Merry Christmas!

Easy Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

Listen, we’re not here to tell you how to live your life. But here’s a visual recipe detailing how we spent our quiet coffee hour this morning, before the present-unwrapping-crazies set in. Not saying, just saying. Merry Christmas, everybody!

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Spinach Salad with Bacon Fat Vinaigrette

This warm vinaigrette, which is a pan-dressing I made using vinegar for acid, honey for sweetness and shallots for bite, all to complement the smoky, salty flavor of bacon, wilts the baby spinach greens and coats everything in lovely, glistening fat. But the best part, in my opinion, is the apple. One large Honeycrisp from the large… 

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Today’s Sandwich: California Club with Chipotle Mayo (Homemade)

California Club Sandwich with Chipotle Aioli

Today’s sandwich is the “California Club with Chipotle Mayo.” It combines turkey, Swiss cheese, bacon, spinach, tomato, avocado, a fried egg, and chipotle mayonnaise on three slices of toasted white bread. Notes: About ten years ago, one of my closest friends and I started parting ways professionally. Though we had started working for the same… 

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Seared Scallop BLT with Candied Maple Bacon

Seared Scallop BLT

I don’t have an anecdote about bacon-wrapped scallops. I do have a bacon-wrapped shrimp anecdote, so I am going to tell that and then shoehorn scallops in at the end. Have you ever tried to shoehorn a scallop? Not as easy as one might think. I did recently enjoy some fried scallops at Bill’s Seafood… 

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Brown Ale, Cheddar, and Bacon Mac & Cheese

Brown Ale, Cheddar, and Bacon Mac and Cheese

Because you’ve gotta get started gaining the winter weight sooner or later, don’t you? Last night’s temperature drop after an unseasonably warm October here in Maine got me thinking wistfully about the Brown Ale and Cheddar Soup I made last year, a hearty, warming concoction of sharp cheddar cheese and nutty brown ale. Add a… 

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