BLT Sandwich {w/peppered balsamic mayo}


If I had a crystal ball when I was a child and someone would have shown me that I ended up owning a condo a few blocks from the ocean in California, I wouldn’t have believed it. If someone had shown me a vision of me making and eating a BLT sandwich, I wouldn’t have…

Avocado Asparagus Omelet Sandwich {w/Bacon}


I have no clue exactly what I was looking for when I stumbled upon this recipe for Avocado and Asparagus Omelet Sandwiches at BHG and just dropped what I was doing and stared. I had to have it immediately whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I had bread, eggs, and bacon on hand and immediately wanted to…

The Ultimate Double Decker Frisco Burger


I grew up in a very small town. It was so small that the only fast-food restaurant we had for the longest time was Hardee’s. McDonald’s and Taco Bell came along eventually and we also got a Pizza Hut. And just this past year Starbucks finally came to town (along with a Qdoba). The burger…

Pesto Arugula Avocado Toast {w/bacon and eggs}


My family and friends are very aware of my love of food. Oftentimes they will share with me foods they’ve eaten or foods they think I might like. Anything that would be appropriate for me to recreate at home and subsequently share via my blog. The other day one of my friends sent me a…

Wedge Salad


In my opinion, iceberg lettuce gets a bad rap. I mean sure it’s supposed to be nearly nutritionally devoid, but yet it tastes so good. And it reminds me of my youth. As does romaine lettuce. So iceberg lettuce clearly has its place and one of those places is in a wedge salad. This recipe…

Factory Chopped Salad {copycat}


It’s been many years since I worked at the Cheesecake Factory but my love for their food remains. I can still picture the end of a night shift where another bartender and myself would perch in the paper room with a plateful of Factory Nachos and our favorite dessert to split, Fresh Strawberry Shortcake (extra…

Classic Cobb Salad


If ever there were a salad I could claim as my own, it would be the Cobb salad. And by “claim as my own” I mean it’s the only salad I continuously reach for. And by “continuously” I mean that I eat it a handful of times a year. at work when I forgot to…

Roasted Asparagus Bacon Blue Cheese Arugula Salad


This week I purchased a package of spinach, a package of arugula and a package of romaine lettuce with really nothing in mind with what to do with any of them besides the arugula. I intended to and succeeded in recreating a salad my sister made over Christmas.  I’m not sure about you but I…

{crockpot} Chicken Bacon Gnocchi Soup


I flew home over Christmas break for the first time in about four or five years. I had great plans for my trip home. Lots of people to see. Lots of things to do. And most importantly, lots of food to eat. When I arrived at LAX for my flight to Chicago, I went to…

Four Cheese Strata {with bacon}


Part of what’s great about the holidays is kicking the day off with an indulgent breakfast you wouldn’t normally make any other time of the year. Sometimes I make something sweet, like these lemon sticky rolls I made one Christmas, but normally I gravitate toward some sort of cheesy-eggy dish (gouda corn pudding; sausage, bacon and…

Maple Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts


There was a time when I despised Brussels sprouts. I had a roommate about 10 years ago who loooooved Brussels Sprouts. She would microwave them until they were hard tiny balls and pop them into her mouth. I hated the smell. That was my first foray with Brussels sprouts; I wouldn’t touch them with a…

Crab and Bacon Savory Pie {grain free}


I’ve nearly stopped buying bacon altogether instead favoring bacon ends and pieces. It’s rare that I eat bacon for the sake of eating bacon (like with eggs or pancakes). I’m usually buying it for a recipe with bacon as the star of the show or even a side act. Bacon ends and pieces are significantly…

{made from scratch} Biscuits and Gravy


I felt foolish when I announced to my friend that I made biscuits and gravy similar to that of which her grandma had made for us when we were in high school and she informed me that her family makes bacon gravy, not sausage gravy. I had never heard of bacon gravy! Admittedly, the recipe…

Spinach and Rice Casserole {lower carb}


After the success I had a few weeks ago with making a broccoli rice cheese casserole substituting most of the rice for cauliflower rice, I decided to find additional casserole recipes to make “healthier” by adding cauliflower rice. There are probably not surprisingly a ton of options out there. I decided to try to go…

Sous Vide Egg Bites {starbucks copycat}


Anyone who knows me even slightly knows I’m obsessed with the Egg Bites you can buy at Starbucks. I think both flavors are delicious, but I’m particularly in love with the bacon and gruyere version. My habit/addiction is costly, however. At over $4 for two of these gems, I could spend over $20 a week…

Bacon Cheeseburger {low carb} Meatloaf


A few weeks ago I made the most amazing low-carb meatloaf. It had bits of fresh Mozzarella, mushrooms and Italian Seasoning. I honestly didn’t think it would be that amazing and didn’t think I would want to blog it so regrettably did not take pictures during the process. It took me about two weeks to…

Bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon and Brown Butter Asparagus


I found some pre-packaged bacon-wrapped filet at the grocery store this morning at what seemed like an amazing price. So I promptly searched how to cook these babies and found a standard recipe that everyone seems to use with maybe some slight variation. I had some asparagus in the refrigerator that needs to be used…

Cheesy Creamed Brussels Sprouts


Whenever I decide to start eating more vegetables I go overboard in my buying. Which usually means I usually end up wasting too much. I randomly purchased a one-pound package of brussels sprouts last week with no real concept of how to cook them. Since I had bacon and heavy cream in my refrigerator that…

Bacon Stroganoff


I searched high and low for a bacon stroganoff recipe on the internet. There aren’t that many recipes out there which surprises me because I think I’ve seen nearly every type of stroganoff you can imagine – even meatball! (Meatball Stroganoff should be my next try.) So I took my mom’s basic recipe for stroganoff…

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon


I have this thing with sweet potatoes. I am OBSESSED with them. But not on Thanksgiving. I’m not sure why. Sweet Potato dishes are usually the first thing I’ll pass. Maybe it’s the marshmallows. Or the other overly sweet accoutrements that normally accompany the spud. Whatever the reason, sweet potatoes don’t top my list of…