kitchen tip: the easiest way to cook bacon

Over the last decade I have started to really come into my own in the kitchen and now feel pretty confident in my skills, but it has been a journey getting there.  Although I definitely spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen growing up {I really loved baking!} I still had so much to learn.  I also needed to find what worked best for me and what made life easier and more efficient for myself.  While my mom is amazing in the kitchen there are certain things she does differently purely because of where they live {in the country, on a ranch, 50 miles from town}, so I have had to find what works best for my "city" life.

There are so many kitchen tips and tricks out there and I love when I come across a new one.  I am going to start sharing some of mine with you in hopes that I can give you some aha moments like I have had.  I also hope that you will share some of yours with me.  Like I stated, I LOVE learning anything that will make my time in the kitchen easier.

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Okay, so my first tip is in regards to the lovely pork product above - bacon!  I remember as a kid standing over a frying pan on the stovetop getting splattered by grease and trying to keep the bacon from curling up by pressing down the edges with a fork while my mom kept reminding us that we needed to keep the bacon flat.  Then you had to move the bacon to a paper towel lined plate and start over again because a frying pan can only handle a small amount of bacon at one time.  I used this method after leaving home for a little while before quickly tiring of it.  I hated the mess that was created, I hated cleaning the frying pan, I hated waiting for the bacon grease to cool before I could put it in the trash.  I can't tell you how many trash bags I burned through because I didn't wait long enough, then I had to clean bacon grease out of the bottom of the trashcan.  Not fun at all.  Enter this method.  It makes cooking bacon a breeze and you don't have to try to keep the bacon from curling while you are also trying to cook up eggs, french toast, pancakes or whatever you desire to eat your bacon with.

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.

2.  Line 1-2 baking sheets {depending on how much bacon you are cooking} with aluminum foil.  Make sure the foil slightly hangs over the baking sheet so that all of the grease is contained and can't run over onto the sheet {my piece above was a little short}.

3.  Place bacon on the baking sheet.

4.  Cook bacon until cooked to your desired preference {this will depend on if you like your bacon crispy or not}.  I usually bake it for about 10 minutes.  If you are using 2 baking sheets, make sure half way through the baking time you switch the baking sheet on the top rack to the bottom and vice versa.

5.  Remove bacon from oven and place on a plate lined with paper towel to soak up all that grease.

6.  Eat bacon!

7.  Wad up the aluminum foil and throw away.  No messy grease running down your trash can and super easy clean up!

I hope you guys will find this useful.  I know it has helped me out and allowed my hands to be free so I can cook up some other yumminess.  

chocolate chunk almond butter

I'm a little embarrassed to say that when I made this the other day it lasted an entire two days and I am the only one who ate it.  It is super addicting.  I tried to make myself feel better by justifying that almonds are good for you and dark chocolate has health benefits too, but I still felt pretty guilty eating this much almond butter over a span of 48 hours.  Oh well.  So you should make this eat in 2 days or less then tell me about it so I feel better.  Please, pretty please!

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Apples with almond butter is one of my all time favorite snacks and chocolate {especially dark!} is a weakness of mine, so combine almond butter with chocolate and I am weak in the knees.  I knew the combination would be incredible but I didn't expect it to be this good.  Seriously, you must try this now!  If you have never made you own almond butter it is time to start and you should definitely start with this one.

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I mostly enjoyed this almond butter with some honey crisp apples but one day I took an extra step and tossed the apples and almond butter into a paleo coconut flour crepe and warmed them over medium heat on the stove and was instantly taken to foodie heaven.  The chocolate melted over the apples and the warm almond butter clung to the sweet apples making an unbelievable dessert.  I was taken back 11 years to when I was first introduced to crepes in an amazing French market.  Oh boy, now I really want to go back to France.  If you have never had a crepe, you should give it a try, especially if you happen to be in France.  Your life will never be the same.

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Chocolate Chunk Almond Butter

makes: 3/4 cup


1 c almonds

2 tsp unsweetened cocoa

2-3 tsp coconut oil

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp maple syrup

1 Tbsp dark chocolate chips/chunks {dairy + soy free}



1. Place almonds in food processor.  Process until almonds break down, oils release and start to form a ball.

2. Add coconut oil 1 tsp at a time until a smooth butter is achieved.

3. Add cocoa, cinnamon and maple syrup and process until mixed well.

4. Place almond butter in a glass dish and stir in chocolate.  Enjoy!  I prefer to enjoy this with apples, which are amazing this time of year!


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