Welcome back! I’m a little ashamed of today’s post. I’m not one to go in for trends, be they music, fashion, or food. I’m also not a huge fan of bacon. I like the flavor well enough, but the idea of eating strips of meat that are 70 % fat (or more) just doesn’t appeal to me. Oddly, sausage is okay, and butter is okay, so it’s not the fat content, but more the fact that I can see that there is more fat than meat. I guess it also seems kind of like a rip-off. As if maybe this big bacon craze that has caught the world by storm is actually some vast conspiracy. “Ha! We can sell these people meat that is less than 50% meat, and tell them that it is the fashionable thing to eat! Soon world domination will be ours! Bwahahahahahaha!” I don’t think I’m too far off on this. Aren’t we always hearing about pork when it comes to Congress? What’s more, the sheer number of bacon-related food and novelty items that I have seen just within my own family are enough to convince me. A few of the many examples:
- The bacon gum that made it’s way into my husband’s Christmas stocking (smelled like dog food – yuck!)
- The bacon air freshener (really?)
- The tiny “St. Anthony – Patron Saint of Bacon” figurine, complete with prayer card
- The maple bacon sundaes (inspired by Denny’s “Baconalia”) that my mother-in-law served…
…is nothing sacred from porcine perversion???
And yet, I have found a recipe that I love, even though (or perhaps because) it adds bacon to a classic food. Bacon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. I came across the recipe while flipping through a Bon Appetit magazine, and thought I would make it for my dad, since he loves both bacon and oatmeal raisin cookies. I tried them out, and they are delish! The cookies come out huge, and they make for a great breakfast (if you’re not into the whole green smoothie thing).
The flavors and textures are a perfect balance of sweet/salty and chewy/crispy. In fact, the next time I want to make regular oatmeal raisin cookies, I will probably try this recipe without the bacon. I encourage you to give this incarnation of the bacon conspiracy – I mean fad- a try in your own kitchen. You won’t be sorry. Unless you become addicted. Then the bacon lobby is right…world domination is within their grasp.