Sunday, September 30, 2007


12 oz container of fresh Pacific Oysters
bacon, enough for each oyster

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Pre-cook oysters. Cut strips of bacon long enough to wrap around each oyster with slight overlap. (Oysters may be cut to desired size.) Place two or three bacon-wrapped oyster kabobs on each skewer and roast in hot oven until bacon is crisp. If served as hors d'oeuvres, allow 3 to 4 per person.

courtesy of: Oregon Oyster Farms, Inc., 6878 Yaquina Bay Road, Newport, Oregon 97365, (541) 265-5078

Saturday, September 29, 2007


Crab Cake Ingredients
5 to 6 slices white sandwich bread
3/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh or dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 pound Dungeness crabmeat, picked over and drained

Horseradish Mayonnaise Ingredients
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt

Sandwich Ingredients
18 slices thick-cut bacon (a little more than 1 pound)
About 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 slices firm white sandwich bread, such as Pepperidge Farm
6 slices tomato
6 butter lettuce leaves

To prepare the crab cakes, tear up the bread and pulse in a food processor to make fine, soft crumbs (you should have about 5 cups).

Transfer the bread crumbs to a shallow pan and mix in 1/2 cup of the parsley.

In a food processor, combine the egg yolk, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, mustard, paprika, thyme, celery seeds and black pepper. Pulse to combine. With the motor running, add the oil through the feed tube in a slow, steady stream until the mixture emulsifies and forms a mayonnaise. Transfer the mayonnaise to a bowl.

In a large bowl, combine the onion and bell peppers with the remaining 1/4 cup parsley. Add the mayonnaise and crabmeat and mix lightly. Using a rubber spatula, fold in 1 cup of the bread crumb mixture. Do not overwork the mixture or the crab cakes may get gummy.

Gently form 6 cakes and flatten them into patties about 1/2 inch thick. Dredge the patties lightly in the remaining bread crumb mixture. If you have time, cover the crab cakes with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or longer.

To prepare the mayonnaise, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt as necessary. Cover and refrigerate.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Put the bacon on a baking sheet, place it in the oven, and cook until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on paper towels. Place 2 large, nonstick skillets over medium heat and add about 2 tablespoons of the butter to each pan. Add 3 crab cakes to each pan and slowly fry them for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until they are golden brown and heated through.

Preheat the broiler. Place the bread on a baking sheet and toast under the broiler, turning until light golden brown on both sides. Lightly spread each slice of bread with the horseradish mayo. Put the cooked bacon on a baking sheet and warm it briefly under the broiler.

Place 1 side of toast, mayo side up, on each plate. Top each with 1 crab cake, 3 pieces of bacon, a tomato slice, and lettuce leaves. Place a second slice of toast on top, mayo side down.

courtesy of: The Crab Cake Guy / Chef Tom Douglas

Friday, September 28, 2007


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 cups fresh corn off the cob
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup sliced shallots
1/2 cup chopped coriander
oil for frying
3 roasted tomato slices
1 bunch arugula
4 slices of bacon, grilled

Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and paprika into a large bowl. Stir in sugar. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs and milk. Add the egg mix to the dry ingredients. Mix until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine corn, red bell pepper, shallots and coriander. Add to the batter mixture and mix well. Heat some oil on a frying pan and drop a couple of tablespoons of batter per fritter. Fry for a couple of minutes on each side, until golden. Top with arugula, roasted tomato slices and bacon.

courtesy of: Margarita's International Recipes

Thursday, September 27, 2007


strong hot coffee
kosher salt
brown sugar
1 1/2 cups cold water
2 1/4" thick lemon slices
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
1/2 ground coriander
2 chicken breasts
1 slice bacon, diced
1 shallot, minced
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons dijon
1 tablespoon heavy cream
2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce

Combine 1/4 cup of coffee, 2 tbsp salt, 2 tbsp brown sugar, and whisk until dissolved. Stir in the water, lemon, peppercorns, mustard, coriander, and cool to room temperature. Pour into a large ziploc bag and add 2 chicken breasts. Chill 3 hours. Drain, dry the breasts, and discard the brine. Grill the chicken until cooked. Meanwhile, saute the the bacon in a saucepan 2 minutes. Add the shallot and saute 3 minutes. Stir in 3 tbsp coffee, and the vinegar. Bring to a boil and then stir in the dijon, cream, and worcestershire sauce. Simmer 5 minutes. Check the seasoning of the sauce. Serve the chicken with the sauce.

courtesy of: David and Nicole, David and Nicole, Saskatoon, Canada

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


2 lb yams, peeled, cut into spears
1/4 lb bacon, diced large
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 scallion, minced
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1/2 tablespoon water

Preheat the oven to 450 F. Arrange the yam in 1 layer on a large baking sheet. Cook the bacon in a skillet until crisp. Drain on peper towel. Pour the bacon fat on the yams, toss them to coat. Sprinkle the yams with 1/4 tsp salt and pepper. Roast the yam, turning every 20 minutes for 45 minutes to 1 hour until tender. Return the bacon to the skillet and then add the oil over moderate heat. Stir in the scallions and remove from the heat. Stir in the vinegar and the water, and 1/4 tsp salt. Sprinkle over the yams. Serve.

courtesy of: David and Nicole, David and Nicole, Saskatoon, Canada

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


makes 4 servings

3 red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams; about 2 1/2 pounds)
1 teaspoon (or more) hot prepared Chinese mustard
1 cup balsamic vinegar
11/2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 pound Chinese broccoli or broccoli rabe (rapini),* large outer leaves removed, cut crosswise on diagonal into 1/4-inch-thick slices
2 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
4 5- to 6-ounce arctic char fillets
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

Preheat oven to 400°F. Wrap sweet potatoes individually in foil. Roast until tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Cool and peel. Puree in processor until smooth. Measure 3 cups puree and transfer to microwave-safe bowl. Stir in mustard. Season with salt. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Boil vinegar in small saucepan until reduced to ` cup, about 8 minutes. Stir in soy sauce. Remove from heat.

Cook broccoli in pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 1 minute. Drain; set aside. Cook bacon in medium skillet over medium heat until edges are crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. DO AHEAD: Reduction and broccoli can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

Process mustard seeds in spice grinder until coarsely ground. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. Sprinkle ground seeds over top of fish. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish, mustard side down, and cook until brown and just opaque in center, about 3 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, rewarm puree in microwave until heated through. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in another large skillet. Add broccoli and bacon; sauté until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide broccoli, fish, and puree among plates. Drizzle with balsamic reduction and serve.

NOTE: Chinese broccoli is also called gai lan or Chinese kale; it's available at Asian markets. Broccoli rabe is an Italian leafy green vegetable with scattered clusters of broccoli-like florets; you'll find it at some supermarkets and at specialty foods stores.

courtesy of: Bon Appetit, September 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007


makes 40

3 shallots, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
250 grams sausage meat
100 grams fresh white breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons walnuts, lightly crushed
1 tablespoon cranberry sauce
lemon zest finely grated
200 grams rindless streaky bacon
6 stems sage, leaves only, plus extra leaves for decoration
3 sprigs thyme
10 big slices Parma ham, each cut crossways into 4

Fry the shallots and garlic in a knob of butter until softened but not browned. Tip into a bowl and mix in the sausage meat, breadcrumbs, walnuts, cranberry sauce and zest. Pulse the bacon, sage (reserving all the small leaves for serving) and thyme leaves in the processor. Mix this into the sausage meat and season. Shape the mixture into balls the size of walnuts, wrap each one in a piece of Parma ham, arrange them on an oiled baking sheet, cover with Clingfilm and chill to firm up overnight, or for as long as suits you. Heat the oven to 220 C. Brush the balls with a little oil and roast for 20-25 minutes until crisped. Skewer with cocktail sticks, adding a sage leaf.

courtesy of: Paper Palate

Sunday, September 23, 2007


serves 4

Shrimp Stock
1 ½ pounds shell-on large shrimp (26 to 30 per pound)
3 cups water
½ teaspoon peppercorns
1 bay leaf, crumbled
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1 ½ cups stone-ground grits
1 ½ cups whole milk
3 cups water
2 pinches kosher salt, plus more to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 pound tomatillos, husked and rinsed
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
¼ pound slab bacon or 3 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup chopped green bell pepper
½ cup chopped yellow onion
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Kosher salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Peel the shrimp, reserving the shells. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the shells, the peppercorns, bay leaf, salt and cayenne. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the broth (you should have about 1 ½ cups) and reserve. Discard the shells.

While the broth simmers, stir the grits into a bowl of cold water and allow to settle. Corn hulls may float to the surface. Skim off the hulls and drain the grits. (Skip this step if you are using supermarket grits.) In a medium saucepan, bring the milk and the water to a boil over high heat. Add the grits, stirring with a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat to medium, add the salt and cook, stirring occasionally.

Once the grits thicken (about 10 minutes), reduce the heat and cook, stirring frequently and adding water if the grits become too stiff. Cook until the grits are fluffy and creamy, 90 minutes. Season with more salt, if desired, and pepper; reserve.

While the grits cook, place the tomatillos on a foil-lined sheet pan or cast-iron skillet. Broil them about 3 inches from the flame or heating element, turning them as their skins blacken, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer the tomatillos to a food processor or blender and puree to a soupy liquid. Add the jalapeño and reserve.

Place the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the bacon is firm and just golden brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, leaving the fat behind.

Add half the shrimp to the pan and sear quickly, about a minute per side, leaving the shrimp slightly undercooked. Remove the shrimp to a plate and repeat with the remaining shrimp.

Add the butter, bell pepper and onion to the pan. Sauté until the pepper and onion just begin to soften, about 2 minutes.

Pour 2 tablespoons of the shrimp broth into a small bowl, add the flour and whisk until it becomes a smooth paste. Pour the remaining shrimp broth into the skillet with the pepper and onion. When the broth reaches a simmer, reduce the heat to medium and cook at a vigorous simmer until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the flour paste to the pan, whisking vigorously to distribute the flour evenly throughout the broth. Add the tomatillo and jalapeño mixture to the skillet, stir and return to a simmer. Cook until the gravy thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon heavily, 5 to 7 minutes more.

Add the reserved shrimp and bacon and continue cooking until the shrimp are pink and cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide the grits among four plates and ladle the shrimp and gravy on top. Serve immediately.

courtesy of: The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook: Stories and Recipes for Southerners and Would-be Southerners, by Matt and Ted Lee. Norton, 2006 / Matthew Amster-Burton, "Green Gods," The Seattle Times: Pacific Northwest Magazine, July 15, 2007

Saturday, September 22, 2007


serves 6

1 tomato, sliced thin
1 white onion, sliced thin
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
3 sprigs of thyme, leaves removed
1 bottle mojo criollo marinade
6 boneless/skinless chicken breasts, cut through the side for stuffing
1/2 lb bacon, sliced

1 box basmati rice, follow instructions
2 large pinches of saffron threads

3 tomatillos
2 cups green peas, frozen
1 large red tomato, quartered
3 habaneros
1 onion, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water

1 shallot
2 garlic cloves
1 small onion, diced
1 vanilla bean
2 cups black coffee
1 cup molasses

Heat oven to 300 degrees. Arrange tomato and onion slices on a sheet of parchment paper. Season with drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper, thyme leaves and mojo criollo. Bake until almost cooked through. Let cool. Cut almost through chicken breast from the side of the thickest part. Season with salt and pepper. Stuff tomato and onion into chicken breast. Wrap each chicken breast in one slice raw bacon.

Prepare rice using package directions and adding saffron.

Toss tomatillos, peas, tomato, habaneros, and onion in a drizzle of oil and salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes. Blend in mixer with vinegar and water.

In a saucepan, sauté shallot, garlic and onion with two slices bacon. Add sliced open vanilla bean, coffee, molasses and cornstarch. Cook down. Slurry about 1 tablespoon into sauce, strain and set aside.

In hot sauté pan in a drizzle of olive oil, sear chicken breast. Brown on both sides. Finish chicken in the oven.

Serve with rice and sauces.

courtesy of: Top Chef, Season 3: Miami / Bravo TV

Friday, September 21, 2007


jalapeño peppers, medium
bacon slices, same number as peppers
maple syrup
cream cheese (softened at room temperature; or use whipped or spreadable cream cheese)

Rinse peppers and towel dry. Remove stems, slice in half length-wise, and remove seeds. (If you like some heat, leave a few of the seeds in.) Set aside.

Pre-heat oven to 400°F.

In a bowl, pour enough maple syrup to coat bacon. Cut bacon slices in half width-wise and place in maple syrup.

Using a butter knife, fill pepper halves with cream cheese. Wrap each pepper half with a piece of bacon and anchor with a toothpick.

Bake in oven on a baking sheet for 8-12 minutes or until bacon is at desired crispness. Flip peppers halfway through baking if desired.

courtesy of: Gladys, California / getaway

Thursday, September 20, 2007


1 onion, sliced
1 yellow sweet pepper, sliced
1 green sweet bell pepper, sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 teaspoon hickory smoked salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
3 feet of butcher's string
1/2 pound peppered bacon
1 back strap, butterflied

Lay backstrap down opened like a butterfly. Lay 2 strips of peppered bacon down the center. Add bell peppers, onions, mushrooms and yellow peppers on in layers. Fold back strap closed so to resemble a taco. Begin tying butcher string around back strap so your loops are around 1/2 inch to 1 inch apart. After tying, wrap strips of bacon around back strap so no meat is showing. Place into oven, pre-heated to 250 to 300 degrees F. Cook until tender. Serve and enjoy!

courtesy of: Dwayne Sisco, Good Morning West Virginia, WCHS-TV8, 1301 Piedmont Road, Charleston, West Virginia 25301

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


4 whole trout, 1 pound each, cleaned with heads and tails removed
1 (16-ounce) bottle Cajun marinade
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green pepper, celery, and onion
1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1/4 cup real crumbled bacon
Butcher twine, 12 pieces, 6 to 8 inches long
8 slices thick-cut bacon

Set up grill for direct cooking over medium heat. Oil grate when ready to start cooking. Place trout in large zip-top bag and cover with marinade; reserve 1/4 cup of marinade for sauce. Marinate for 30 minutes. In a small saucepan, combine reserved marinade, tomatoes, liquid smoke, Cajun seasoning, and crumbled bacon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes; set aside. Lay 3 pieces of butcher twine horizontally on a sheet pan, evenly spaced. Lay 1 slice of bacon vertically on top of butcher twine. Place 1 fish on top of bacon slice. Top fish with another slice of bacon. Tie each piece of twine so that you have 3 knots securely holding the fish in place. Repeat process with all remaining fish. Place whole fish on grill. Cook for a total of 15 to 18 minutes, turning every 3 to 4 minutes. Watch for flare-ups from bacon slices. Remove from grill. Untie twine from fish. Top with Cajun tomato sauce and serve warm.

INDOOR: Prepare and marinate trout as directed. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Place prepared trout on foil lined baking sheet. Roast fish for 30 minutes. Serve as directed.

courtesy of: Sandra Lee, "Indoor Lake Side," Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


yields 2 servings

2 8- to 10-ounce trout, boned
1 teaspoon coarsely cracked black peppercorns
3 thick-cut bacon slices, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups coarsely shredded red cabbage (about 6 ounces)
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
1/3 cup dry white wine

Open both trout and arrange, skin side down, on work surface. Sprinkle trout with salt, then peppercorns; press peppercorns to adhere.

Cook bacon in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until brown and crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels and drain. Add trout, skin side up, to drippings in skillet. Sauté until brown, about 3 minutes. Using large spatula, turn trout over. Sauté until cooked through, about 4 minutes longer. Transfer trout, skin side down, to plates. Add cabbage, onions and thyme to same skillet. Sauté until cabbage wilts, about 3 minutes. Add wine and bacon and simmer until cabbage is just tender, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon cabbage mixture alongside trout and serve.

courtesy of: Bon Appétit, September 1997

Monday, September 17, 2007


makes 4 to 6 servings

1 1/4 kg potatoes, peeled
500 grams camembert cheese
2 medium onions, peeled & roughly chopped
200 grams smoked lardons or smoked streaky bacon, cubed
5 tablespoons creme fraiche or sour cream
400 ml dry white wine
black pepper
1 teaspoon butter, for greasing

Pre-heat oven to 425°F.

Grease an ovenproof dish, I use a French Poele, a small pan like earthenware dish with a handle, but any oven proof dish which is fairly deep will be okay!

Peel and boil the potatoes whole; cook for about 20-25 mins or until JUST tender but still holding their shape well.Plunge them into cold water to stop them cooking and set them to one side.

Meanwhile, heat up a frying pan and cook the lardons or bacon cubes together with the diced onions. Cook them over a medium heat, pouring away any excess fat.Fry them until the bacon is crispy but not too brown and the onions are tender.

Mix together the creme fraiche and glass of wine. Season the mixture very well with black pepper and just a touch of salt, as the bacon will be salty.

Take your camembert cheese & very carefuly slice it into two pieces horizontally.

Drain the cooled potatoes and cut them into 1/4" thick slices. Layer half of them in to the greased oven proof dish and then cover with half of the onion and bacon mixture.

Pour over half of the wine & creme fraiche mixture. Place one half of the whole camembert on top. Repeat the layer in the same order: potatoes, bacon & onion mixture, wine & creme fraiche mixture and end the layers by placing the last half a camembert cheese on top.

Season with black pepper again and just a pinch of salt if you wish.

Bake in a pre-heated oven for about 45 minutes or until the gratin is brown & bubbling.

Set to one side for about 3-5 minutes, it firms up a bit and is easier to serve then!

Serve with a big bowl of crisp green salad, assorted Charcuterie such as cold meats, salami, terrine & sausage AND not forgetting crusty bread to mop all those juices up with!

Great with a well chilled and dry white wine such as Chablis or Chardonnay.

courtesy of:

Sunday, September 16, 2007


1 cup raw jasmine rice (white), cooked
4 slices smoked bacon, diced
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 cup butternut squash, small diced, blanched
1/2 cup carrot, small diced, blanched
1/2 cup turnip, small diced, blanched
5 scallions, sliced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 eggs, beaten
salt & pepper to taste

Cook bacon in a large sauté pan, add ginger, orange zest, all vegetables, and soy sauce. Stir in cooked rice. Sauté until warm. Whisk in the beaten eggs. Cook and stir a few minutes until eggs are set. Season to taste and serve.

courtesy of: Lowell Farms, El Campo, Texas

Saturday, September 15, 2007


1 package (3.52 oz.) curry
1 package shimeji mushroom, cut off the bottom part and shred
1/4 Japanese Pumpkin, peeled partially and diced
1-1/2 onions, diced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 cups water
5 slices bacon

In medium pot, heat vegetable oil and cook onion and shimeji mushrooms. Add water. Remove scum that floats up. Add Japanese pumpkin and cook until tender over low to medium heat. Turn off the heat. Break up House Kokumaro Curry roux and add. Mix well. Heat again for 3-4 minutes. In small frying pan, cook bacon until lightly browned. Use as a topping over curry. Serve over steamed or boiled rice.

courtesy of: House Foods America Corporation

Friday, September 14, 2007


makes 4 patties

1/2 cup pearl barley
2 cups fat-free chicken broth
2 slices bacon
1 large egg
1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese

In a medium saucepan, bring the barley and chicken broth to a boil over high heat; reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the barley is tender, about 20 minutes. Drain off any excess liquid. Transfer to a medium bowl and let cool. While the barley is cooking, in a large nonstick skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Reserve the fat from the bacon for cooking the burgers. Finely chop the bacon and add to the cooled barley. Mix in the egg, bread crumbs and cheese. Combine thoroughly and score into 4 equal pieces. Wet your hands and form the pieces into patties. Reheat the bacon fat and cook the burgers over medium heat for 4 minutes on each side.

courtesy of: Rachael Ray, Every Day with Rachael Ray, December-January 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007


3/4 cup ancho chile powder
3 cloves of garlic crushed and peeled
4 slices of bacon cooked until crispy, and broken into small pieces
1 small vidalia onion chopped
1 teaspoon dried cumin
1 teaspoon sugar
salt to taste

Boil 2 cups of water and cool for 3 minutes. Stir in chile powder with a fork and form a thin paste - let sit for 30 minutes. Combine chile paste, garlic, onion bacon bots and sugar and blend until smooth. Thin with more water if sauce is too thick.
Pour sauce into large sauce pan heat over a medium flame and add cumin, and season with salt to taste. Warm for 10 minutes over low heat stirring frequently - do not boil. Serve hot or cool

courtesy of: A Spice Blog

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


1 lb. flat noodles
3 1/2 oz. smoked bacon
2 cups sour cream
10-12 oz. cottage cheese
salt to taste

Cook the noodles in lightly salted water and drain thoroughly. Cook the diced bacon until it loses its fat, take out the small cracklings with a slotted spoon and keep warm. Stir 1 cup sour cream into the bacon fat, add the cooked noodles, crumble cottage cheese on top, sprinkle with 1/2 cup sour cream and top with bacon bits. Place in a pre-heated oven, heat and serve immediately. Put the remaining sour cream in a bowl and serve separately.

courtesy of: Budapest Hotel & Hungary Travel Guide

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


1 1/2 cups uncooked noodles
4 slices bacon, chopped
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons thick cream
1 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup buttered bread crumbs

Cook the noodles as directed in the recipe for Lokshyna. Fry the chopped bacon until crisp, and add it along with the bacon fat to the noodles. Sprinkle lightly with salt and mix well. Combine the egg with the cream and cottage cheese. Season to taste with salt. Arrange alternate layers of the noodles and cheese mixture in a buttered baking dish. Top with the buttered bread crumbs. Bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees F.) for about 40 minutes. Serve as a main dish with a vegetable salad.

courtesy of:

Monday, September 10, 2007


serves 2

linguine, cooked according to the instructions on the packet.
2 tablespoons ready-made pesto (or by all means, make your own)
2 tablespoons cream cheese
100 grams bacon, diced and fried until crispy

Cook the pasta, drain, stir in the pesto, stir in the cream cheese, stir in the bacon.

courtesy of: Anne, Stockholm, Sweden / Anne's Food

Sunday, September 09, 2007


serves 4

For the salad
1 teaspoon olive oil
7¾oz smoked bacon lardons
4 Little Gem lettuces
7¾oz Emmental cheese, cut into small cubes or slices

For the vinaigrette
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
splash of white wine vinegar
salt and freshly ground pepper
pinch sugar
dash double cream
2fl oz olive oil
½ banana shallot, or small shallot, finely chopped
a few fresh chives, finely chopped

For the croutons
½ small baguette
olive oil, to drizzle
1 garlic clove, peeled

Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry the bacon lardons for a few minutes, or until golden. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Pull off the outer leaves of the lettuces and cut each one in half lengthways, then again crossways. Arrange on four serving plates.

For the vinaigrette, combine the mustard, vinegar, salt, freshly ground black pepper and sugar in a bowl and whisk together. Gradually whisk in the cream and just enough olive oil to emulsify the dressing. Stir in the chopped shallot and chives, and adjust the seasoning to taste.

To make the croutons, cut the baguette at an angle into thin slices and drizzle the slices with a little olive oil. Heat a large non-stick frying pan and, when hot, toast the bread slices on each side until golden-brown and crisp. Remove the croutons from the heat and let them cool before rubbing each piece with the garlic to flavour them. Place the croutons around the salad leaves.

To serve, scatter the bacon and Emmental cheese on top and drizzle with the vinaigrette.

courtesy of: John Burton Race, from "Kitchen Criminals," BBC-Food

Saturday, September 08, 2007


yields 6 servings

2 cups beans, yellow eyed or navy beans or peas
12 cups water
1 medium sweet onion, peeled
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, fresh grind
1/3 cup molasses, dark
1/2 cup maple syrup, pure
1/2 lb bacon, slices hickory smoked or brown sugar bacon or maple bacon or pepper bacon, diced

Wash the yellow eyed beans in cold water. Rinse and soak in 12 cups of water overnight. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Drain the beans and cover with 12 cups of fresh water. Bring the water to a hard boil and simmer the beans, uncovered, until the skins split.(When they are blown on) Drain and put beans in large casserole. Hide the onion in the middle of the beans, buried down deep. Mix all ingredients except for the bacon and pour over the yellow eyed beans and onion. Mix the diced bacon into the bean mixture. Add enough boiling water to cover the beans, adding more boiling water during cooking, if necessary to keep the beans from drying out. Baked the covered beans in a 250 degree oven for 8 hours. Remove the lid during the last 30 minutes of cooking.

courtesy of: Family Oven

Friday, September 07, 2007


5 slices (4 ounces) bacon, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch dice
6 fresh sage leaves, minced, plus more for garnish
1 1/2 cups red lentils
1 teaspoon ground cumin
5 cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a piece of paper towel, and set aside. Discard all but 1 tablespoon bacon drippings from pan.

Add the garlic, onion, and carrots to saucepan. Cook vegetable mixture over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the minced sage, and cook 1 minute more.

Add the lentils, cumin, and chicken stock; stir to combine. Simmer until lentils are cooked and falling apart, 20 to 25 minutes.

To serve, divide the hot soup among four soup plates, and garnish with the reserved bacon and additional sage.

courtesy of: Martha Stewart Living

Thursday, September 06, 2007


yields 4 servings

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 oz. each)
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 kaiser rolls, split
8 strips bacon, cooked
4 slices provolone cheese
8 romaine leaves
1 small onion, sliced
1/4 cup mayonnaise

Flatten chicken to 1/4-inch thickness; sprinkle with poultry seasoning. In a large skillet, cook chicken in oil over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until juices run clear; drain.

On roll bottoms, layer the bacon, chicken and cheese. Broil 4-6 inches from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with romaine and onion. Spread mayonnaise over cut side of roll tops; replace tops.

courtesy of: Taste of Home's simple & delicious, July/August 2007, p. 8

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


yields 6 servings

1 large head cauliflower
4 oz. cream cheese
1 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup minced green onions
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
6 slices bacon, cooked very crisp and crumbled
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Cut out stem and core from cauliflower, and cut into small pieces. Cook in large pot of boiling water until cauliflower is tender, but not overly soft. Drain well and mash with potato masher, leaving some chunks. Mix in cream cheese, butter (if using), sour cream, green onion, Parmesan, and 3/4 of the bacon.

Spread evenly in an 8 X 8 inch glass casserole dish. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and reserved bacon. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

courtesy of: The Low Carb Gourmet: 250 Delicious and Satisfying Recipes, by Karen Barnaby. Rodale Books, October 2004 / Kalyn's Kitchen, Kalyn Denny, Salt Lake City, Utah

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


makes 2 servings

4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups small (3/4-inch) cauliflower florets
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon drained capers
1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

1/4 cup rice flour
1/4 cup Cream of Wheat
1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
2 7-ounce pieces boned skate wing (or Dover sole fillets)
1/4 cup canola oil

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped purchased plain croutons

For cauliflower: Sauté bacon in heavy large skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Add cauliflower to drippings in skillet and sauté until crisp-tender and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, lemon juice, capers, and thyme; simmer 1 minute to blend flavors. Remove from heat.

For skate: Whisk rice flour, Cream of Wheat, and herbs in large shallow bowl to blend. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. Coat fish on both sides with flour mixture. Heat oil in another heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish. Sauté until brown and just opaque in center, about 3 minutes per side.

Rewarm cauliflower mixture over medium heat. Mix in bacon and croutons. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon cauliflower mixture into center of 2 plates; top with fish.

courtesy of: Bon Appétit January 2006

Monday, September 03, 2007


yields 4 servings

4 skate wings, on the bone
2 tablespoons plain flour
25 grams unsalted butter
2 teaspoons parsley, chopped
juice of 1 lemon
150 ml red wine
6 rashers of rindless streaky bacon, chopped
125 grams capers
2 tablespoons chervil, chopped
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 400F. Season the skate wings and lightly dust with the flour. Heat a large pan and add the butter. Place the fish into the hot pan (presentation side down first) and cook until golden brown, turn over. Scatter the chopped bacon over the fish, squeeze over the lemon and capers and place in the oven for around 10-12 minutes. Once cooked remove the fish from the pan and keep warm. Return the pan back to the heat and add the red wine, chopped chervil and parsley. Reduce and adjust seasoning. Add a knob of butter to enrich the sauce if required. Place the skate on to a plate and pour over the pan juices.

courtesy of: Food Down Under

Sunday, September 02, 2007


1 1/2 cups black eyed peas; soaked overnight; drained
1 quart ham hock broth or water
salt to taste
4 slices bacon; diced
1 pound fresh lump crab meat
1 red bell pepper; seeded, finely diced
1 yellow bell pepper; seeded, finely diced
1 green bell pepper; seeded, finely diced
1 purple onion; minced
3 whole scallions; thinly sliced
1 tomato; seeded and diced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme; chopped
1 teaspoon fresh marigold mint or tarragon; chopped
1 teaspoon fresh chervil; chopped
1 cup Grapefruit Vinaigrette; separate recipe
4 whole ruby grapefruit; peeled; sectioned
8 whole fresh cilantro sprigs for garnish

Place the drained black eyed peas in a saucepan with the ham hock broth or water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Toward the end of the cooking time, taste the peas and season with salt. Drain and set aside. In a skillet, cook the bacon over medium high heat until all the fat is rendered. Transfer the bacon to a large mixing bowl and add the crab meat, vegetables, peas and herbs. Mix together until thoroughly combined. Combine the salad with the vinaigrette. Mound the tossed salad on a large serving platter, leaving at least 2 inches around the edge of the platter. Arrange the grapefruit sections around the salad and garnish the grapefruit sections with the cilantro sprigs.

Vinaigrette Dressing

1 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1/3 cup vinegar
4 tablespoons water
2 garlic cloves; crushed
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon parsley sprigs
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Place all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake until well mixed. Store in refrigerator.

courtesy of: Niki, Ohio /

Saturday, September 01, 2007


serves 2 as a light lunch or supper

4 oz (110 g) ready-washed young leaf spinach, plus a few sprigs of watercress
4 large, very fresh eggs
3 oz (75 g) smoked kabaños sausage
4 rashers smoked back bacon or 8 streaky rashers
1 small onion, peeled
2 oz (50 g) open mushrooms
2 slices white bread, crusts removed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons dry sherry
1½ tablespoons sherry vinegar
freshly milled black pepper

You need to begin this by preparing everything in advance. The onion, mushrooms and bacon rashers need to be finely chopped into ¼ inch (5 mm) pieces; the sausage should also be chopped, but fractionally larger. Then cut the bread into ¼ inch (5 mm) cubes (croutons) and arrange the spinach and watercress on two large plates, removing any large stalky bits first.

Now poach the eggs (see How to poach an egg, below) and, while they're sitting in the hot water, take a medium-sized, heavy-based frying pan and heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in it until it's very hot and gives off a fine haze. Then fry the croutons, tossing them around in the pan, until they're crisp and golden brown – about 1-2 minutes – and after that remove them to drain on some kitchen paper.

Now add the rest of the oil to the pan and, again, let it get really hot before adding the prepared bacon, onion and sausage. Toss them all around, keeping the heat high to make everything brown and toasted at the edges.

After 4 minutes, add the chopped mushrooms and toss these around, still keeping the heat high, for about 2 minutes. Finally, season with freshly milled black pepper, add the sherry and sherry vinegar to the pan, giving it a few seconds to bubble and reduce. Then transfer the eggs to sit on top of the spinach and watercress, pour the contents of the pan over everything and sprinkle the croutons on top.

courtesy of: Sainsbury’s Magazine, December 1997