Mr Baconpants goes to work

A few weeks ago I was approached by someone at work to help out with a fundraiser they were having in the office. They want me to be one of the many prizes being auctioned off. Now before you get any crazy ideas let me explain. They want me to come into the office as “Mr. Baconpants”, and cook bacon to the winning bidder in the silent auction. The money won goes to the foundation.

To give you a better idea, here is the description for the auction:

Do you love bacon? Take advantage of our resident bacon expert, Jason Mosley. Also known as Mr. Baconpants, Jason is renowned for his knowledge of pork belly. He was the guest of honor at the Des Moines, Iowa, Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and runs a website dedicated to the joys of bacon. Place your bid now to have him prepare a sizzling slab of his favorite meat for you in the comfort of the ONS Dining Room. As an added bonus, he’ll serve you while wearing his famous bacon pants! Bid high – everybody loves bacon!

I am excited to do this and I think it’s going to be a fun way to help out the non-profit I work for. I am going to post up pictures and maybe video of the event. The last time I cooked bacon for someone other than myself, was at last year’s Creative Marathon.

Since I am sure new readers from work are reading my blog now, here is a short list of posts to help you get into the world of bacon.

The Bacon Lovers Gift Guide
Nine things that might be weird with bacon
Arby’s Chicken Bacon and Swiss Sandwich: FAIL
Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival: Recap

You will quickly learn that the Bacon Community is a large and loyal group that enjoys bacon every chance they can get.

It’s hard to hate the “FingerFood” ring plate

When I first saw the FingerFood ring plate I instantly thought, anyone who uses this will look like an idiot. Why would someone want a tiny plate attached to their finger that can only hold one tiny bite of food? Just looking at the photo of it makes my head explode.

I think makers of Fingerfood knew I would hate their idea. They even tried to change my opinion of the product with a cleaver description.

How to balance your pig-in-a-blanket with your Dom Perignon… that is the question. Fortunately, we’ve got the answer — charming little plates with rings that fit right on your finger. Now you can balance your glass and your hors ’ouevres, and look positively in control the whole time. Genius! One size fits most, ten reusable plates per handy pack.

Notice how they mention one of my favorite bacon snacks right in the first line of the description, pigs-in-a-blanket. They also have them pictured in the product photo. You would think this would be enough for me to change my tune, and maybe it would be for some bacon lovers, but not for me, this is still a dumb idea.

I can’t cook bacon in the dark

Last Sunday a really nasty wind storm blew through Pittsburgh knocking down trees and power lines. The little suburb that I live in called Bellevue was one of the hardest hit. My power went out around 9pm Sunday night and has not turned back on since. I called Duquesne Light and they told me that my power should be back on no later than Friday evening.

Thankfully I have a gas stove and hot water heater so I can still take a hot shower and cook hot meals. If it wasn’t for my iPhone I would have no outside communication when I was at home. It’s nice to be able to still check email and twitter to pass the time. I take my computer and iPhone to work every day to recharge them for the next night. I feel like a geek in the dark ages or a nomad looking for power to recharge my devices.

I hope to still update this blog when I find internet in the evenings. Also I would like to report that I cannot cook bacon in the dark. It’s impossible since I don’t have a cold cellar to keep it in or a light that can light my whole kitchen (cooking while holding a flash light is hard work).

If you have any ideas on how the pass the time without power please share them.

Update: My power is now back on!

How to buy bacon and more

This video was brought to my attention by Ben Thomas. He is on the ball this week. I think I need to send him some bacon in the mail or something.

Also, Ben is not the only one; Hipster Todd emailed me to tell me about the Bacon themed Reddit. I checked my stats and it seems they’re sending a lot of traffic. So I would like to thank my readers that are submitting posts.

Thanks for the tips, keep them coming.

Everyone needs a vintage looking vending machine

Last month I told you about the USB mini fridge that could keep one can of pop or PBR chilled. Today I want to tell you about its bigger brother, the Retro Style Refrigerated Vending Machine. The vending machine can hold 3 different flavors of 6 cans each (18 total cans). You push the button of the flavor you want and enjoy.

This would be great for a living room or den. Think about how convenient it would be to not have to leave the living room to get a fresh beer or pop. It’s priced at 159.99, so I am not sure if the convenience is worth that. Now if it also dispensed cook bacon, it would be a no brainer.

Bacon art spotted in Louisville

The photo you see above was taken by Ben Thomas, here is what he had to say about it.

I apologize that the picture is so blurry, but it should be good enough for a ‘field’ or ‘bacon in the wild’ submission. I found this piece of art displayed at Actors Theatre in Louisville.

If you downsize the image enough, you can make out “Oil & Bacon on Canvas.” On the piece of art itself, you can see bacon stains in the bottom left quadrant.

There is a lot of art that I don’t get and this is one of them. So is the artist trying to say, I hate poetry but love bacon? I would like to hear what you guys have to say about this.

I would also like the thank Ben for taking this photo, and would encourage everyone to do the same. 😉

Krispy Kreme bacon cheddar cheeseburgers

My hipster friend Todd sent me an email about Krispy Kreme bacon cheddar cheeseburgers. All the email had was a link and the single phrase, “Self explanatory”.

Todd was right, after clicking the link I was greeted with the bountiful image above. Instantly my mouth began to water. I quickly read the short post to find out more about this tasty combination. They were made in Google’s NYC cafeteria, for the birthday of the chef cook. After reading that, I quickly fired off a resume to Google HQ.

I think at my next cookout, which should be soon since my buddy’s birthday (Matt Gondek) is coming up, I will try to make these. I think the hardest part will be cutting the doughnut in half like a bun. I might have to wait till they are a little less fresh. We will have to wait and see, if this happens I will be sure to post video of it.