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Viva la Bacon

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” – Doug Larson

This year the Handsome Husband and I got tickets to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.  The festival is in its fourth year and tickets to the event sold out in less than 30 minutes!!  We had never been before and didn’t know quite what to expect.  Here are a couple pics from the day….

Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Ohhhhh BACON!!

The rally cry of the day is  “ooooooHHHHH BACON!”.  It was sort of like  the group “PROST” at Oktoberfest except without the lederhosen.  Or the shared heritage.  And it was greasier.

blue ribbon bacon festival

The Bacon Explosion

The Bacon Explosion is ground Italian Sausage wrapped in a lattice-work of bacon.  It’s like the granddaddy of things-wrapped-in-bacon.

Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Bacon frying in a skillet....made of balloons

We ate the classic maple donuts with bacon sprinkled on top, bacon wrapped breadsticks, pork belly tacos, bacon sandwiches, and the best thing of the day: buffalo style bacon with deep fried ranch dressing.

Yes: deep friend ranch dressing.  God I love the Midwest.

The one weird twist was that the festival was sponsored in part by Beggin’ Strips.   As in the faux meat bacon scented dog treats.

Beggin' Strips

Beggin' Strips are NOT bacon. Critical distinction.

There was something really unsettling about seeing bags of the dog treats on tables everywhere as people were eating strips of real bacon.  I’m not sure bacon scented canine snacks should play a role in any food festival.

But the highlight of the day was when two parents and their baby, dressed as bacon, were on stage singing a song they wrote for the festival.  The dad was bouncing the little bacon strip around and Handsome Husband exclaims “Is that a real baby?!?!”  Deep fried ranch dressing was no biggie, but the little baby was just TOO much for him to handle.

So all in all, it was an indulgent pork adventure…..

bacon fest

See ya next year.

xoxo Flyover Foodie

p.s. There is a whole week of bacon themed activities surrounding Bacon Fest each year.  Follow @BRBaconFest on Twitter for fun stuff year round.  And if you want…you can follow me too (blushes) @flyoverfoodie

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Friday Hot Dish – 9/10

Welcome to the Friday HOT DISH!

This week is especially hot as we celebrate the start of a new food season.  That’s right everyone…its tailgate time!  Pack up the cooler and don’t forget the sauerkraut- here’s today’s HOT DISH!

1. During the lunch hour I received a text from the Handsome Husband saying he had “picked up a pack of Wisconsin Supper Club”.   It was both cryptic and very intriguing.  A little searching and I found this lovely flyover brew from Capital Brewery in Madison, Wisconsin.  If the name means anything it will pair well with your Friday Fish Fry or those brats you’re grilling on Saturday.

2. Don’t know what a supper club is?  I’m here to help.  If you live in flyover country, you’ve probably been to one without even knowing it.  Growing up, the flyover parent’s had a favorite one and yes, I remember live music and dancing there. And we’re talking foxtrotting…Real dancing.

Check out this cool article from Heavy Table about this Midwestern landmarks.  Supper Clubs Revisited.

3. Forget Eat, Pray, Love.  How about Peace, Love, Fondue?  This Saturday is Fondue Fest in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.  In addition to eating your weight in melted cheese, you can spot the world’s largest fondue pot.  Just remember, if you lose the bread off your fork, you have to kiss the person to your right.  Check out http://www.fonduefest.com for details.

4. No offense to the rest of the world, but the World Cup’s got nothin’ on American Football season.  And football without tailgating is like Thanksgiving with a tofurkey.  There are a million tailgating websites out there including Tailgate.com, which is hosted by its own commissioner.  But check out the tailgate recipe collection at FoodNetwork.

I would like to make tequila bars to go with the 1238930 hot dogs I will eat this season. YUM. And in case you’ve forgotten this recipe, here you go.  You’re welcome.

Enjoy all the glorious American fun as you cheer on your team this weekend.

And don’t let me catch you putting ketchup on your brat.  Heathen.

xoxo The Flyover Foodie

GO CYCLONES!!

Friday Hot Dish 8/6

Welcome to the 2nd edition of our new favorite feature:

The Friday Hot Dish!

1. This may be redundant, since last week I was counting down to devouring a Octo-dog at the State Fair.   BUT the photos in this slide show literally made my stomach growl earlier this week.  Really…my boss even heard it!  Add an extra 15 minutes to today’s workout: you’re gonna need it. Festival Favorites

2. It’s official: the price of bacon is going up and up.  Yes, it is sweltering here in the Midwest, but I think it might be a Congressional conspiracy to get us to “eat better”.  And don’t even think about substituting turkey bacon in your recipes…it won’t work.  I’ve tried.  Price of Bacon Goes Up

3. ANOTHER new cooking competition show debuted last week: Fox’s new “Master Chef” hosted by Gordon Ramsey (who I love) puts chefs before a discerning panel of judges.  I haven’t watched the show yet…I already have enough food competition shows lined up on my dvr list. (Chopped, Top Chef, Iron Chef America!) But the real question is: which tv chef would you want to learn from?  10 TV Chefs

My pick: Alton Brown.  Love that guy!  Just keep Rachel Ray and her EVOO far from my zip code, thankyouverymuch.

4. Even though mustard is my nemesis, I will still give credit where it is due:  Tomorrow, head to Middleton, Wisconsin to the National Mustard Museum to celebrate National Mustard Day!! The museum has more than 5,000 kinds of mustard from around the globe.   I would recommend NOT wearing white…trust me on this one.   National Mustard Museum

5. I know, I know: we’re landlocked here in Flyover Country, but we’ve got our share of non-coastal beaches.  Check out this great article on the top Midwestern beaches before you plan your last few summer weekends.  Yes, I just wrote the phrase “Midwestern beaches”…..just go with it.  Labor Day road trip anyone?  Top Midwestern Beaches

6. This week cannot pass without me mentioning Shark Week.  I can’t quite figure out the appeal of spending a full week watching sharks attack mammals of various sizes, but it is addicting.  I’ve fully recovered from watching “Jaws” at a tender age (nice parenting, Dad!!) but this video might set me back a couple years.  Apparently, they jump:  South African Great Whites

Watch for a bonus weekend post, coming soon.  Happy Friday!!

xoxo Flyover Foodie

Friday’s Hot Dish

Welcome and Happy Friday!

Quick back story: A friend and fellow blogger and I were discussing the term “hot dish” as I mentioned in another post on this blog. We decided that “hot dish” should be incorporated more  into everyday vernacular as a term for something awesome.  It also works for something exciting and newsworthy.   Or as an exclamation.

See if you can use it in a sentence today.  For example:  “Hot dish!  Someone brought bagels for the office.”  or even, “The formulas on this excel spreadsheet are a hot dish.” (ok, that one might just be me)  See?  So easy.

So crack the champagne and break out the langostines: this is the inaugural edition of the Friday Hot Dish full of food news and fun from around flyover country!!!  A big filling mix of all the food groups.  Enjoy!

1. It’s sweet corn season! Everyone is busy boiling and grilling ears and basting with butter.  Mmmmm.  But what about after the meal?  Check out this article from The Tasting Table all about dessert recipes using our favorite ingredient from God’s Country: Sweet Corn Desserts

2. Only two weeks until I can eat the Octo-dog! Check out the 2010 New State Fair Food Then, a few weeks later, head north and devour a corned dog pizza: Minnesota State Fair.

True story: my little sister made Octo-dogs (unfried) once when we were home from college.  I don’t remember how she did it, but I’m pretty sure the octo had a smiley face.

3. If you’re local, spend a few minutes day dreaming before lunch today about your favorite yummy hot spots.  Then channel your inner Food Network host and share The Best Thing You Ever Ate, local style.  Enter the contest here.

4. The people in South Dakota know how to let loose!  Make a weekend trip to enjoy Clarke Potato Day in Clark, South Dakota.  In their own words, “the highlight of the celebration involves grown adults wrestling each other in mashed potatoes!”  Glorious.  I love living in a part of the county where carbs are still reason to celebrate.  Clark Potato Day

5. Did you watch the “Jersey Shore” premier last night?  For shame.  Atone by spending  a day immersed in Italian Heritage.  The Festival runs today through Sunday and has been completely revamped.  Italian American Heritage Festival

6. So this isn’t food news per se, but it’s hilarious and I laugh every time.  And, yes, you can bake me a gourmet cake in the kitchen you made for me with your own hands.  Hello, Ladies.

HOT DISH, its the weekend!

xoxo Flyover Foodie