Spinach Bacon Artichoke Dip

Spinach Bacon Artichoke Dip

A notice would go home for make-up picture day sometime in late September. It was sent before picture day itself had even been mentioned or occurred. This piece of paper, like all dittos, would get crumpled up and bunched down into my backpack. As the dreaded day drew near I would become worried. What if… 

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Everything Bagel and Bacon Stuffing

Everything Bagel and Bacon Stuffing

It’s the night before Thanksgiving, so I’m afraid I don’t have any meaningful anecdotes about the time I made this stuffing as a child, and how it taught me an important life lesson about how to treat others on my road to becoming a man. I just don’t have the time, you guys. What I… 

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Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Spinach Salad with Bacon Fat Vinaigrette

This warm vinaigrette, which is a pan-dressing I made using vinegar for acid, honey for sweetness and shallots for bite, all to complement the smoky, salty flavor of bacon, wilts the baby spinach greens and coats everything in lovely, glistening fat. But the best part, in my opinion, is the apple. One large Honeycrisp from the large… 

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Welsh Rarebit Burgers

Welsh Rarebit Burger

It was kind of a peculiar summer here in Midcoast Maine. We had several stretches of less-than-perfect weather, which left us (and most of the people we know) wishing for the time to go by quickly, so we could get to the next few days of warm sun and being outdoors. Those days were so… 

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Today’s Sandwich: California Club with Chipotle Mayo (Homemade)

California Club Sandwich with Chipotle Aioli

Today’s sandwich is the “California Club with Chipotle Mayo.” It combines turkey, Swiss cheese, bacon, spinach, tomato, avocado, a fried egg, and chipotle mayonnaise on three slices of toasted white bread. Notes: About ten years ago, one of my closest friends and I started parting ways professionally. Though we had started working for the same… 

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Seared Scallop BLT with Candied Maple Bacon

Seared Scallop BLT

I don’t have an anecdote about bacon-wrapped scallops. I do have a bacon-wrapped shrimp anecdote, so I am going to tell that and then shoehorn scallops in at the end. Have you ever tried to shoehorn a scallop? Not as easy as one might think. I did recently enjoy some fried scallops at Bill’s Seafood… 

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Bacon & Mushroom Beef Chili

Beef Chili with Bacon and Mushrooms

Chili, made well, is serious business. You can’t just throw a pound of 80/20 ground beef, a can of tomatoes, and a can of beans into a slow-cooker, wait an hour, spoon the resulting bucket of beef slurry into a bowl, and call it a day. The best chili depends on the slow, careful stacking… 

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