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Bacon in Bed

Uploaded: Aug 20, 2015

Just got back from the annual camp trip, this year to Huntington Lake, about an hour NE of Fresno. Many campers like a "less cooking is better" approach in the great outdoors, but I encourage camp cooking. It's the perfect reason to get out of your foldup chair and enjoy the creativity of putting together a meal. We Food Partied! about this in Camp Glamp. Anyone out there still making last year's featured recipe, Elaine's Crunchy Pancakes? YUM!

Steve was new to our camp posse this year, and so were his four pounds of bacon. (3 breakfasts, average 6 people per meal - you do the math). We had so much pig in play, it got down right pork passionate, making eats such as:

Ski Slope Breakfast Sandwich

and Breakfast S'mores

But the best application was an early morning surprise, just as the sun sparkled through the tree-silhouetted backdrop. First a rustle outside my tent, then a quiet zip zip, and a hand that appears. What's this?

Bacon in Bed?

Now I've gotten juice and certainly coffee, fresh baked scones and once even toffee. But never have I enjoyed the jolt of freshly cooked bacon served bedside. Yes siree! It was a true awakening and I am not even a bacon fan. That salty, fatty mix hit my snoozy brain and filled it with a complexity of compounds that overrode any leftovers of sleep. I was up and ready, just like that.

Who knew pork had such power? Is that what y'all have been clamoring about for so long and somehow I just missed this secret bacon blessing?

Wakin' to bacon.

I get it now, thanks.

Breakfast S'more
Jim brought some cool toasters that rotate the marshmallows into a perfect poof, and Susan ruled BaconFest by creating an early morning variation to this camp classic.

One piece bacon
One marshmallow
One muffin or scone, thinly sliced

Get up and make a fire so everyone can get warm during the morning cool. While toasting your tush, roast one marshmallow to perfection, and get someone else to fry up the bacon. Top marshmallow with bacon. Slide both off the stick onto a slice of muffin or scone.

Eat. Then take over the world.

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Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of Portola Valley,
on Aug 23, 2015 at 10:58 pm

I can't believe no one has anything to say about bacon. Playing hard to get....

Posted by pigface, a resident of Gemello,
on Aug 23, 2015 at 11:26 pm

No your stories are lame and its probably not your first time in bed with "pig". Btw have you heard of these things called ribs? So good! Maybe next week you can obsess to the readers about chocolate, or puffy treats called ... Well whatever

Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of another community,
on Aug 24, 2015 at 8:24 am

Pig face, you woke up on the oi side of the oink I see. Or maybe you're just a very picky piggy?

Posted by Steve, a resident of Shoreline West,
on Aug 24, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Pigs really are the miracle livestock - turning vegetables into bacon.

Bacon Festival in San Jose is Labor Day weekend.

Web Link

Posted by Casa de Cerveza, a resident of Evergreen Park,
on Aug 24, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Casa de Cerveza is a registered user.

Wakin' to bacon! Will be on the breakfast menu during my next camping trip!

When I backpack in the Sierra, I usually trek with a chub of hard dry Italian salami. It is preserved well enough and quite versatile for a five day trip. I can fry it as breakfast sausage with eggs, slice it with a bagel for lunch, with crackers for hors d'oeuvres, and grill it over an open fire for dinner. Have a sip of pinot noir, add cheddar cheese, take in the view, breathe in the mountain air, and it tastes way better than dinner at Baume!

Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge,
on Aug 25, 2015 at 8:11 am

Casa de Cerveza, Welcome back! Good ideas, and I hope Chef Bruno doesn't read The Food Party! At least this week :)

Posted by Belle stafford , a resident of Woodside: other,
on Aug 25, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge,
on Aug 25, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Belle, good for you! I was waiting to hear from someone about that. You know I"ll make amends. God bless the pig. We are lucky they are here too.

Posted by KPIG, a resident of another community,
on Aug 26, 2015 at 9:36 pm

I got a hog call for you baby......

Posted by Steve, a resident of Shoreline West,
on Aug 27, 2015 at 10:02 am

@Belle stafford

I have to ask - if that's such an important issue, why isn't the video available for free, or at cost?

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