Saturday, December 27, 2008

Week 52: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 12/27/2008 11:45:06 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM455
BOB427
TEDD389
WILLIAM374
MEG363
TRACEY331
DESTINY293
MATT270
MIKE177
CHRISTINE138
MICHELLE137
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Week 51: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 12/20/2008 11:45:07 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM455
BOB423
TEDD389
WILLIAM364
MEG363
TRACEY329
DESTINY282
MATT263
MIKE177
MICHELLE137
CHRISTINE136
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More Chicken-Fried Bacon


One is close to work for me, the other is close to home!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Week 50: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 12/13/2008 11:45:06 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM455
BOB419
TEDD388
WILLIAM360
MEG354
TRACEY320
DESTINY270
MATT247
MIKE177
MICHELLE137
CHRISTINE136
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Beautiful Picture of the Fatty Melt.

I think this is the same thing WJR had and god damn! It's beautiful!


I can't believe WJR was able to digest this. I am jealous!!!!!

Bacon Martini? Mmmmm..

Pigging out on bacon and craving more

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Week 49: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 12/6/2008 11:45:06 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM448
BOB419
TEDD385
WILLIAM358
MEG354
TRACEY304
DESTINY270
MATT235
MIKE177
MICHELLE137
CHRISTINE136
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Another Challenge Met!

The Bacon Prize has been awarded to another outstanding scholar whose work continues to have a substantial impact on bacon consumption.



The winner of the Bacon Prize has been invited to spend one term (3 months) in the ER of their favorite hospital. Funds will NOT be provided to compensate the winner’s home institution for the period of residence at the ER. Transportation and local housing cost incurred during this term will be paid by the Bacontarian winner and his/her health insurance (please refer to your insurance benefits).

Congratulations TEDD A! You have joined the ranks of:
Lawrence Principe (2004), Johns Hopkins University, history of chemistry
Alexander Jones (2006), University of Toronto, history of astronomy

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Functional Fashion

I received a shout recently from Meg C. (a non-BC '08 participant) of some crochet needles done good. How she found out about this remains a mystery. Is she a secret crocheter? A crochet fan? Just a finder of oddities? I guess that doesn't really matter. What matters is the combining of good eats with good stitches.

Regular bacon keeps you warm on the inside, but this bacon keeps you warm on the outside: Bacon Wrap



Monday, December 1, 2008

What Does The Future Hold?

I received an e-mail from Chris T. about a week ago:

Just came across your site today. A little late to get in on the 08 challenge, but as a daily bacon eater, I could probably catchup in the 6 weeks remaining. Any chance you will be doing this for 2009? I would be interested in participating.

Thanks,
Chris

Well? What's our deal? Is the era of challenges over, or do we go at it again? Bacon again or do we switch to something else?

Apples, to see if "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" really holds true?

Cheese?

Bananas?

Sausage?

Oreos?

Something else?

While in the home stretch we should probably get thinking/deciding.



Saturday, November 29, 2008

Week 48: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 11/29/2008 11:45:06 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM448
BOB419
TEDD365
WILLIAM345
MEG342
TRACEY304
DESTINY248
MATT235
MIKE177
MICHELLE137
CHRISTINE136
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Thursday, November 27, 2008

'Tis the Season

My friend Stacey who is not a participant but is clearly a fan of all this Bacon Challenge madness sent me this today (conveniently just as the Christmas shopping season begins):

Christmas presents for you and your Bacon Challenge cohorts:

http://www.baconnaise.com/

http://www.perpetualkid.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1733

http://www.mcphee.com/items/11706.html

http://www.mcphee.com/items/11847.html

http://www.baconandmeat.com/bacon-band-aids.htm

A few of these may have crossed our bacon eating paths this past 11 months, but some are definitely new to me. It seems that nothing would be better than paying for bacon with money taken from a bacon wallet, but that's just one man's opinion.

Happy Thanksgiving ... now get eating bacon. Only 34 days to get to the elusive 365.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Week 47: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 11/22/2008 11:45:15 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM442
BOB403
TEDD355
WILLIAM318
TRACEY298
MEG272
MATT235
DESTINY229
MIKE177
MICHELLE137
CHRISTINE136
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Friday, November 21, 2008

41 Days Left

Even with time dwindling, turkey isn't a shortcut I will take.

Illustration courtesy of Natalie Dee



Sunday, November 16, 2008

Week 46: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 11/16/2008 1:48:14 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM434
BOB401
TEDD351
WILLIAM311
TRACEY285
MEG272
MATT235
DESTINY225
MIKE177
CHRISTINE136
MICHELLE133
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Week 45: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 11/8/2008 11:45:03 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM427
BOB397
TEDD341
WILLIAM294
MEG272
TRACEY267
MATT220
DESTINY215
MIKE177
CHRISTINE136
MICHELLE133
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Bacon vs. Fries

I guess somebody has to win, but if only we could overcome the bipartisan nature of politics and create a SuperSenator: election results

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fatty Boombalatty

Tonight I went and got myself a burger from Buckeye Beer Engine. Bacon was included. Now I know this is a bacon blog and I'd certainly never try to steal away bacon's thunder with something else, but I think the real story here is actually the burger that the bacon resided upon. It was November's burger of the month called Fatty Melt (you love it already, I can tell).

Per the Beer Engine menu, Fatty Melt is this: Our famous half-pound beef patty, lovingly placed between TWO grilled cheese sandwiches filled with bacon and tomatoes.

Note that the patty is "famous", and that "famous" patty is not just slapped between two grilled cheeses, it's "lovingly placed" there. Let the record show that I could taste both the fame and the love.

With that I must sign off as I think I am about to go into a coma. A delicious, delicious coma.

Note: Sorry the photo isn't better. It was a little dark in there and I guess the camera on my phone doesn't care for that.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Week 44: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 11/1/2008 11:45:07 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM427
BOB392
TEDD339
WILLIAM282
MEG272
TRACEY242
MATT216
DESTINY215
MIKE177
CHRISTINE136
MICHELLE133
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Week 43: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 10/25/2008 11:45:06 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM427
BOB384
TEDD330
WILLIAM278
MEG272
TRACEY242
DESTINY215
MATT211
MIKE177
CHRISTINE136
MICHELLE133
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A different kind of bacon strip



Found these gems today.

I might make a purchase. There are also other bacon-centric goodies, including bacon jelly beans, gumballs and a bacon pennant!

Check it.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Week 42: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 10/18/2008 11:45:06 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM420
BOB384
TEDD325
MEG272
WILLIAM268
TRACEY242
MATT201
DESTINY199
MIKE177
CHRISTINE136
MICHELLE133
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Week 41: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 10/11/2008 11:45:04 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM409
BOB378
TEDD307
MEG272
WILLIAM257
TRACEY238
MATT193
DESTINY190
MIKE177
CHRISTINE134
MICHELLE133
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Week 40: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 10/4/2008 11:45:04 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM409
BOB375
TEDD292
MEG272
WILLIAM257
TRACEY238
DESTINY186
MATT183
MIKE177
CHRISTINE134
MICHELLE129
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Week 39: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 9/27/2008 11:45:06 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM402
BOB369
TEDD282
MEG272
WILLIAM253
TRACEY238
DESTINY186
MIKE177
MATT174
CHRISTINE134
MICHELLE119
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Congrats to another victor


We need to award a new Bacon Belt! This one goes to Bob for surpassing the year mark. Congrats.

Now go eat a different B.E.L.T.
Or find a different bacon belt.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Week 38: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 9/20/2008 11:45:04 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM391
BOB369
TEDD276
MEG272
WILLIAM249
TRACEY238
DESTINY181
MIKE177
MATT171
CHRISTINE134
MICHELLE119
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Week 37: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 9/13/2008 11:45:05 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM382
BOB357
MEG272
TEDD261
TRACEY232
WILLIAM226
MIKE177
DESTINY170
MATT165
CHRISTINE134
MICHELLE115
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Week 36: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 9/6/2008 11:45:03 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM370
BOB343
TEDD260
MEG242
TRACEY232
WILLIAM226
MIKE177
DESTINY170
MATT156
CHRISTINE134
MICHELLE111
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Friday, September 5, 2008

Congrats


Mr. Tom "I hate gluten" D. can now hang up his Mission Accomplished banner. That's right everybody, he's the first to hit the magic number of 365. An impressive 365 strips of bacon consumed.

Although I haven't spoken with him, it seems the one strip a day isn't enough for him as with 117 more days remaining in 2008 he's already five over the goal. Always pushing the bacon envelope. He's probably dreaming of breakfast at this very moment.

Kudos, Tom!

Now I gotta go play some catch up.



Chicken-fried bacon

Delicious!

Read about it

Take a look at it

Watch it

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Week 35: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 8/30/2008 11:45:03 PM:
BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM355
BOB327
TEDD246
MEG242
TRACEY232
WILLIAM221
MIKE177
DESTINY167
MATT152
CHRISTINE134
MICHELLE111
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Long-Term Bacon

Stock up your bomb shelter, or maybe just your kitchen pantry. With a shelf life of 10+ years, there's really no reason to not have bacon at the ready no matter what the situation: Canned

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Week 34: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 8/23/2008 11:45:06 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM334
BOB306
MEG242
TEDD239
TRACEY222
WILLIAM221
MIKE177
DESTINY167
MATT149
CHRISTINE134
MICHELLE111
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Rock Out With Your Bacon Out

Courtesy of Wendy's and Pandora:

Minnesota anyone? I need some Pig Lickers

These sound amazing.

"One guy came up with, 'Who doesn't love bacon? Who doesn't love chocolate? Let's marry them together.' "

Amen.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Octodog

While it's not bacon, it is pork-related.

http://www.cnet.com/8301-13553_1-10021225-32.html?hhTest


I challenge one of you to construct an Octobacon.



Bacon All Year. Bacon One Day.

Bacon spread out all year long, or bacon on one special day ... there is no wrong way to participate as far as I can tell.

These Bacon Day people commented on a post way back in January when the BC was just getting to be a part of our lives.

They've got a site dedicated to International Bacon Day, which according to their site is: held on the Saturday before Labor Day US (the first Monday of Sep.). This year that is the 30th of August. That's coming up. You have 10 days to prepare.

Go ahead and support this international fest while padding your BC '08 numbers, or getting yourself back in the game or just because you feel like it. August 30, 2008 -- be there.



Monday, August 18, 2008

I'd Like To Report A Bacon Theft

I went camping this past weekend. Just Friday to Saturday afternoon, but during that short time there was some bacon involved.

Sometime in the wee hours of Saturday morning I am awoken by the noise of repeatedly crinkled plastic and some shuffling around. At first I think maybe it is a fellow camper just looking for a latenight snack or something to drink or whatever, but then the quiet noise becomes louder. The twang of hard plastic breaking and then the crash of something falling off of the picnic table gets me fully awake and moving. I get out my flashlight and spot a fat, furry, masked burglar inside the screenhouse under the picnic table. He's got a package of cookies and is squeezing out the door in an attempt to make off with them.

I get out of my tent and chase this raccoon off. He dropped the package of cookies so most of them were able to be recovered. I put them in the cooler and went back to sleep.

Come daylight we were able to survey the scene a bit more carefully. The cookie container had been cracked open a bit. I'm guessing there were some raccoon paws or snout in there so I threw away a few of the cookies on that end of the package, but for the most part no major damage done. Also, some bananas were gone/smooshed. I'd say about four of them. But here's where it gets ugly. I notice some muddy paw prints on the cooler. I also see some paper on the ground. At first I think nothing of it but then ... the bacon!

This bacon was from a market/butcher so it was wrapped in paper as butchers like to do rather than the vacuum sealed packaging of regular store purchased bacon. Every last piece of the bacon was gone. One pound of bacon gone and presumably in one racoon's stomach. Also missing was one hot dog and about five hot dog buns.

Luckily someone had a backup package of bacon so breakfast was not a complete loss. Let this be a lesson to you to not leave your bacon (or anything else) unattended.

Authorities are still searching for the masked bandit. Suspect is considered wily and probably experiencing some vile digestive issues. Approach with caution.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Week 33: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 8/16/2008 11:45:14 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM324
BOB302
MEG242
TEDD231
TRACEY222
WILLIAM219
MIKE177
DESTINY167
MATT139
CHRISTINE134
MICHELLE111
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Week 32: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 8/9/2008 11:45:06 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM310
BOB275
TEDD224
MEG222
TRACEY216
WILLIAM214
MIKE171
DESTINY156
MATT135
CHRISTINE134
MICHELLE111
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Thanks, Marilyn

Again, thanks to my mom, there is some bacon info worth posting. Check this out -- some good news for us bacon eaters from Marilyn "Ms. Smarty Pants" vos Savant in this past week's Parade Magazine:

Q: On a package of raw bacon, does the calorie content refer to cooked or uncooked bacon?
—James Taylor, Denver, Colo.

A: It refers to raw bacon. If you cook the bacon and discard the fat, the calorie count plummets. A medium slice of raw bacon contains about 125 calories. After broiling, it contains only 35 calories.
Source: http://www.parade.com/articles/editions/2008/edition_08-03-2008/Ask_Marilyn

It seems that with this new knowledge we should change the name "bacon" to "diet bacon." As long as you aren't eating it raw or drinking the grease it's almost healthy. Eat up, it's diet!



Saturday, August 2, 2008

Week 31: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 8/2/2008 11:45:07 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM296
BOB268
MEG222
TRACEY216
TEDD214
WILLIAM210
MIKE165
DESTINY156
MATT135
CHRISTINE134
MICHELLE111
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Bad Choices

I must be feeling the strain of 200 plus days of Bacon Challenge pressure ... today while out for some breakfast I ordered some pancakes and eggs. The waitress asked, "Sausage or bacon?" and I opted for sausage patties rather than bacon. Sausage! The patties just sounded so delicious (and to be honest, they were).

Sausage: same delicious breakfast meat family, but just not applicable to the BC '08 tally. So very weak of me. So very unwise.

The regret.

The guilt.

The shame.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

As American As Bacon Pie

About a month ago my mom e-mailed me a bacon recipe. While not a Bacon Challenge participant she certainly has taken an interest our desire to plump ourselves up and cut our lives shorter. This particular recipe has so many layers of fat that I think even the one healthy ingredient probably converts from an antioxidant to an artery clogging mechanism just from hanging around with the rest of the troublemakers.

That said, I made this masterpiece last night: Bacon Tomato Pie [complete recipe to follow]

A photo tour ...

Get your ingredients together. Pie shell (I suppose you could make your own if you're fancy), shredded or grated cheddar, mayonnaise (please note: I use "Light" to keep this whole thing healthy), tomatoes and the guest of honor -- bacon.


Bake up the pie shell and cool. Let me mention that I have a new respect for pie makers. This is my first time ever making any sort of pie and even with the pre-made shell it was a pain in the ass and not very pretty. Definitely not a blue ribbon winner at the fair for this guy. But we're here for taste, not for aesthetics (at least not this time). Enter stage center: sliced tomatoes then cooked and broken up bacon on top.


Mix your mayo and cheese and glop on top of the bacon and tomatoes.


Into the oven for like 30 minutes and then try to control your urge to taste for at least a few minutes so you don't burn your face off.


And go at it

Full recipe:
Tomato Bacon Pie
From Taste of Home
1 unbaked deep-dish pastry shell
3 medium tomatoes, cut in 1/4" slices
10 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar
1 cup mayonnaise

Bake pastry shell according to package directions. Cool
Place tomatoes in the crust, sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
In a bowl, combine cheese and mayo. Spoon over bacon in the center of the pie, leaving 1" around the edge.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown (cover edges of crust with strips of foil if necessary to prevent over-browning).
Makes six or more slices (about 1.6666667 strips of bacon per slice if you cut it in six).


Make this next time you would like some bacon for breakfast, brunch, lunch dinner, midnight snack or anywhere in between. It's cheesy and salty and tangy and really gives bacon a little more street cred than when it is just sitting around as a side dish.

I had one slice when it was still warm and another the following morning after a night in the 'fridge. It really works either way, although if forced to choose I think I prefer it warm.

Bacon!!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Week 30: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 7/26/2008 11:45:07 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM282
BOB258
MEG222
TRACEY216
TEDD206
WILLIAM202
MIKE157
DESTINY150
CHRISTINE134
MATT123
MICHELLE111
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Week 29: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 7/19/2008 11:45:09 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM269
BOB253
MEG222
TRACEY201
TEDD197
WILLIAM194
MIKE153
DESTINY144
CHRISTINE134
MATT123
MICHELLE111
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL45
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Week 28: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 7/12/2008 11:45:08 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM258
BOB248
MEG222
TRACEY201
TEDD197
WILLIAM194
DESTINY144
MIKE144
CHRISTINE134
MATT115
MICHELLE111
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL40
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

America's Bithday/Halfway There

So I threw down a July 5th/Halfway Through the Year BBQ on Saturday. As with most things it was rather half-assed, but there was some bacon consumed and some fun had. There was some bacon wrapped around hot dogs, then grilled. Also the same was done with some brats. And then some opted for bacon on their burger. Some (like me) had all of the above.

Also was some cornhole, beer, s'mores, an impromptu lawn mow, chips, dip, guac and lots of sunshine. Summer!!
A brat w/bacon, sauerkraut and Stadium Mustard created by Mike


Saturday, July 5, 2008

Week 27: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 7/5/2008 11:45:07 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM250
BOB241
MEG202
TRACEY201
TEDD197
WILLIAM187
DESTINY140
MIKE132
CHRISTINE121
MICHELLE111
MATT105
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL40
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Monday, June 30, 2008

Surf and Swine

Just got back from a little vacay in St. Kitts. Although I didn't see any swine anywhere on the island, there was bacon. Ah, the magic of the shipping industry.

The best use of bacon I tasted was in a little something called the Lobster BLT, served at the Marriott's Bohemia Beach Bar & Grille (aka out by the pool)

A slightly spicy lobster on a roll with bacon, lettuce, tomato. The lobster would be good with nothing else, but this sandwich includes the bonus of two slices of bacon. A nice smoky touch. Here is a photo of half (hopefully your imagination will allow you to picture what the whole thing would look like):


Delicious!

In non-bacon news, I also saw Billy Ocean who was staying at the hotel. For those of you who haven't seen Billy since he was bigtime back in the 80's, he looks like this these days. And just for the record, he opted for the fish burger rather than the lobster BLT. What a fool.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Week 26: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 6/28/2008 11:45:06 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
BOB241
TOM229
MEG202
TRACEY193
TEDD188
WILLIAM187
DESTINY136
MIKE132
CHRISTINE117
MICHELLE111
MATT103
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL40
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Week 25: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 6/21/2008 11:45:07 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
BOB233
TOM229
MEG202
TRACEY181
WILLIAM176
TEDD172
MIKE132
DESTINY121
CHRISTINE114
MICHELLE111
MATT103
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL40
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Meet Me Halfway

So I've been thinking of having a halfway through the year party for awhile now and I think I'm going to actually do it. I bought a grill and have a small yard/paved area to make use of so why not? It's not going to be only bacon, but I think bacon will definitely be the guest of honor. Grilled bacon. That means hot dogs wrapped in bacon, chicken wrapped in bacon, bacon cheeseburgers, vegetables wrapped in bacon, bacon wrapped in bacon, etc. Maybe you can even make some bacon into a straw and drink the beverage of your choice through it (if you perfect that project, please make many straws so everyone can participate). This will be a chance to catch up on your intake or if you are not in need of catching up you can just enjoy supporting on your fellow BCers (aka peer pressure) while you pad your numbers a bit.

If need be the site will be moved from my "yard" to Edgewater State Park (conveniently located withing walking distance of my apartment), but we'll play that by ear.

July 5 is the date. Make your travel plans now!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bacon for your party times.

I saw this recipe on another site a while ago, but I don't remember the site so if it's yours, you go ahead and let me know and I'll give you credit. But for now, let's just give credit to the seventies. I tried it at a holiday party this year, and it worked super duper well. Everyone loved it. They clapped so loudly I almost couldn't hear their arteries closing.

Here are the ingredients:

Bacon
Parmesan cheese that comes in a green can
Club crackers (the buttery ones)


Sprinkle about 1 t parmesan cheese on to the top of each cracker, wrap with 1/2 slice of bacon. Place on a cookie sheet in a 250 degree oven and leave it there for two hours. For real.

Then eat them. Num num, right?

Right.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Week 24: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 6/14/2008 11:45:06 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM229
BOB220
MEG202
WILLIAM176
TRACEY174
TEDD164
MIKE127
DESTINY121
CHRISTINE114
MICHELLE111
MATT98
JESS69
PAUL61
LORI50
BALL40
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Wake 'n' Bake(n)

Okay, so that headline totally didn't work, but you'll forget all about that when you get a load of this:



That right there folks is a pig-shaped alarm clock that wakes you up in the morning with the smell AND sizzle of cooking bacon. IT HAS BACON INSIDE IT AND STARTS COOKING IT WHEN IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO GET UP!

You can read all about it and see more pictures here. Who wants to plan a caper with me? We can break into Matty's place, steal the alarm clock, and then take a nap. Anyone?

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

Pork belly prices are under pressure as interest in the BLT, the popular summer bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, could dip after an outbreak of salmonella poisoning in nine U.S. states, with illnesses in two of them blamed on eating raw tomatoes.


Full story here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080605/us_nm/salmonella_bacon_dc_2

Keep talking crazy, livestock analysts. Bacon will continue to be consumed by Bacon Challenge participants (and probably every other bacon eater), tomatoes or not, so go ahead and drop those prices. That's what we like!

And just for the record, I'm going to keep eating tomatoes too. What's so horrible about a little salmonella with your BLT?

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Week 23: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 6/7/2008 11:45:05 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM219
BOB208
MEG194
WILLIAM167
TEDD154
TRACEY154
MIKE127
CHRISTINE114
DESTINY113
MICHELLE111
MATT96
JESS69
PAUL53
LORI50
BALL40
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Friday, June 6, 2008

The Bourne SuPIGacy

I saw a commercial the other day for a "Bourne Identity" video game while eating a crunchy BLT and I came up with an idea for a similar movie/video game: "The Bacon Identity."

The basis is a strip of bacon wakes up somewhere and doesn't know who he is. So he's just going about his business and trying to find out pieces of his life, but everyone he meets tries to eat him. He's forced to fight everyone he comes in contact with to save his life.

I think critics will call this film "Delicious!"

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Week 22: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 5/31/2008 11:45:09 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM214
BOB202
MEG194
WILLIAM161
TRACEY154
TEDD152
MIKE127
CHRISTINE114
MICHELLE111
DESTINY107
MATT87
JESS69
PAUL53
LORI50
BALL40
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Bacon Man Lives In A Bacon House

While doing some other Simpsons-related "research" while at work today I stumbled upon this audio clip of a bacon needy Homer Simpson in a very pro Bacon Challenge breakfast ordering moment: http://download.lardlad.com/sounds/season17/dohwhere8.mp3

Link courtesy of Last Exit To Springfield (lardlad.com)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Week 21: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 5/24/2008 11:45:06 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM201
BOB191
MEG190
WILLIAM157
TRACEY154
TEDD145
MIKE125
MICHELLE111
CHRISTINE111
DESTINY103
MATT77
JESS69
PAUL53
LORI50
BALL40
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Monday, May 19, 2008

Bacon + Bourbon = Awesome



Please excuse the dark photo -- there's no flash photography allowed at PDT, the "secret" bar behind the telephone booth at Crif Dog's. This here is their take on the Old Fashioned, which is made with bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup and orange. Worth every penny of the $12 price tag. Does that count for a strip or two?

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Week 20: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 5/17/2008 11:45:10 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
MEG190
BOB182
TOM178
TRACEY154
WILLIAM153
TEDD144
MIKE115
MICHELLE111
CHRISTINE111
DESTINY101
MATT77
JESS69
PAUL53
LORI50
BALL40
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Overboard

The half-assed BC '08 participant, Lozo sent me this link awhile ago. File this bacon recipe under "I" for "Instant Death": Crisscross Rollup

Monday, May 12, 2008

Wales Tales

Kids from Wales ... not bacon (or anything else animal/food-related) smart: Bacon Doesn't Come From Sheep

Sunday, May 11, 2008

I Like Bar-S

While I had a moment here by the computer I thought I would post about some bacon I had yesterday. I don't have a whole lot to say about it other than I found it to be tasty and worth a try.
As you can see from the box, it has a "Great Smoky Taste" and a "Satisfaction Guaranteed" promise but most importantly you should note the cowboys in the lower left corner, hanging around the chuck wagon, obviously enjoying some smoky bacon. Mmmmmm, chuck wagon.

Oh, and let me get beyond the packaging and to the important part of this post -- the bacon. What I enjoyed about the Bar-S Sliced Bacon was it was slightly less salty than other brands that I have had thus far during BC '08. I've had some "lower sodium" bacon which usually lacks in taste. This bacon was just plain ol' bacon, but less salty tasting. Where some bacon seems to have so much sodium that it overshadows the actual meat taste, this Bar-S was meat first, salt second.

If you find some give it a try and see if you agree.

Mother's Day

A happy Mother's Day shout to all the moms out there (participants or not). Everyone knows that bacon (and food in general) tastes better when it's being cooked for you by mom.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Week 19: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 5/10/2008 11:45:07 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
MEG183
TOM168
BOB159
WILLIAM150
TRACEY139
TEDD139
CHRISTINE104
DESTINY101
MIKE100
MICHELLE80
MATT71
JESS69
PAUL53
LORI50
BALL35
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Friday, May 9, 2008

#9

I don't really want politics to get involved in our bacon, but Hillary Clinton gave a thumbs up to bacon and America this past week on Letterman: Top 10 (there's video too -- just click on the little icon).

Letterman's "Ohhhhhhh man, is it ever!" sounds pretty convincing too. You know a guy who has had a quintuple bypass has tasted some bacon over the years.



Saturday, May 3, 2008

Week 18: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 5/3/2008 11:45:08 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
MEG161
BOB156
TOM155
WILLIAM144
TRACEY132
TEDD132
CHRISTINE104
MIKE97
DESTINY95
MICHELLE80
JESS69
MATT67
PAUL53
LORI50
BALL35
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Week 17: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 4/26/2008 11:45:06 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM155
BOB143
MEG140
WILLIAM133
TRACEY128
TEDD124
CHRISTINE104
MIKE87
DESTINY87
MICHELLE80
JESS69
MATT61
PAUL53
LORI50
BALL35
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Northwest Bacon

I don't think any of the listed participants of The Challenge are in the Seattle area, but just in case there are some outside/unannounced participants from the Pacific Northwest or if one of us happens to be out in Seattle for business or pleasure, this link, forwarded to me by Matt N. might come in handy.

Skip all the trial and error that comes with finding delicious bacon when you are in a new place. Lindy West has already done it for you: Sleepless Bacon In Seattle

Also, as long as we are on the topic, another bacony Seattle: The Bacon Mansion. I don't even know if they serve bacon there, but it looks nice and sounds delicious.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Week 16: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 4/19/2008 11:45:06 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
MEG140
BOB137
TOM133
WILLIAM125
TRACEY123
TEDD119
CHRISTINE98
MIKE81
DESTINY80
MICHELLE76
JESS69
MATT59
PAUL53
LORI50
BALL35
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Those Crazy Gringos

It seems that the folks at Taco Bell are out to make bacon a bit more accessible for us AND provide bar pick-up advice at the same time:



I like their thinking.

And it only has 48% of the suggested daily intake of fat, so go ahead ... have two!



Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Dave Lozo: Bacon Slacker

Clearly, I have not been pulling my weight. I blame my desire to not die of a heart attack before the age of 35, and my not wanting to go out and buy new pants. Plus I got up to 18 pieces, couldn't remember my password, didn't feel like e-mailing for it, yada yada yada. I know. I'm such a bitch.

However, if I start seeing bacon in this form, then I will be back on board full-time.

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That's my lunch today. I will find someone to make that for me if it takes all day.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Week 15: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 4/12/2008 11:45:06 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TOM133
WILLIAM121
BOB119
TRACEY118
MEG114
TEDD101
CHRISTINE91
DESTINY78
MICHELLE76
MIKE75
MATT59
JESS59
LORI50
PAUL43
BALL35
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Week 14: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 4/5/2008 11:45:05 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TRACEY118
WILLIAM118
TOM116
BOB104
MEG100
TEDD96
CHRISTINE91
MIKE75
DESTINY73
MICHELLE69
JESS59
MATT56
LORI50
PAUL43
BALL35
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Friday, April 4, 2008

Decisions, decisons, decisions...

Not anymore!

Just In Time For Summer

Ladies, this one is for you (well, I suppose it's sorta for the guys as well): The Bacon Bra.

Great for any occasion ... casual, formal, workouts, etc., but I think rather than a bra this might be better marketed as a bikini. It would be perfect for hot summer days at the beach. Get a tan and cook some bacon, all at the same time!

Bacon Knows Best

Looking for something to hold all your favorite bacon recipes, your tax documents, your latest book report, your TPS reports (w/cover sheet please), or something else of importance? Here's something that might just take care of you -- WWBD?!

It's a folder! It's a decision maker! It's entertainment! It's smarter and more functional than that stupid Magic 8-Ball you have sitting on your shelf! What would bacon do?



Saturday, March 29, 2008

Week 13: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 3/29/2008 11:45:09 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TRACEY112
TOM110
WILLIAM102
BOB100
TEDD96
MEG84
CHRISTINE81
DESTINY66
MIKE66
JESS56
MATT54
LORI50
MICHELLE50
PAUL42
BALL35
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Fashion Doesn't Lie

Available on T-shirts and on aprons:
Get one for yourself (and one for me while you are at it) here: http://www.dieselsweeties.com/shirts/baconisavegetable/



Sunday, March 23, 2008

Proof of What We Already Know

A article of interest was sent to me by BC '08 participant, Matt N. of Chicago, IL via Somers, NY.: http://www.theledger.com/article/20080320/NEWS/803200391/1326

First comment I'd like to make is that it seems that we picked a good year to do this challenge. Bacon is all the rage (obviously at least partially due to us) in '08.

My second comment is that I think the quoted Sharon Boggs is backing up Dr. Todd's assessment that eating all this bacon is A-OK. As a matter of fact, I think Ms. Boggs is telling us to get eatin':

Sharon Boggs, a registered dietitian at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center: "I'd say you can have one or two pieces two or three times per week, matched with other low-fat foods."

Hope the Easter Bunny was good to everyone. Remember, spiral cut ham does not count towards your bacon intake.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Week 12: Standings

Below are the current Bacon Challenge standings queried 3/22/2008 11:55:24 PM:

BACONTARIANBACON STRIP COUNT
TRACEY112
WILLIAM98
TEDD94
BOB94
TOM93
CHRISTINE72
MEG66
DESTINY62
MIKE57
JESS56
MATT54
LORI50
PAUL42
MICHELLE39
BALL35
MICHAEL13
DAVE11
ANDREW10
GARY9
CHRISTOPHER7

Friday, March 21, 2008

Mr. Bacon ... The Rambo of Food Heroes

Is there really any question who would win this battle?

Monsieur Tofu looks all sophisticated and wily with his Monsieur and his moustache and his monocle, but even if he cheats (as I suspect he does) he'll never win. NEVER!

I want my lolly!

First bacon salt, now maple-bacon lollipops:

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Week 11: Standings

The century mark has been achieved. Nicely done, Tracey!

Tracey - 106
Bob - 94
Tom - 93
WJR - 93
Tedd - 92
Christine - 72
Meg - 66
Mike - 57
Destiny - 57
Jess - 56
Lori - 50
Matt - 50
Paul - 42
Michelle - 32
Ball - 28
Michael - 13
Dave - 11
Andrew - 10
Gary - 9
Christopher - 7

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Bowl Me Over

A co-worker of mine who is not a Bacon Challenge participant, but hears about it aplenty, sent me a link to some strips of bacon multi-tasking like we all wish we could: http://www.notmartha.org/archives/2008/02/27/bacon-cups/

They're bowls. They're a meal. They're delicious.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Week 10: Standings

Week 10, or X as the Romans might say.


Bob - 91
Tracey - 88
Tom - 87
WJR - 84
Tedd - 83
Meg - 64
Christine - 57
Jess - 56
Destiny - 51
Lori - 50
Mike - 47
Matt - 46
Paul - 42
Michelle - 32
Ball - 28
Michael - 13
Dave - 11
Andrew - 10
Gary - 9
Christopher - 7

Notes:
  1. Jess? One word: irresponsible
  2. I know this is a challenge, not a race, but you bottom five? Come on. You're better than this.

Move Over Orange Juice, There's A New Breakfast Beverage In Town

I received this nice e-mail the other day from a fan of the Bacon Challenge:


As an avid follower of the Bacon Challenge I thought I would send you this link...enjoy..

http://tastybooze.com/2008/03/bacon-vodka-nutricious-and-delicious

-DCD (Derik)

At first glance I thought that yet another company is trying to make a quick buck by preying on people's love of bacon with a product that will probably suck. But then I read on and realized that rather than just some pre-packaged bacon flavored vodka, it's actually a recipe for making your own vodka infused with bacon's porkly goodness.

Thanks for that, Derik. A stranger, yet looking out for everyone's best interest. You can't complain about that! I'll be sure to make some of this for my half-year bacon party that I am planning in my head. Maybe some bacon vodka martinis? Or bacon vodka bloody marys? I don't know really. The possibilities seem pretty vast.

I'll be sure to write up an update if I (or anyone else I know) actually makes this happen.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Week 9: Standings

Just in case you are wondering where you fall in the one slice a day pace department, we're 64 days into this thing. Get baconing!

And check it out ... Bob is approaching the century mark:


Bob - 91
Tracey - 88
Tom - 87
Tedd - 77
WJR - 74
Christine - 57
Jess - 56
Lori - 50
Meg - 47
Mike - 47
Destiny - 43
Matt - 38
Paul - 34
Michelle - 32
Ball - 19
Michael - 13
Dave - 11
Andrew - 10
Gary - 9
Christopher - 7

Saturday, March 1, 2008

How did I miss this?

It appears that there is a bacon eating contest today at the following bar located at Inman Square in Cambridge, MA:

Atwood's Tavern

Here's an listing in Boston.com "Things To Do": Bacon Contest

Too bad registration is closed, cause I would have put on my snow shoes and hiked down the Pike to get some tastey hot bacon.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Found this pic on a page that sells bacon-flavored salt. This dude is much more hardcore than any of us:

End of the year party = planned

I found a place for us to hold our fete once we complete the challenge. No need to thank me. It was divine intervention, really.

When I was home at Christmas, I nearly veered into a ditch when I saw the below signs. I'm going to call and see how many derivations of porcine and nitrate they have on their catering menu.





And a close up view:

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Week 8: Standings

Looks like the pace of consumption for some has dropped. Could the love of bacon be diminishing as eating it begins to feel like more of a requirement in the face of this challenge rather than just a random craving/treat? Is everyone just waiting for leap day to bring them their second bacony wind? Only time will tell. Week 8 stats to peep and discuss:

Tracey - 88
Bob - 86
Tedd - 65
Tom - 65
WJR 64
Christine - 54
Jess - 49
Mike - 47
Meg - 47
Lori - 40
Matt - 38
Destiny - 36
Paul - 34
Michelle - 30
Ball - 19
Michael - 13
Dave - 11
Andrew - 10
Gary - 9
Christopher - 7

Bacon + Hot Dogs = Perfect together

My manager just told me about a hot dog place in downtown New Brunswick called Tido's. They have various items with bacon, including something called the Crackler. They describe it as "a tido brand dog wrapped in bacon, deep fried until it crackles with your choice of ketchup or mustard." Mmmmm, I know the first place I'll be hitting for lunch when spring rolls around.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Week 7: Standings

Looks like I'm filling in doing the stats again. Looks like I am also not eating bacon as frequently as I would like to be. Plan for this weekend? (1) Eat bacon. (2) Start running again. (3) Rehydrate. (4) Repeat

The stats for this week:

Bob - 83
Tracey - 81
Tom - 65
Tedd - 65
WJR - 59
Christine - 51
Jess - 47
Mike - 47
Meg - 47
Lori - 40
Destiny - 36
Matt - 34
Paul - 34
Michelle - 30
Ball - 18
Dave - 11
Andrew - 10
Michael - 9
Gary - 9
Christopher - 7

Thursday, February 14, 2008

In a very pleasurable manner

Bacon + Jim Gaffigan = Deliciously Funny.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Week 6: Standings

Without any fanfare, here are the latest stats:

Bob - 77
Tracey - 69
Tom - 65
Tedd - 65
WJR - 59
Jess - 47
Meg - 47
Christine - 39
Paul - 34
Mike - 34
Lori - 32
Destiny - 32
Michelle - 30
Matt - 28
Ball - 18
Dave - 11
Andrew - 10
Gary - 9
Michael - 9
Christopher - 7

Friday, February 8, 2008

The Next Time Anyone Cuts Themselves, I Have the Band-Aids for You!

I think they would be best used by guys after we cut ourselves shaving.

Can I Eat It? Yes You Can!

I know some of you fall into the categoy of "clumsy" or possibly even "beyond clumsy" so this might come in handy in the event of some bacon droppage: Standards for Eating Dropped Bacon

The list certainly isn't complete, but at least it's a start.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Week 5: Standings

Still not winning. I have some work to do.

Bob 64
Tedd 55
Tracey B 53
WJR 51
Meg 47
Jess 45
Tom 41
Christine 39
Lori 32
Paul 31
Michelle 30
Toole 29
Destiny 28
Matt 26
Ball 15
Lozo 11
Andrew 10
Michael 9
Gary 9
Christopher 7

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Bacon In The Sun

My parents recently returned from a cruise 'round the Caribbean. This served as a vacation as well as my mom's first venture out into public with a Christmas present that she gave herself -- her first digital camera. I received this photo/caption via e-mail a few days after their return:

Bacon Challenge '08 participant -- there's lots of bacon available on a cruise!



During a discussion of the photo we had via e-mail, this comment was returned, "Some nerve wearing a 2 piece suit."

Clearly there was no mix-up at the hospital. We share the same genetic material. At least when it comes to fat jokes and bacon appreciation.

So eat your bacon, but keep the activity up to burn it off. Summer is just around the corner and that means you're going to probably have to squeeze into a bathing suit and you don't want to look like that overstuffed vacationer. And you certainly don't want to wind up the subject of jokes on some blog about bacon.

Thanks, mom.

And why doesn't someone else blog something? Anything. I'm starting to feel like a bloghog.