We’re coming up on tomato season, which means those vine-ripened orbs of summery goodness are about to start flooding the markets. I wait all year for that moment! One thing I love to eat in late summer but don’t even think about during the rest of the year is a BLT. There’s just something about the combination of just-ripe tomatoes, salty bacon and cool, crisp lettuce (on toasted white bread with mayo, of course!). It’s absolute perfection. But a gal can eat only so many sandwiches. Here are some other delicious ways to enjoy the BLT trifecta.
BLT Pasta Salad from Food Network Magazine (pictured above)
Two summertime classics — pasta salad and the BLT — come together to create a dish that’s packed with flavor. Fresh herbs like thyme and chives add freshness to the creamy dressing. Read more
Bacon. Most of us probably take for granted that it’s an American breakfast staple, but it turns out that the popularity of those sizzling strips of pork was more than just happenstance.
As The Washington Post details in a new video, in the 1920s the Beech-Nut Packing Company wanted to boost Americans’ taste for bacon. They assigned that task to a public relations pioneer named Edward Bernays, who was a nephew of Sigmund Freud and used psychology to market products. Bacon — and big breakfasts in general — had been popular in rural America but had fallen out of favor in the early 20th century, when people migrated to cities and began eating things like processed cereals for breakfast.
Let’s have a heart-to-heart. Is there a single place where bacon does not belong? Beyond crumbling it over a once-good-for-you salad or splaying a few slices beside scrambled eggs, there are boundless ways to put salty, crispy, addictive bacon to use. Celebrate bacon and all it’s done for you by not holding back one bit; bring it into your favorite over-the-top dishes to make them even more indulgent.
Chicken and Waffles
If you thought that classic Southern combination of fried chicken and waffles was the best thing you could slather in maple syrup, think again. It’s Chicken and Bacon Waffles that’s the real win, made with diced, pan-fried bacon for a dose of salty smokiness.
Because demand is up and supply is down, wholesale prices for pork bellies, the cut of meat from which bacon slices are made, are surging: They’re up 174 percent over the five-year low they hit in April, reaching a one-year high of almost $1.70 per pound last week, Bloomberg reports, citing information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
It’s no secret that bacon is a perennial family-friendly favorite, and on this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts offered their top secrets for preparing it just right every time. Both Jeff and Geoffrey shared wedge salads — Wedgelet Kabobbies and a Grilled Cobb Wedge, respectively — that showcased this crispy indulgence, proving that a strip of bacon isn’t limited to breakfast plates alone (although it’s indeed a welcome addition there too).
In an effort to celebrate all things bacon, FN Dish rounded up a day’s worth of meals featuring that ingredient: a dish for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Read on below to find all four recipes, then tell us in the comments your favorite way to enjoy bacon.
Who says bacon can’t be part of a balanced diet? In Food Network Magazine’s easy-to-make Whole-Grain Pancakes with Eggs and Bacon (pictured above), it’s added atop a surprisingly healthy stack of flapjacks and fluffy scrambled eggs.
Bacon is much easier to chop when it’s cold. Keep a stash in the freezer for weeknight meals — separate from the strips you use for breakfast — then just slice and dice straight from the freezer. If you need to separate the strips, microwave on defrost just until you can pull them apart.
To dream up dishes such as Bacon Guacamole (No. 1), Bacon-Beer Mussels (No. 22) and Bacon Muffins (No. 32), testers went through hundreds of ideas. “We don’t put things in for shock value,” tester Leah Brickley says. “The recipes always taste good and have appeal.”
The chefs developed their own version of the trendy Bacon Explosion (see the original here), but in the end, decided it was a little too over-the-top to make the cut.
So Adam Gertler returned to Food Network this week with a new show entitled, Will Work For Food [Mondays at 8:30pm/7:30c]. Adam is exposed to a pretty wild world of food jobs which made us wonder… Which Food (job) Have You Worked For?
Here’s a quick round-up from The FN Dish staffers:
* Ice cream bicycle boy — bike with mini-freezer on the front
* Pea picker — endless hours in the sun for pennies per pod
* Amusement Park ‘Fried Dough” Fryer
* Candy Girl at the first multiplex theater in Long Island
* Hostess for uppity tourist trap in East Hampton
* Bacon cook in Vermont — ah, grease in the hair
* DC Nightlife Critic — countless brewery tours (& tastes)
* Dude Ranch Cook — quit over Alan Jackson brouhaha