2 strips of fresh bacon
1 large toe of garlic

Wash and clean mushrooms and remove stem and scoop out central portion of gills. Chop the onion, garlic, bacon and mushroom stems into small pieces and sauté in a skillet with the butter until the onion is browned. Remove from skillet and place in a mixing bowl with the crumbled Cayuga Blue cheese and mix thoroughly by hand. Place a teaspoon full of this filling into each mushroom cap. Place the mushrooms on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, being careful not to burn or overly dry out the dish. Serve while still hot.

courtesy of: Lively Run Goat Dairy, New York State's Finger Lakes Region

Monday, September 11, 2006


Serves 2

2 - 8 oz. fresh Salmon Fillets
6 strips maple-flavored bacon (reserve 2 strips and cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons hazelnut syrup
1 tablespoon muscat wine
1/3 cup raspberry jam
1/4 cup hazelnuts (filberts), chopped

Place salmon fillets on an oven broiler pan and broil for 3 minutes, turn and place 2 strips of bacon on each fillet. Broil an additional 3-4 minutes or until bacon is soft-cooked. Remove, set aside, keep warm. In a non-stick skillet, over medium heat, sauté reserved bacon pieces until soft-cooked, drain and set aside. Bacon Raspberry Beurre Blanc: In the same skillet, over medium heat, melt butter, add hazelnut syrup, muscat wine and raspberry jam. Cook mixture several minutes until reduced and soft glaze is formed. Stir frequently to avoid sticking to skillet. Serve each salmon fillet by placing half of the bacon raspberry beurre blanc on each plate. Place the salmon fillet on the sauce and garnish with chopped hazelnuts.

courtesy of: Farmer John Meats / Clougherty Packing Company, 3049 E. Vernon Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90058, (323) 583-4621

Sunday, September 10, 2006


Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 2 empanadas)

6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2/3 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter
5 large eggs, beaten
1 (17.3-ounce) can refrigerated jumbo flaky biscuits
8 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 to 2 teaspoons sesame seeds (optional)
Assorted fresh fruit (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°.

Stir together first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl until blended; stir in cheese.

Melt butter in a 9-inch skillet over medium heat; add eggs, and cook, without stirring, until eggs begin to set on bottom. Draw a spatula across bottom of skillet to form large curds. Continue cooking until eggs are slightly thickened but still moist. (Do not stir constantly.) Remove from heat, and let cool.

Flatten each biscuit into about a 5-inch circle. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over tops of dough circles, leaving 1/2-inch border around edge. Top evenly with scrambled eggs and bacon.

Fold dough circles in half over mixture, pinching edges to seal; place, 2 inches apart, in a 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan coated with cooking spray. Brush tops evenly with egg white; press sealed edges with tines of a fork. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.

Bake at 375° for 14 to 16 minutes or until golden brown. Remove empanadas to wire rack, using a spatula. Serve warm and, if desired, with fresh fruit.

Note: Store leftover empanadas, completely cooled, in zip-top plastic bags or wrapped in plastic wrap in refrigerator. To reheat, wrap empanadas in paper towels and microwave at MEDIUM (50% power) for 1 to 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

courtesy of: Southern Living, January 2003

Saturday, September 09, 2006


1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup bacon fat
1 cup whole-wheat flour
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 ea egg

Heat the milk, bacon fat, and water in a small saucepan until about 120F.

Mix together 2 cups flour, yeast, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment. Mix in milk mixture, followed by the egg.

Add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time -- switching to the dough hook after adding a cup and a half of flour. Knead for 8 minutes then turn out on a floured board and knead 2 or 3 minutes longer if required. Shape dough into a roll and allow to rest for about 10 minutes.

Divide dough into 10 equal pieces. Form each piece into an oblong shape and place on a parchment lined baking sheet (you'll need two sheets). Spritz buns with a light coating of oil and cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until slightly more than doubled in bulk.

While the buns are rising, heat the oven to 400F and position a rack in the middle of the oven.

Bake for 8 minutes, then rotate baking sheet 180 degrees. Bake another 2 to 4 minutes until golden brown.

courtesy of: Kevin D. Weeks, Knoxville, Tennessee / Seriously Good

Friday, September 08, 2006


Servings Per Recipe: 8

1/2 pound bacon, diced
1 onion, chopped
3 quarts water
4 cubes chicken bouillon
2 1/2 cups dry black-eyed peas
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
6 small potatoes, diced

Brown the bacon in a large pot over medium heat. Drain grease, and place onion in the pot. Cook and stir until tender. Pour in the water. Mix in the bouillon cubes until dissolved. Stir in black-eyed peas, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 45 minutes. Place the potatoes in the pot, and continue cooking 15 minutes, or until beans and potatoes are tender. Serve warm.

courtesy of: Albertsons

Thursday, September 07, 2006


Servings Per Recipe: 4

2 pounds orange turnip
2 tablespoons butter
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 dash garlic powder
1/2 pound bacon - cooked and crumbled
2 tablespoons rendered bacon fat

Peel and cube the turnip. Cook in a saucepan in salted water until very tender. Drain then mash with the butter or margarine, salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Set aside. In a skillet fry the bacon until nice and crispy. Remove from the skillet and crumble. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease. To the skillet with the 2 tablespoons of bacon grease add the mashed turnip and crumpled bacon. Stir and heat to the desired temperature before serving.

courtesy of: Theresa H. Wessman / Albertsons

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


4 slice bacon; chopped up
1/4 cup onion; chopped small
1/2 cup mushrooms; chopped
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup Monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup Mozzarella
And however many peppers you can fill.

Fry the bacon, onion, and mushroom together until bacon is crisp; drain well and let cool.Mix bacon, onion, mushroom, and cheeses. Slice peppers in half and stuff with the mixture. Bake at 350 F. for about 15 minutes. (You can also freeze the peppers to soften them before baking.)

courtesy of: Mike, Jalapeno Madness

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


yields 4 servings; about 1 1/2 cups per serving

1 medium Yukon Gold potato(es)
1 sprays cooking spray
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/4 cup onion(s), chopped (or 1 large shallot)
4 piece corn on the cob, kernels removed with a knife
1 cup sweet red pepper(s), diced
4 oz bacon, diced
2 cup fat-free skim milk
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce, or to taste

Puncture potato in several places with a fork; microwave on high power until tender, turning over once, about 8 minutes. Allow to cool; peel and mash.

Meanwhile, coat a large saucepan with cooking spray. Add celery, onion, corn and red pepper; sauté over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. (Note: Feel free to substitute your favorite fresh vegetables like asparagus and broccoli for the red pepper. Or to save time, substitute 2 cups of frozen corn and 1 cup of frozen, diced bell pepper for the fresh corn and red pepper.)

Stir bacon and milk into saucepan; stir in mashed potato and mix well. Season with salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce; stir to combine. Cover and simmer 10 minutes (do not allow to boil).

courtesy of: Weight Watchers

Monday, September 04, 2006


2 lbs potatoes, blanched 15 minutes skin on
1 medium onion, peeled and sliced
6 ozs smoked bacon slices, cut into smal strips
¼ oz butter
¼ tsp dried thyme
Few grates of nutmeg, to taste
1 small Reblochon cheese, 8 ozs or Livarot or Munster
3 ozs white wine

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a skillet, melt the butter and saute the onions for about 3 minutes, and add the bacon, cook over medium-high heat for 5 more minute. Ad dried thyme and nutmeg to taste.
If the bacon is very fatty, remove the ingredients from the pan with a slotted spoon to drain on paper towels.
In the mid time peel the potatoes previously blanched and refresh under cold running water.

Place half of the saute onion and bacon, in a layer in the baking dish. Cover with a second layer of potatoes, cut into ¼ inch thick slices. Cover potatoes with the remaining onion and bacon, then with the remaining sliced potatoes.

Grate slightly the rind of the cheese, depending how mature it is. Cut in half into two disks. Top the potatoes with the two halves; the crust of the cheese up, thus it will melt more evenly. Place the dish in the preheat oven, pour the white wine over the top and bake for about 40 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and the cheese golden brown.

Remove the baking dish from the oven, let sit for 5 minutes, before serving. Serve with an Apremont white wine.

courtesy of: Chef Eric, Learn 4 Fun , #1301 - 120 Milross Avenue, Vancouver, BC - v6a 4k7- Canada

Sunday, September 03, 2006


3 grouse
1 onion, 1 carrot, 1 stick of celery, 1 bay leaf
Chicken stock
6 rashers of streaky bacon
6 to 8 shallots
Spring onions
Horseradish cream
Basmati rice and a handful of wild rice

Fillet the two breasts of each grouse and put to one side. Sauté one onion, one carrot, one stick of celery (chopped fine) and a bay leaf. When tinted at the edges, add the carcasses and enough water to cover the birds. Homemade chicken stock would be preferable but a good chicken stock cube will do equally well. Bring to the boil and simmer for about an hour, then sieve and return the liquid to the pan and boil rapidly until reduced by half. Put aside. Wrap two rashers of streaky bacon around each fillet and sear in butter until brown both sides. Take six to eight shallots. Slice, and then brown in some butter in a deepish frying pan. When cooked, add some stock, and carry on cooking until reduced slightly. Add the grouse breasts and keep turning in the liquid for approximately four minutes. When cooked, take the breasts out and keep warm. Add horseradish cream to your taste, and more stock as needed. Boil to slightly thicken it, pour over the grouse breasts and serve with the rices.

courtesy of: Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Post Newspapers Ltd, PO Box 168 Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 1RF, Telephone : 01132432701

Saturday, September 02, 2006


Makes about 48 pieces

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 pkg. (2 tsps.) rapid-rise or regular active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)
1 tablespoon olive oil
or store-bought dough can be substituted

2 10-oz. pkgs. mustard or other frozen chopped greens, or 2 lbs. fresh young greens
1/2 lb. bacon
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
3 large cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon. freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
salt if needed
2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal

To make the dough, mix the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a food processor. Combine water and oil and pour through feed tube with motor running. Process until a ball of dough forms, then continue to process about 45 seconds to "knead" dough. Place in an oiled mixing bowl and turn dough to oil top. Cover lightly and let rise until doubled (30 to 45 minutes with quick-rise yeast and about 1 hour for regular yeast).

Meanwhile, make the filling. Cook the frozen greens according to package directions, then drain well and squeeze to press out moisture. Trim and cook fresh greens in boiling salted water for 5 to 10 minutes until just tender. Drain well, squeeze to press out moisture, then chop. In a large skillet, cook the bacon until golden brown and crisp. Remove, drain, and crumble coarsely, and reserve. Pour off all but 4 tbsps. drippings in skillet. Add onion and saute' over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and saute' 1 minute. Stir in greens, cream, pepper, and cheese. Taste and add salt if needed. Let mixture cool. (Can be made 1 day ahead and refrigerated. Return to room temperature to use.)

Preheat oven to 500° F. Sprinkle two 10 x 15-inch jelly roll pans or baking sheets with the cornmeal. Punch dough down and divide in half. Roll or stretch each piece to a rough rectangle approximately 9 x 14 inches and place one on each cornmeal-dusted pan. Divide filling over each rectangle, spreading to within 1/4 inch of the sides. Sprinkle each croustade with the reserved crumbled bacon. Bake 12 to 14 minutes, alternating the position of the pans halfway through baking time, until edges are rich golden brown and crisp.

Use a large spatula to remove each croustade from its pan in a single piece. If serving immediately, place on a large wooden board, then use a pizza cutter to cut into about 24 pieces. (If planning to serve later, underbake the croustade by about 3 minutes, remove it from the baking sheet, and place on a rack to cool completely. Replace in the baking pan, cover with foil, and let stand at room temperature up to 4 hours or freeze up to 2 weeks. When ready to serve, reheat in a 400 degrees F oven for about 5 minutes, placing croustade directly on the oven rack.)

courtesy of: Parties! by Melanie Barnard and Brooke Dojny. HarperCollins Publishers, 1992

Friday, September 01, 2006


Servings 4

4 whole croaker, 2 lbs each, cleaned/scaled
1 cup flour salt and pepper
½ cup corn starch
8 strips bacon, diced
1 T garlic, minced
2 T shallot, minced
1 tsp. mustard seed
½ cup onion, sliced
¼ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup apple cider
1 pound collard greens, fresh

Remove stems from collards; wash greens well and cut into a chiffonade. Wash the fish well, and make two cuts on each side. Season fish with salt and pepper. Combine flour and cornstarch, and dredge fish in the mixture, getting mixture into center of each. Cook half the bacon until crisp; remove bacon and set aside. Brown each fish in the bacon fat for about 5 minutes on each side. If fish are thick, finish cooking in oven. Wipe the skillet clean, and cook remaining bacon; set bacon aside. Add garlic and shallots to bacon fat, and cook until just done. Add mustard seeds and onion. Deglaze mixture with vinegar and cider. Add collards, and quickly stir until they wilt. Remove from heat and pour the cooking liquid over the fish. Arrange collards on plates, topping with croaker. Crumble reserved bacon and sprinkle over each serving.

courtesy of: Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, 12580 West Creek Pkwy, Richmond, Virginia 23238-1110