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Shopping Around the World

Hello sweet friends.  Did you have a lot of fun with Shopping Around the World last month?  We just have a blast seeing everyone’s recipes and pictures.  Since this is the summer and it is so hot here, why don’t we focus this month on foods that you prepare in this type of heat.  Whether it’s a simple salad, a sandwich with chips, a watermelon salad – what do you fix for dinner when it’s just so hot outside to be cooking anything in the kitchen.

Shopping Around the World will be hosted on Monday, July 31, 2017 here in blogville.  Now remember, link back to my blog here so everyone can find your links.  And remember have fun with your recipes.  Can’t wait to see your recipes, pictures and prices in your area.  ❤

Oh and you haven’t already, please fill free to use my Shopping Around the World with Bacon badge for your blog that my brother Phenny fixed for all of us.  Thanks again brother!

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2017 in Shopping Around the World

 

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Shopping Around the World

 Shopping Around the World

  This month it is scheduled for December 30th – after the holiday so we can all make plans.  Since it is the Christmas holidays, this month we will again focus on appetizers, side dishes, salads, soups, main entrees or desserts.

This month we wanted to highlight a wonderful soup that mom/dad like to eat during the winter time.  This soup is also a great jump start for their diet… but that’s another story.  Here is what you will need:

♦ Steak Picanha – already sliced into bite sized strips – one package around $5.00 (note any kind of steak will work for this recipe.  In fact, you can even switch the steak for chicken cut into bite sized strips.)

♦ One head of cabbage – $1.48 head

♦ One can of white/yellow corn – $0.48 can

♦ One can of diced tomatoes with green chilis – $0.48 can

♦ One package of beef broth or chicken brother – $1.50

♦ Two cups of water, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes

Cut up the entire head of cabbage and throw in the bottom of the crock pot.  Add your cans of corn, chilis, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.  Add in your stock and water.  Add your meat to the top and put the lid on your crock pot.

Turn on your crock pot to low and let that crock pot do the work for you all day.  When you get ready to eat, you will be amazed at the smell and taste.  It’s hardy and wonderful.  If you want it a little thicker, you can add a cut up potato with your ingredients.

Mom/dad often use this to jump start their diet.  Why?  Well the cabbage is an amazing item…. snorts with piggy laughter.  This soup costs about $9.00 to prepare but lasts for a couple of days.  It’s a little spicy but not so hot that you can’t enjoy it.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2016 in Shopping Around the World

 

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Picanha Comparison – HA!

 Snorts with piggy laughter.  Have I got a great story for you today my dear friends.  Mom/dad here are what I would call potato chip connoisseurs.  Yep, that’s right.  They like their potatoes.  And who doesn’t because even I love me some good potatoes of any kind.  Of course, they try to stay away from the snacking but every once in a while, they get pulled in.

Well, for some time Lay’s potato chips have had different flavors they have created and are sharing ‘with the world’.  One flavor intrigued mom.  It was Brazilian Picanha.  But mom took her time in getting a bag.

I mean heck, Lay’s potato chips are like almost $4.00 a bag – can you believe that highway robbery?

Now Picanha is one of mom’s favorite cuts of steak.  In fact, when mom/dad go downtown Atlanta they often eat at a restaurant called Fogo de Chão which is a Brazilian Steakhouse.  There house specialty is mom’s favorite cuts, picanha.  This is a picture of dad getting some of that cut at Fogo de Chão this year.  It is so yummy it melts in your mouth.  Well, that’s what mom/dad say.  I wouldn’t know because no one has ever brought me home a piggy bag.  I’m just sayin’.

But back to my story.  When Lay’s came out with this flavor mom was excited to try it.  She invested in the bag mumbling something about Lay’s is not cheap and what if she didn’t like it?  She gets home with her cherished Lay’s and tells daddy all about it.  They then open up the bag to try it.  That’s when things went south.  Mom hated it.  Hated it.  Nothing like her cherished steak she loves.  Absolutely HATE does not even describe the flavor of these chips.  Now me and dad on the other hoof said they were eatable.  Did we want to rush out and get another bag – no way!

Have you tried any of these different flavors from Lay’s potato chips?  Do you have a favorite.  Do share my sweet friends.

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NOTE:  Mom/dad were in no way endorsed for their opinion of these Lay’s potato chips.  This is their sole opinion.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2016 in Bacon

 

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Bacon’s Show and Tell

Welcome my friends to November’s Bacon’s Show and Tell.

For November – we are sharing party pictures focusing on Thanksgiving. What did you and your family do for Thanksgiving – or any other big holiday where you are.  Did your family get together?  Did you go out to eat?  Did you cook out?

Since mom and dad were married 11 years ago, they started a yearly tradition of eating out at a special place on Thanksgiving.  They go downtown to a restaurant called Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse in Atlanta, Georgia.

   When you get to the table, there is a disc on the table.  One side is green for go – as in bring the food to my belly – snorts.  The other side is red – as in I’m so full I’m going to blow!  This is one of daddy’s all time favorite restaurants in the entire world.  Talk about a meat bonanza.  They have a huge salad bar with everything you can imagine and then you flip your disc to green and all of these wonderful gauchos come to your table with meat in spears cutting it table side.  Can you lick your lips and say yummy?

  But mom, she loves these little rolls called PÃO DE QUEIJO that are served at the tables in baskets.  Mom calls them heaven on earth and saved herself for these all week long.  They are warm, soft cheesy bread rolls that are brought to your table in baskets throughout your entire meal.  It’s like magic.  As soon as the basket is empty, it is quickly replenished.  Mom/dad wouldn’t admit to how many baskets they went through.  The only thing they would say is that they are back to no bread now.  Makes you wonder huh?  They are made with sweet and sour yucca flour and Parmesan cheese and are gluten-free.

   One of the meats that the serve that are mom/dad’s favorite is called PICANHA which is the prime part of the top sirloin.  Who needs turkey on thanksgiving huh?  Which mom says they do have but this picanha is worth saving one’s self for.  It is also the restaurants signature steak.  They lightly seasoned it with rock salt and slice it thin to whatever degree you want it – medium, well or rare.  As you can see in this picture, dad is jumping head first and asking questions later.  Yes it it that good.

So this is our part of blast from the past in 2004 when mom/dad started this tradition of going out for their holiday.  We hope that you enjoyed it my friends!

 

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2015 in Bacon, Bacon's Show and Tell

 

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Mom’s Birthday Lunch – WOW!

Today was a great and wonderful day for mom with her birthday.  Daddy took her to one of their favorite restaurants called Fogo de Chão (pronounced fo-go dèe shoun) for lunch downtown Atlanta, Georgia.  This place is superdelicious even from this oinker’s point of view… not that *I* would know first hand.  For some reason, I don’t think they would be too accommodating for me to walk in and order lunch.  Then again.. they might if *I* was lunch but that’s not going to happen okay! Snorts – I’ll just live vicariously through mom and dad with their fantastic lunch date.

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When you first get seated at your table, there is this round disc that is next to each plate.  Just like a stop light – flip it to green for “Come on Gauchos bring me some meat” or flip it to red for “Hold back cowboys – I need a moment” – snort. 

But, I’m getting way ahead of myself.

 

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After you get settled and order your drinks, you can go visit their magnificent salad bar.  And trust me, I say salad bar but mom and dad said it was a culinary experience.  There’s everything on that bar!  Aged parmesan, aged manchego cheese, artichokes, fresh mozzarella, smoked salmon, shiitake mushrooms, all kinds of different breads, potato salad, apple salad, tomato/cucumber salad and huge green and black olives.  Mom said they even had fried bacon strips on the salad bar. I admit that this scared me for just a few minutes and had me shaking in my hooves.  Fried bacon – that would be me?!  But, mom calmed me down and explained that it wasn’t this type of piggy.  You know, the loveable, snuggable, huggable miniature pot bellied pig.  I’m not for eating – just loving 🙂 winks

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After you get your fill of the ‘salad bar’, the wonderful gauchos will bring some awesome side dishes to your table.  They include crispy polenta, garlic mashed potatoes and caramelized bananas.  They also bring these delectable little cheesy rolls they call pão de queijo to the table in little baskets.  Mom says they are heavenly.  She and dad went through THREE baskets of them.  I was shocked!  But, I told mom that it was her birthday and we *all* know that there are absolutely no calories on one’s birthday, right?!  And I must admit, these rolls are out of this world.  Someone – looking around – brought this oinker back one.  Now I understand why they had three baskets – oohh yummy!

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Now it’s time to flip that little card to green and bring on the meat!  Gauchos start flocking to your table to carve meat right in front of you.  It’s amazing!  This is daddy getting one of his favorites called Picanha (pronounced pea-CAN-ya).  Picanha is top sirloin, so juicy that it literally almost melts in your mouth!  Daddy says it’s even better when there is a some ‘fat’ on the edges that are caramelized from the heat of cooking over the fire.  They have all kinds of meat that are served.  They are:

  • Filet Mignon which dad says is THUD delicious – either bacon wrapped or without bacon
  • Beef Ancho (pronounced beef AN-cho) which is rib eye
  • Alcatra (pronounced al-CAT-ra) which is top sirloin
  • Fraldinha (pronounced fral-DIN-ya) which is bottom sirloin
  • Cordeiro (pronounced cor-DAY-roo) which is lamb.  You can get lamb chops or leg of lamb  Either way is succulent with a little bit of mint marinade on the side!
  • Frango (pronounced FRAHN-go) which is chicken.  You can get chicken legs or bacon wrapped chicken breasts.
  • Costela de Porco (pronounced co-STELL-a gee PO-co) which is pork ribs.
  • Lombo (pronounced LOM-bo) which is pork loin.  This is encrusted with parmesan cheese coating before roasting over an open flame.
  • Linguica (pronounced lin-GWEE-sa) which is sausage.

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And mom’s favorite is Costela (pronounced co-STELL-a) which is beef ribs.  Mommy says this gaucho has the hardest job of all of the gauchos at the restaurant.  Not only does he have to carve the meat, he has to hold the cutting board as well.  That is some job – right?!  But mommy says it’s all worth it because the meat just melts in your mouth.  And, she loves the beef ribs with a side of horseradish sauce.  Yummy!

 

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And then to top off the meal – they brought mommy birthday flan with happy birthday written on the plate.  So sweet, huh?  Mommy and daddy said it was so great – not too sweet.

So you see, mommy had a terrific birthday lunch.  I’m glad I could share the pictures and fun with you.  Mommy would be for some reason she is sleeping.  She said she ate too much – snorts.  The amateur – double snorts.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Bacon

 

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