I'll Never Fry Bacon Again

January 31st, 2012 | Posted by Bryn in Recipes - (Comments Off on I'll Never Fry Bacon Again)

I'm hungry just looking at this.

For the very first time last night, I made bacon in the oven. This could perhaps be one of the most genius ideas in cooking. I have never been any type of gourmet chef. I normally stick to what I know, and I’m constantly googling “Easy [chicken, beef, pork,whatever] recipe.”

Bacon is a constant favorite in most households, mine included. Who doesn’t love bacon? It’s probably my husband’s favorite food. For awhile now, I’ve just been getting microwave bacon because it’s easier and doesn’t splatter all over me while I try to cook it in the skillet.

That is, until yesterday. Regular bacon was on sale at our local Hy-Vee, so I picked up a pound. I brought it home and had to do an internet search on “oven cooked bacon” because I didn’t want to screw it up.

Here is the “recipe” I used from about.com: (I don’t know if you can actually call this a recipe because it’s so darn easy!)

How to Make Perfect Bacon

  1. Line a baking sheet with foil. This will make cleanup easier later.
  2. Arrange bacon slices on the foil and place the baking sheet on the center rack of a cold oven. Close oven door. Turn oven on to 400°F. Walk away.
  3. Come back 17 to 20 minutes later. As soon as the bacon is golden brown, but not excessively crisp, it’s done. The exact time will depend on the thickness of the bacon slices, and also on how quickly your oven reaches the target temperature.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven. Transfer the bacon to another sheet pan lined with paper towels to absorb the fat. You can pour the liquid fat into a heat-resistant container to save for other uses.

That’s it! Even I could do it, and only burnt a few pieces that were in another pan on the bottom rack.

I’ll never fry bacon again.

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Easiest Hummus Recipe Ever – with pictures!

May 28th, 2011 | Posted by Bryn in Recipes - (Comments Off on Easiest Hummus Recipe Ever – with pictures!)

I had a friend tell me that she wanted to learn how to make her own hummus, and it’s so easy that I had to post my “recipe”… It’s not authentic Greek hummus or a gourmet recipe by any means, but it sure is tasty!

First, gather your tools and ingredients: Colander with a bowl underneath, can opener, garbanzo beans, extra virgin olive oil, Cavender's Salt-Free all purpose Greek seasoning, salt & pepper, and a food processor

Next, open the can of garbanzo beans and pour them carefully into the colander, saving the juice from the can in the bowl.

Pour beans into food processor (Mine's a Tupperware Quick Chef Food Processor and Chopper) - I have the chopping blade in there now.

Add about two tablespoons of olive oil (I used my 1/4 c. measuring cup and filled it halfway)

Add a generous sprinkling (probably at least a couple teaspoons) of Cavender's Salt-Free All Purpose Greek Seasoning. I found it at our local Hy-Vee.

Put the lid on and process until almost smooth.

Take out the regular blade and put in the whipping blade

Remember that liquid you saved from the can of beans? You may want to add some of that in depending how smooth you like your hummus.

Whip the mixture until it's smooth and the texture you like. Then make sure you TASTE IT! You may need to add some salt and pepper, cumin, or a little garlic powder. Experiment by adding just a little until you find out what you like.

Once you get it tasting the way you want - put it in a bowl and dip tortilla chips or fresh veggies. You can also spread it on a pita with lettuce and black beans or put it on a tortilla and roll it up with a little bit of lunch meat. It's good for you and very versatile, so you can eat with many different things. Enjoy!