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Bakin’ With Bacon And The King!

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Welcome to the King’s Kitchen!   You want an EASY recipe???  I’ve got it!

Indeed I do.   This one isn’t just easy, it’s delicious.    The photo we have to go with the recipe shows brown bread which I know is tasty as can be for the dipping, BUT my parents tried two other things:  thinly sliced baguette AND regular crackers.    VERY GOOD was what I heard them both say.   So you can use anything you want to put this dip on – but the best thing to put it on is your tongue!   Yep – it’s truly yummy.

READY?

 

Ohhh la la!  Bacon Beer Cheese – delish!

This is so easy, I’m not even giving you a separate ingredients/directions list.   This small paragraph has the whole thing!!

Cook 6 chopped bacon slices in a saucepan; remove, leaving the drippings. Melt 2 tablespoons butter with the drippings. Add 1/4 cup flour and cook over medium heat, stirring, 2 minutes. Add 1 cup each cream and beer, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika; simmer 5 minutes. Stir in 2 cups grated cheddar until melted. Serve topped with chopped scallions and the bacon.

See?  Easy right?   Also extremely good.    As usual my Mom used her favorite cheddar – sharp – but any cheese actually would do – cheddar just has more bite to it.    Plain paprika works but we have smoked on hand because my Dad loves it on his grilled cheese sammmmmmmiches!   Can you believe it???

So this is very tasty stuff and perfect for entertaining guests OR binge-watching TV OR watching a movie at home.    What’s not to like with ingredients like this.

I’ll start looking for another fab recipe for next Saturday but until then – give this one a try.

 

Nap time for the King…….!   

Hugs, Teddy the Bacon King

 

 

Bakin’ With The King on Saturday

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WELCOME TO THE CASTLE KITCHEN!!!   Time to get cookin’ with bacon!

For years now The Royal Mom has seen recipes for “bacon jam” and thought “ICK” – you’ve got to be kidding.    Well, she USED to think that, but no longer does.    She finally let me make some for her and now – well – it’s her favorite burger topping!     So I thought I’d share the recipe with you – it’s definitely worth the trouble to make (which really isn’t much trouble!) and it’s EVER SO YUMMY.

BACON JAM

Ingredients

  • 1 pound thick sliced bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces (see Recipe Note)
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, packed

Method

1 Cook the bacon: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon in two batches so as not to crowd the pan. (If your pan is large enough, it’s fine to cook all the bacon at once.)

Stir occasionally, until the fat is rendered and the bacon is browned, but not burned or overly crispy. Scoop out the first batch of cooked bacon with a slotted spoon, and drain it on a paper towel-lined plate. Cook the remaining batch.

This should take about 25 to 30 minutes total for both batches.

2 Cook the onions and garlic: Drain all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the pan. You can eyeball it. Add all the bacon back to the skillet.

Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and cook until the onions are translucent, about 6 minutes.

 Reduce the jam: Add the vinegar and brown sugar to the skillet, and bring to a boil. Cook stirring and scraping up browned bits from the skillet for 2 minutes

Reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the liquid turns syrupy and almost completely evaporates—this should take about 30 minutes.

4 Store and reheat if needed: Use immediately, or spoon it into an airtight jar and refrigerate for up to four weeks. Serve warm.

To reheat, zap it in the microwave for about 45 seconds or warm it in a small saucepan on the stove over medium heat, stirring occasionally until heated through, about 10 minutes.

 

Yep – that’s what The Royal Mom said when she tried some……….good on crackers, ESPECIALLY good on burgers, good with all sorts of things and it might sound like a pain in the neck to make but really – isn’t just about EVERYTHING a pain in the neck unless you are excited to make it?    If you love bacon – GO FOR IT.

Yep – and plenty of it!

Not in our castle……leftover bacon simply does not exist!

Give this a try – I promise you will love it.   If my ROYAL MUM can be happy with it, well – anyone can!

Happy Caturday – may your own castle have the aroma of bacon cooking!!   

Hugs From King Teddy

Bakin’ with The Bacon King

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Greetings Loyal Subjects of Baconia……’tis I – your King – in the kitchen for another little bacon treat!!

This is one EASY PEASY recipe and I hope you’ll try it.    I say in the instructions that it makes enough for company but the truth is, if you’re hungry and watching a movie or something on the tube, you can easily gobble these down without a second thought with your significant other (yes Mom – this means you and DAD!).

Since it’s football season, it could be a nice addition to your array of appetizers for your company that’s yelling and screaming right along with you (while the household pets hide in another room of course).    My Mom is the football fan in my house – she’s QUIETER now than she used to be (Angel Sammy told me she used to get QUITE ANIMATED watching football).    Nowadays she just sits in her recliner and mutters the occasional “NO NO” word if her Washington Redskins are in trouble (like last week right Mom??).    Anyway, this appetizer is worth giving a try – because it has BACON IN IT OF COURSE!

Ready?

BACON APPETIZER CRESCENTS

INGREDIENTS:
  • ounces Cream Cheese (softened)
  • slices Bacon (cooked, crumbled)
  • 1/3 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
  • tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
  • tablespoon milk
  • cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls (8 oz. each)
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix all ingredients except crescent dough.
  3. Separate each can of dough into 8 triangles; cut each triangle lengthwise in half. Spread each dough triangle with 1 generous tsp. cream cheese mixture; roll up, starting at short side of triangle. Place, point-sides down, on baking sheet.
  4. Bake 12 to 15 min. or until golden brown. Serve warm.

 

OK now you must admit, this sounds yummy – know why?   Because they ARE yummy.   And really easy.    And this recipe makes enough for company.    Super yum for watching TV – movie night?   Sports program?    Whatever!!!

Yep – we agree!!!!  

Yep – I’m heading down this road…..won’t be long before I’m telling my Mom this!!!Signing off from Castle Baconia – Have a great Saturday !

P.S.

Please join us on Wednesday, September 26 when we host a special Blog Hop for Madi Come Laugh With Us.  Post anything you want to do with a Box…such as stand up comedy, a joke or pun,

Recite a poem…karaoke, just a picture with a box, etc…anything goes no rules except RED!   Madi’s favorite color was RED.    The Hop is being hosted by Raz of Friends Furever.

 

There will be a link set up at Living Laughing and Barking in our Backyard so Madi’s Mom and Dad can see all your wonderful posts.

 

 

Baking with Bacon in Castle Baconia!

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Welcome to the kitchen of Castle Baconia – I am your King but on Saturday I’m also your chef!

That’s right – I have taken on the responsibility of loading you all up with recipes that involve BACON and today is no exception…….this one is a MAJOR winner at our house.   Mom likes to have uses for her leftover smashed (oops I mean mashed) potatoes so you CAN use those but you can also just join up a fresh batch.    My parents here in the castle are BIG on bleu cheese and some people aren’t so you can substitute if you want.   But trust me – this is another GOOD TASTING SIDE DISH!!

Everyone ready?????

Bacon and Blue Cheese Potato Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds potatoes, cubed
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Add all ingredients to list
  • 4 slices of bacon – crumbled

Directions:
  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels; chop into smaller pieces.
  2. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and return to the pot; mash slightly.
  3. Stir bacon, blue cheese, milk, egg, green onions, salt, and pepper into the pot; mash mixture with a potato masher to desired consistency. Cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
  4. Pour bread crumbs into a shallow bowl. Shape the potato mixture into twelve 1/2-inch thick cakes; dredge in bread crumbs.
  5. Heat olive oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 4 potato cakes; cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining potato cakes. Cover and keep warm.

This HAS to be good!!!!!!!

You BETCHA!

You know most recipes are truly just GUIDES – people who cook adjust/substitute as they want to so of course that applies to any and all of the recipes I give to you.   That goes for bacon too – turkey bacon can be substituted!

But the fact of the matter is BACON does make everything better!!!! 

Now are you going to add these items to your grocery list?   I bet you do………………would I steer you wrong?   No I would NOT.   I am your King and you can trust me…………make sure and tune in next Saturday for another GEM from the Castle Baconia kitchens………..

Time for my ROYAL nap…………….YOUR KING

Happy 28th Anniversary to my Mom and Pop

 

 

Bacon Around The World: Ireland

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Sláinte !

Greetings from Ireland my friends!   I’m continuing on my journey to find BACON AROUND THE WORLD!

Today I’m sharing a REALLY yummy recipe which is something I’m sure you’ve either heard of or possibly had to eat before…………But this MIGHT be a little different with the sweetness of brown sugar and the saltiness of bacon.   You definitely need to try it!

Irish Fried Cabbage and Bacon

Ingredients
  • 6 ounces thick bacon + drippings
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in a deep cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 4 to 6 minutes. Use a slotted spatula to remove the bacon pieces and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

  2. Add the diced onion to the bacon drippings and cook until translucent, about 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Add shredded cabbage to the pan and toss to coat. Add in brown sugar, salt, and pepper and cook until cabbage is tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.

  4. Add the bacon back to the cabbage and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Serve hot and season with additional salt and pepper if desired.

     

Doesn’t this sound EASY PEASY?   Well it is, and if you “think” you don’t like cabbage – give this recipe a try – you just might change your mind.   I kind of think the brown sugar is the key to why this is so amazing…….of course having bacon in it doesn’t HURT (!!)

I’m liking this guy’s hat !!

Next week I’m heading off to Italy…………..oh boy.    I’ll find something totally delicious with bacon to share with you next Saturday so until then – keep on eating BACON!

INDEED I DID!

Hugs, Teddy the King of Baconia

 

Bakin’ With Bacon!

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Good Morning!   It’s ME – your King – here to pass on a great summer time recipe for something REFRESHING with bacon!

I don’t know about you, but here in the Castle, my loyal subjects and I all appreciate having a LIGHT lunch or supper when it’s hotter than hot outside.    You feel better when you eat more “light” in the hot weather don’t you think?   Well, salads come to the rescue around here.   I asked our Royal Chef to come up with some baconized salad recipes and he just stared at me so I’m giving you a recipe I like and I hope you’ll like it to!!

My King, I was surprised a kingly cat such as Your Highness would eat something as simple as a SALAD!!

Well surprise – I love bacon in a salad!  Try this!

 

Yummy BLT Salad

INGREDIENTS:

1 16-oz. bag/box of seashell pasta

1 lb. bacon

1-1/2 cups ranch dressing

1 small onion chopped

2 tomatoes chopped

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain, and rinse under cold water to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat until browned and crisp. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the Ranch dressing, onion, and tomatoes. Mix in the cooled pasta. The pasta will absorb some of the dressing, so don’t worry if it seems like too much. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Crumble bacon over the top just before serving.

Totally easy and totally delicious at the same time.   This is our GO TO salad in summer next of course to shrimp salad which will always be my favorite summer salad.

 

Don’t you just love an easy meal?    I know when the weather is nice nobody wants to be stuck in the kitchen making some “heat up the kitchen” meal.   This salad is refreshing as it can be.

I just HAD to leave you with a smile or two hence the “baconian jokes”! 

 Happy Saturday to all my loyal subjects!   

King Teddy

Early Fall Bacon Harvest!

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Welcome to Angel Sam and Ted’s

Fall Bacon Harvest!

Welcome friends and neighbors – come on in and see what we’ve been up to since early this morning here in the Greenhouse……….I guess you got here by following the road I told you about……sure is a pretty drive this time of year!

Down the long dirt road….

Keep going until it turns sharp right…..

And you’re HERE!!

We’ve got a whole lot of friends here today helping……….as you can plainly see we’ve got a bumper crop this season and Teddy and I are very excited about it.   Once we get all the hard work done, we’ll rest up and enjoy some great food and drink to thank you for helping us out.   

To help keep everyone hydrated and comfy, you’ll see our friends Madi and Katie Isabella traveling around the greenhouse and the grounds and fields with goodies so just flag them down and help yourselves!

Thanks Katie!

Totally FAB Madi!

As you can see if you walk around, lots of our friends are already “bringing in the bacon” !!!

My buddy and pal Raz with a wheelbarrow full of bacon……

Our good pals, Sundae and Gypsy – now that’s a PILE OF BACON!

Marvelous Marv made a BACON sign and Sammy Pilch is helping him haul in the harvest!

Madi and Katie are not only our “snack queens” but they are ALSO helping with the harvest!

 

Woo Hoo!!!!!!

Well they sure went to work quickly – nice that they brought along some friends too!!

Our super duper pals Mauricio, Cooper Murphy AND Mauricio’s wife Allie are working hard……….

We even have our pal Mr. Squirrel – love his hat with Mitzi Bimbocorn’s logo!

When you’re ready for a break – just have a seat under an umbrella and rest up!

Just in case you forgot how the whole bacon greenhouse thing got started, my buddy and pal Mauricio gave me some MAGIC seeds – Bacon seeds – the variety is “CRISPY” and man oh man is it delicious.    This is our second harvest and we intend to “KEEP ON PLANTING” !!

Let’s go out in the field and see who’s working out there shall we?

We got more tractor help!   Bear (the golden) and Sammy talked their Dad into joining in the harvest!!

Lookin’ good Sam!   You’ve been a BIG HELP – you are a great “digger” !!

How’s things out there Speedy????

Mr. Jack Freckles has his special Bacon Harvest Hat on and a load of bacon…….just a little AWKWARD bringing the bacon by the pigs!  Tee Hee

Wow Charles – you picked the bacon from that whole side of the greenhouse!!!!!

Einstein did you try a sample to make sure it’s nice and ripe???

Angel Sammy was happy to see his dear friend Angel Flynn made it down from his cloud to help out today too!!

Attention Harvesters!   Time For the Party!

Come on over to the picnic area everyone – let’s EAT!   Thank you for your HARD WORK – you are REAL friends to help Teddy and me out with the harvest – we want you to relax now and enjoy some BACON and other goodies with us!

Sheeeee Haaaaw!!!!

Bring on the food!

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AND plenty to drink too!!

What a Day!  Teddy and I have some gifts for you:

A package of our special bacon!

AND, if you see our greenhouse snoopervisor, she will present you with one of our “starter plants” so you can begin your OWN bacon garden at home!

What a perfect day it’s been…

Thank you friends…..drive carefully on the way home!

Farmer Angel Sam and Farming Assistant Teddy

Let’s EAT!

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Saturday means bacon right?

Indeed it does……………and I’m just the guy to provide it to my loyal subjects!   What kind of King would I be if I didn’t?   I have a couple of NEW things to show you but then anything bacon NEVER gets “old” right?

I told our castle cook to get plenty of bacon ready to fry up for us!

Which he did!  Then he told me about a few new recipes he was trying out…..

Bacon and cheese stuffed dates

Bacon and cheese potato skins

Cute little puff pastry bacon dessert bites

I told him to add all of the above to our menus in the future…………..even those dates – I never had a date but I’m game for anything that’s been baconized!   How about you??

Yep – that’s me for sure………..sorry about that!

Ain’t THAT the truth!!!!!!!   This could be two cats too!!!!

I love this!!!!!  (literally)

Some of you may never have seen this – Sammy wrote it for his buddy Bacon at PigLove some years ago…….tee hee

One of my NEW favorites!

So if you find something FUN that you’d like me to use for our Bacon Saturdays in the future just send it my way……………I’m always looking for additions to our “KITCHEN” and our Chef here at the castle is trying to keep his King and all of his fellow Baconians HAPPY after all!    OR ELSE………..

Enjoy your Saturday AND your Bacon!  

Your King………..Teddy

Bacon !!

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Greetings Residents of the Kingdom of Baconia!

It’s Saturday and you know what THAT means…………….we will honor the nectar of the gods – well, not nectar because that’s a drink – it’s more a FOOD of the gods…..yeah – that’s what it is a FOOD!

Bacon!

Piles of it………….everywhere – as far as the eye can see………….and that’s what we celebrate here on Saturdays so are you ready?   Are you?

It makes EVERYONE happy right?????

I thought we’d start with dessert!

Yep – I love dessert so this is what I’ll look like in a few months…….

Oh why not!   We deserve something other than orange juice for breakfast once in a while right?

Bacon peanut brittle

Chocolate bacon baklava!

 

Then for our main course – MORE DESSERTS!!!!!!!!!!

Don’t be afraid – I haven’t gone off my nut – I’m just thinking once in a great while we should go nuts here in Baconia and fill up on SWEETS!   Spoil ourselves!

After all, I AM the KING………..and I get to do what I wanna do!    Eat up!

Not in MY Kingdom!!!!!!  Enjoy your bacon feast and I’ll see you next Saturday my friends!

Remember, Angel Sammy is watching you – he would want you to fight for your right to BACON!

A Hot Day In Baconia

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  Welcome Baconians!

We are gathered together this hot and muggy morning here in Baconia to celebrate as usual our favorite thing – BACON.    I have scoured my Kingdom to find a few NEW bacon treats and did manage to find two or three that I had not shared with my loyal subjects before today.    Here they are – may they WHET your appetite for some bacon at YOUR house!

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I’m not entirely sure our Royal Bacon Taste Tester has provided photos of things we have not had before either – you know after a while all the bacon goodies begin to look the same!    But one thing is for sure – they ALL HAVE BACON and they all look MIGHTY TASTY!

While I’m at it though let me refresh the funny bone tickles I’ve shared with you in the past – some of these have become Baconian Classics and are worth repeating – endless maybe……I don’t get tired of them I know that for sure……………

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Yep – nothing like a bit of a giggle to start off a Saturday full of bacon right?

Is there anyone in the world left who doesn’t have an official BACON BADGE from Angel Sammy?    You know he started this Saturday bacon-o-rama years ago and for all I know, he’s probably the KING OF BACON by now at the Rainbow Bridge.    Help yourself to the badge if you’d like to declare your loyalty!!

Now it’s time to begin our day – which I will do in my usual Kingly way – with a NAP!!!!!

Enjoy your Saturday Baconians!!!   

Your Grateful King, Teddy