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Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Blog Of B's Today, Bacon, Bueno Nachos, Beef Barley Soup, And Beeuteefull Browines!






Earlier, I posted on visiting a friend in poor health. I brought cheesecake, with a raspberry sauce, and in return gave me some bacon he found at an out of the way meat market... By looking at it, I knew this stuff was primo! Center cut, thick, smoked, and fat-to-meat ratio near perfect, we waited one day before diving into it! My wife loves a BLT, but doesn't like tomatoes on it... This is a friggin' bacon sammich with mayo and lettuce! Next night, we had "breakfast for supper" which we do occasionally- bacon again, an omlette with mushrooms and cheese in it, with a toasted bagel. She ate her bacon, and the two extra pieces I had made for the dog... Moral of story- Get not between my wife and excellent bacon! Also, I recommend saving the bacon grease after it cools- much added flavor to many dishes you might make! Refrigerate- of course!
Following night, we simply had some Nachos- as my wife's work schedule got changed again!
Today, I made a soup we enjoy, which is simple, homey, and good- Beef Barley! I use a slow cooker(crock-pot!) in the summer months for soup... long cooking times, limited heating up of the kitchen, and low energy use all good reasons to do this. I use reduced sodium beef broth, beef bullion cubes, water, garlic, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, barley, small cubes of beef(eye of round, this time!Brown it first!), chopped onions, celery, carrots, and sliced fresh mushrooms. Cooked on low for 6-7 hrs., it is simple and delicious!
I also made some out of the box Turtle brownies(with addition of more choco chips!) that we don't need, but will probably eat in two days flat!
I still have to slice the rest of the eye of round into jerky strips, marinate, and dehydrate over the next couple of days, and I also have to make tuna salad for sandwiches, and filling for melon...

44 comments:

Bina said...

Oh my goodness. It all looks so delicious! And I love me some nachos. I don't know why I don't make them more often.

doggybloggy said...

that is some mighty fine looking bacon - what a spoiled dog that gets bacon cooked for it...

Hit 40 said...

I have your roast in the oven right now! I took a pic of the before. I also tossed some onions and shredded carrots in with it. I used the celery soup and gravy packet.

I will take a pic of the after and post on it tomorrow. I am hoping it is yummier than bob evans.

Your soup sounds great. I will give it a try too.

buffalodick said...

Bina- Tortilla chips, chopped onion, tomato, green bell pepper, shredded co-jack cheese, nuked for 2 minutes- and you're eating! Love those first two hot sauces, wife like Chi-Chi's..
DogB- Was as good as it looked! Poor animal doesn't stand a chance when the wife has got her bacon groove on!

buffalodick said...

Hit40- The moisture you'll get from the veggies won't hurt the flavor, but you will have to thicken that gravy with cold water/flour paste, or corn starch/cold water paste...Good Luck!

Kate said...

I'm all about BLTs without the Ts. And sometimes I make a sloppy egg sandwich with mayo, mustard, cheese and crispy bacon on squishy white bread with butter. I don't know what it is about squishy bread with crispy bacon...

Marjie said...

BACON, BACON, BACON, BACON, BACON! Nothing could be better. I make brownies every Tuesday night. Brownie Tuesdays are a brownie on a plate with pudding and whipped cream, sometimes a chocolate or butterscotch topping...you get the idea. Breakfast for supper occurs here on a Friday or Saturday night when I'm uninspired, and I think beef soup is coming my way this weekend - I have a bowl of wild rice in the fridge that needs to join a soup pot soon. The bouillon cube is a much maligned, underappreciated, marvelous piece of convenience for those of us not given the gift of endless cooking time!

Scarlet said...

I keep saying I have to buy a crock pot. All I have that's kind of "fancy" is the Hitachi rice maker (what Cuban doesn't own one of those?).

Btw, I've only seen crock pots in pictures. I know nothing about slow cooking!!

buffalodick said...

Kate- Everybody, if being honest like you are, eats some stuff that doesn't make sense to anyone but themselves!
Marjie- Beef and wild rice soup is an excellent combo!
Scarlet- A slow cooker is very useful! Our latest one is large, many heat settings, and seals tightly for traveling to a pot-luck! I have three, one on permanent loan where I bring food occasionally...

blueviolet said...

I'm so close to being a vegetarian but it's bacon that holds me back. It is so insanely good!

buffalodick said...

BlueV- I figure somebody killed the pig, why let it go to waste?

KB said...

I understand where your wife is coming from. I also love BLT but minus the lettuce. Why ruin a perfectly good sandwich or burger with lettuce?

Chris said...

First of all, breakfast for dinner is the ultimate in comfort food for me!

But the bacon looks like a great cut. I love great bacon. Even on a BLT minus the T :) It's amazing what we do for our spouses, isn't it?

Mona said...

I can't stop thinking over and over again how lucky your's and G man's wives are!

Jeanne said...

This brought back some memories! My Mom was Appalachian, and cooked EVERYTHING in bacon grease. We always had a pot of it sitting on the stove, ready when needed.

Donna-FFW said...

Wow reading through this post makes me so hungry. It all sounds fantastic!! I too save bacon grease, excellent tip. Your beef barley soup in a crock pot is giving me ideas for dinner tonight.

buffalodick said...

KB- If we were all the same, we'd all be very bored!
Chris- I did a post on this breakfast for supper thing a while back, and it turns out is was, and is- a widespread practice!
Mona- My wife puts up with a lot to get the good food!
Jeanne- I don't use it a lot, but it comes in handy!
Donna- The soup came out better than great! It even surprised me...

Hit 40 said...

The roast was ok.... I still need to work on it!! I had better luck with my crock pot. I will not give up. I will crack bob evans secret!!!

Casdok said...

Mouth watering photos!

Akelamalu said...

We often have bacon for supper too! You can't beat a nice bit of bacon. We get ours from the farm downt the road where they breed their own pigs - delicious. :)

buffalodick said...

Hit40- When I saw you added veggies, I was afraid the extra liquid rendered would toughen it a bit. If you own a pressure cooker, or a Dutch oven, you surely will make it as tender as you want..pressure cook until tender, finish roasting in oven with flavorings...
Casdok- Good to hear from you!
Ake- Bacon seems to be universally beloved!

TavoLini said...

man, I haven't had brownies in forever. Cheesecake, either! You have me craving both :)

Beef barley was my favorite soup growing up.

buffalodick said...

Tavolini- Brownies around here are common! Cheesecake too... That soup was stupid good!

Chef E said...

I am emailing hubby this post...I want my bacon groove on, and hopefully he will see that men do and can cook for their wives...I want this whole meal!

buffalodick said...

ChefE- The bacon post swept over the foodies that visit here in a tidal wave of agreement!

G-Man said...

If you are ever near Birch Run, visit Tony's, right across from the Outlet Mall. Their BLT has a full pound of bacon on it. Two meals automatic!!

buffalodick said...

G-man- Been to the Birch Run outlet Mall! One pound of bacon! Jeez...

Maddy said...

Delicious. I'm also working hard on 'not heating up the kitchen.' I do have the toaster oven plugged in out in the garden which helps a lot and I think we'd fail completely if we didn't have the barbeque.
Cheers

buffalodick said...

Maddy- So good to hear from you! I hope you and yours are well.. The Brits could do a bit to bring some sanity to the West coast of the U.S.! Lord knows the Midwest thinks they are crazy too!

JihadGene said...

Only a Congressman or Senator would throw out tax dollars and bacon grease.

buffalodick said...

Gene- One is grounds for impeachment, the other is grounds for a good old ass-kickin' cooking lesson... :)

Just telling it like it is said...

Everything is better with bacon...mmmmm
I'm back I just needed to take some time off and make some real decisions about my life...

MarmiteToasty said...

There ya go with the streaky bloody bacon again LOL

x

doggybloggy said...

I have e mailed you my address 5 times did you get any of them?

Katherine Aucoin said...

I don't like 'maters on my BLT either. But bacon looks boo-tee-ful! I sure could go for those brownies right about now.

Do you really make good chili?

Beth said...

Buff, I bet your house smells fantastic all the time....oh to be your FRIENDLY neighbor!! ;)

LiLu said...

That bacon might be the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.

buffalodick said...

DarnGirl- Well, don't screw me!.... Wait, I'll re-phrase that.. out of not hearing from you! Your friends aren't all what your eyeballs take in, you know!
Marmy- It's Alive! Alive! Post something.. My threats are not to be trifled with..(what a friggin' English way to put that!) we will let your legs heal up and break them again!!! With Love, the Buff..
DogB- No, and phone me, I just packed the jerky... My Internet service has been down, and you're not dealing with a sane man right now....
Katherine- Would 20+ trophies in competition convince you? Would 8 books on the subject lead to to believe I might have a clue? You are breakin' my heart, beautiful! Did you receive the package I sent you... hope so by now! Next time, my home blended chili powder!
Beth- If you would move next door, the fun and laughter would never stop!
Lilu- I call us Bacon Vampires.. Welcome to the nameless, faceless horde!

MarmiteToasty said...

Trifle, now your talking lol - I think Ive left Twaddle to long... I keep opening the page and then closing it......

break me legs with love LOL...

x

buffalodick said...

Marmy- If I didn't know all the hardships you have suffered without complaint, I'd put my foot so far up your bum, your eyes would bulge...
Your Kindred Spirit,
Me
P.S.- Best toe job you ever had!...I'm bad, and there is no chance of redemption.... It ain't easy bein' me...

Just telling it like it is said...

Awe...Your so kind...

MarmiteToasty said...

Bagging up all me moans and groans and compliants and whining days and tearful days and posting them off to you in a box LOL

x

urban vegan said...

I obviously like the brownies the best.

buffalodick said...

Marmy- Women have to bitch, or they will explode! A woman told me that...
Darngirl- Once anyone gets to know me, they find some of my sarcasm is just all in fun humor..
UrbanV- Don't thank me, thank Betty Crocker! My family would eat styrofoam if I colored it brown, and called it a brownie!