Honey Mustard Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

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Bacon, like kale, isn’t going anywhere any time soon. The cured, smoked pork strips make people’s eyes light up, whether they’re served on their on or paired with other meats and vegetables. In my opinion, bacon’s at its best when matched with a complementary ingredient. Tender, sweet shrimp are always welcome to the bacon party. These little bacon-wrapped shrimp are great appetizers for your next party. Or, you can just make them for your next Netflix & chill night. They’re definitely the finger food you’d want to keep to yourself.

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Savory Squash, Porcini & Bacon Crumble

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There was a lot of squash action happening around these parts during November and December. Just a couple of weeks ago, I posted a roasted squash salad, and in another week or so, there will be a sweet quickbread with roasted, caramelized squash. And now, here’s a savory crumble. With roasted squash. Redundant, maybe, but that does not negate the final recipe one bit! Here’s a perfect side dish with roasted squash that combines porcini mushrooms and bacon all in one bite.

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Roasted Squash, Apple, Bacon & Spinach Salad

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Halfway through the first month of the New Year, and here’s the first new post! Not the best way to start out, but that’s how it goes. There have been many delicious meals since November, thanks to the bountiful holidays, but not one has been shared here. Well, here’s the first one that was shared with friends for Thanksgiving dinner. It is a salad that combines a few of my favorite items in one bowl. They were perfect in the fall, and they’re just as great now.
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Saffron Split Pea, Potato and Bacon Soup

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Have you ever discovered something that everyone else knows about, but it’s new to you? On a recent trip to Santa Barbara, from the back seat of a friend’s car, I just happened to spot a towering sign that read “Pea Soup Andersen’s Inn“. Andersen’s is actually in Buellton, just a few miles from Santa Barbara, and it’s a well-known landmark. News to me! We ate breakfast at a popular diner across the street, and as soon as the bill was settled, I walked over to the inn. There was a market inside, and I scurried through folks waiting to dine to peek at the goods on the shelves. Thanks to Andersen’s peas, this recipe was born.
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Bacon Mushroom Fried Rice

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There are some things that should always be eaten as a pair–summer’s peaches and fresh whipped cream, salty fried chicken and syrupy waffles, rich Irish butter and warm, hearty bread. And of course bacon and mushrooms. They are often a match in a number of recipes. Broil bacon-wrapped mushrooms for an appetizer, or saute up a batch as a topping for your burger. You can toss them over a cheesy pizza, or fold them into a creamy pasta dish. The combination is usually decadent, so if you’re going to do it, go all the way! If you are looking for another way to serve up bacon and mushrooms, here is a fried rice dish that is worth a try.  Continue reading “Bacon Mushroom Fried Rice”

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Sweet and Savory Never Get Old

Caramelized Peach and Bacon Pasta-Duo Dishes

At our cocktail party after the beach seafood boil a couple weeks ago, we wanted to have an easy dish to serve up to our guests. You may be wondering how they even had room left in their bellies after an afternoon of crab, shrimp, mussels and lobsters. Well, trust us, there’s always room. Having just received several sample bottles in the mail from Girard’s Salad Dressings, we thought a cold pasta salad would do just the trick. We could prep all of the ingredients individually and just toss them together just before serving. We decided to use the Peach Mimosa Vinaigrette because it was one of the most interesting varieties amongst the group. The dressing is sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, and we thought summertime peaches would pair beautifully with it. From there, everything just fell together in unison.
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The Appeal of Portable

When you think about party hors d’oeuvres, maybe you wonder what’s the easiest way for people to serve themselves? Fun bits to nibble on are the type that come with edible utensils. Take bacon for instance. It’s pliable and easy to shape as needed. Oh, and it tastes good. It makes a perfect bacon spoon (a bacoon?) to carry food from the plate to your mouth. It is one of the star ingredients in this simple appetizer that combines two things that we both love–bacon and cheese.

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