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Simply put, I love food. I revel in everything about it: taste, texture, preparation, presentation, etc. The most favored aspect for me is the social aspect of food…learning to cook from one’s mother, preparing food with friends, grilling out, potlucks, dinner parties or simply meeting for dinner. I light up watching the people I love eat the food that I create. It still truly amazes me how food brings us together. So a little about me. Now in my early 30s, I’ve learned all I know about cooking from my mother and grandmothers. My Midwestern roots are definitely reflected in my cooking style and the recipes that I choose as I am very “meat and potatoes” centric and heavy handed with the butter sometimes. More later, but for now Happy Nomming!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Candied Bacon

I am a firm believer that there are few foods more perfect than bacon. So when I found a way to not only easy the cooking process, but make bacon even tastier...well, to say the least, I was ecstatic! 

All you need is some thick cut bacon and some brown sugar! 2-ingredient recipe? With bacon?  It's ok to profess your love for me out loud right now.  I won't judge.

Be on the lookout! …Because I’m going to be employing candied bacon in a variety of ways soon. I’m thinking Candied Bacon & Chocolate Chip cookies and possibly Candied Bacon & Maple Syrup Ice Cream. Yup, that’s happening. I’m sick with bacon power, I know!

1 pound thick bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350º F. Lay bacon (in all of its bacony glory!) in a single lay on a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the bacon. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until it reaches the desired level of crispiness. I’d let it cool for a minute before you start stuffing your face with it.  Boom! That’s it. You’re done.

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