Raincoast Books – 101 More Things to Do With Bacon!

Bacon. Some say it’s good for us, some say it’s not. My opinion is that animal fats are very healthy for us and we need them in our diet and my firmest belief is “everything in moderation”. So you better believe I’m going to enjoy my bacon! Oh, and now that I cook it in the oven and it’s trouble-free getting it cooked to perfection, life is perfectly bacon-laced! (In moderation, right, must remember!)

Raincoast Books sent me a wee cookbook awhile back called “101 More Things to do with Bacon” by Eliza Cross. Wooeee! What a perfect way to fuel my bacon addiction! Haha! And really, I am serious about us needing animal fat in our diet – yes it was demonized for quite some time, but it did us no good! So now that we’re back to realizing that our bodies *need* it, I’m thoroughly enjoying frying up mushrooms in bacon grease! Man, they’re good! However, I have to confess, my repertoire of using bacon consists mainly of breakfast and burgers or wraps with bacon added, and pasta with bacon. This cookbook has opened my eyes to the many different ways a person can add bacon to their diet!

Eliza has split this cookbook up into eight different sections; Breakfasts, Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, Side Dishes, Dinners and Desserts & Sweets! And there are 101 recipes – so get ready to start buying bacon in bulk! Sooooo many of these recipes sound so amazing! For example, how do “Bacon Pecan Sticky Buns” sound for breakfast? Or maybe “Bacon Tator Tot Breakfast Bake”? I’m always amazed at the ideas creative chefs come up with! I’ve never done much for appetizers, but the “Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip” sounds delish! Or the “Bacon Cream Cheese Chicken Bites”?

Come winter in Canada, I’m a really big soup fan. However, I will readily confess, while my Mom can make a fantastic soup from scratch without a recipe, I can’t. They never end up having the flavour I’m wanting and end up blah. But the selection of soups in this cookbook sound grand! I’m definitely going to be trying the “Bacon and Chicken Wild Rice Chowder” and the “Roasted Garlic, Bacon, and Potato Soup”. They both sound sooooooo good! And I think my kids would even eat them!

Both my husband and I are a big fan of salads. Especially “meal” salads. We’re still working on convincing our kids that they’re yummy – but considering the oldest still has 10 years at home, we’ve got a few years to train ‘em up right! And doesn’t the Creamy Avocado, Bacon and Sweet Corn Salad sound like a yummy one to try on them? They like avocado in guacamole, so why not with bacon and corn in a salad?? 🙂 There are also plenty of sandwiches to choose from – like the Bacon and Turkey Grilled Cheese or the Slow Cooker Bacon Barbeque Chicken Rolls! Mmmm-yum!

The side dishes and dinners also would be welcome in my kitchen! Anyone looking for a chef job that pays only in the groceries required to make the food!? Ha! Oh wait, that’s me, the Mom! I’m thinking I’d be just fine with trying Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob or Bacon Roasted Butternut Squash. I’ve been eating lots of squash lately, so that one should hit my menu plan sooner than later!

Now I’ve saved the best for last, because who knew you could put bacon in your dessert too!? And yes, that was the recipe I picked first to try! Haha! I can attest that the Bacon Peanut Butter cookies are yuuuummy! I definitely would not have put the flavour combo together, however I have heard of others doing so, and thus had to try it! I quite liked it! My daughter loved that the “secret ingredient” was bacon.  After the initial taste testing, I popped them in the freezer and the response when they hit the table again was very positive!  Mind you, that might be partly because I don’t bake enough!?  In their minds, anyway!

So, how much bacon do you have in your house? Ready to use some up on testing some recipes? I’m pretty sure you can find ample bacon recipes that will pique your interest in this cookbook!

Eliza has actually written a total of thirteen cookbooks! And they all sound like they’d be happy on my cookbook shelf! *smile* She has two new ones for 2017 – “Small Bites” and “Berries”. I’m thinking the “Pumpkin it Up” and the “101 Things to do with a Pickle” would also be great ones to have!

Thanks again to Raincoast for sending me another yummy cookbook to try. (No, I didn’t taste test the cookbook, just the recipes! Haha!) Do give them a like on Facebook to remind them how much we like them! You can also check out Eliza’s page and follow her on Facebook or Instagram (yummy looking recipe if you follow the links!).  Just no blaming me for any troubles with weight gain following much recipe testing!  🙂

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Comments

  1. Lynda Cook says:

    Would love this, there is so much that you can do with bacon!

  2. kathy downey says:

    Bacon is one of my favorite foods anywhere,anytime !

  3. Laurie P says:

    well now I’m hungry for bacon…

  4. Yum! Am a bacon lover.

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I love my bacon and can add it to a lot of meals to add flavour but in something sweet like ice-cream, no thanks.

  6. Oh my goodness, thank you for your kind words and great review of my cookbook. I’m so glad you enjoyed the Bacon Peanut Butter Cookies, and loved reading your impressions about the recipes.

  7. OMG! This is my kinda cookbook. Bacon Pecan Sticky Buns sound so good!

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