At least once or twice in your life, you’ve probably shook your head and mumbled the words, ‘Life sure is crazy’. If you have, it’s most likely because our worlds are so unpredictable and …yeah, crazy. The people you meet and the places you end up will all occur based on your interests, or the things you are most passionate about – such as pigs, for instance.
In a world of more than 7.3 billion people and more than two billion internet users, I am both thrilled and in awe of the dedication to something so loved: pigs! And for those who love pigs and have aligned their interests to assimilate here on the My Pig Me Up blog, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
A Portly Thank You to Our Followers!
May You Have a Pig-Tastic Thanksgiving Holiday with those you love most!
Here is a cute Thanksgiving poem for you, followers and fellow bacon lovers, to enjoy.
It’s me again, Lord
Thanking you for another year
And for the people that I hold dear…
I’m thankful for so many things
I’m not sure where to start
But Lord, you know what’s in my heart…
I’m grateful for the pantry
With plenty of things to eat
My freezer’s filled with bacon, my favorite kind of meat…
I thank you for so much more
Like talents you’ve bestowed on me
With these skills, My Pig Me Up is a success, you see…
Lord, there’s one more thing I ask
All the year’s bacon that’s passed my lips
Please don’t let that delicious goodness land on my hips…
Thanksgiving comes but once a year
But I’m more thankful each and every day
Because you, dear Father, hear me when I pray…
Others might think my prayers are silly
But I know You love me just the same
Bless them all, Lord, in Jesus’ name.
Written by Kerri Ponder
Part One – Bacon and Facebook
Those of us who love bacon are quite passionate about this delicious food group. Yes, in my mind bacon is a stand alone food group and I am sure there are others who agree! After all, there are whole blogs, books and even Facebook groups dedicated to glorious bacon. There’s no reason for you to sit there, staring at the computer while you admire bacon all by your lonesome.
Finally, the world understands #bacon
In this article, you will find a generous list of places bacon lovers can now assimilate and share stories, tips and advice surrounding their love of this previously unappreciated meaty goodness on Facebook. I’m sure you noticed the hashtag I’ve placed in front of the word bacon, above. (No, it’s really not a pound sign anymore.) Most of you are probably familiar with what a hashtag is but to be sure, I will explain it now.
Hashtags are used as a type of labeling process to help users find specific content on social media sites. What does this mean to you? Well, if you’re a #bacon fanatic, you can find all your new best buddies with the greatest of ease. (Smile) No, seriously. There are millions of people who adore bacon as much as you… or almost as much. After all, you’re reading an entire article about bacon on a blog about bacon founded by a young lady born in the year of the pig …it’s safe to say you’ve got it bad for bacon.
#bacon on Facebook
So, first off let’s start by saying there’s help out there if the bacon addiction takes over your life and you start to feel like you’re drowning in bacon grease. Bacon Eater’s Anonymous is an online community founded on Facebook for the sole purpose of coming together and sharing their passion for bacon.
Next on my Facebook search for the most amazing communities with bacon as the star of the show is Bacon Revolution. On the Facebook page, founders share bacon memes and recipes as well as other bacon inspired communications. The page offers a promise that you can be a part of the epic revolution – Viva La Bacon!!
Bacon Today is another online community and their Facebook gathering is currently at a staggering 56,924 people and that number is still growing! You’ll find all sorts of interesting things to read such as today’s post on making bacon strip ornaments – what?! Oh goodness! Anyway, there’s no shortage of people ready to talk about all things bacon!
Sit up in your chair now and stop drooling on the keyboard. There’s another Facebook page for those who just cannot get enough bacon – ever! Visit Baconaholics to meet some of your own kind and enjoy partaking in conversation surrounding your greatest passion. I stopped in for a visit today myself and when I finish here, I’m heading back to check out a recipe collection they posted: Best Bacon and Pumpkin Recipes …sounds yummy! (If I find some good ones, I’ll be sure to share!)
How often do you say I love bacon? Well, if those words pass your lips as much as the delicious pig inspired man candy (aka bacon), you should check out the Facebook page named I Love Bacon and kick it with more that 12,000 other bacon lovers. They’re currently designing a bacon t-shirt for the group and you can help choose the best design. Sounds fun, huh!
Bacon is Awesome, right? I know I already said that… but this time it’s the name of a popular bacon themed Facebook group. Bacon is Awesome has more than 11K people and the number is climbing quickly. Bacon lovers are serious about their addiction and they aren’t ashamed to show their affection for this delectable breakfast food …not that they only eat bacon for breakfast. (We all know better than that.)
Are you enjoying your trip around the world? The World of Bacon, that is. I stopped by just this morning and found an adorable meme with Marty McFly and Doc (you recognize the names, right?) If you’re perusing Facebook on our bacon journey, I am sure you will see it and know exactly who I’m talkin’ about. I even shared the meme for our peeps to see and enjoy.
I like helping others find success in their endeavors almost as much as I like bacon. This next Facebook site is an up-and-coming bacon inspired online community with only 172 member to date, but with a name like Happy Bacon, you know they’re destined for greatness. I clicked the LIKE button so now that number is 173 – whoa! See? I told you they’re not gonna stay small for long!
Born in 1971 (year of the pig …yep yep), I am a sucker for 80’s tunes so the next community celebrating their love of bacon instantly caught my eye. Don’t Go Bacon My Heart (I couldn’t if I tried) is another small community of about 170 members but with a catchy name like that and such a popular food as their inspiration, this crew is sure to gain in numbers very quickly.
This next one is a group rather than a dedicated page so you will have to click the button that says “join group” if you want to be a part of the social circle called I Heart Bacon. I have already made my request to join so soon they’ll have 96 super dee duper awesome members! I have no idea what’s beyond those online doors but I will be sure to let you know – just keep watching our blog because the bacony madness never ends here!
For those of you who haven’t signed up for Facebook, I know you’re already filling out the online form for a profile to call your very own, thanks to all these great bacon inspired groups. Once you find Facebook and are ready to roam around, we hope you will stop and sit for a spell with us at the My Pig Me Up dedicated Facebook page.
Next stop on our #bacon hashtag tour, Twitter
To Be Continued
and I know you have those Elton John lyrics stuck in your head now…. heh heh heh
You’re welcome for that.
Bacon and soup – what a wonderful winter combination! I am sharing two of my favorite bacon soup recipes with you now …before it gets terribly cold outside! If you have never tasted bacon soup, you will find that this is comfort food at its finest, guaranteed to warm your soul and satisfy those taste buds.
Bacon Soup Recipes to Keep and Share
First on the list of favorites is a recipe I found a couple of years ago at a blog called Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and boy is this bacon soup delish! You won’t get over how creamy and cheesy this recipe is! The bacon and cheese come together like a young couple who cannot keep their hands off of one another. Coming from a large family and having six children of my own, one of the things I like about this recipe (aside from the inclusion of bacon!) is that this soup contains 10+ cups of vegetables! Now, that’s gotta be healthy! Knowing there’s so many vegetables packed in every bowlful, there’s a lot less shame in consuming all that yummy bacon and cheese.
The blog writer describes this recipe “Like classic broccoli cheese soup on steroids” and she’s right! The flavor takes me back to when I was younger, back when my family served that tried and true broccoli chicken and rice casserole recipe every Thanksgiving. (Our family stuck to the traditional turkey and dressing with cranberry sauce but that was about it. We certainly marched to the beat of a different drum and that’s okay because when it comes to food, you gotta do what feels right …and his soup? Well, it feels better than alright. Just see for yourself.
#1 – Loaded Broccoli Cheese and Bacon Soup
While I could tell you to substitute delish pork bacon for the lower sodium and lower calorie turkey bacon, I simply refuse to do that. Put that bacon grease to work making the white sauce wow and leave out the butter. For a thicker heartier soup, use two heads of broccoli but if you prefer thinner soups, use only one head of broccoli, diced small of course as mentioned in the recipe below. You can also add broth in the final stage to thin this soup down a bit.
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup peeled and chopped carrots, diced small
1 cup chopped celery, diced small
3 cups peeled and chopped potatoes, diced small
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
4-5 cups broccoli crowns, diced small (about 2 heads of broccoli)
4-6 slices bacon, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup flour
3 cups milk
4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 16 ounces)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried mustard
In a large saucepan, combine the chicken broth, carrots, celery, potatoes and onion. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are starting to get tender.
Add the chopped broccoli. Cover and simmer for another 10 minutes. The pan is going to be very full of vegetables (don’t let any picky eaters see the pot!) and it might seem more like stew than soup but I promise it all comes together later on, when you add the cheese mixture.
In a separate saucepan, saute the bacon until golden and crispy before removing the bacon and placing on a paper towel lined plate. Drain the grease and wipe out saucepan.
Melt the butter using the same saucepan you cooked the bacon over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes until golden, stirring constantly.
Gradually whisk in milk and cook until the mixture is bubbling and slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the cheddar cheese, one handful at a time, adding another handful after the cheese melts each time. Season with salt, pepper and dry mustard.
Slowly add the cheese sauce to the hot broth and vegetables, stirring to combine well. Add the reserved bacon and add additional salt and pepper to taste. I always add a little Tony’s Creole Seasoning but that’s because my family is hooked.
I have been playing with this recipe for just over a year, when I first found it on a cooking blog called The Wicked Noodle. Catchy name right? I love the name almost as much as I adore this bacon soup recipe! Maybe this recipe is just a little bit healthier too, since the red potatoes aren’t peeled. Is there nutrients in a potato peel? I gotta remember to look that up later.
One of the best features of this soup recipe is the amounts of cheese… and I am not ashamed to say that I always (yes, always – it’s gone on so long now I can actually say it’s part of my cheese addiction) add even more cheese than what the recipe calls for. I did mention that this soup has bacon in it too, right? Just kidding… sorta. I’m a sucker for anything with bacon in it but I also love jalapeno and I will put them in almost anything. Thankfully, my family loves it when I get my spicy on in the kitchen and hopefully yours will love this recipe as much as we do.
Bacon Soup Recipe #2 – Loaded Potato Soup
1/2 pound bacon, sliced into large pieces
1/2 medium-sized sweet onion, chopped
3 tablespoons flour
1 32-ounce container low-sodium chicken broth (4 cups)
3 pounds red potatoes, quartered or halved depending on size
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups whole milk
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped green onion, crumbled bacon, minced fresh jalapeno and a drizzle of adobo sauce.
Heat a stock pot over med-high heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp.
Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and let drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Leave the bacon grease in the pot.
Reduce heat to medium and add onions. Cook onions until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn them.
Sprinkle flour over onions and cook, stirring constantly for about a one minute as this removes the raw flour taste.
Slowly pour in the chicken stock, whisking constantly until smooth and well-blended with the flour.
Add potatoes and bring to a boil; next, simmer until potatoes are very soft, about 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes.
Using a potato masher or similar kitchen tool, crush potatoes to thicken soup, leaving some chunks but allowing some to level out into the soup.
Stir in the cheese until it is melted and the soup is smooth.
Add milk, bring soup back to a simmer and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until very hot.
Ladle soup into bowls and add one or all of the toppings listed above, based on your preferences. Dig in!
It is no longer a surprise that everyone eats – and loves – bacon, right? So why wouldn’t we love to own books about bacon? Even though we all know how to use bacon in our diet, there is definitely enough place for some more interesting recipes that we could try from time to time.
Must Have Books about Bacon
So here you can see a list containing some of the most interesting books about bacon, which you would definitely love owning in your cook books’ collection. This is the second list of books so be sure to read the first blog on bacon books too – find it by clicking here!
Fifty Shades of Bacon by Benjamin Myhre and Ashley Myhre
Available in paperback and kindle edition, this book is definitely on the top list of books about bacon. Its title is even more appealing for readers, as it takes us all thinking about another best-selling book, don’t you think? As suggested in its title, the book contains 50 recipes that contain bacon.
101 Things to do with Bacon, by Eliza Cross
You can own this book in spiral-bound edition or kindle edition. This book contains delicious recipes that use bacon. Improve your home’s menu with innovative recipes for sandwiches, appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts that use bacon as one of their ingredients.
Bacon Nation by Peter Kaminsky and Marie Rama
This book is available in paperback and kindle editions. The book comprises 125 irresistible recipes based on everyone’s favorite ingredient – bacon! The two authors created this book for those who share their love for bacon and they consider that this ingredient is able of turning an ordinary dish into a fabulous one.
Bacon 24/7: Recipes for Curing, Smoking, and Eating, by Theresa Gilliam
This hardcover cookbook comes with delicious recipes that are fit for any time of the day. According to its author, there is no wrong time for eating bacon. We totally agree with this statement, don’t we?
The Big Book of Bacon: Savory Flirtations, Dalliances, and Indulgences with the Underbelly of the Pig, by Jennifer L. S. Pearsall.
Another book that shows bacon can do miracles with any other ingredient in this world. The recipes contained in this book range from breakfast, lunch, appetizers, to dinner and even desserts.
Bacon Cookbook: 150 Easy Bacon Recipes, by Bonnie Scott
This book contains a collection of more than 150 recipes containing bacon. There are also 20 dessert recipes using bacon as an ingredient. The recipes feature bacon either as their main ingredient, or as a flavor enhancer. In addition to the simple recipes found in this cookbook, it also contains helpful advice and tips.
Bacon: A Love Story, by Heather Lauer
This book contains recipes, fun facts and a history of the much-adored meat that is bacon. Filled with information, this book is a must-have for everyone who considers bacon as one of the most important and delicious foods in the world.
And there are probably more…
These are only a few titles that are out there in bookstores and online stores. However, there are many other interesting books that you can find related to bacon.
People love eating bacon …and this is not breaking news for anyone, right? As it is obvious and expected, bacon has been a source of inspiration for many authors for their cookbooks. However, additionally to the cookbooks, bacon was also used in other book types over the time. Here you can see a list with some of the most interesting books that focus on bacon.
Bacon Books? Yay!
Everyone loves bacon, by Kelly DiPucchio, is a children’s book for 3-6 years old children. The main character of this book is Bacon, who befriends different food types during its adventure. His earned fame makes Bacon forget about the important things in life.
Don’t Forget the Bacon!, by Pat Hutchins, is a lovely book for children, aged 3 to 8 years old. The story is about a boy who tries to remember the items on the shopping list that his mother made up for him. No matter what items he forgets, he always remembers bacon is on the list.
Chris P. Bacon, by Len Lucero, is a collection of three children’s books – “How to roll like Chris P. Bacon”, “Chris P. Bacon: My Life So Far…” and “Happy Birthday, Chris P. Bacon”. The collection is inspired by a true story, of a pig born with malformed hind legs. The author of the book is a veterinarian who took care of the pig, as he was impressed by this little pig.
Bacon & Beans: A Collection of Tales and Recipes from the West, by Stella Hughes, is a different cookbook, which contains recipes specific to the old West. Perfect for those who wish to take a trip back to the Old West, this book contains recipes and tips that help you cook like they used to do it back in the Old West. This book is the right choice for whenever you wish to add a bit of the past in your meals.
Death of a Bacon Heiress (Hayley Powell Mystery Book 7), by Lee Hollis, is a fiction book that focuses on a food and cocktails columnist, called Hayley Powell, and on the murder of Olivia Redmond, a posh bacon heiress. The story tells about the murder of Olivia, and her pot-bellied pig pet.
Bacon and Beans from a Gold Pan, by George Hoeper, is a true story of couple of prospectors, who moved in the mountains of California to try making their living from panning for gold. Gold prospectors consider this book truly inspiring and they recommend it as a good read to anyone, especially for those who are interested in gold mining.
Bacon the Pig, by J. Charles Jackson, is a book in which the author tries to change the collective perception that pigs are dirty animals. Within the pages of this book, the author tries to explain the misconception that people have about pigs, by showing that pigs are actually intelligent animals.
More Bacon Books Lists to Come…
There are many other interesting books to read about bacon and pigs. Regardless of the age or purpose, you can find an interesting title that focuses on this very famous topic. In fact, it is so easy to find bacon inspired books, we have another list for you – coming soon so stay close! You don’t want to miss the fun!
If you are a pet lover and think that pigs are practically the cutest animal ever, we have some great news for you: ‘micro pigs’ are now being bred! Not to be mistaken for the popular pets called Mini Pig, these micro sized wonders are sure to wee wee wee into your heart! Read with caution as the idea of owning your very own darling Micro Pig is inevitable and achievable! No doubt about it …you’re gonna want one!
The Micro Pig
The micro pig is in the planning, and is due to be sold as a household pet by a well-known Chinese research company. This company has succeeded in editing the DNA makeup of a pig in order to inhibit its growth. Beijing Genomics Institute is responsible for the Micro Pig project. Due to the changes this institute has initiated in areas regarding DNA and reestablishing growth factors, this newly created pet Micro Pig will grow to approximations between 14 and 20 kilograms.
Originally, the company used the Bama pig breed to modify its DNA for research purposes. However, their success lead to a bigger plan, so that the company decided to sell it and made this announcement at a Bio Tech Leader summit that took place in China.
How the DNA was Changed
For researchers, there are other reasons to be excited about this micro pig, other than that of being sold as a pet. According to a researcher from the University of Adelaide, Dr. Hannah Brown, the gene editing techniques that they used were fascinating. She compared their techniques to a GPS-guided molecular scissors that were used to attract a cell to a specific place in the DNA. Using this device, they cut out a piece of DNA and then exchange it for a different piece. They used this device to change the DNA that determines and regulates the growth of an average pig.
The Reasons behind Creating Micro Pigs
Of course, the micro pig wasn’t created for pet purposes initially, but rather for medical research. The researchers attempted to create a smaller and faster-breeding pig that could be eventually used for genetic testing, aiding in the development of disease models.
Another reason that led the researchers to the experiment of creating smaller pigs is the average cost and the amount of care that is involved in raising pigs. Since they are large animals, they can be quite expensive to care for and often require a lot of work to look after, making a smaller swine would reduce these factors. Researchers also consider that the techniques used on pigs in this study would possibly help other researchers use similar techniques to cure certain diseases in humans.
According to Dr. Brown, it is needed to identify the faulty DNA’s message and then replace it in order to cure a genetic disease. Researchers did a similar thing on pig DNA, as they cut out the part of the message that is responsible with the pig’s growth. This led researchers to the hope that they could one day use the same techniques to trim out certain disease-causing bits of DNA in human beings.
Long-Term Outcome – Can Micro Pigs Change the Future?
According to a spokesman from the Chinese company, these pigs were expected to live between 15 and 20 years. However, there is only one reproductive cycle for the created micro pigs, so that their life expectancy couldn’t yet be proven. These adorable mini versions of the common pig are expected to be completely normal, but this is also yet to be proven.