It was a Baconized Meal! From the appetizer…..to the Awesome Blueberry-Bacon Ice Cream!

Yes, went totally overboard!  My guest wanted a dinner with “bacon in it,”…….so it was all about bacon in each and every way possible!

Not that long ago I attended a “chocolate event” and tried potato chips dipped in chocolate…..so I took it one step further and dropped some bacon bits on top of the chocolate and let it set…..talk about a sweet and salty appetizer!  They were delish and swiftly consumed!

 

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I did make my green and black olive tapenade, which was a great hit, and a cream cheese, pepper and bacon dip, with home made three cheese and bacon biscuits!

Wanting to start with something fresh, the meal began with a light tossed chopped cherry tomatoes and green grapes in a light extra virgin olive oil with fresh lemon juice, pepper and red wine vinegar dressing…..and the salad, of course, had tiny bits of bacon in it as well…..

As an entrée, made a home-made red wine sangria for a turkey breast, which was covered with Maplewood bacon and pineapple slices on top……Delish to the max!

Of course there was a side dish…..a type of casserole with mandolined potatoes, zucchini, squash and onions, sautéed in bacon, of course!

And the potatoes, with bacon and some milk, with parmesan cheese all mixed and then placed back in the oven to bake a little while longer…..

Dessert was totally decadent to the max….I made chocolate bacon cookies and turbo-chocolate with bacon cupcakes, served with Blueberry-Bacon Ice Cream!!!!!

 

 

 

All I can say is….we’re still Alive!

Open Faced deliciousness in a Breakfast Broccoli-Bacon-Scrambled Egg Sandwich

Yes, you read that right! Broccoli for breakfast….and let me tell you….quite delicious!

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First I cooked the bacon and after it was well done, placed in the broccoli to cook, while whisking two eggs with just a dash of kosher salt and a third of a cup of shredded white cheddar cheese.  There was something quite decadent about cooking the broccoli with the eggs and bacon….after it was well done, it went on top of toast, to become an open faced breakfast sandwich…..the crunch of the bacon with the eggs and broccoli was amazing…..

And to finish it off, one sliced nectarine with kiwi, a healthy dollop of Greek yogurt and just 3 tablespoons of granola……this was my Saturday Brunch!7-27-2013 227

 

The cup of Nespresso coffee just made it so amazing……every day should be a Brunch Day!

 

 

Bacon goodness in Scrambled Eggs and an Everything-in-the-fridge Biscuit!

ImageI love making my own biscuits and this past weekend, I wanted a homemade brunch. Finding out that now I have become lactose intolerant, I now have to figure out ways to replace milk with other products…..and the first one that I am trying out is almond milk.  I am glad to say that so far, so good! I have not had any negative reactions. Had a cup of Nespresso coffee with the almond milk and it Worked!! Hallelujah! Happy Camper on that note!

I have an upcoming dinner that I am creating for a friend that requested “everything bacon!” So I decided to try out different things, beginning with biscuits.  Looked in the fridge and put everything and then some in these lovelies.

Not only did I use parmesan cheese but I also shredded about half a cup of sharp cheddar. Also sea salt and pepper went into the flour mixture, along with finely chopped bacon and ham, of course!! Talk about savory, savory deliciousness…and yes, I did use some of the almond milk in the biscuits.  I took some to a couple of people for them to try out and they all said the same thing…..”Delicious!”

So since I am in the midst of creating the menu for this upcoming “bacony-goodness” birthday dinner, I am open for suggestions for the appetizers. I was all excited about bacon wrapped figs or dates, but I was told no way by the birthday boy……so now I am seeking suggestions…..and will continue to surf to find some yummy bacon goodness for savory appetizers.

 

Zucchini-Bacon-3Cheese-Melt-in-Your-Mouth Buttermilk Biscuits!

What’s the best way to integrate some veggies into breakfast?  Make sure to puree zucchini and make it part of an awesome buttermilk biscuit!

 

 

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I am always trying to integrate vegetables or fruits into every dish…..so this morning after finding a zucchini in my fridge, I decided to make buttermilk biscuits, with bacon, parmesan, cheddar and muenster cheese; I liquified the zucchini with a quarter low sodium chicken broth and mixed it all together, baking at 450 for 10 minutes…and can I tell you how amazing it was? It was savory deliciousness in each bite! I had to stop after 3!!!!

Best comfort food for a chilly day in Miami? Why, Tomato Soup, of course!

ImageWoke up to 56 degrees……but in Miami, that feels like it’s a lot colder than it really is! I bundled up to go to work, in Boots, Sweater, Scarf and Coat.  Yes, it was That Cold to me.

On my way home, I passed an open field where they were selling fresh fruits and vegetables….so I stopped and walked right up to the stand where they had some gorgeous colorful vegetables. My grumbling stomach said…it’s time to make Tomato Soup!

I purchased some large tomatoes, a poblano and vidalia onions.  Couldn’t wait to get home in order to start creating a new style of tomato soup.

As soon as I walked into my kitchen, out came a large cookie sheet, where I spread out the tomatoes, poblano pepper and vidalia onions to broil them first. Into a stovetop pot went garlic, tomato paste, tomato sauce, dash of kosher salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and the juice of one lemon, as well as two cups of low sodium chicken broth.  As soon as I could smell the lovely aroma of the broiled tomatoes and the vidalia onions,  the tomatoes were peeled, and then were chopped up with the vidalia onions and the poblano pepper, and all went for a swim with the rest of the ingredients in the stovetop pot. After a good 20 minutes, small batches of the soup went into a blender, where it liquified the vegetables together….such an amazing aroma came from this light and superbly flavorful soup.

But there was something missing…..I always keep my biscuit mix nearby, so in went one cup of the tomato soup, as well as half a cup of parmesan cheese and 1/3 cup of chopped bacon.  In just 12 minutes at 400 degrees, the tomato soup biscuits were done!

Yum……now where did I put my soup spoon????

 

A Healthy Alternative for Brunch after a good Insanity Workout!!!

Another morning workout left me wilting and soon after I had to run to the kitchen to see what I would come up with in order to re-fuel this body.  Out of the fridge came:

2 eggs

asparagus

1 tomato

chicken

1/8th cup crumbled bacon

and from the cupboards, salt and pepper.

Heating a pan on high, after a light olive oil spray, went the asparagus with tomato, a dash of salt and black pepper, which I allowed to cook for about 5 minutes.  While that was cooking, I whisked the two eggs with the crumbled bacon and cut up some leftover baked chicken (half a cup, cubed).  As soon as the asparagus was cooked, in went the chicken and the eggs and everything got cooked together. When the eggs were done, I integrated them together and you could say that I created my own style of “fritata” with these healthy options.

I found that I had some flat bread in the fridge, so out came one which was placed on the plate and the veggie mix went on top.

It was healthy and delicious!