Baked Bacon

It's been a real long two weeks for me, folks.  I was super busy at work last week, then I took a trip to Nashville this weekend (amazing! more about this in another post...), and I just got back to the office today only to be greeted by a long list of things to do.  Fair enough.  I was on vacation for the past 6 days.  But I don't have to like it.

What I'm really trying to say here is that this will be a quick post.  BUT I believe it will be quite informative.  I have been talking about baked bacon for a while now.  It's super simple to make, you don't have to stand over a hot stove, and finally, most importantly, you now don't have to worry about being spattered with sizzling hot bacon grease.  Personally, I love that this bacon cooks up flat.  It's probably the perfectionist in me, but I really dislike when bacon gets folded over or super curly in the frying pan.  I think it cooks unevenly and I always get stuck with that bacon strip that is super crispy on one side and oily and flabby on the other side.  No bueno.

Anyhow, enough about my little quirks.  I just want you to know that I lied above.  The absolutely, best and most important (in italics and bold font!) part of baking bacon is that you don't have to clean up after yourself.  Well, you do, but it only involves crumpling up the foil that the bacon is cooked on and throwing it away.  This appeals to the lazy person inside me.  Just do it.

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Chai-Spiced Scones

So here we are again...splashing coffee in the general direction of my left eye (thank goodness for glasses!) on a cloudy afternoon while writing the alphabet in the air with my recuperating foot.  No big deal. 

Lately I feel as if I've been drinking a lot of coffee.

Make no mistake.  I have been.

Interestingly enough, though,  I haven't been drinking more coffee than I normally would.  The difference is that now I'm actually making it myself, with my Keurig at home.  Since I'm typically traveling 4 days out of the way in the wilderness of Pennsylvania (OK, that's a little dramatic), I usually have someone at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts pass me a cup of coffee on my trek into work.  (See, I told you I was being dramatic.  Obviously I'm not in the wilderness if there's a Starbucks around.  Duh.)  I've actually been so guilty of visiting my local Starbucks so much (potentially up to 3 times a day) that my morning barista offered to bring me coffee in NJ.  So yeahhh, I may have a slight problem.

But what I really want to tell you about has nothing to do with my clumsiness, the recuperation of my feet, or my favorite barista.  It has everything to do with finding the perfect complement to that cup of coffee.  I choose scones.  Specifically, I choose chai-spiced scones.  The perfect blend of warm spices really brighten up any cup of joe.  The scone isn't overly sweet and wouldn't object to a quick dunking in the coffee cup, either.  Even scones love coffee.  That's the truth.

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Kale Frittata

You know how sometimes you "find" ingredients in the refrigerator that were really meant for this one thing you were going to make, but now it's a week and a half later and you don't really want to make that dish anymore but you don't want the ingredient to go bad?

Yeah.  That happened.  So then this frittata sort of happened.

First of all, I have to (have to, have to!) state that I KNOW the first sentence is a run-on sentence.  It annoys me and my grammar sensibilities to no end that it's a run-on sentence, but I'm owning it today.  I own you, you run-on sentence.

But...frittata.  I re-discovered some kale in my fridge the other day.  It was originally meant to make a kale salad that was going to be fresh and crisp and delicious in every way.  Unfortunately, I happened to have a ton of additional salad ingredients in the fridge as well. Since I like a little variety in my life, I made the executive decision to turn this kale into something else.

Yep.  Frittata.

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Bacon Avocado Omelette

I need to get back to my roots.  My roots include bacon.  And I can also never say no to avocado.

When it fell upon moi-self to whip up brunch this weekend, I set out to do two things:

1) Use up leftovers.  I have wayyyy too many leftover ingredients in this kitchen.  It's disgusting.  I need to eat more.

2) I'm back on my high-protein diet, so whatever I made needed to help out with that situation.

My roommate bought a crap ton of eggs so I snuck two of those to whip up an omelette.  Of course I have bacon in the freezer, Parmesan cheese in the fridge, and an avocado on the counter.  So we're going to add those into the mix as well.

Hello, fresh and healthy omelette. I like you.  I also threw in a side of mashed sweet potato.  Because I had some hanging around.  You know I can't quit that stuff.

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Bacon & Egg Cups

I rarely do this.  Clearly, I need to work on it.  I'll take this on as a "To Do".

I'm fixing you up some brunch goodies.  You could also call them breakfast goodies.  Suit yourself.  Let's get into some bacon and eggs.  But not just any bacon and eggs.  Bacon and egg cups.  They're so cute I can't stand it.  The only thing better than being able to play with your food is being able to eat your food.  With these, you can do both.  And they're so easy to make.  Here the gist of things:

  • Fry up some bacon
  • Line muffin tins with aforementioned bacon
  • Drop in some eggs and seasonings
  • Stick in the oven for several minutes.
  • Voila.  Brunch is served.

Although you may not see it in these pictures, don't forget to add a nice little side salad to balance things out.  I'm in an arugula phase right now.  However, I didn't have any arugula around to add in here.  Fail.  Don't be like me.  Get your greens on.

Also, a nice glass of orange juice would be an excellent touch.  Or a mimosa.  I won't tell.

The moral of this story: Make good food.  Share good food.  Eat good food.

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Avocado Toast

I've been seeing a trend on Pinterest lately.  It's something called Avocado Toast.  Let's get something straight.  I'm really like avocado.  In fact, I'm a lover of avocado.  That's right. I laid it out there.  Twice.

Growing up in the Bahamas, I was lucky enough to have an avocado tree in backyard.  When the avocados (or "pears", as we call them -- I didn't know they were called avocados for years. Years.) were in season, I could eat to my heart's content.  But I haven't busted a move with an avocado in a long time.  Since I've been trying to incorporate more healthy foods into my diet lately, I decided that my busy weekend could do with a burst of protein and good fat.  And sometimes the simplest recipe is just the way to go.

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Jalapeno Relleno Bake

I am my own worst enemy.

Me and my inability to read recipes correctly. Or the ability to read recipes correctly, but the inability to pick up the correct ingredients. Who knows what's going on in my head. My thoughts are probably drifting toward my next meal and not focusing on what's happening in the present.

The reason for this tirade? I really wanted to make the chile relleno bake that I had seen on the Circle B Kitchen blog. I had a recipe for it. I went shopping for the ingredients. I came home and made it. My roommate and I promptly gagged and choked from the heat of the dish. What the heck?

I've never had a chile relleno before. I know, what am I doing trying to make a chile relleno bake then, right? I like to jump headfirst into things and this is just my way of doing it. OK? So I had no idea how this thing was going to taste, but I was surprised by how much it burned going down. Now before you stop reading, I didn't say that this dish tasted bad. It tasted great. But it was super spicy. And if you're kinda into that, keep going...

About a week later, as I was sifting through my food porn folder, I happened to shuffle through some pictures that I had taken of the Chile Relleno Bake. And I realized that I hadn't used chiles in the dish. I had used jalapenos. Yes, the lightbulb is now on.

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Asparagus Omelette & Roasted Blue Potatoes

This past Saturday was my inaugural visit to NYC's Union Square Farmer's Market. Actually, it was my first time ever at a farmer's market, and it was amazing! I perused the stands and saw some unbelievable produce. I spoke to several of the farmers/sellers about their goods and everyone was so knowledgeable. Impressive! Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of this momentous occasion, as I left my camera at home since it was supposed to thunderstorm on Saturday. Of course it didn't. I don't want to talk about it.

Let's talk about the goodies I scored instead. I was lucky enough to pick up some blue potatoes, asparagus, sugar snap peas, mesclun, ramps, green garlic, and Bosc pears.

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