Bacon in my dinner, Bacon in dessert

Tonight before dinner I spent a… well, I guess, a couple hours in the kitchen, prepping bowls of veggies, pasta, dressings, etc., for the week ahead. I find this a relaxing way to spend part of my Sunday, much better than on a work night (minus all the dishes, though). This was also done after a hike earlier today in Pinckney, so my legs were feeling it by the time dinner rolled around! Here is just ONE of several bowls of prepped veggies for the week – actually for tonight’s dinner – celery, summer squash, zucchini, and green onions.

Next I hit up my bottle cupboard to get some ingredients for a salad dressing.

 

And mixed up a homemade dressing of EVOO, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, dried basil, S&P – for my lunch salads this week (I’m making another batch of Mediterranean Tuna Salad, this time for lunch [a few lunches hopefully]).

 

Speaking of bottles, check out my recently acquired wine rack. It’s nothing fancy, but the right shape and size for my not-so-large kitchen. I was in need of a place to store and display all the bottles I recently purchased from the Old Mission Peninsula wine trail (and this isn’t all of ‘em!).

 

Summer Squash & Corn Chowder

After prep, I was getting pretty hungry. Dinner tonight, again, began with a pan of sizzling bacon. A common theme lately! :) I held about 8 slices of bacon in my hand and clipped them with kitchen shears to create diced bacon. This ingredient was for a Summer Squash & Corn Chowder recipe from Cooking Light magazine, which has previously been shown in my blog, which I made again tonight.

Tomato Bruschetta

Meanwhile, I cut half of a baguette into slices, toasted the slices, and then rubbed each one with a piece of halved garlic (used two cloves total, was a bit more liberal with the garlic than in times past). These were for Tomato Bruschetta recipe I made, also from Cooking Light magazine. You may have also seen this recipe in my blog before! It is a winner.

A generous plate of Tomato Bruschetta. So delicious and fresh.

Here is the finished product – Summer Squash & Corn Chowder! Summer squash, zucchini, green onion, and celery were all sauteed in the bacon drippings. The veggies were then added to mixture of corn – half of which was pureed with milk, and the other half kept whole, along with a couple teaspoons of chopped fresh thyme and lots of S&P. I topped each bowl with more green onions, diced bacon, and shredded sharp cheddar. It was so tasty this time!

For dessert, I busted out my mini Vosges chocolate bar (70 cals for the whole thing, it was a tiny treat) – Mo’s Dark Bacon Bar – that I got at Whole Foods a few days ago. I gave Tom about 1/3 of the bar (see, I’m a nice wife), and kept 2/3 for myself. :)

Close up. This was everything I expected it to be. I could absolutely taste the bacon, and the bits were quite tiny. I would have liked a few extra bacon bits, but then maybe they would have overwhelmed the chocolate flavor. This was some seriously good dark chocolate too. The bacon was a great supporting flavor, and chocolate was the real star. I did enjoy the crunchy and chewy little bites of salty bacon throughout. I can’t decide if I like my sea salt caramels or this better. :)

As if the dark chocolate bacon bar weren’t enough, I also had one of these Weight Watchers’ Dark Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream bars – only 80 calories a pop! And OMG – so seriously divine. The raspberry flavor was foodgasmic with the dark chocolate. Probably enough treats for today. :)

♪♫ Currently listening to: Crystalised – The xx.

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3 thoughts on “Bacon in my dinner, Bacon in dessert

  1. the tomato bruschetta looks tasty I will save you some from our garden!! love that wine rack great photis of wverything!! corn chowder looked like it turned out better this time HA MOM

  2. aw, mommy Behrendt! Shout out to the great Mrs. Behrendt! i can’t believe you said orgasmic. you have family reading this, gotta keep it G, lol, jk. someone seriously loved chocolate and bacon so much and decided it would be a great idea to combine the two?! seriously?! omg, i’m finna have to try that out. notice how i’m dwelling on the dessert? dude, but guess what? i’ve actually made something similar to the tomato bruschetta (not realizing it) but I had chunks of fried chicken mixed in with the tomatoes. i should join next top chef.

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