Friday, February 14, 2014
The Italian Elvis
This was my first recipe I did out of my Food Network Magazine Bacon Edition.
So I made this bad boy last night. WOW! It really didn't taste like a dinner. It was so rich and delicious it was almost like a dessert! But we still ate if for dinner and LOVED it!
I also threw in a side of sweet potato fries with it.
It was absolutely amazing. Messy, but amazing.
I of course doubled the amount of bacon on hubby's and my sandwich because ahead and whipped up a pound instead of just 12 slices.
Recipe courtesy of Jeff Mauro
for Food Network Magazine
Total Time: 25 min
Cook: 20 min
Total Time: 25 min
Cook: 20 min
12 slices bacon
1 cup mascarpone cheese
6 tablespoons chocolate-hazelnut spread
8 thick slices crusty white bread
Salted butter, for the bread
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange the bacon slices side by side on a parchment-lined baking sheet; bake until crisp, 15 to 18 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
Meanwhile, place the bananas in a small bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. Fold in the mascarpone until combined.
Spread a thick layer of chocolate-hazelnut spread on 4 bread slices, then top each with 3 bacon slices. Spread the banana-mascarpone mixture on the remaining 4 bread slices, then place on top to make 4 sandwiches.
Spread butter on both sides of the sandwiches. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches if necessary, cook the sandwiches on each side until GBD-golden brown and delicious.
Photography by Johnny Miller
Monday, February 10, 2014
This is my most recently finished project. Twin size Crochet afghan for my son.
The original Pattern "Easy Ripple Afghan" from http://www.handcraftingwithlove.net/yarn/pat-ripple.html was my inspiration for this.
This is a fairly easy pattern. If you can double crochet you should have this with nor problem.
I did do a lot larger than the pattern since my son wanted this to be for his bead. I basically doubled the pattern and gauged the length and width by eye. It came out perfect. Here is the pattern for the
- 20 skeins of worsted weight yarn for a Twin Size blanket. I chose Vanna's Choice I used 5 skeins of each color in 4 different colors ( I used True Black, Dark Gray, Medium Sterling Gray, and Crisp White but you can use more colors or less, they can blend or be totally different. Get creative!) Use more or less depending on the size you want. For information on smaller blankets you can see East Rippled Afghan from Hand Crafting with Love
- Crochet hook size G (You can change your hook size to get the feel you want.)
- ch - chain
- dc - double crochet
- yo - yarn over
- Special Stitches:
- 3 st dec - 3 stitch decrease (also known as: dc3tog)
- *yo, insert hook through next stitch, yo and pull loop through stitch, yo and pull through first 2 loops on hook; Repeat from * twice. Yo and pull through remaining 4 loops on hook.
- 2 st dec - 2 stitch decrease (also known as: dcdec or dc2tog)
- *yo, insert hook through next stitch, yo and pull loop through stitch, yo and pull through first 2 loops on hook; Repeat from * once. Yo and pull through remaining 3 loops on hook.
Pattern:Chain a multiple of 16 stitches plus 2 extra stitches.
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook; dc in next 6 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 6 ch; *work 3 st dec in next 3 ch, dc in next 6 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 6 ch; Repeat from * across. End by working 2 st dec in last 2 ch. Ch 2 and turn.
Row 2: Skip first stitch; dc in next 7 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc; *work 3 st dec in next 3 stitches, dc in next 6 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc; Repeat from * across. End by working 2 st dec in last 2 dc. Ch 2 and turn.
Now just repeat Row 2 until your project is the length you want it! Change the colors as often as you like. I did every two rows, you may choose to do every one, or do every 2, then 4, then 6, etc. Again... GET CREATIVE!
Note: I did as the original pattern suggested and changed colors at the end of the row when working the 2 st dec. You drop the current yarn when you have the 3 loops still on your hook. Then yarn over with new color and pull through 3 loops. Then Ch 2 and turn and keep working. It creates a seamless transition between colors.
Leave 5 or 6 inch ends of each color of yarn to weave in.
Weave all yarn ends in securely.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
I'm not much of a romantic. In fact one of the most romantic things my husband has ever done was bring me a beer and plate of bacon when I was soaking in the tub. I'm just not a softy which can be hard because hubby is. He tries to do little sweet things for me. So when he brought home the Food Network magazine all about my very favorite meat in the world it meant more then shitty flowers ever would.
So now I plan to work my way through this magazine because I apparently want to die young from corroded arteries. Honestly though I eat so much bacon it's not going to make much of a difference.
But in my defense I will say I liked bacon before it became popular. You know what I mean. I eat bacon daily. I was covering bacon in chocolate before the fair started selling it. I was scarfing a pound down at breakfast long before you could by bacon scented air fresheners (which I do have in my car). My kids love bacon. When B was just 5 she said she wanted to change her middle name to Bacon.