day 24: sugar, spice + everything nice, well bacon at least

Listen, I know what you’re thinking. Everything is better with bacon. So how on earth could one possibly perfect the already perfected?

You see, I think bacon is like a really wonderful makeup palette (gents, stay with me). A natural beauty with just the right combination of makeup can make you weak in the knees, by merely glancing in your general direction (you know it’s true).

So next time you want your Bloody Mary to truly shine or you’re thinking of a good ole’ fashioned BLT, do yourself a favor and dress it up a bit.

*Though the bacon was delicious and did receive a photo shoot, I found it to be best to simply show ingredients (you try shooting bacon – it’s hard)!

Dress up your bacon with a bit of sugar + spice

Dress up your bacon with a bit of sugar + spice

What you’ll need:

  • 12 pieces of thick sliced bacon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of course ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of ground cayenne pepper

What you’ll do:

  1. Preheat to 350 degrees
  2. Layer cookie sheet with bacon (ungreased and in a single layer)
  3. Meanwhile combine the brown sugar, cayenne and pepper
  4. Cook for 12 minutes, then flip the bacon
  5. Coat with the mixture on the uncooked side and return to the oven
  6. Cook another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to rest for a few minutes (if you don’t, you’ll burn your lips like I did).
  7. Enjoy!

day 23: scrambled eggs with ricotta + green onions

Scrambled eggs … pretty basic right? Allow me to share a few discoveries about the ever-so-simple scrambling of eggs … The first being, that if you’re done scrambling in less than 15 minutes, you’re not making them right. I know, it’s a harsh reality and I just learned this myself. It takes some getting used to and a bit of practice. But, I’m happy to assist.

Amazingly fluffy and delicious eggs are cooked on medium-low heat, with a generous amount of butter or olive oil, and they’re not whipped up with a table fork in the pan. Just remember that when you’re whipping up your next batch.

Everyday Scramble with ricotta & scallions

Everyday scramble with ricotta & scallions

What you’ll need:

  • 3 eggs (I used 2 egg whites and 1 with yolk)
  • 3 green onions, green tops only, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of unsalted butter
  • 2 generous spoonfuls of ricotta cheese (I used part-skim)
  • crusty bread of your choice (for toast of course)
  • kosher salt & freshly ground pepper

What you’ll do:

  1. Heat skillet to medium-low heat and allow half of the butter to melt
  2. Whip eggs, add a pinch of kosher salt and green onions
  3. Add eggs to skillet and allow to set a bit on one side, add the remaining butter
  4. Fold egg mixture gently with a rubber spatula (don’t over do it)
  5. When almost complete, gently fold in ricotta
  6. Pepper and serve
  7. Enjoy!