White Truffle Mac & Cheese w/ Bacon Recipe

This is comfort food to the max. Warm your soul during the fall and winter months with this warm, delectable yumminess originally posted by recipegirl.com. I've made this a few times, and it's pretty rich, so you can ratchet up the truffle a bit if you want.

 

The Top 10 Bacon Recipes of 2010

. Hey bacon fans, get your defibrillators ready because the 3rd annual list is out.  The numerous uses for bacon ceases to amaze me, so I like to celebrate the versatility of bacon with an annual top list of recipes.  Past year's lists are worth checking out:

2009 Top 10 list of Bacon recipes

2008 Top 10 list of Bacon recipes

This year's list represents simplicity and ingenuity.  The past two years I'd get messages saying I left something out of the list, so this year I decided to crowd source the top ten list.  Without further adieu, here they are in no particular order:

1. BACON WRAPPED RUMAKI -

When my friend (and same birthday buddy) Kris O'Connor told me about this recipe I wasn't sure about it.  Well, I went from slightly skeptical to thoroughly convinced in one bite.  It goes to show that you can wrap bacon around just about anything, and it'll be good. The combination of sweet, savory and sour is a artery clogging trifecta of goodness.  Try to eat just one.  Seriously, try it.

2. BACON WRAPPED CREAM CHEESE STUFFED CHICKEN

It might take you longer to say the name of this recipe out loud than it does to wolf it down.  If you're a single guy, and you'd rather do something other than cook an entire meal but you want something tasty...this is the way to go.  Leave it to our friends at CHOW to come up with this recipe, and another good use for bacon.  My favorite thing about this recipe is it sounds like it might be healthy because it's got chicken in it...but it's not.

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3. BUTTERMILK BACON PRALINES -

Submitted by Libby V. of Swirl Girls fame.  You'll need a cigarette after eating one of these gems...

Adapted from Martha Hall Foose’s “Screen Doors and Sweet Tea”

Makes 24 small pralines

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

1. In a heavy-bottomed, deep saucepan, combine the sugars, buttermilk, corn syrup, baking soda and salt over medium heat. Cook for about 20 minutes, until the mixture reaches 235 degrees F on a candy thermometer.

2. Remove from heat. Add butter, vanilla, pecans, orange zest and bacon. Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth and creamy.

3. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a silicone mat or buttered parchment paper. Let stand 30 minutes, or until cool. Store in an airtight container.

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4. CORNBREAD MADE WITH BACON FAT

If I was a caveman and just discovered the internet, this would probably be one of the first things I came across online.  It's cornbread, which by itself is delicious, but it's made with frickin' bacon grease.  Pretty popular recipe actually, but I like the one on the Homesick Texan blog.  If you're a real health freak, don't put butter on it.  But if you're not concerned with your health, slather butter AND bacon bits on top.

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5. BACON FLAVORED COTTON CANDY

You might want to order some Shake Weights off ESPN if you're going to take one of these down.  I remember hearing about this last year, but it was too late to make the list.  Not sure how to make this exactly, but there's an article and quote from Mary Constantine of KnoxNews.com...

"Yes, I said bacon-flavored cotton candy, and before you wrinkle your nose in disgust, let me tell you, it was one of the most incredible creations I have ever tasted. I don’t know the chemistry behind Brock’s magic of rendering bacon into the flavorful fairy dust, but it worked. I only wish I could have bagged some up and brought it home for all to sample."

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6. BACONTOTS

If there was ever an example of "keep it simple stupid," this is it.  Do the math: Bacon + Tots = delicious grubby little treat.

Thanks to Bacon Unwrapped for this idea.  You gotta admire someone who makes a commitment to bacon like that.

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7. SPAGHETTI ALLA CARBONARA

This was literally the first bacon-y recipe we made in 2010, but it wasn't the last time we made it.  If you're watching your carbs, use wheat pasta.  God forbid you don't want to load up on carbs when you're ingesting bacon.  Not only is the recipe easy and cheap, but it's fun to pair with wine.  What would you pair with it?  Please leave suggested pairing in the comments section.

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8. DECONSTRUCTED BLT

I love the internet!  Whoever the genius is that thought to take a BLT and turn it inside out should be given some sort of award on the same level as a Noble Peace Prize.  They take the carbs out, and dial up the most important ingredient, which is bacon.  Thank you to our friends at Not Martha for one of the coolest, and most innovative uses for bacon.  It's got tomatoes in it so it can't be all bad, can it?  Here's the recipe!

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9. HOT BACON DRESSING

You gotta get your greens in there somewhere.  Each year I like to throw in a "healthy" recipe to utilize the power of pork.  This year it's a salad dressing that's been around for a long time.  One recipe in particular that's been in my wheelhouse is the Hot Bacon Dressing recipe from Ellen Folkman of TampaBay.com

Put it on a spinach salad with a hard boiled egg or just drink it out of a glass.  Who cares?  It's got bacon and that's all you really need.  Everything else is just window dressing.

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10. INSIDE OUT BACON CHEESEBURGER SLIDERS

Yep, I said it.  If you somehow ate your way through my top ten list and made it to this recipe, you better consult with a doctor before shoving one of these babies down your gullet.  The original idea was for the Independence Day Sliders post, but we were feeling frisky, so we added bacon into the mix.  Then I turned 40 and realized my mortality.  You can't eat like this all the time unless you just really want to give your arteries the finger.  If you do try these, you'll be handsomely rewarded with savory goodness.

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So there you have it bacon brethren...the top 10 list.  By no means is this the end all list of the year, it's just the list of recipes that push the envelope to try new things.  If there's anything I missed, please leave comments and share your favorites!

Southwestern Style Game Day Ribs

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INGREDIENTS 1 rack baby back pork ribs 1 TBSP dried thyme 1 TBSP honey 1 TBSP garlic salt 1 TBSP onion powder 1 TBSP brown sugar 1 TBSP pepper flakes 1 TBSP paprika 1 TBSP chili powder 1 TBSP minced rosemary 1 TSP salt 1 TSP fresh ground black pepper 2 cups barbecue sauce

In a small bowl, mix together the thyme, garlic, onion powder, brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, rosemary, salt, and black pepper. Rub the spice mixture over both sides of the ribs, refrigerate over night.

Preheat oven to 325°F. Place rib on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove ribs from the oven and refrigerate.

If going to a football game, cut the racks into individual ribs and place them in a large sealable plastic bag or bags. Add enough BBQ sauce to coat ribs. If grilling out at home, put ribs in a bowl or glass dish and cover with BBQ sauce until ready to grill.

At the tailgate Prepare coals for medium heat. When the coals are hot, grill the ribs for 10 minutes, until they are lightly charred and heated through, turning them to grill on all sides. Brush on more BBQ sauce while grilling. If grilling out at home, heat the grill to medium high and grill on all sides as described above.

Serve the ribs accompanied by more sauce.

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Independence Day Sliders

.. Fourth of July is a great time to fire up the BBQ and grill up some burgers.  This year I tried some different slider recipes, especially now that grocery stores have slider buns in their baked goods section.  Here's a few winners from the weekend:

Pulled Pork Sliders

Ingredients: 2 lbs pork belly 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup ketchup 1/3 cup cider vinegar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup tomato paste 2 TBSP paprika 2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce 3 TSP salt 1 1/4 TSP black pepper coleslaw toasted slider buns

Directions: Combine all the ingredients except the pork belly, slaw and the buns in a slow cooker and mix together. Add the 2 pieces of pork and cover the slow cooker. Set for 8 hours on low.

After 8 hours, using 2 forks, shred the pork and remove the pork with the remaining sauce into a large bowl. Toast the slider buns and add some of the pulled pork to each bun along with coleslaw.  Light a cigarette after then repeat.

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Inside Out Cheeseburger Sliders with Forever Caramelized Onions

Ingredients: 1 lb. ground chuck 1 egg breadcrumbs 1/4 TSP chili flakes generous salt and pepper cheddar cheese cut into cubes toasted slider buns thick cut bacon, slow cooked 1 Walla Walls sweet onion, sliced 2-3 TBSP butter

The title of this recipe has "forever caramelized onions" in it for a reason. For best results, remove skin from onions and slice thin. Cook with butter in a crock pot for 24-36 hours on low checking occasionally. You won't believe how good the flavor comes out! Add a little more butter accordingly if necessary.

Combine ingredients in a medium to large bowl. Work in the egg and breadcrumbs so the ground meat will hold it's shape. Shape into small golf ball sized servings, then work a cube of cheese in the middle making sure it's fully covered on all sides by the meat mixture. Press your thumb in the top before grilling.

Serve by grilling to desired doneness with your choice of condiments, thick cut bacon and those beautiful golden onions.

Lamb Sliders

Ingredients

1/2 lb ground lamb 1/5 tbsp minced garlic 1/2 cup minced shallots 1 TBSP minced thyme 1 TBSP minced cilantro leaves 1 TSP minced mint leaves 1/4 TSP ground cumin 1/2 TSP coriander powder 1/2 TSP ground black pepper salt to taste

12 slider buns or mini pita breads

Method

Place all the ingredients for the patties in a mixing bowl and combine well using your hands. Shape into about six small sized patties not too thin, but not too thick either. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes for the flavors to combine.

Pre-heat the oven to 400F.

Remove the patties from the fridge and make about three holes each in the patties with your finger.

In a large oven proof non-stick skillet, heat the oil and add the onions. When the onions start to sizzle, arrange the lamb patties on top of the onion bed without touching each other.

Bake in the oven for 6 minutes on one side. Turn the patties over, and stir the onion bed to make sure they don’t burn. If it shows the signs of burning, remove the onions from the pan after the first 6 minutes, and finish caramelizing on stove top, when the patties finish cooking on the other side.

To serve, warm up the pita bread/buns in the oven, spread some spicy mayonnaise or a blended yogurt or chutney of your choice, arrange the meat patties and top it with the caramelized onions. You can add some lettuce, tomato etc to the burger as well.

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Spaghetti alla Carbonara w/ Hahn SLH Pinot Gris

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This was based off of Mario Batali's recipe on FoodandWine.com but modified to pair with the wine(s).  It's such a simple recipe, but the final dish benefits from the texture from the eggs on top.  We roasted broccoli with a little olive oil and a pinch of sugar to enhance the browning of the vegetables.

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INGREDIENTS

1/4 LB pancetta 1/4 LB thick cut bacon 1 LB dry spaghetti 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated 4 egg yolk, separated Black pepper, freshly ground Salt

cooking pork

In a 12- to 14-inch sauté pan, render and cook the pork products together until it is crispy and golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Do not drain the fat from pan and set aside.

Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons salt. Cook the spaghetti (we use wheat or whole grain), until tender yet al dente. Drain the spaghetti, reserving the pasta cooking water.

Reheat the bacon & pancetta in the pan with the fat and add approximately 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water. Toss in the cooked spaghetti and heat, shaking the pan, until warmed through, about 1 minute. Add the grated cheese, egg whites and black pepper and toss until fully incorporated. Divide the pasta among 4 warmed serving bowls. Make a nest in the center for the egg yolk. Gently drop an egg yolk into each serving, season with more freshly ground black pepper and grate additional cheese over the top. Serve immediately.

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Hahn Estate winery makes some exciting wines, and at Chéz Bakas we love the SLH series of wines which stands for Santa Lucia Highlands.  The Pinot Gris and Chardonnay are exceptional wines.  For this recipe, the Pinot Gris makes an ideal pairing because the wine compliments the flavors in the main dish without overpowering it.

I like pairing local foods with local wines, and because this is a dish rooted in Italian cuisine, an Italian style wine is my first choice.  We didn't have a Pinot Grigio readily available, so I went with the next closest thing—Pinot Gris.  The wine and food stimulate the senses in a menagerie of wonderful smells, taste and texture.  This is a fairly simple dish, but chock full of flavor.  And hey, it's got bacon in it!  Cheers

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Top 10 Bacon Recipes of 2009

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Here it is loyal bacon fans, this year's list of crisp, savory delectables that are sure to light up your taste buds like a pinball machine.  A year ago I provided a list of the top 10 bacon recipes for 2008 that you can see updated here.  This year, bacon became the cosmic glue that wove social media sites together.  There were highlights, and there were lowlights...well, the lowlights were most likely everyone's lipid profile at the doctor.

I selected this year's recipes based on a combination of pushing the boundaries of how bacon should be used and ease of making the recipes.  So here you go in no particular order:

1. Bacon Wrapped Mashed Potatoes

That's right, I said it.  Bacon wrapped around mashed potatoes.  You may want to mow down some Lipitor and fish oil pills before taking on this dish.  It's really quite simple—make the mash potatoes, and if you're like my Mom or Paula Deen, you put a stick of butter in your potatoes.  Because I'm a real health nut, I only put a half stick of butter.  Keep the milk to a minimum because you want the potatoes to have the consistency of spackle.

Once you make the potatoes, slow cook some bacon in a pan half way.  You want to cook the bacon just enough that it starts to crisp, but you can still bend it without breaking.  Let the bacon cool on a paper towel, then weave the bacon together like fabric.  Put the bacon on a cookie sheet then put a dollop of mash potatoes in on the woven pig products.  Wrap the bacon around said potatoes, then bake until the bacon gets crispy.

If you really want to throw caution to the wind, put some cheese in there just to give your arteries the finger.

2. Bacon Candy

I didn't have to look too far for this gem.  As it turns out, this recipe was the catalyst that led to my being hired at St. Supéry winery.  Back in March, Lisa DeBruin aka winedivergirl and I were talking about bacon.  She mentioned she had a friend who had been experimenting with this recipe.  That person turned out to be LesleyKeffer who is now my boss at the winery.  See what happens when you follow your love of bacon?

The recipe is simple: Crisp, savory bacon with BBQ rub, caramel, semisweet chocolate and crystallized ginger.  Check it here.

How lucky am I to work for someone who loves bacon as much as I do?  I freakin' scored!

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3. The Bacon Smootie

My wife was none to pleased when she saw what I was putting in our blender.  I'm not going to lie, it's kinda weird. But it works.  The reason why is the chocolate, which goes with bacon quite nicely.  And chocolate also goes with raspberries, so together, the chocolate, raspberries and bacon are like the Voltron of savory flavor.  The recipe was very tasty, but gasey.  Go here to get the original recipe that started it all.

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4. Bacon Wrapped French Toast Sticks

Contrary to popular belief, this masterpiece is NOT made with Twinkies, it's made with french toast sticks.  Of course if you really had no concern for your own well being you could substitute Twinkies, but I think the creme filling would be gross.  By using french toast sticks this actually qualifies as breakfast rather than a late night snack put together after too many bong rips.  The judges have awarded the Stonehenge concept with high marks, but the execution was lazy, so the judges had to dock them a few points because it wasn't to scale.

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5. The Lowrider Pizza

This recipe is based on a pie served at Proto's in Colorado.  We took something good and made it orgasmic!  How? you might ask.  By adding more crisp, savory bacon.

Get yourself an unbaked pizza crust (we like the Pilsbury pizza dough at most grocery stores).  In a bowl, mix together tomato sauce with about a TSP of chipotle Tabasco sauce or some other chipotle sauce.  Add a little more to give the sauce a little Jackie Chan kick to your tongue if you'd like.  Cover the pizza with shredded mozzarella, crisp bacon bits, small red onion slice and pineapple chunks.  Don't hate on the pineapple going on the pizza, it serves a purpose which is to counter the spice of the chipotle.  Bake the pizza as fast as you can, then cover the pie with chopped cilantro.

Of course, when in doubt, add some more crisp savory bacon bits.  It's a simple pizza to make, but a good twist to feature the bacon.

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6. Bouef a la Bourguignonne

This might be one of my favorite recipes of all time for winter.  It has two of my favorite things in life— bacon and wine.  Yum!  This is a hearty dish that you slow cook all day before serving.  It requires a little foresight and preparation the day before, but when you do it right it'll all be worth it.

The recipe calls for 4OZ. of bacon, but by all means don't let that stop you from adding more :D  The meat you select is important, don't get the cheap stew meat, even though it'll be tender, get something that's tender to start with.  Tri tip is a good choice.

Get the recipe here

7. Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

I nearly blew my 'O' ring when I first tried this breakfast item.  I mean, come on, it's bacon wrapped or sprinkled onto or into cinnamon rolls.  Now is probably a good time to make a public service announcement about not eating all these recipes in the same week.  Space it out.  Your doctor will thank you for it.

The recipe is available from Delicious Coma and can be found here.

photo via Delicious Coma

8. Emeril's Brussels Sprouts with Bacon (Video)

Emeril made last year's Top 10 bacon list too.  Hmmm, this guy might be onto something.  This recipe was selected because you need vegetables from time to time, and what makes vegetables better?  Yep.  You got it.

Get it here

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9. Heirloom Grilled Cheese Sammich w/ Tomato Bacon Soup

Comfort food plain and simple.  It's quick and easy to make and when you think about it, what else do you need in life?  Many of the essential food groups are represented here, which is nice.  Anytime you can get vegetables in with your bacon it's a good thing.

When I saw this recipe from Rick Massa on the Food Network site, I was hooked.  You will be too which is why it's on the top ten list.

10. You Call It!

There are so many great bacon recipes, and throughout the year I've talked to many creative people online who have great uses for bacon, so we're going to crowd source the final pick of the list.  Leave a comment below and let me know which bacon recipe YOU think should be on the top ten.  See you in 2010!

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7 Things You Didn't Know About A Charlie Brown Christmas

 

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1. In 1963, television sponsor, Coca-Cola approached TV producer Lee Mendelson about doing a documentary about cartoonist Charles Schulz and his comic strip. The documentary led to a two minute film that became the first animated Peanuts characters.

2. Vince Guaraldi wrote some original music based on the piece, and that first composition became the tune called "Linus and Lucy."

3. The Peanuts documentary films was never sold, but CBS had committed to Coca-Cola. Executives from Coke asked Mendelson if he'd create a Christmas special. Charles Shulz spent the next week creating scenes called, "School Play", "Sad Christmas Tree", and "Ice Skating".

4. The Children who sing Hark! The Herald Angels Sing were from the Bay Area in California.

5. Animators had difficulty animating Charlie Brown's head because it was round. Side to side movement didn't look right. Many of the characters heads didn't look right after they made the jump from comic strip to animation.  Snoopy was the easiest character to animate which why he's in so many scenes.

6. CBS execs were not impressed when they previewed Charlie Brown Christmas. They didn't like the voices done by real kids, there was no laugh track, it moved too slow and they didn't like Linus reading from the Gospel of Luke. Execs were quoted as saying, "You can't read from the Bible on television." Ultimately, CBS had made a commitment to their sponsor and reluctantly aired the special.

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7. The originally airing of Charlie Brown Christmas brought in 15.4 million viewers, placing it second in ratings behind Bonanza. Charles Schulz and Lee Mendelson won an Emmy award for Outstanding Children's Programming.

Wine+Food on the Napa Wine Train

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Ninety days ago I moved to Napa Valley from Boulder, Colorado and have to say it's been a blur.  There is so much good food and wine around this place, coupled with the fact I just watched Bottle Shock recently which leads me to believe I now live in one of the greatest places on Earth.  We have so much good wine here in the Napa and surrounding areas like Sonoma, Healdsburg and Lake County among others that are driving distance from where I live.  Add in Central Coast, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles and others—yessiree, California is an incredible wine producing part of the world.  A weekend drive to just about any wine region will be ripe with unexpected surprises both from the vine and locally picked food fare.

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Of all the delectable offerings from Napa, one stands out as a true five-star experience—the Napa Wine Train. My wife and I had the privilege of enjoying an evening in the Vista Dome car recently.  It's not just the enjoyment of stellar Napa wines or the tantalizing offering from Chef McDonald.  It's complimented by the unique feeling of going back in time to a simpler moment in history where things were simple.  Once you get on the Napa Wine Train, you feel like you're transported through time to the 1940's.  Around each corner you expect to see characters like Humphrey Bogart smoking a cigarette wearing a suit and Fedora.

Just being on the train is a break from reality and worth the price of admission.  But then they start bringing you the wine and food...that's when you  thank yourself for taking the time to visit Napa Valley in the first place.  IMG_1604

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Our first course of the evening was a choice of Grilled Shrimp with Scallop Ceviche in a Lobster Jus OR Seared Fie Gras Au Poivre Served on Raisin Toast with Cognac Creme.  I went for the Grilled Shrimp and it was delightful.  We paired St. Supéry Sauvignon Blanc which was an ideal combination.

Next course was Soup du Jour - in this case a home-grown tomato bisque with tomatoes sourced from the Napa Wine Train organic tomato patch.  The soup was an ideal mix of tomato, cream, spice and a kiss of cognac.  Yum!

Next — Intermezzo! A delicate trio of the Napa Wine Train sorbet's.

Then, onto the main course.  I opted for the Roasted Beef Tenderloin wrapped in bacon.  Why? Because te chef added bacon to the menu just for me.  Sweet!  Freaking bacon!  Not only bacon, but bacon wrapped around some beef tenderloin.  He could have wrapped bacon around road kill-I would have loved it.  With this preparation, however, it was Beef Tenderloin wrapped with bacon with shallots, roasted garlic in a Chimichurri Sauce.  We paired St. Supery Elu with this one and it was sublime.  When you enjoy a good recipe, you can tell when the chef makes the extra effort to source quality, fresh ingredients as was the case here.  The beef was an organically grown cut sourced from local California cattle farms.

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Grilled Shrimp with Scallop Ceviche

From that point on the evening got a little fuzzy.  We had a good time...no, a great time.  The Napa Wine Train treated us a special experience not only with the wine and food pairings served but the incredible scenery passing through some of Napa's most famous vineyards.  If you get a chance, I'd highly recommend taking a ride on the train whether it's for a full dinner or just for drinks.  The scenery alone is worth the ride.

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Top 10 Bacon Recipes of 2008

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1. Slow-cooked Bacon - that's it, just bacon. The reason plain old bacon makes it to the top 10 is the "slow-cooked" part. This year I discovered a new cooking technique that changed everything. Cooking bacon on, say, medium-low for longer results in a better finished product. Try it and see the difference!

2. Chicken with Rosemary, Bacon and Balsamic - The recipe calls for pancetta, but I use bacon...sweet savory bacon. The bacon laid across the chicken keeps it moist while baking. Towards the end when you are reducing the pan drippings, I like to finish cooking the bacon separately, then dice it up and sauté with some fresh green beans. epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chicken-with-Rosemary-Pancetta-and-Balsamic-Vinegar-4296

3. Bacon-Wrapped Dates - So simple, yet so tasty. Technically you'd want to wrap dates in Prosciutto, but it costs more and we're in a recession. So wrap some dates with bacon, stuff some manchego cheese in the date, then bake it until that sweet, savory bacon is crisp.

4. Roasted Beef Tenderloin Wrapped in Bacon - Do I need to say anything about this? I think it speaks for itself, and it's perfect for a nice bottle of your favorite red wine. epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Roasted-Beef-Tenderloin-Wrapped-in-Bacon-107705

5. Curly Endive and Apple Smoked Bacon Salad - If you're like me, you're trying to lose some pounds, so eat a salad. A salad with bacon in it. epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Curly-Endive-and-Apple-Smoked-Bacon-Salad-105099

6. Grill-Roasted Whole Fish Stuff with Fresh Herbs and Wrapped in Bacon - I have to admit, I haven't made this recipe yet so it doesn't have the Bakas Stamp of Approval. But we wanted to have a fish recipe on the list making good use of slow-cooked, crispy, savory bacon. epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Grill-Roasted-Whole-Fish-Stuffed-with-Fresh-Herbs-and-Wrapped-in-Pancetta

7. Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon - One of those simple, yet tasty recipes perfect for after work when you don't have the time to make a sick meal. allrecipes.com/Recipe/Penne-Pasta-with-Spinach-and-Bacon/Detail.aspx

8. Bacon and Potato Soup - What could be better to warm your spirits than a soup made with my favorite friend: savory, yummy bacon. allrecipes.com/Recipe/Bacon-and-Potato-Soup/Detail.aspx

9. Bacon-Wrapped Scallops - Emeril is to bacon what Gary Vaynerchuk is to wine 2.0. In other words, he makes good use of it. planetgreen.discovery.com/food-health/emeril-bacon-wrapped-scallops.html

10. Bacon Brownies - Oh God! I think I've found the meaning of it all. Are you kidding me? Brownies with frickin bacon in them!! thehungryengineer.com/cooking/bacon-brownies/

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