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Posts Tagged ‘Bacon’

Broccoli Salad

Posted by terrepruitt on October 20, 2015

Sometimes I just can’t believe that I have not posted about something before.  I guess, I assume I posted about it so then I don’t post about it.  Crazy.  Then I look for it on my blog and it doesn’t come up.  I have to say that the “search” feature on this blog is very odd.  I can type in the exact phrase I am looking for and the post not come up.  Then I can type in another search and the one I was looking for originally will show up in the second search.  I kind of think of it as a crap shoot.  But I have searched for this recipe over and over again and I cannot find it.  So I am going to post it.  One thing that I think is funny about this recipe is that once I was going to go to a potluck and we were asked to bring a vegetarian side dish.  This is the first thing that popped into my head.  So when I go to make it I realize that it has bacon in it so that would disqualify it as vegetarian.  And then I laughed because I forgot to get the bacon anyway.  Of course, had I remembered to get the bacon I would not have put it in because just leaving it out makes it perfect for vegetarians.  The last time I made it I ended up using a lot of broccoli so I decided to add more of everything else and I ended up with too much sugar, too many raisins, and not enough bacon!  Also, it didn’t help that I didn’t put on enough salt.  Many people who don’t like broccoli claim to like this salad.  This is a recipe that a friend introduced me to, so I call it her salad, but I didn’t get her permission to use her name so I am just calling it Broccoli Salad.

I have adjusted the recipe better fit the proportion of broccoli.

Broccoli Salad

Two large bunches of broccoli
6 slices of bacon
1 1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sugar
4 tbsp vinegar
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup golden raisins
3/4 cup (shelled) sunflower seeds

Wash the broccoli.  Cut the broccoli into bite sized pieces.  Cook the bacon.  Drain the bacon.  If you are one who uses a paper towel on the bacon to help sop up the grease, do that, too.  Chopped up the bacon.  Once the bacon is chopped up it will be about a cup.

Mix the mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar together.  Then pour it over the broccoli.  Then mix in the chopped onion, the raisins, the sunflower seeds, and the bacon.  Add salt and pepper to your own tastes.

This salad is nice served chilled, not cold, but chilled.  But it is also ok to be room temperature.


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You can use regular raisins or even dried cranberries if you want.

I have only made this a couple of times and my husband loves it.  My friend, the one who gave me the recipe, says she makes it all the time.  I can see why.  It is very easy and it is very tasty!

(My photo is missing the sunflower seeds.  That is because I almost forgot to put them on.  But before I left for the party, I remembered!)

Do you like broccoli?  Do you like bacon?  Doesn’t this sound great?

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The Nia Technique Book and Tonight’s Dinner Recipe

Posted by terrepruitt on May 17, 2012

I often have mentioned the 52 Nia Moves.  I am taking my time posting about them, but they are in the Nia Technique Book.  You could always order a copy from Amazon if you are interested.  That is how I started my Nia practice.  In the book after the section on the 52 Nia Moves there are pages and pages of other moves too.  There is the 13 Joint Exercise, explanations of combinations of some of the 52 Nia Moves, Spinal Melts, and T’ai Chi Sways, and many more.  They are organized in the Nia Cycles.  The moves that are part of the warm up are in the Warm up section the more active moves are in the Get Moving section.  Each move has a “Classic” explanation and an “Athletic” explanation.  Nia is done in bare feet so there is no to very little impact, but that does not mean there is no intensity.  Intensity comes from BIGGER moves.  Bigger moves can be more arm movement either faster or further away from the body or both.  Bigger moves can be moving deeper into a move.  So the explanation of “Athletic” contains bigger or faster (or both) movements.  There are over 75 pages of moves.  Each with a set of pictures.  Both the classic and the athletic has pictures.  If you have the slightest interest in Nia or movement in general I would strongly recommend this book.

I felt I had to share that because there really is so much in the book.

That popped into my head as I was sitting here thinking about going to go make dinner.  Here is what we are having:

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Cauliflower Stuffed Portobello Caps

4 large Portobello mushroom caps
most of an entire head of cauliflower
3 green onions
1/2 C cooked and chopped bacon
1/3 C milk
3/4 C shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 C shredded Gouda cheese
salt, pepper, and garlic powder

Cook the bacon.

Scrape out the inside of the cap to remove the stem and gills.

Chop the green onions.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the cauliflower into large pieces. Steam for 6-8 minutes. Place hot cauliflower into the blender and some of the milk.  Blend. Add milk as needed to achieve a mashed potato-like consistency. Mix with bacon and onions.

Fill caps with cauliflower mixture. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic to taste. Sprinkle with shredded chesses.  Put a few onions on top. Place on a cookie sheet.  Bake for about 15 minutes on the lowest rack in the oven.

The first time I made this I didn’t use the bacon and I will be doing that version a lot more often.  It is really good!  But I also wanted to try it with the bacon.

So I am going to go cook, then take pictures and post it all at one time!**

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I don’t like pepper so what I do is just sprinkle each mushroom individually so that my husband, who likes pepper, can have more of that flavor, while I just barely do a turn of the pepper grinder.  I also like my mushrooms more cooked when they are stuffed.  I have made stuffed small mushrooms and find that I like to cook them a bit before hand.

It’s your turn.  Make this recipe and let me know how you like it.  Let me know how you adjusted it.

**Ok, so I didn’t like it with the bacon, but my husband did.  I like crisp bacon and putting it in with the cauliflower made it just like bits of meat in the mix.  I also forgot to mix the onions IN so ended up with them just on top.  The bacon bits from a package might make it worth it, but dealing with bacon was not worth it to me.

Don’t The Cauliflower Stuffed Portobello Caps sound yummy? 

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Chocolate and Bacon

Posted by terrepruitt on July 20, 2010

So you might think this post is about chocolate and bacon–that is what the title might lead you to believe.  That is because I could not bring myself to state the truth; chocolate COVERED bacon.  Just the thought of it makes my stomach kind of contract.  I will be honest, I LOVE bacon.  I really do.  One time I was making something for a party that required bacon and I was jumping up and down saying to my husband, “Do you know what this means?  It means we have bacon!”  Ya see I don’t eat bacon that often because it is just not something I consider needed to be a part of a healthy diet.  So I was very excited to have to cook it for a recipe which would mean there would be at least a piece left.  After I cooked it and gave him some my husband realized why I was so excited.  It is yummy, but we don’t eat it often.

Chocolate, I am ok with.  I am not a chocoholic and I can live without it.  And some chocolate is DEFINITELY better than others.

I was talking with my friend about chocolate covered bacon and I was saying how disgusting I thought the thought of it was.  So, being an evil person disguised as a great person (ha, ha!) she bought me a piece.  She was walking down the street and was overwhelmed by the smell of bacon and realized it was coming from a candy shop.  So she bought me one.

She gave it to me and I just couldn’t eat it.  Just the THOUGHT of it grossed me out.  I put it away and forgot about it.  When I remembered it, my stomach did a cramping like flip-flop.  Ewwww.  Just the thought of it grosses me out.  What a horrendously unhealthy combination.

No, yes, however you say that, I am NOT the epitome of healthy eating, but I try to avoid the things I feel are the really glaringly obvious unhealthy stuff.  So my tummy was NOT wanting to try it.

As I was taking it out of the bag to take picture I noticed a piece broken off.  I tasted it.  It really doesn’t taste like anything but salty chocolate.  After I took the pictures I ate the small piece and let hubby have the other one.    This chocolate happens to be one of the ones I think it better than others.  But I couldn’t really taste the bacon as bacon.

To me, if I am going to eat bacon and have those calories and fat I want to eat the bacon and taste the bacon and enjoy the bacon.  Eating it covered in chocolate is a waste to me . . . but that is just me.  Everyone eats how they want and this is not how I choose to eat.  So chocolate covered bacon will not be one of the foods I have as a treat.

What about you?  Have you tried it?  Do you like it?  What chocolate covered salty food (or?) have you tried as a treat?

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