Sorry for not posting this sooner, but I got sidetracked with the holiday. On this show Sean and I talk about Wizard Stick, drinking game we played last weekend. The object of the game is to have the largest stick of taped together cans. Each can of beer you drink adds to your wizard stick. Just watch or listen to the show to get what I am talking about.
We also review another flavor of bacon from Wrightâ€™s Brand Bacon. This time it was their pepper bacon. I thought it had a nice flavor with a little spice from the pepper. Sean on the other hand said he had trouble tasting the pepper and only tasted smoked bacon. The Bacon was covered with it so I donâ€™t know how he couldnâ€™t taste the pepper.
A few new bacon fashion trends are popping up on my radar, Bacon Neckties and Bacon Dresses. Bacon inspired clothing is something I feel I am an expert on since I invented the Bacon pants. That being said, I would like to share my two cents on these new bacon trends.
Bacon Necktie: I rarely wear ties but the bacon tie might change that. I like the fact that it looks like real cooked bacon. My only complaint is that the tie is not grease stain resistant. Why have bacon ties if you canâ€™t use them to whip the grease off your face?
Bacon Dress: I like the idea of the bacon dress but this particular one took it too far. The women that made it used real bacon for the construction. True bacon lovers know you should NEVER waste glorious bacon. Bacon should be eaten not worn. Other then that, I do like the idea, it just needs to have a more bacon friendly construction method.
It nice to see bacon making an impression on the fashion world. I wonder how long it will be till we see bacon clothing on the red carpet. Sadly, most Hollywood stars are brained washed by the cult that starts with P and ends in A, so it might take some time. Who do you think will be the first star to embrace bacon (Food Network people do night count)?
I recently got an email from Julia, a long time bacon lover and reader of this blog. She wanted me to share her recipe for Sweet Bacon Cheesecake. This one is different than the Maple Bacon and Pumpkin Cheesecake I posted before from Lance. I like the fact that Julia adapted her recipe for cupcakes. You can see a photo montage of her creation on YouTube.
Sweet Bacon Cheesecake and/or Cupcake Baking time: Cheesecake 1 hour 35 minutes (plus standing time) Cupcakes 35 minutes (check with a wooden pick in the center)
1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
4 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese or Neufchatel, softened
1 1/3 cup brown sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1.5 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg white
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
For the Bacon:
Your favorite sweet bacon, perhaps hickory? I usually use a standard package, fry it up, and when it’s still all nice and sweaty I crumble brown sugar over. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also try any sweet syrup, maple, or sweet liquor would be good too. Just add that sweetness so it meshes with the cheesecake.
In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add the melted butter; stir to combine (or you can do all of this in a food processor).
Press crumb mixture into a 10″ spring form pan (for cupcakes line cupcake pan with liner cups and press about 1-2 tablespoons of crust mix into the bottom). Use a smooth glass to press crumbs, and chill 30 minutes (or about 15 in the freezer).
Preheat oven to 325 F. In a large bowl at medium speed, beat cream cheese for 2 minutes. Add sugar.
On low speed mix in eggs 1 at a time, blending well after each.
Add sour cream and vanilla until just blended. Arrange bacon either inside, or you can even attempt to line the sides of the pan with bacon. Pour batter into crust. (For cupcakes I like to put one large bacon piece in the center for that porky goodness!)
Bake for 1 hour. (For the cupcakes it takes significantly less time. I apologize for not having the exact time. I would check at 10 minutes, then every 5 or so after. This recipe will make at least 2 muffin tin-full. Check with a wooden skewer and the tops should get slightly golden)
Meanwhile, beat egg white until frothy, add sugar and beat until soft peaks form. Fold into sour cream until blended. Spread on top of cake after 1 hour (and when the cupcakes are mostly done). Return to oven; bake until set (about 20 minutes for the cake, 10 minutes for the cupcakes). Turn off oven and let sit with the door ajar for 30 minutes.
On this show Sean and I review the Go Plate and Wright Brand Hickory Smoked Bacon. I also share a health tip for Bacon Lovers that involve the cancer fighting properties of blueberries. Two bands were also feature on the show, Passion Pit (my fav) and Skindred (Seans fav).
Remember, if you would like to be a call-in guest on the show itâ€™s easy. Just go to our show page for details. Bacon lovers and Bacon haters are welcome.
In the fall of 2008 I stumbled across what I thought was a bad idea, the Go Plate. I wrote a post about what I thought about the product and why I thought it was a bad idea. The two major reasons were that you could not drink your beverage while using it and it was too small.
Well, the owner of the company found my post and quickly fired off an email to me. He told me that I should try the plate out and I would see I was wrong about it. He then asked for my address and sent me a few plates.
Last night on Bacon LIVE Sean and I used the Go Plates during the show. We both thought they were sturdy and fit securely on our beer bottles. When I first saw these last year I would have thought they would be a mess to use, this was not the case. They worked as adversities.
My only complaint was that they didnâ€™t work as well with cups. When I switched to a cup during the show I felt that if I have had more food on one side of the plate it would fall off. Sean, on the other hand, didnâ€™t like the fact that you couldnâ€™t take a drink while using the Go Plate. This was my major gripe last year. He thought it should come with some kind of straw for your beer/drink. Other than that we enjoyed using the plate.
Closing Comments: Anyone who tailgates knows itâ€™s hard to juggle a plate and beer at the same time. The Go Plate does a really good job making that manageable. It does have a few limitations with fitting cups and portion size, but overall itâ€™s a no brainer for outdoor eating with no table options.
I am sure everyone knows about Pandora radio by now, if not you’re living under a rock (or youâ€™re just not into music). If you need a refresher here is the first post I did about the service back in 2006.
Sometime in 2006 after listening to Pandora nonstop, I realized it sucked. It just played the same no name bands over and over and over again. Only playing what you wanted to hear once every five to ten songs. I grew tired of this and moved on to better things.
Recently while at work I ran out of music I wanted to play on LaLa or my iPhone. I then noticed a few people were using Pandora. Remembering the boredom this caused the last time I used it 3 years ago I reluctantly downloaded their iPhone app.
I typed in a few bands I liked and Pandora created a station for me. To my surprise Pandora really had a handle on what I wanted to hear. Almost every song was something I heard before with a few new songs sprinkled in. It was the perfect mix!
So when did this happen? When did Pandora actually start to work like it says it does? Since I ignored it for three years I have no idea. It may have something to do with more artists distributing their music digitally. Whatever it is, it’s working. Pandora is now on my iPhone to stay.
Let me know if you agree or disagree with my Pandora observation. I might just be on a lucky streak right now with Pandora playing good music.
The bacon they want you to use in this recipe is Wright Brand Hickory Smoked Bacon. We plan to review that this week, so you might want to wait before you buy. If it’s anything like the Applewood it should be pretty good.