Every once in a while, something exciting and unexpected happens to me. Recently, my excitement came in the form of 4 FULL SIZED bottles of an incredible line of seasonings, delivered to me with the request that I please try them and, if I like them, share them our lovely readers. Ok, let me break this down for you. Someone gave me free food to write about…. Could we possibly combine two things that make this girl happier? I mean…I guess I can sacrifice some of my time for this. And let’s just pretend that when I received them, I didn’t immediately crack each bottle open in the car and stick my finger in to taste them.
This upcoming weekend is Memorial Day weekend, or in Minnesota, the kick-off to Summer. We not only use this weekend to remember those who died while serving our country, but we also use it to connect with friends and family, pot our plants, take out the patio furniture from the garage, open our pools, take our inaugural pontoon ride and grill a feast for kings and queens. So what are you bringing to this year’s Memorial Day picnic?
Bacon. Sweet sweet bacon. No really. Sweet. Literally sweet. Specifically, candied bacon. My family cannot get enough. I mean come on….what is not to love when it comes to this delicious, salty, crispy, savory, buttery, sweet, spicy, gooey goodness. My family started making this treat a few years ago and it seems to grace our table a lot around this time of year. I like food to have meaning. A history. Tradition.
The week after Thanksgiving is always a bit of a rough re-entry into reality. Back to work, back to school, back to meals that (most likely) don’t include 10 starches and 3 Jello salads. Even though it’s the beginning of December, I start craving something lighter, fresher and healthier to help balance out the rich food frenzy that tends to occur in my family during the months of November and December.