Category Archives: Appetizers

Bacon Crackers: Best Delivery System Ever!


Recently I came across a bacon recipe online HERE that I absolutely HAD to try!

Bacon is one of the reasons I am not vegetarian. *wink*

I have made this recipe a couple times now and enough people have asked me for the recipe that I have decided to write out what I do to make them on here, along with additional suggestions based on my experience.

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First up, you need a wire rack of some kind.  You are going to have “drip-age” and it’s better to have it drip away from the crackers 😉
I used two cooling racks placed on top of a cookie sheet which I lined with foil.  Allowed for easy clean up!

Pre-heat the oven to 350.

Next, you need crackers.  I have used Toppables and they stand up quite well to the bacon and the baking.

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Although they have this interested way of curling up! 🙂

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Place the crackers on the wire rack and then prep your bacon.  Cut it into squares that fit on top of each cracker avoiding any oversized pieces that hang over the edges.

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NOTE #1: I have made these with cheaper bacon from the grocery store, as well as with high quality naturally fed bacon from a local meat counter.  The cheaper bacon worked out better.  It was saltier and you need that salt to cut through the sweet you are about to add.  Also, thinner cut bacon is better.

Third, sprinkle each piece of bacon with a good amount of brown sugar.

Fourth, sprinkle each piece with a BIT of cayenne pepper.

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Bake them for 10 minutes, turn them and bake for another 10 minutes.  I found I needed another 5-10 minutes beyond that so you will want to watch them after the first 20 minutes (Total baking time: 20-30 minutes)

Note #2: They don’t seem to keep well, although this may be due to the type of crackers that I used.  I found that they were somewhat soggy on the following day.  So, best eaten soon after creation! 🙂

 


Stuffing Peppers: Highly recommended


I have been meaning to try making stuffed peppers for a while now and it wasn’t until I saw a post in our free Metro newspaper that I decided to give it a go.  Instead of using the recipe in the paper that called for beef, I did a search online for stuffed pepper recipes that used ground chicken since that’s what I had on hand.  I found a recipe here at SOS Cuisine but I altered it a bit to make it suitable for two peppers instead of four.

Click here for the altered recipe or scroll to the bottom of the post.

 

They turned out pretty darn good!
I’ve been looking for recipes that are low in carbs and this recipe delivered.  Mainly vegetables and meat with just a bit of rice thrown in there. Continue reading


A Simple Side dish to Kick Things Off!


Yes, it has been awhile since I visited this website…and yes, I am still cooking…and eating! 😉

It’s amazing how fast times goes by when you get caught up with new hobbies and general existential craziness.  New hobbies such as crocheting…

One of my more recent creations!

One of my more recent creations! ~ as based on an online pattern

take up SO much time! And general craziness like quitting my job and becoming self-employed is a tad distracting!

It has been a couple of weeks since that particular change and so far I can say that I am happy and I like my boss.  She’s pretty damn cool! 😉

I also switched from using Windows (my whole life!) to a new MacBook.  Learning curve? YES!! I have had to relearn so many commands and programs…that may have kept me away from here too, now that I think about it. Just trying to find a way to resize pics and NOT use iPhoto….grrrrr….anyway, let’s avoid that topic, shall we?

Anyway…so busy, crazy, and happy…thus time passed and here I am, ready to share with those readers who are still checking this blog, an awesome side dish!  Awesome, that is, if you like mushrooms.

Click here for the recipe or scroll to the bottom of the post.

Damn good 'shrooms!

Damn good ‘shrooms!

I figured I’d start with a simple recipe to kick off my first Mac blog post.  (I won’t even go into how long it took me to find a way to resize these pics!)

We had a bowl of mushrooms in the kitchen and they were getting to the point that they had to be eaten, or allowed to return to the wild and spore, so I fried and baked them as a side to a chicken dish and they were delicious!

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To start…

The first step is simply to fry them, caps down, in a bit of oil for about a minute.  Mine took a little longer as they stuck to the pan and I didn’t want to damage them by forcing them to let go. (I’m thinking a new pan may be in order)

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While they are frying, or just before you start the whole process, mash up some butter, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper and thyme.  I used an egg sized chunk of butter and probably 5 cloves worth of garlic but I chose our amounts based on taste preference….we LOVE garlic 🙂

Mushroom sauce mix

Mushroom sauce mix

Remove the mushrooms from the pan and place them into an oven friendly dish, again, caps down.  Spoon the mixture overtop so that each mushroom has some sauce and then sprinkle some breadcrumbs to add some crispiness to the finished product.

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Put the pan in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes and you’ll have a brilliant side dish to add to your meal!

We also used the remaining buttery juice in the bottom of the pan to season our other vegetables 🙂

Garlic Mushrooms

Damn good 'shrooms!

Damn good ‘shrooms!

  • mushrooms, how many is up to you
  • 1-2 tbsp of olive oil
  • softened butter, egg sized
  • 3 or 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Heat oil over med-low heat, add mushrooms, caps down and fry for a minute or so
  3. Transfer the mushrooms, again caps down, to an oven safe pan
  4. Mix together the butter, garlic, lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper and spoon the mixture all over the mushrooms
  5. Bake mushrooms uncovered for 10 minutes
  6. Serve!

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