Irish Bacon Cabbage Millet Soup

Enjoy this lovely and healthy gluten-free Irish Bacon Cabbage Millet Soup for this Saint Patrick’s day! It is just perfect to stay warm during the parade!

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. This month’s pick is hosted by Joanne from What’s on the List and she challenged us to travel back in time and to Ireland with The Quiet Man!

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Sweetheart Maple Bacon Shortbread

Fact: the real way to obtain your sweetheart’s love is through their stomach…with bacon! And this Maple Bacon Shortbread is a sure fire way to please.

A few weeks ago I attended a most fabulous themed pot-luck party: bacon! Everyone had to bring a dish made with bacon. We had bacon guacamole, a bacon cheddar apple pie, scotch eggs, bacon chocolate cupcakes. That was like a third of the menu. I brought a Maple Bacon Shortbread as one of two contributions.

Looking at my cookie cutter shapes I decided to go for a heart shaped one. And as soon as the cookies came out of the oven I knew this recipe was perfect for Saint-Valentine’s Day.

Maple Bacon Shortbread Hearts


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Triple Decker Sandwich in B Major: Brie Blueberry & Bacon

Warm summer temperatures usually means smaller and lighter meals. Salads and sandwiches are often found at the dinner table. So this month’s Creative Cooking Crew really hit the spot with June’s challenge: make a triple decker sandwich with at least 3 ingredients starting with the same letter of the alphabet. This was music to my ears so I composed a symphony in B’s: a Brie, Blueberry and Bacon Triple Decker Sandwich.



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Breakfast Pizza for Food N Flix

Do you sometimes re-watch a movie you just adored in your teen years to see if you still feel the same way? I do occasionally. Sometimes they are still good, sometimes not. There is one movie however that never fails to live up to my original satisfaction and it just so happens that this particular film is this month’s Food ‘n Flix choice. OK enough suspense, the movie is The Breakfast Club.

Now there are not many food references in the movie besides the title and the scene of the lunch break but inspiration came easy. What do teenagers like to eat? Junk food, especially pizza. What is the most important meal of the day? Breakfast of course. So I think this Breakfast Pizza would be a hit with all pre and post pubescents.



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Creative Cooking Crew: Candied Bacon and Apple Halva with Maple Gastrique

I am sure I have mentioned this before but just in case, I do not really watch cooking shows. So don’t say to me :have you heard of the latest crazy chef “enter name here”? Chances are you will be the first to tell me. I like cooking shows but I have trouble keeping full attention. It is the same with sports on TV. Of course I am aware of the hit shows, take Chopped for instance where a mystery basket of ingredients is given and must all be used in a recipe.

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Well that is exactly our theme this month for the Creative Cooking Crew which is hosted by Lazaro Cooks and Foodalogue. I was really excited by this challenge. Give me weird stuff to mix up and I am a happy gal! The ingredients we were given were Granny Smith apples, nut butter, vinegar and bacon. When I read the list I had no idea what to make but I wanted the extra challenge of coming up with a dessert. My creation is a Candied Bacon and Apple Halva with Maple Gastrique.


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SRC: Rebel Bacon Mac and Cheese

Today is my group’s reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club. What is the SRC? Basically you are assigned a fellow participant’s blog by the organizer and then you pick a recipe of your choice from that blog and make your version of it. But it is a secret, you cannot reveal whom you picked and what you made until the established posting date and time.

This months I was fortunate enough to get a really fun blog to explore, the Cookaholic Wife by Nicole. Nicole’s passion for cooking started around the age of 16 when she cooked something for the first time. Her first attempt turned into her now famous Nichole’s Famous Crab Dip.

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Later when Nicole was dating her now husband she would cook alot for him to stop him from eating fast food every time she came over. With time and confidence, she now prefers challenging recipes to push her boundaries. There were so many recipes for me to choose from on the blog. I was intrigued by all of the following: yummy Irish Car Bomb Cheesecake Bites, Nichole’s Famous Crab Dip, healthier Baked Churros, Pierogi and Kielbasa Bake, and a Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto.

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In the end the Bacon Lover’s Mac and Cheese won out. I had been craving a mac and cheese for a while so when I saw bacon added on top of it I was sold. But I calling mine the Rebel Bacon Mac and Cheese. Why?

Look at how many vegetables there are in the recipe. Each portion actually includes at least one vegetable portion. I actually did one modification to the recipe by adding half an onion as well. Aslo I went really of the beaten chart by choosing a bow tie pasta instea of the classic macaroni. I am such a rebel, ha ha. Join the revolution with me!

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Bacon Mac and Cheese

Recipe Type: Vegetables & Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta
  • 6-7 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced (baby bella or button)
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 cups low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 3 cups spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook to al dente, according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a skillet over medium-high heat cook the bacon until crispy. Transfer the bacon a plate and blot with a paper towel to absorb excess grease. Reserve two tablespoons of the bacon grease in a small bowl. Discard the rest, but leave the skillet just barely coated.
  4. Add the onions and mushrooms to the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside.
  5. In a large saucepan, combine the bacon grease and butter over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, whisk in the flour and garlic and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture is lightly golden.
  6. Whisk in the milk. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the cheddar and Gouda cheese with a wooden spoon until completely melted. Add the crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
  7. Crumble the bacon, reserving a bit for a garnish. Add the pasta, mushrooms, spinach and remaining bacon to the saucepan and stir until combined.
  8. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish, top with reserved bacon bits and bake for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Let rest for a few minutes, then serve.

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SRC: Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles

Today is my group’s reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club. What is the SRC? Basically you are assigned a fellow participant’s blog by the organizer and then you pick a recipe of your choice from that blog and make your version of it. But it is a secret, you cannot reveal whom you picked and what you made until the established posting date and time.

This month I had the pleasure of discovering Sarah’s blog, The Pajama Chef. Fun facts about Sarah: she LOVES peanut butter, she trains for marathons, she is doing a Master of Library Science and a Master of Arts in African Studies, she has traveled to Africa (ethnic food, love it), and given the choice she would wear pajamas 24/7. I guess her powers of suggestions really worked on me because I felt a strong urge to do a breakfast recipe.

I rarely have bacon in the house because a package is a lot when you live alone. But I had one open from last weekend for a couple of recipes and right now I am bacon crazy! So when I saw the Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles recipe it was pretty much a done deal. I called up a friend I had not seen in a while and enticed her over with the waffles. I got an instant YES. So two girls, bacon, waffles, coffee, gossip…good times!

Ξ Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles Ξ
[originally from Joy the Baker]


  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and lay bacon out in a single layer. Sprinkle with 1/8 cup brown sugar. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until bacon is crisp and sugar is caramelized. Remove bacon from baking sheet to cool on a cutting board [they will stick to paper towels], then chop when cooled. BACON CANDYYYY!


Prepare your waffle iron, turn it on to preheat.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients–flour, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. In a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, then add the chopped bacon. Do not overmix–batter will be lumpy.

Cook according to your waffle iron’s specifications. Serve with maple syrup and berries.

Cook according to your waffle iron’s specifications. Serve with maple syrup and berries. Why not go over the top and sprinkle your waffles with chopped up homemade Bacon Chocolate?

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