I had a vision. There was applewood smoked bacon sizzling in my black iron skillet. I could smell aroma of the bacon, I could hear it pop, I could almost taste it! It was so real!
Now, this sent me into a tizzy, because in reality I didn’t have any applewood smoked bacon. I can never find it here in Denton.
My local Kroger store had it for awhile, but not many people bought it, so they stopped carrying it. That’s crazy! Applewood smoked is the best tasting bacon I’ve ever had. Let me tell you, People, I’ve had a lot of bacon!
I had no choice but to go on a Bacon Quest. The place to do it was in my old stomping grounds. I went to Colleyville, Texas to visit the fancy schmancy grocery store called Market Street. The store’s motto is “we make every day a culinary celebration.” If I could find the bacon I wanted, I definitely intended to celebrate!
I marched into that store and made a beeline for the bacon aisle.
This is what heaven looks like in my dreams, my friends. There was Mesquite Smoked Bacon, Maple Flavored Bacon, Hickory Smoked Bacon…
What??? They didn’t have applewood smoked bacon! I was crushed. Devastated!
But, I got over it quickly. Heck, while I was at this upscale market, I decided to cruise the aisles and see what I could find. I don’t get out into the “wide world” much, and there is always something new worth testing.
Hemp bread?? Notice that this Hemp Sprouted Bread claims to be “high protein, high fiber.” “High,” indeed! I had to buy it, in the interest of investigative blogging! Besides, I missed out on the 60s.
Unfortunately, I later discovered these words on the back of the package:
We feel that hemp has suffered from a case of mistaken identity-hemp is not a drug, nor will it get you “high.” It is an environmentally sustainable economically viable, ANCIENT WONDERCROP.
Oh get real. I already knew that! I wasn’t buying it with that intention. I don’t need to get high, I’m silly enough as it is. Besides, my body is a “temple.” Bacon, chocolate, and coffee (with an occasional glass of ale) are about all I need to survive.
I’ve cooked with hemp seed and hemp oil before. It’s supposed to be healthy, and I was wanting to offset my bacon intake. I realize I’m going to have to do that, as much as I don’t want to do it.
This bread is quite delicious, actually. I had a slice yesterday with olive oil on it, and had it for breakfast with peanut butter. I’d buy it even when I wasn’t wanting to be silly.
Though there were many other items at the store that caught my eye, I was still deflated about not finding applewood smoked bacon. I happened to mention that to a woman working at the bakery.
She got a puzzled expression on her face and said, “I know I’ve seen it. Let me check for you.”
That angel dashed to the meat department, and in a section apart from the rest she found the “organic” meats.
TA DA! Bless her heart, she found what I needed!
Now, that bacon is sitting quietly in my refrigerator waiting for me to decide what to do with it. Have you ever seen a calf when it’s chewing and it has slobber all over it’s face? That’s what I look like as I sit here pondering.
My friend Matty has suggested visiting the site called Bacon Unwrapped, which looks to be a good source of ideas. I also found a website called The Bacon Show (which promises “ONE BACON RECIPE PER DAY, EVERY DAY, FOREVER”). I’m sure I’ll come up with something. You can bet that I will talk about it.
Do you have a bacon recipe I need to try? Tell me about it, or write a post and I’ll link back to it.
I gotta run. I want to go gaze at that bacon.