All I Want for Christmas is…a Bacon Silicone Spatula?


So this was really supposed to be posted back in January, but then life happened…

Really, the only two things on my adult Christmas list this year were a record player and  Keurig…well I still haven’t cashed in on all of my gifts, but I’m one for two so far.  The funny thing is that I’m the worst person to buy for unless you completely catch me off guard and don’t listen to my random rants about what I want or would like.  Most of the time, I don’t wait long enough for people to buy things because one week I want it and the next week I buy it.

So I got a gift this year and automatically I recognized the box was from one of my favorite splurge stores Sur la Table.

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The box!

It was a little bit weighty, but handed to me with care, so I had NO idea what was inside.  I opened the box to find several items individually wrapped so that I still couldn’t tell what they were, but the gift giver’s face gleamed with pride as if they knew I’d love everything, even before I knew I’d love everything.

The first piece I unwrapped was a bacon Christmas ornament that was all shiny and covered in glitter.  I got my gift a few days after Christmas unfortunately, but it inspired me to do a food themed ornament tree (courtesy of Epicurious) next year instead of the wine bottle one I saw on Pinterest…or maybe I’ll do both!  There were a few other delightful things that I can’t wait to use in my concoctions…a Chianti Classico D.O.P. Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Fattoria Estense Silver Seal Aceto Balsamico di Modena (balsamic vinegar).

The goodies...10-year age balsamic vinegar!!!

The goodies…10-year age balsamic vinegar!!!

The other two items I’m really excited about are my chili-lime seasoned salt and Hepp’s Salt Barrel Gourmet Salts Applewood Smoked Salt.

Good salts...not bath salts!

Good salts…not bath salts!

I’m so eager to use both of these that I’ve already created so many ideas and I’m already contemplating purchasing more.  Stay tuned for a recipe on how to make shrimp tacos and curtido, using the chili-lime salt.  I’m still working on what I can use the Applewood salt for.  Any suggestions?

And the piece de resistance…most people who know me, also know that I’d only like to die of old age or from bacon…hence the blogger name.  Anyway, the last gift was strategically wrapped and placed under all of the other pieces, so I didn’t even realize it was in there.  I open it and lo and behold, it’s a damn bacon spatula…a silicone Tovolo Spatulart bacon spatula!  A bacon ornament wasn’t enough???  I got an awesome, oversized BACON SPATULA!!!  Owww!  It’s big enough to flip a pancake, a slice of French toast, or like 5 whole pieces of bacon!  In case you can’t tell, I’m uber excited about this thing and I plan to use it this weekend for brunch.

So baconly awesome!

So baconly awesome!

I haven’t even finished opening my presents yet and its after the new year…I’m just so caught up with this one.  I didn’t even care to write an informational or worthwhile post…I just wanted to talk about everything in this box.  Keep your eyes open for upcoming posts using this stuff.  Happy New Year!!!

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Thank you for following us and our 2012 in review…


Check out the blog report below to learn a little bit more about us.  2013 is upon us and we promise to write much more!  Here’s to abundant baking, crazy concoctions and heaps of healthy food! Thanks for your continued support.  Happy New Year!!!

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The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Where Have You Been…


*insert a scantily clad Rihanna here*

Anyhoo…I was having a conversation with a friend today [who must have been bored] and she mentioned that she hadn’t seen any posts recently.  #fact  Who knew trying to work full-time, go to school full-time, sleep and eat were going to take up so much of my time.  So my apologies for not posting more often.  The other thing is…I’ve initiated Operation Kate Moss in an effort to try to drop some pounds for the summer so I haven’t been cooking that much lately either.

So…no cooking=no blogging…or so I thought.  A couple months ago, I bought this little salad bowl thingie from Whole Foods.  It was only 10 bucks but as long as you keep watering it and place it in sunlight it continues to grow, even after cutting the lettuce for your salads.  The problem was, I was eating salad like twice a day and it took at least a week for the stuff to grow back.  And then enters Pinterest…  I was doing my normal midnight stroll through the land of Pinterest and came across a post on how to build a raised garden.  This damn thing would solve like twelve of my problems: 1. I think food is too damn expensive, so why not grow it myself., 2. My salad bowl wasn’t growing back fast enough., 3. This house I just moved into had a backyard that was in freakin’ shambles, so this would take up a lot of space and make it look somewhat presentable, 4. Maybe it was only 3 really, but that Pinterest post was a godsend.

My ragtag yard before I started the project

I’ll spare you the measuring details and giving the guy at Home Depot the side eye when I asked him to put 8-2×8 pieces of landscaping timber and stacking 400lbs of soil into my 350Z…although it probably would have been a funny picture.  Moving along, it took me the better part of a Saturday afternoon to construct this thing and I was super stoked because I did it all by myself *hikes up big girl panties*.

Workin’ it out!

Yay me!

I wanted to plant some hearty but easy to care for veggies and I even threw some strawberries in there.

Some of the goodies I planted

I chose cabbage, rainbow swiss chard, make a salad bowl of my own (red, bibb and romaine lettuces), some good ol’ collards to go with my fried catfish *judge me*, spinach and cherry tomatoes.  I planted some herbs too, but nothing major.

The babies all snug in the dirt

Things are starting to sprout, bud and grow and I can’t wait to grill some peaches, make more fresh salads and saute some swiss chard.

We’ve got some action!!!

Last year’s peach tree…yummy!

My little tomatoes

Stay tuned…  We may have to create a tab for salad dressings and quick summer dishes.  Feel free to share your ideas too!

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Valentine’s Day is dumb. But food is awesome!


Like I told JT: I might think that Valentine’s Day is dumb and hyper-commercialized, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like getting Valentine-y stuff. I just can’t help myself.

Thanks to SMU’s theatre schedule, JT has been in tech pretty much every day for almost two weeks–including Valentine’s Day–so any plans we wanted to make had to be scheduled around tech. This resulted in me cooking dinner on Saturday, and JT planning a Valentine’s Day lunch. Both were fantastically tasty. And JT definitively took the title of Best Boyfriend in the History of Ever.

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Pretentious Dinner Gets a Lot Less Classy (Or Did It?)


Yes, yes, it’s been awhile. Let’s just say I’ve been busy…

…eating lots of tasty foods…

I promise I’m working on posts from all of my adventures in the Land of Comestibles this past fall, but for now, I thought I’d share with you how JT and I managed to de-class Pretentious Dinner.

What happens when a very hungry Lindsey and JT go to Central Market? They end up purchasing an absolutely ridiculous assortment of noshes, and pass it off as some kind of meal.

We just couldn’t help ourselves; we grabbed practically everything we saw. Everything looked so tasty! It wasn’t until we got home and laid out all of the food that we (okay, maybe just I) realized that our days of Pretentious Dinner were no longer nearly as classy. We used to have things like fruit, cheese, artisinal bread, pastries, and wine. We’ve thrown tailgate brunches with challah french toast grilled cheeses and mimosas (post coming later). We’ve attended food truck park openings, toured breweries, and celebrated my birthday with bacon lollipops. But last night was kind of just one hell of a (delicious) trainwreck.

At first the menu seemed perfectly pretentious:

  • Salami
  • Two kinds of cheese
  • Hummus
  • Pita
  • Challah

Then it slips just a bit: Instead of wine, we had Hoptober. One of my favorite beers, thankyouverymuch.

But then we really started going downhill with the condiments:

  • Cheap spicy mustard
  • A mostly-eaten package of Oreos that we bought the previous night at 7-Eleven
  • Caffeine-free Pepsi
  • Sour cream
  • Ranch dressing

And finally, the piece de unclassy resistance: Tot-chos.

Yeah, that’s a thing. JT and I first had them at Palomino in Milwaukee last month, after getting stranded because of a missed flight connection. But clearly it wasn’t a complete fail, thanks to Tot-chos. Holy hell were they good! Tasty, tasty little tater tots, topped with cheese and pico de gallo, and dipped in sour cream or ranch. Also incredibly delicious: Sweet potato tots. They were probably my favorite, especially when paired with a Lakefront IPA, but I have yet to find either of them here in Dallas.

So there you go. Meats, cheeses, breads, and tot-chos. You might judge me, but I don’t care. It was an awesomely delicious, classless, pretentious dinner. Just see for yourself:

Pretentiously unclassy

You know you want this

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