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B-L-Totally Awesome!

So this past holiday weekend was a full-on baking extravaganza, chock full of bread loaves, buns and crumbles… The loaves and buns were whipped up using one of my favorite British cookbooks.
Since there was an abundance of homemade Sherston loaves in the house, I decided to slice up some heavenly chunks and do classic BLT’s for dinner!
After toasting up these lovely slices, a smear of mayo acted as the glue for building up these hearty sandwiches! Thick rings of juicy red tomatoes, crisp and cool leaves of romaine, along with salty, applewood smoked bacon brought this masterpiece together…
The juicy tomatoes oozed their gorgeous, sweet nectar and dripped down my lips as I savored each and every bite! Since one sandwich disappeared so suddenly, I am not embarrassed to say that an additional BLT made its way onto my plate and then into my belly…

at a low simmer…
-R

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S[mash]ing good!!

So tonight, in order to be certain not an ounce of Thanksgiving deliciousness went to waste, I literally tossed everything that I had left together and whipped up my idea of an open-faced twice baked Thanksgiving potato!
The last of the leftover succulent turkey breast and remaining mash got a stir with some rendered bacon, scallions and a hefty helping of shredded cheddar…
This light and airy concoction was cooked off till the top was browned, the edges crisp and golden and the cheese melted and gooey…
Fluffy, cheesy and full of goodness… all that was missing was… well nothing actually!
It’s not the typical meal I would throw together, but it was better to make use of what I had, rather than throwing it out…

at a low simmer…
-R

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it’s true… EVERYTHING is better with bacon!!

So as promised, what better way to celebrate ‘International Bacon Day’ than a great tasty appetizer to have before dinner tonight… I whipped up my uber-famous bacon wrapped dates! Stuffed with blue cheese and tightly wrapped with a slice of thick cut applewood smoked bacon and we were in business. Into the pre-heated oven for about twenty-five minutes and out came perfectly cooked dates! To finish these gorgeous little packages… a drizzle of good maple syrup to drive the whole story home. Oozy blue cheese, crisp salty bacon and sweet dates were perfectly paired with a crisp bottle of Albariño…
Unfortunately I couldn’t leave well enough alone… it is a special day today and I needed to pay further homage to this luxurious sliver of porky goodness! As I looked around my kitchen, out popped beautiful white-fleshed nectarines. So I thought what the hell, and tightly wrapped these bad boys with some bacon and tossed them into the oven. Cooked until the bacon was crisp and the fruit slightly softened [but still retaining its shape] and it was time to chomp down. Sweet and salty… crisp, warm and just soft enough to practically melt in our mouths!
Hmmmm why isn’t there a bacon holiday once a month???

And don’t forget to send me an e-mail at kitchenguru77@gmail.com with your bacon photos and/or a brief description of why YOU love bacon!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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a celebration for B-A-C-O-N

In honor of one of my favorite proteins… let’s celebrate everything bacon in observance of ‘International Bacon Day’
As most of you have read, when possible I will find a way to incorporate the flavor and yumminess that is bacon in my dishes. So I thought it would be fun to ask you all to e-mail me a brief paragraph and possibly a picture of YOUR favorite way of using bacon. It could be as simple as an add on to an existing dish or a delish way of using bacon as the star in your favorite dish. For example tonight, I am going to make one of my favorite bacon appetizers, ‘bacon wrapped dates’ this dish is so simple to make and explodes with flavor in your mouth with every bite full. Simply cut open dried dates, remove the pit, fill the cavity with your choice of blue cheese and then wrap that beauty with a strip of bacon and use a tooth pick to secure it.
After a bit of a chill in the fridge, you can either deep fry each package or simply put them in the oven to crisp up. Talk about rich and flavorful… you can’t eat just one!
Hope to see a few emails in my inbox by end of the week, so I can share some of the top picks with you all….. So get your BACON on and start cook’in!

Email me at: kitchenguru77@gmail.com

Catch you later with my ‘date’… dish that is!

at a low simmer…
-R

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an [egg]cellent meal!!

Tonight was another breakfast mood… it’s once in a while that the craving hits, and what better to do than whip out something satisfying. So a five egg omelet, butcher thick-cut bacon and homemade ‘hash browns’ needed to make an appearance at this party…
A super fluffy omelet filled with shredded pepper jack cheese oozing out served alongside ‘hash browns’ made using diced onion and yukon gold potatoes…
This entire dish made me think of an early morning weekend meal, a wonderful brunch or a diner visit… So delicious!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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BLT… everything’s better with bacon!!

So tonight was one of those nights when a simple sandwich could curb my hunger… what better sandwich than a BLT!
For my BLT I used a thick, butcher-cut applewood smoked bacon, vine-ripened tomatoes, a crisp red leaf lettuce, good mayonnaise, as well as a dense and hearty multi-grain loaf cut in thick slices.
A decent smear of mayo was added on each interior side of the toasted bread. Next, I began to pile everything to make the perfect sandwich!
The crispness of the lettuce, juiciness from the tomatoes and smokey, bacon[y] goodness in each bite. Brings me back to childhood and the excitement of these tasty treats…

at a low simmer…
-R

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The kinda ‘blue’ I like…

So after a long, but beautiful day spent out galavanting and antiquing the decision of dinner of course reared it’s head our way… Do we go out or sear something up on the grill?? Well the thought of going back out was not on my list of wants, but neither was take-out… An easy decision was burgers that I had prepped and froze earlier using meat I purchased from LaFrieda meats!
Onto the grill and cooked till the perfect doneness, topped with some chunky picante blue cheese, applewood smoked bacon and rested lovingly onto a vibrant and bitter radicchio leaf… ahhhh that hit the spot! To accompany this delightful burger, kettle cooked chips and an ice cold beer… I can taste summer already!

at a low simmer…
-R

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Breakfast and lunch… brunch, but what about for dinner?? I know… YUM

Sometimes all you need is a little [ok BIG] breakfast for dinner!
Yukon gold hash browns [grated] tossed with onion, red peppers, scallions and minced fresh thyme. The whole story is sautéed in duck fat [yes that’s right]… rich and full of fatty flavor! I love getting the potatoes crunchy and browned. Really brings out the flavors. This is one for the records!
Maple brushed bacon… slowly cooked till crisp and golden. The sweetness and smokiness compliment each other perfectly.
The stars of the meal… farm fresh eggs prepared two ways. Omelet and sunny-side up, both seasoned with just a dash of salt and pepper!
Absolutely divine and dripping with goodness! Makes me want breakfast all the time…

at a low simmer…
-R

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A night off!!

As much as I love whipping up something spectacular for dinner, sometimes I just love sitting back, ordering a few drinks and letting a chef in a kitchen [other than mine] wait on me! Tonight was just that…
For the appetizers… a fried calamari special tossed with dijon mustard and honey, cherry peppers and arugula. Also buffalo mozzarella served caprese with prosciutto, roasted peppers, fresh tomatoes and olives.
As the main course… homemade pasta with rendered bacon, mushrooms, onions, garlic and chicken in a light, but intoxicating cream sauce.
After all that deliciousness… no room for dessert!

at a low simmer…
-R

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hot grill… cool dinner!

Thanks to mother nature and some 70* temps today, I decided another grilling evening was necessary!
I prepped up some gorgeous rib eye steaks with just salt and a touch of olive oil. Onto a hot grill for about ten minutes [five each side] and covered to rest. The PERFECT doneness!
What best to accompany my meat?? A wilted greens salad and my fave veg… broccoli rabe!
For the salad, I tossed some radicchio into the same hot pan as some rendered bacon and raisins! The salad had a wonderful fatty and bitter essence, but sweetness from the raisin.
As for the broccoli rabe, I just prep it as usual [I don’t mess with a good thing]… Blanched, shocked and then sautéed gently with garlic, salt and crushed red… YUM!!
And what better way to wash this springtime delight down… a fresh and VERY potent margarita! Sugar rimmed, fresh lime juice, Cointreau and Avion silver tequila! How long till summer??

at a low simmer…
-R

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