Bacon guacamole

Last night, my mother took a few cold, crispy, paper-towel-wrapped bacon strips out of the fridge.

“What should we do with this leftover bacon?” she asked.

“WHY DO YOU HAVE LEFTOVER BACON?” I grabbed the strips and without hesitating, crumbled them into the bowl of fresh guacamole I was mashing. I was scared for a second, because what if it wasn’t a good combination? What if I had ruined some perfectly good guac and some perfectly good bacon? Haha. No way. It was just as awesome as it could possibly be. I ruined its aesthetics by eating a giant scoopful before thinking of photo-documentation, but you’ll get the idea from this Instagram:

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Recipe: Bacon guacamole for 2

  • 1 Large avocado
  • juice of 1/2 a ripe lime
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 a small tomato, diced
  • 1 (or 2) extra crispy bacon strip(s)

Mash up that avocado with a fork or small potato-masher. Squeeze that lime juice. Mix in garlic, salt, and diced tomato. Garnish with your fresh bacon bits. Serve with tortilla chips. YUM. (Note: I do not work with cilantro, ever. It tastes like dish detergent to me. Put some in if you’re a fan. I prefer to add chopped scallions to my guac for flavor, but I didn’t have any that day.)

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An introduction

Hello blogosphere,

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Anna. I’m an aspiring journalist, recent college grad (seeking a JOB), Boston resident, kitchen-experimenter, breakfast food enthusiast, and yes, an ex vegetarian. My parents raised me meat-free, but in my late teens I decided to convert.

For the full background story, check out this column I wrote to accompany my feature article about ex-vegetarians for The Boston Globe. To make a long story short, I first discovered jerk chicken when I was 17, and that was that. A few short years after introducing poultry into my diet, I found bacon. My life has been forever changed. I’m basically a bacon addict. But this doesn’t mean I don’t still love tofu. After bacon, my second-favorite food is fried crispy tofu, breaded with nutritional yeast. This dish is essentially bacon for vegetarians, or tofu that omnivores actually enjoy. I swear! I’ll post a recipe soon.

This will be a food blog. I aim to share my recipes and babble about my culinary experiences, including those in restaurants, at my friends’ houses, and from my recent travels in Europe. Some of my recipes are totally vegetarian. Some of my recipes will include bacon as a prominent feature, which can be substituted with turkey bacon or veggie bacon. In short, this is a blog for everyone who loves eating delicious things as much as I do, especially open-minded, non-discriminatory eaters. I’m not looking for lectures from vegetarians, or vegans. I respect your choices, but I personally feel much healthier with a more varied diet. I can say this honestly after spending 17 years as a vegetarian. I may eat a lot of bacon, but I think I balance it out by eating healthily otherwise — lots of fruit & veg, small portions, very few sweets, etc.