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It’s almost November and still in the 90’s out here in AZ!  I’m way past ready for cooler weather and comfort food.  I’m afraid we might just be swimming on Thanksgiving Day!!  I felt it was time to take things into my own hands…  I came home from work and cranked the air down to freezing… when I started to get a chill, I put on a sweater and started some chowder!  It’s a pretty simple thing, just a little of this and a little of that… simmer and drink in the lovely aroma.  I tore off a nice piece of bread and had dinner!! 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 bottle clam juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup whole kernel corn
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon bay seasoning
  • 1/2 pound shrimp
  • 1/2 pound bay scallops
  • 1/2 pound crabmeat
  • 1 (6.5 ounce) can chopped clams
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 3 tbs flour (optional)
  • 1 cup Chicken stock (optional)

Directions

  1. Place clam juice and garlic in a large pot over low heat. Cook and stir until simmer is reached. Mix in green onions, carrots, corn, potatoes, parsley, and remaining cream. Season with black pepper and bay seasoning. Simmer 25 minutes. Do not boil.
  2. Cut bacon into 1” pieces and fry until almost crisp (if a thicker soup is desired, add flour to bacon drippings and stir) add bacon and drippings to pot.
  3. Add the shrimp, scallops, crabmeat, and clams to pot and continue cooking 10 minutes, or until seafood is opaque.  If more volume is desired, add chicken stock & milk in equal amounts.

Always use fresh ingredients whenever you can!  If fresh is not available, frozen is the next best thing.  I suggest canned goods only be used as a last resort – the taste is inferior and sodium content is high.

Well the dishes are washed and put away… my air still has a slight chill… my husband is going to question me when the electric bill comes in, but it sure was worth it!!  Time to turn the air back to a more normal setting, take off my sweater and put my shorts back on… I think the heat is here to stay just a little bit longer…

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And not just this chick, my son gave it a big thumbs up too. Whew!  This is one of those last minute desperation meals I came up with when my son said…”Hey Mom! Whatcha got to eat?” and of course his dad and I had just finished polishing off the leftovers….oops. Uhhhh…”just a minute, honey!” and I started rummaging around in the fridge and freezer. Luckily for me he’s a big fan of chicken and I happened to have this package of Grilled & Ready Tyson Chicken Breast Fillets in the freezer. Yay!

Ok…chicken, check. What else? Think Bex!

Weeellll, he’ll ALWAYS eat bacon…(as will everyone else in the family, HA!)

So I gathered up a few more things and fired up the time-saving device of our generation!

Ingredients

  • Boneless Chicken Breast (pre-cooked, leftover or frozen)
  • Sandwich Roll
  • Butter or Margarine
  • Garlic Powder
  • 2 Slices Bacon
  • 1 Slice Provolone Cheese
  • Green Leaf Lettuce
  • Sliced Tomato
  • Ranch Dressing

Directions

Nuke up a couple slices of our family’s favorite food and follow the package instructions for the chicken.

Look how nice and juicy that chicken is! Not bad for a frozen product, huh?

  

Let the sandwich making begin!

Butter your sandwich roll and sprinkle on a little garlic powder. Toast on griddle until golden brown.

    

Add a slice of cheese.

Add warmed chicken breast.

Add Bacon, tomato slices, and lettuce.

Then add ranch dressing to the top bun.

Flip that lid…

This Chick Likes Bacon & Ranch (Sandwiches)

‘cuz they are FAST and EASY, and keep mom from feeling too guilty about scarfing up the leftovers!

Hope you like them too!

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I think one of the best smells in the kitchen is bacon and onions making friends in a skillet on the stove!  I got to experience this wonderful smell recently and thought I’d share this recipe with you!  It’s really simple to make and tastes truly delightful!

I realize that some of you are thinking… Yuk, Peas!  To you I say… give them another try.  Tastes change and these are so good I am 99% sure that you’re going to love ’em!  There’s always that 1% room for those of you who are stubborn and will say you don’t like them (even tho’ you know you do!). 🙂

Peas, Bacon, & Pearl Onions, really…. I can smell them cooking now! That could be because I just made them and the smell is still in the air… but you get what I’m going for.  The ingredients are pretty basic… you’ll need Peas, Bacon, & Pearl Onions… lol!  You could probably substitute any kind of onion, but I like pearl onions… they’re cute.

First, lets get the bacon going.  I like to cut up the pieces into 1 inch pieces and then fry… you could also fry the strips and then tear or crumple them, but they are super hot and I just don’t like how greasy it makes my hands!!  Cutting them before hand is easier for me!

While the bacon is browning, you can multi task and clean your onions… see???  I told you they were cute!

Just about the time you’re done with the onions, it should be time to drain the bacon and then put it back onto the heat.  You don’t want it cooked all the way yet… now it’s time to add your onions.

Ahhh… that’s beautiful! It also starts to fill your kitchen with that heavenly aroma of bacon and onions coming together!  I would offer you the idea of Heaven actually smelling like this, however I believe it will smell more like fresh cut grass or baking bread. 🙂  Let the mixture cook together for about 5 minutes and then it’s time for peas, please!  Rinse peas (or not) and then add to skillet.

Add the water, honey, salt an pepper – cover and simmer for another 5 – 10 minutes and then it’s done!

So Yummy – It’s Tee-licious!

Ingredients

  • 10 slices of bacon, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 3-4 cups of frozen peas
  • 1 dz pearl onions, peeled
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

In a large skillet, cook bacon until lightly browned, drain off drippings.  Add the onions and let cook together in skillet for about 5 minutes.  Add peas, water, honey, salt and pepper. Cover and cook over medium heat until veggies are tender, about 5-10 minutes.  Feeds 4-6.

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I know, I know…it’s Friday, but I’m declaring today Maple Bacon Sundae! Start the holiday off right with this great treat using Maple Caramelized Bacon one more time! I promise to move on after this. This sweet and savory bacon is ruining any attempt at sticking to anything resembling healthy eating! LOL Of course, I can’t promise future recipes won’t have bacon! What kind of world would that be? Sad…very, very sad!

4th of July is my official start to summer. And what says summer more than ice cream?

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Add some Maple Caramelized Bacon and people might not be screaming…they might just knock you down and take it away from you!

Ingredients

  • 2 scoops Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • Maple Caramelized Bacon crumbled
  • Caramel Ice Cream Topping

 

Directions

Start with your favorite Vanilla Ice Cream. This is what I had in the freezer. Believe me, the fact that it was No Sugar Added didn’t matter one bit! Cuz I added plenty of sugary goodness to it. Oh yes I did!

For one serving, use 2 scoops. Not that I’ll EVER make just one serving again!

Let the ice cream soften and give it a quick stir.

Add a tablespoon of Maple Syrup.

Swirl it around, but don’t mix completely.

Pop the bowl back into the freezer…

And go make some Maple Caramelized Bacon!

This time I added about a teaspoon of cinnamon to the brown sugar and it was yummy!

I cooked it a bit longer so it was extra crispy. Then cut it up with my kitchen shears. Way easier than using a knife!

Now comes a happy accident! As I stood looking at the pan the bacon had cooked in, it appeared that there was quite a bit of caramel-ish toffee in the pan. So I drained off most of the bacon grease and tasted what was left. Mmmmmm…WHAM inspiration hits! Why not fold that into the ice cream???? Huh, WHY NOT? So I did. It promptly hardened into a solid lump. Ooops! What have I done? Should I fish it out?

Nope! Just got those trusty kitchen shears back out and cut it all up into tiny,

little bits of crunchy, bacony, toffee goodness!


Then back into the freezer it went.

A few hours later, I popped it into my favorite sundae glass. A treasured gift from my Fat Bottomed Friend, Tee, which she gave me at least twenty years ago! I assure you, if you don’t have a sundae glass, your favorite ice cream bowl will work just fine.

Just look at all those tasty bits of toffee! Wow, am I glad that “accident” happened!

Add your favorite Caramel Ice Cream Topping.

Then top with the Caramelized Bacon bits.

Voila!

Right before your very eyes…It’s Magical!

I just turned Friday into Sundae!

And for my finale….the Disappearing Maple Bacon Ice Cream Sundae….

Poof!

Vanished !

Ta Daaaaaa!

From my Fat Bottomed Kitchen to yours,

The Great and Wondrous Fat Bottomed Bex wishes you all a safe and Happy 4th of July!

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Yep… as promised, here is another recipe using carmelized bacon!!!  I don’t know what it will be like at your house – but I made this at my daughter Kelly’s…  I had 3 of my grandkids around and they kept eating the bacon… I almost didn’t have enough to use in the recipe!

We have been making this dish (sans the bacon) for years!  It’s my ‘go to’ quick dessert when I need something that tastes simple enough for the kids and mouth-watering enough for adults that just happen to drop by!

Since this is one of my favorite desserts, I decided to ‘modernize’ it and add some carmelized bacon.  I tasted it when it was warm and Oh My Goodness!!!  I was so happy… I could barely wait for Kelly to get home from work and try it!!   So don’t wait… go buy some apples and make this very soon!!!

Here’s what you’ll need…Do y’all see my nifty little gadget that peels, slices and cores the apples all at once???  I love this thing!!!  I got it years ago from Pampered Chef, but found them on Amazon (click here) if you’d like to get one!  This one hooks onto the counter with a clamp, but I made this little stand for it so I wouldn’t have to keep putting it on and taking it off of the counter, I’m lazy that way!  I gotta say, I love it!  Maybe that’s why this recipe was so easy???

You will also notice that I used a cake mix.  Again… I like to make my own crumble topping, but I was at Kelly’s house and didn’t want to rummage through all her stuff looking for what I needed, so I used the cake mix.  It’s good, it’s faster and almost any mix flavor will work.  In the past I’ve used the following – spice, white, yellow, butter, german chocolate… they all worked out tasting great!  The only ones I have not tried are the funfetti, cherry chip, lemon and chocolate… but now that I’ve thought about it… I might actually try one and see how it works – maybe with a different fruit filling.  Anyway… let’s get to our dessert!!

Let’s start with makin’ the bacon.

Click here for the carmelized bacon recipe.

While bacon is bakin’ (lol) – it’s a great time to peel, core and slice those apples.  I use 5 or 6 apples depending on their size.  Arrange sliced apples in baking dish.

By now, bacon should be out of the oven and cooled.  Go ahead and set oven to 375° now. Sprinkle apples with brown sugar (dark or light), cinnamon (or mock cinnamon) & bacon pieces.  I like to cut the bacon with kitchen scissors right on top of the apples, brown sugar & spices in baking dish.

Found it works well to add a few pats of butter here and then top with as much cake mix as you can fit onto the dish.  It will bake down.  I usually end up using about 1/2 to 3/4 of the pkg.  Then slice the rest of the butter into pats and dot the topping with butter.  Place into oven and bake for about 45 min.


While your dessert is baking and you’re cleaning up the kitchen… you can be sure if there are any kids around they will find very useful purposes for the apple peels!!  Like making jewelry and recreating famous movie scenes!!

Times up!!  Here you go!! It’s beautiful and tastes terrific!!!

Ingredients:

  • 10 Slices of Carmelized Bacon (cut into pieces)
  • 4 – 5 Granny Smith Apples
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon or (Mock Cinnamon if you’re allergic)
  • Carmelized Bacon
  • 1/2 – 3/4 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 stick Butter

Bake at 375°.  Make Carmelized Bacon and set aside.  When cool enough to handle, break or cut bacon into small bite size pieces.

Peel, core and slice apples then arrange in baking dish.  Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon (or mock cinnamon) over apples.  Top with bacon pieces and a few pats of butter.  Take dry cake mix and sprinkle over apples.  Slice remaining butter and place on cake mix.  Pop into oven for about 45 minutes.

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Bacon…Bacon….BACON!

Sounds like that old dog treat commercial, huh? Ha! I promise you this is not for your dog! (unless he’s REALLY spoiled.)

It’s almost not breakfast without bacon. Do you agree? Heck, it’s almost not lunch or dinner without it sometimes. Bacon seems to be universally loved. In fact, I JUST met the first person ever who says they don’t like it. Gotta say, I was floored.

Anyhoo, I’ve been seeing lots of recipes online that call for Caramelized Bacon. Mmmmm…Doesn’t that just sound delicious? I’d never made it, so I decided to give it a whirl. Easy. Simple. No frying mess. Tasty. I promise you all of these things.

In honor of making Caramelized Bacon for the first time, Tam & I will devote the next few recipes to this sweet and savory ingredient. Speaking of honoring Bacon…don’t you think there should be a holiday or something? Guess I’ll have to investigate that, huh? I’ll get back to you on that and if there isn’t one, let’s start one!

Ingredients

  • Bacon (duh) I used a thick-sliced applewood smoked style
  • Maple Syrup
  • Brown Sugar

That’s it. You are just 3 simple ingredients away!

           

Preheat oven to 375º

Line a cookie sheet (with edges) with foil or parchment paper (next time I’m going to add a rack)

Lay out strips of Bacon

Brush with Maple Syrup           

Flip ’em over and brush the other side too!

Sprinkle on some brown sugar and spread it around with the brush so each bacon slice is evenly coated. Or not. Maybe you might like it a little clumpy? Go ahead, get creative if you must. Hey, maybe even add some cinnamon! Just thought of that…I’ll have to try that next time!

     

Bake 20-25 minutes in preheated oven, turning once, until desired crispness.

Check at 15 minutes, then watch closely. Depending on your oven you may need to adjust your time. Mine actually took closer to 30 minutes.

Add to your favorite sandwich, try it for a change of pace at breakfast or brunch. Or just eat it all by itself! And if you really can’t figure out what to do with it, just check back with Fat Bottomed Friends™ in the coming days and we’ll help you out!

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