Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The best beef bacon in the world, part 2.

Beef bacon is back, baby.

I am not fickle on this subject.  Back in 2010 I said I found the world’s best beef bacon and I meant it.  I haven’t wavered.  I only quit raving about it to you because Richard’s Meat Market in Fayetteville stopped selling it.  So sad, so sad.

But wait!  There is glorious news for both of us!

Bentonville Butcher and Deli carries the Swiss Meat & Sausage Company’s hickory smoked beef bacon!  It's about time!

"Quality Goes In Before Our Name Goes On” is the company motto for Swiss Meat & Sausage Co.  Quality is exactly the word to describe this bacon.  

Think brisket with a twist.  There are no nitrates to worry about.  Just pure beef flavor. 

Yes, this is expensive and you won’t get a billion slices to feed an army.  Don’t worry; you don’t need a billion slices.  Two slices are meaty enough to feel satisfied and the flavor explosion in your mouth will last long enough to make you pleased throughout breakfast.  

I’m not kidding folks, this really is the best beef bacon in the world.

Next steps:

Get out your pencil and write on your shopping list that you must pop on over to Bentonville Butcher to snag a package of beef bacon. 

Once you try it, your pork and turkey bacon breakfast friends will start to miss you.

Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Music to cook-to, James Torme.

Recently I was strolling through Barnes & Noble in Rogers, fingers trailing the books, ever so lightly as I passed display after display.  Surrounded by a magnitude of books puts me in such a pleasant, wistful, mood.

Abruptly, I stopped in my tracks.  A tune caught my ear. 

A happy upbeat tune with a crooner’s drawl. Fingers stopped trailing as my attention was now drawn to the music section and no longer the beckoning books, I made my way towards the section to find answers.

What was that magical sound?

It was James Torme, the son of legendary jazz singer Mel Torme and, as good genes has blest him, he is following in his father’s fabulous footsteps. 

This album, Love for Sale, is the perfect mixture of music to cook by. Who needs a play list when one compact round disc contains it all? 

To whet your appetite, let me take you through an overview of his songs.  At the end I have included a video where Torme shares a few songs as well as their backgrounds.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

What to do with 2lbs of rainbow carrots.

I happily stumbled across a two-pound bag of rainbow carrots at Allen’s Market this past week. 

At $1.89, I was pleased with my bargain.  The myriad of colors tempted me, teased me, and taunted me with anticipation over the color explosion I knew would occur once I exposed what lay beneath its skin.

The mystery unfolded with each stroke from my peeler, brighter, brighter, and BRIGHTER!  Oh the beautiful golds, oranges, yellows, and fiery flaming tangerine.  The meat is so tight and clean that it almost squeaks with each downward stroke from the peeler.

I take a deep breath.  It smells like well, a carrot, which isn’t much of a smell.  And yes, it feels just like a carrot.  Crispy with a sassy snap.

Peeling and prepping for two dishes, my husband cannot stand it anymore.  He reaches over the kitchen counter, grabs a sliced yellow carrot and pops it in his mouth!  Crunch, crunch, crunch.  I, too, am overcome and have to imbibe.  It is going to be hard not gobble them all before dinner.

I am going to roast a pound of these little beauties for dinner.

Roasting changed everything.

The intensity of the rainbow colors deepened once roasted.  It’s as if it passed through childhood into maturity the longer it baked in the oven, hissing and whining as it popped to perfection.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Eating for pleasure (a guest post).

Hello there, friends.

January’s theme at the Arkansas Women Blogger is “new year, new you” and lucky me, I had the opportunity to write a guest post about eating for pleasure. 

Think about it... eating for... pleasure.

The secret?  It’s all about mindset.

Check it out when you’ve got a sec.


Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.


Monday, January 9, 2012

Clean your kitchen cookware by using Bar Keepers Friend.

I have a new friend who turns 120 years old this year.  

Her name is... Bar Keepers Friend.

She’s still looking pretty good. 

She’s a bargain for $1.72 at Walmart. 

She will clean your stainless steel, copper, brass, glass cooktop, porcelain, tile, and fiberglass.  Oh, and according to all the rave reviews on her facebook page, she’s fantastic at cleaning dry eraser boards.

She cleaned my copper-bottomed pan. 

Actually, my husband cleaned them for me.

BEFORE Bar Keepers Friend
DURING Bar Keepers Friend (scrub, Dennis, scrub!)
AFTER Bar Keepers Friend... oh me, oh my, I do declare that is spiffy shiny and just like new!

Thanks Dennis!

Hey, are you interested in a Bar Keepers Friend sample? 

Whenever someone on their facebook page asks about their products, they offer the following: “send your address to cdietz@barkeepersfriend.com - we will mail you samples.” 

Go on… do it!

After browsing around, I discovered there is a giveaway going on right now for a full-size cannister that ends January 13th at ourdailygreenlife

Go right ahead, add your name to the list, too! 

Here’s an easy next step.  Head on over to Walmart and pick up a 21oz canister for yourself, in the All Purpose Cleaning section where Windex and Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are located.  I found it for a measly $1.72 at the Bentonville Supercenter.  The liquid form is available on Walmart.com.

There you have it.  Spruce up your cookware with Bar Keepers Friend.  

While you are at it (or your husband, child, or anyone you can get to do this for you is at it) sprinkle some cleanser in your stainless steel sink and viola! 

Look at you. 

You have a new shiny best friend.

Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.


Sunday, January 1, 2012

15 things my refrigerator reveals about me, nwafoodie.

Well hellooooo 2012. 

First off, let’s begin with January… are you ready?

Something extra-specially-cool happened to me today. I am featured as January’s “blogger of the month” at the Arkansas Women Bloggers community website. 

Aka, Miss January.

Cool, huh?

They asked for a bio.  So I gave them one, from my refrigerator’s perspectiveit kinda’ made me giggle.

I am looking forward to getting to know more of you this year!  In fact, I am going to start featuring many of you, my foodie friends.  Interested?  Drop me a note at nwafoodie (at) gmail (dot) com.

Happy reading!  

Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.

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