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How to Make Bacon Lardons

What Are Lardons? You know, I am so glad you asked because the answer is both stupidly simple and also possibly life changing. Because most thing involving bacon can be life changing. Lardons is a fancy word for sliced and fried bacon bits (but bigger and better). Sometimes they are called lardoons or even larding. And here is why lardons are such a perfect realization of the already pretty perfect food, bacon. When made well, they are just the right balance between crisp and chewy, with enough heft so that you really feel like you are biting into something, but …

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5 Great Recipes with Bacon!

I have a little bit of a pet peeve when bloggers and writers and online sites offer up a recipe for something they know is a crowd-pleaser and then confidently—even presumptuously—say, “You’re welcome.” It’s just a little pushy, right? But, 5 recipes with bacon in them… NO.  I won’t do it. Anyway, with apologies to all the vegetarian readers out there… I promise something special for you soon. Bacon, Sage, and Provolone Chicken Rolls with Marsala Sauce The words “wrapped in bacon” never fail to please.  A rolled chicken breast may look le-di-da fancy—but really super easy to pull off …

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10 Ways to Top a Baked Potato

A baked potato is so lovely just on its own, with a pat of good butter, a sprinkle of coarse salt.  But it can also become dinner; a wonderful translators of leftovers into a meal, and a way to serve myriad people at the table with the odds and ends that are in the fridge. First of all, here’s how to bake that potato. And here are 10 Baked Potato Toppings: 1. Meatball Baked Potato “Sub” Give your baked potato an Italian-American accent with mini meatballs, a generous spoonful of tomato sauce, and a shower of grated Parmesan cheese. You …

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Portable Dishes for Summer Potlucks

Potluck Parties I absolutely love a potluck party. I like hosting them, I like attending them, I like thinking about what to bring.  You can be as creative as you like, or as safe as you like, and either way, your offering will be greeted with gratitude and enthusiasm. Recently I brought a frittata, pre-sliced into thin little wedges, to a party for an appetizer, and it was a very satisfying starter. I started ruminating on what makes a dish especially portable.    Here are some things I think about when I am bringing a dish (or “toting” as they say in …

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I Forget; Are Ramps Still Cool?

Ramps are a source of much pleasure for many, and some controversy. There has been a lot written about them in the past several weeks, as there always is in the early spring, in our seasonally-crazed food world. On the surface, they are a lovely harbinger of spring, wild leeks that are unable to be cultivated, hence part of their mystique (think truffles), and one of the first vegetables to appear in farmers’ markets and chefs’ menus after a winter of tubers and citrus. They essentially taste like a very garlicky leek or scallion. But because food people tend to …

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