The comfort food trend has surged to a tidal wave of adulation for bacon. I love bacon. This should go without saying, as it seems no self-respecting food blogger refrains from proclaiming their adoration of this American icon. I’ve been meaning to do a post on my love for bacon, but what is left to say? Here are some links to the bacon brouhaha that I’ve found most compelling these days:
Salon inaugurated their Pork Week (a riff on summer’s annual “Shark Week”) yesterday, starting with an article on bacon-mania, decorated with a man clad in a hilarious bacon suit from the Archie McPhee catalog. I wholeheartedly enjoyed today’s article by Rebecca Traister on why she loves curing her own bacon.
I was fascinated when a bartender I know told me about a bacon-infused cocktail. Later, I read about the Bacon-Infused Old Fashioned in New York. I am intrigued by the maple syrup + bacon + bourbon combination; somehow it seems very natural. Here’s a video of how to make it.
The Vosges chocolate bacon bar brings bacon to the world of haute chocolate.
Bacon Apple Pie
I haven’t tried this one yet, but I find it so compelling. Pork and fruits such as apples and peaches complement each other, so perhaps this is why it seems like it would work. I first spied a recipe for bacon-topped apple pie in Rachael Ray’s Everyday Food; her people read bacon blogs too. Here’s another one.
Photos courtesy of Royal Bacon Society.
There are lots of blogs about bacon these days, but my favorite is Royal Bacon Society. It’s comprehensive, humorous and beautifully photographed. There are bacon pictures, recipes, polls, and gifts. A recent post featured a bacon cake recipe and a very strange flickr bacon sculpture. Hope someone ate that.
The club’s 10-year run is testament to the existence of a large niche market for bacon. The bacon is created by various artisans who take their craft seriously. Dan Philips, or “Captain Bacon,” writes “I have made it a life goal to seek and find great bacons from all over the United States.” Aside from the club, you can also purchase bacon candles and other paraphernalia. I am fascinated by the bacon brittle…
Dear reader, what are your bacon favorites or favorite bacons?