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Sep
9
2008

The Cure All To Any Bad Day…..Bacon!

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Good Tuesday night! Hope everyone is enjoying their week so far. I had to laugh today when my 3 year old had his little Pillsbury Dough Boy toy that makes the laugh, you know, “he heeee”, in the Pillsbury dough boy voice. He loves pressing everyone’s belly then pushing his dough boy for the “he heeee.” Well guess where he was pushing on mommy to make the dough boy laugh? Yah, I’m sure you can guess. I kept trying to take his hands to the appropriate area, but he thought it was so funny to push mommy’s lovely lady lumps. The fascination of the woman’s body starts awfully early, little stinker!

Here is more of the good grub we ate over Labor Day Weekend that I’ve been talking about. This bacon is sure to cure any bad day. You would not believe the aroma that comes out of the oven as this is baking. After it cools you get a perfect crispy sweet and salty strip of bacon that incredible. Forget the other recipes, just have a plate of bacon for dinner!!


Maple Brown Sugar Bacon

12 strips applewood smoked bacon

¼ Cup pure maple syrup

¼ Cup brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an oven safe cooling rack with non stick cooking spray and place over a rimmed baking sheet. Place strips of bacon onto cooling rack and brush maple syrup evenly over each strip. Take pinches of brown sugar and sprinkle evenly over each strip of bacon. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until browned and crisped to your desire. I went closer to 40 minutes for a real crispy strip. Enjoy!


Ok, since I made a ton of bacon, I added it to some strips to a bag of beautiful mixed greens and made a quick and easy fig preserve vinaigrette that was fantastic. You could use just about any fruit preserves in place of the fig if you can’t find it. I just noticed the Super Walmart by my house sells fig preserves now. It is really good if you haven’t tried it and makes a tasty dressing.


Mixed Greens With Goat Cheese, Pecans, Sweet Bacon and Fig Preserve Vinaigrette

Fig Preserve Vinaigrette

¼ Cup fig preserves

½ Cup olive oil

¼ Cup balsamic vinegar

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

Bag of mixed greens

Crumbled Goat Cheese

Brown Sugar Maple Bacon (see recipe above)

Pecans

1. Place fig preserves, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper into a food processor. Process until emulsified. Set aside.

2. On salad plates arrange mixed greens, crumbled goat cheese, bacon pieces and pecans. Drizzle with fig preserve vinaigrette.


This chicken potato salad was a huge hit with my family. I will be making it again very soon. It’s perfect to take to any family gathering and can even be made the night before. The star of the salad is pieces of that maple brown sugar bacon, don’t leave it out!! Enjoy!

Is it just me or is the bacon glowing? It’s glorious!


Chicken and Potato Salad With Maple Brown Sugar Bacon

5 medium-large Yukon Gold potatoes

2 large chicken breasts, cooked and cubed

1 Cup finely chopped celery

1 ½ Cups mayonnaise

¼ Cup Dill pickle relish

¼ Cup finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

¼ teaspoon garlic salt

6 strips maple brown sugar bacon (see recipe above)

1. Cube potatoes into 1 inch cubes, place in a big pot of water. Boil for 12-15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and let cool completely.

2. Place cooled potatoes, chicken breast and celery into a large bowl. In a medium bowl combine mayonnaise, pickle relish, parsley, mustard, lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Pour over potatoes chicken and celery. Stir in sweet bacon pieces and serve.

8 servings

Enjoy your bacon! See you all soon with something tasty.


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  1. 1
    Satisfying my Sweet Tooth says:

    I love the bacon and goat cheese combo. And in a salad? Even better! Now I have dinner planned for tomorrow night! Thanks!

  2. 2
    RJHnrksn says:

    Really, does it get any better than yummy bacon? It’s going to replace chicken noodle soup as the cure-all for colds and sickness one of these days…

  3. 3
    PaniniKathy says:

    How glad am I that I still have some bacon left in the fridge! I’ve really been wanting to try a sweet glaze – I think that salad with the goat cheese just might be the right vehicle.

    So funny about your little guy going for mommy’s lovely lady lumps :-)

  4. 4
    Lisa says:

    You’re just killing me! I’m trying to heat healthy. But if the bacon’s baked it not bad, right? Little boys are so funny.

  5. 5
    Stephanie says:

    Oh, does life get any better than bacon? We had bacon with our dinner tonight, and it was sublime.

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    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    Bacon is the reason I think God did not intend for anyone to be vegetarian! I loved the fig’s vinagrete idea, I should try that with the fig jam I made. All dishes look amazing Jenny, but I would be happy just with the plate of bacon!

  7. 7
    HoneyB says:

    Oh yeah, Bacon is AWESOME.

    LOL @ little boys!

  8. 8
    Veronica says:

    What is it about bacon? It seems that no matter what you add it to it just tastes better.

  9. 9
    Beth says:

    Bacon and goats cheese – you can’t beat. The fig dressing sounds delish too!

  10. 10
    Katherine Aucoin says:

    I just bought some bacon since I’m making Smoky Mountain Spaghetti tonight. What a great idea brushing the bacon with maple syrup. The combo of bacon and goat cheese…well, can life get any better. Awesome post Jen!

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    hot garlic says:

    Yeah, I think you’re on to something about bacon being a cure-all…

    I’ve had dressings made from preserves, but not fig yet!, and they are awesome. I love the tangy, zippy sweetness.

    Looks delicious!

  12. 12
    carol says:

    Uh….I’m swallowing hard….this is making that oatmeal I had this morning NOT so appealing! What a combo! Living in New England-we’ve got GREAT maple syrup-in fact my daughter is good friends with a couple that has a sugar house and was VERY busy this spring making maple syrup so that’s where we get it from. I’ve gotta try this……and the potato salad…….and….and…..oh forget it..the scale’s going out the door TODAY!!!! :)
    I hope you like your trip East, Jenny…next time come up a little further north and visit the New England states-especially in October-the foliage…..the apples…….your family would have a blast!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. 13
    Mary Ann says:

    My children and husband would love me forever if I made this tasty bacon! They love any kind of bacon. All of these recipes look amazing! You just keep churning em out- yum!

  14. 14
    Katrina says:

    I’m not a huge bacon lover, but add a little sweetness and I just might have to be! I don’t dislike it or anything, it’s more the health factor. My husband LOVES bacon.
    My four year old thinks it’s the funniest thing to poke and prod in places he doesn’t belong

  15. 15
    Emily says:

    Oooo! This looks like something that my hubby would definately appreciate! The salad looks soooo good!

  16. 16
    1215656559s20768 says:

    Brown sugar bacon is so ‘over the top’ delicious to me. I have been making it a long time and I have several baked goods that I put it in, including a cookie that I will be posting soon. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s so delicious. These recipes look wonderful and now my mouth is watering for some sweet bacon.

  17. 17
    Jenny says:

    Satisfying my sweet tooth,
    Glad I could help with dinner! Have a great day!

    Rjhnrksn,
    I agree, when I am sick on the couch give me bacon!

    paninikathy,
    Lucky, I just ran out of my bacon, I love it paired with goat cheese too.

    Hi Lisa,
    I know, this food was last week, I too am trying to eat healthy this week, too bad it’s not going so well!

    Great Stephanie,
    Glad to hear your dinner was great!

    I agree Rita,
    I couldn’t be a vegan, no offense to them, but it’s certainly not for this chick!

    Hi Shelby,
    Yes, you know all about those little boys!

    Totally true Veronica,
    It makes everything better!

    Thanks Beth!

    Mmmm Katherine,
    Can’t wait to see your smoky house spaghetti! Sounds great!

    Thanks Nat!

    Thanks for your comment Carol! I’m with you, I wish I had a couple strips of bacon for breakfast! I would LOVE to visit your neck of the woods, hopefully someday soon!

    Thanks Mary Ann!

    Katrina,
    Glad to know my 3 year old isn’t the only perv!

    Thanks Emily, have a good one!

  18. 18
    Leslie says:

    LOL! my 5 year old son is obsessed w/ boobs and butts too! Oh well!
    Bacon..and just think..when I woas in highschool I would fry up a 1/2 lb of bacon and eat it for a snack!! WHAT??? I coulnt get away with that these days!

  19. 19
    Anne says:

    Wow that bacon and goat cheese salad sounds wonderful! I’m cracking up about your son… so funny!

  20. 20
    Mary says:

    Jenny,

    I’m salivating! My invitation must have been lost in the mail cause I’d of been there will bells on.

    Mary

  21. 21
    Live.Love.Eat says:

    Goodness gracious. I feel like that dog on the commercial that screams out BACON! These dishes both look awesome. The potato salad I wish I had right NOW!!!!

  22. 22
    PheMom says:

    Too funny! Ah the joys of mothering boys! As for that bacon I am pretty sure I could eat just a plate of that for dinner – yum!

  23. 23
    Patrick says:

    I love bacon! That salad looks delicious. Soon he’ll be finding others lady lumps…

  24. 24
    Maria says:

    I am not a bacon fan but Josh loves it…and so does my dad. They call it the ultimate “man” food:)

  25. 25
    Grace says:

    i don’t enjoy bacon UNLESS it’s coated in brown sugar or maple syrup. and thanks for the chuckle regarding your son and your lady lumps. :)

  26. 26
    MyCozyCreations says:

    That potato salad looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    Come on over to my blog for a giveaway!

  27. 27
    Pam says:

    Oh Jenny, you are killing me. Bacon makes me happy. I love the salad with bacon and goat cheese – it not only looks pretty but I am sure it tasted amazing.

  28. 28
    tales from an O.C. cottage says:

    I just gained 5 lbs. in 1 minute! YUM

    m ^..^

  29. 29
    Meg says:

    Fig preserve vinagrette…what a wonderful recipe! Sounds delicious!

  30. 30
    Emiline says:

    Hmmm I have The Black Eyed Peas stuck in my head right now…

    I went swimming with my nephew this summer, and he reached for my lady lumps…his dad was like, “whoa son, starting out a little early aren’t you? At least buy her a drink.”

    This salad sounds delicious…the salty sweet bacon with the fig preserves. Wow!

  31. 31
    Theresa says:

    Love bacon and salads too. Great dishes!! Your son is too funny!

  32. 32
    Prudy says:

    I love candied bacon and yours looks extra crunchy from that long cooking time. Beautiful recipes!

  33. 33
    mikky says:

    i totally agree… those bacon are to die for… thanks for sharing :)

  34. 34
    Proud Italian Cook says:

    Chicken potato salad with bacon???
    You’re over the edge girl! (In a very GOOD way!)

  35. 35
    Rebekah says:

    Bacon is a cure all for ANYTHING!! They need to come up with a bacon scented candle! haha

    These look yummy! Thanks!

  36. 36
    Deborah says:

    I forgot to tell you – I made those mini potato quiches you posted about for my nieces baptism a few weeks ago, and my husband and I couldn’t keep our hands out of the bacon! I’m glad I made extra bacon, or else we wouldn’t have had any left for the quiches!

  37. 37
    Once Upon a Plate says:

    This looks delicious Jenny! Beautiful photos, and the recipes are mouthwatering. A LOVELY blog!

  38. 38
    Dawn says:

    Ohhh that first pic :::sigh::::
    I agree nothing like a good plate of bacon for dinner! Good thinking chicklet!

  39. 39
    Tasty Trends says:

    oh i love bacon but it makes me sooo ill after i eat it! it is sooo yummy though!

    the salad looks great!

  40. 40
    Bunny says:

    Your killing me here Jenny! The bacon is to die for and then you have Chicken Potatoe Salad, i’m gonna try this cause I think my kids and hubby will flip over this!! Thanks Jenny!!

  41. 41
    Jaime says:

    mmmmm i love bacon! at least you can pretend you’re eating healthy w/the salad, right? ;)

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