Bacon is Guilty-Pleasure Fat
Marty Martindale

Bacon hails from the underside of a pig, or its loin, and is sold fresh, cured or smoked. bacon.jpbAfter that, almost anything goes. Its close cousins are pancetta, Irish bacon, Canadian bacon, spiced bacon, exotically smoked bacon or fatback.

Our own guilty bacon pleasure is crisp jalapeno bacon dipped into warm bittersweet chocolate. It’s yummy!

Bacon is one of few fats which Americans actually seek out for its unique sweetness and not trim its fat and discard it. Bacon can be thin, thick, smoky, salty, hearty, meaty, mapley, chewy or crispy. Yes, it is forbidden fat, but it is protein, too! It is also salty, but a few grinds of fresh black peppercorns helps us forget. Bacon also dalliances very so delicately between savory and sweets, mingling so well with newcomers like maple, chocolate, caramel with salt  and cinnamon.

These days, bacon keeps frequent company with these.

  • Appetizer wrappers
  • Baked beans
  • Beer
  • Bread pudding with bacon sauce
  • Burgers
  • Bubble gum
  • Cabbage
  • Carbonara
  • Casseroles
  • Chocolate chip pancake mix
  • Chowder
  • Cocoa bacon
  • Covering for hard-boiled eggs
  • Cupcakes
  • Dips
  • Doughnuts
  • Frittatas
  • Guacamole
  • Hash
  • Hot dogs
  • Ice cream
  • Kebabs
  • Liver
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Mayonnaise
  • Meatloaf
  • Mints
  • Omelets
  • Pizzas
  • Potato salads
  • Rolling papers
  • Salt
  • Sandwiches
  • Sharp cheese
  • Soups
  • Stir fry
  • Stuffings
  • Vodka

The bacon craze goes on when people hold these bacon occasions like these:

Famed Zingerman’s  Ann Arbor, Michigan, has created a Bacon-of-the-month club and added a Bacon Camp to their bacon blogs and contests.

A Portland, Oregon website operator started a site titled, Bacon Today.

Near Baltimore, Maryland, a bar observes a bacon happy hour serving up large quantities each night.

A bar in New York created and serves a cocktail of bourbon, lemon and maple syrup complete with a crisp bacon swizzle stick.

Brooklyn’s Bacon Takedown, Des Moines’ Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and National Pig Day, Boulder’s International Bacon Day and   Portland’s Baconfest all point to the country’s craziness or bacon.

Here are some foodsites with bacon recipes.

Marty Martindale

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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