Bring Home the Bacon
I often look to my own life and experiences as topics for this blog. Sometimes my life events strike a chord with my readers. Other times, I imagine they click on the link, yawn, and go their merry way. Bloggers want to write meaningful, enlightening posts.
But it doesn’t always happen.
Take this week.
I had several topics in mind, but I kept coming back to…are you ready? Bacon. Yes, I said bacon. B-A-C-O-N.
I had this craving for bacon. I don’t eat it often. In fact, I buy it so rarely, I’ve taken to frying it all at one time, eating a bit, and freezing the rest to zap in the microwave and eat later. Not this time.
At the store this week, I tried my best to pass the bin of bacon in the meat section. I told myself I didn’t need it. I walked on to grab the butter and milk on my list before circling back to the bacon. I picked up a package and examined it. “Too fatty.” I put it down and studied my list. I needed some frozen veggies for a recipe so I headed that direction.
The veggies in the cart and there I was, standing again at the cooler with all the varieties of bacon staring up at me. “Just one package,” I told myself. (Wearing a mask makes it much easier to talk to yourself without strange looks from fellow shoppers. Hey, it’s a plus…take them where you find them.)
Of course I did finally fall to the temptation of the bacon, muttering something about life being short. That time it was spoken a bit too loud I guess, since the man next to me agreed as he put a second package of the Hickory Smoked variety in his cart.
I made it home with one package. And…I have limited myself to two slices each morning. Then there were those two slices yesterday afternoon. And the four slices this evening. I am totally out of control!
The answer is fairly simple: Bacon tastes good. I have some great bacon memories.
· Buying bacon in Greece since it wasn’t available in Kosovo.
· The time my friend Christopher and I raced across Prishtina after church for an English breakfast that included bacon.
· Bacon wrapped appetizers.
· Bacon sandwiches.
· Bacon on baked potatoes
I could go on, but you get the idea.
I generally like to leave my readers with something of value so today I offer one of my favorite recipes. Try this one for Thanksgiving. It is a fresh and delicious broccoli salad. What makes it special? You guessed it…bacon. Enjoy!
Chop two heads of broccoli into a large bowl.
· a thinly sliced small red onion
· ½ lb. of bacon, fried and crumbled
· ¾ C. of raisins
· ¾ C. sliced almonds
Toss together and add the dressing.
Mix together the following
· 1C. Mayo
· ½ Sugar
· 2 T. White wine vinegar or Rice Vinegar
Chill the salad before serving. It is delicious, fresh tasting, and compliments any main dish. You know it’s good. It has bacon in it.