Baked potato soup is another restaurant inspired soup that I keep in my wintertime menu rotation.
The recipe that was given to me by one of the restaurant owners is long gone. After making it so many times, I just throw things together in a pan and serve it up.
He swore that his secret ingredient was ham soup base. This can usually be found in the Latin section of local grocery stores. Apparently, Wally World no longer carries this product. I prefer to use Goya brand, since it comes in perfect sized little packets, but I have been known to grab a jar of it in the regular soup aisle if the packets aren’t available.
Sweet Bacon Crackers are an idea that have been running around the internet for quite some time. Lord knows, I have looked at a few of them, so it is hard telling which onse was the first one I saw. It is also hard to tell if there was any one recipe that I have used so I apologize to any other blogger out there who believes this recipe may belong to them.
This can be made any type of cracker that you would like. I prefer the buttery small rectangles, only because I like the shape that this cracker becomes. All of the cracker types will shrink somewhat in the general area the bacon is wrapped.
The key to keeping your crackers together is to keep the heat high in the oven. If you cook these too slow, there is more time for the grease to absorb into the crackers and they will be soggy in the middle. But if you like your pork fat, this might be the way you want to cook them.
Old Fashioned Slow Simmered Green Beans have been in my life since I was old enough to eat. The first indication a holiday feast brewing in the kitchen is the smell of bacon and onions cooking at the crack of dawn.
My grandmother and mother both made green beans often. I don’t know if it was tradition, cheap, a comfort food, or just the first vegetable that came to mind at dinner time. When I was growing up, everyone’s normal evening meal included a protein, a starch and a vegetable.
My grandmother used a spoonful of bacon grease when she cooked almost anything. She had a can of bacon grease sitting on the stove. She added to that can every time she made bacon for breakfast, which if memory serves me right was daily. My grandfather loved his bacon. Even after my grandma passed, he still made himself a breakfast of bacon, eggs, biscuits, and grape jelly. He also drank his coffee out of a saucer instead of a cup. I never did know why he did that. It remains a mystery to me to this day. He lived to be 89 and had it not been for dementia he probably would have lived longer than that. Continue reading “Old Fashioned Slow Simmered Green Beans”→