There’s trouble in paradise!
I was deeply engrossed in snapping photos of my lovely, multi-colored day lilies after work, which were already wet from an epic storm we’d had not even an hour earlier, when I looked up to see another one rolling in…
I snapped as fast as I could…
(eek maybe just a few more! Seriously I planted no other flowers this year so this is all I got!)
…before the wind started to howl, and the rain came down with a fierceness.
It was, to quote Forrest Gump, "rain that flew in sideways" and in the words of myself, "rain that friggin’ soaked the entire back of my jeans in the 3 seconds it took me to sprint in the house. $#*@%!" You know my irrational hatred of getting rained on!!
Before I could even dry off though, it stopped. Thank goodness ’cause wet Bacon, Avocado & Nectarine Salad doesn’t quite carry the allure as dry Bacon, Avocado & Nectarine Salad, now does it?
I am thinking about going back for thirds – yes thirds – of this salad, people. It was off the chain!
I started the Bacon, Avocado & Nectarine Salad with, what else, bacon!
I got this gorgeous 1lb package of uncured, thick-cut bacon in my Wallace Farms order last week (the same order I got my baby back ribs in,) and I’ve been thinking nearly everyday since about the best way to prepare it in order to highlight its natural, mouthwatering flavors.
The plan was to go with a simple B.L.T Sandwich. Then I got to thinking…
Why not add avocado slices and make it a B.L.A.T.?
Oooo, I’ll add sliced sharp cheddar cheese on there too, broil the whole thing and call it a B.L.A.C.T. I’ll have to wait to put the lettuce on ’til afterwards though ’cause I hate hot lettuce.
No I got it – I’ll mash the avocado into guacamole and make it an open faced sandwich! Then mound raw sweet corn on top! And cookie dough!
Screw it. I’m just going to eat the bacon by itself. I’m doing it. I’m eating bacon for dinner tonight.
Then I came to my senses. I’m no dummy.
I’ll bake it, chop it up, then add it to a salad. Bonus – if it’s part of a salad, it has no calories.
I laid those big, beautiful slices on a cooling rack set inside a foil-lined baking sheet and baked the bacon for 25 minutes at 400 degrees, flipping the slices halfway through.
This is my #1, all-time favorite way too cook bacon, by the way.
Not only does your whole kitchen get that unmistakable, savory bacon aroma swirling around it,
but baking the bacon gives it a crispy-yet-chewy texture that you just can’t get by pan frying or microwaving it.
While the bacon was sizzling & popping in the oven, I got to work on my other salad ingredients:
1 nectarine, ~1 cup sweet corn (cut off the cob, raw)
~1/2 cup blueberries, 1 cucumber,
1 chopped mango, 1 tomato,
and 1 avocado.
I tossed in an unethical amount of my baked bacon – cough, all of it, cough - drizzled the rest of my Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette on top, and floated straight to bacon heaven.
I liked this better than the Black Bean, Quinoa & Citrus Salad. There, I said it!
Sweet, tart, creamy, crispy, salty. That bacon was SOOOO good with the blueberries, mango and especially the nectarine.
So good, that I named the recipe after it! Bacon, Avocado & Nectarine Salad was named after my favorite forkful of the flavorful salad. That bite took me to the moon and back. Baaaaaconnnn!
Ahem, sorry. Try this, you won’t be sorry!
In other news, my parents celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary last week! On June 16th, 1979 at the tender age of 21 & 23, my Mom & Dad tied the proverbial knot.
My Mom and I were looking at photos of their wedding – holy pastels!!! – and right away I noticed something veeeeery interesting.
She wore a nearly identical 70′s version of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress!!!
Do you see it?!
Long veil & train, lace sleeves, tight waist, plunging neckline – heck they even had similar flowers! I thought that was just the coolest thing. It’s funny how styles come in and out of popularity, don’t you think?
Queen Shirley of Central Iowa. Sounds good to me!
In other news, I slept like rock last night, and am feeling so much better today. Phew! Me + no sleep = no fun. Off to dodge raindrops and go for a walk!
Have you ever shown up to a party or event wearing the same thing as someone else?
Oh, let me count the ways… One year in high school I was this excited about a new winter jacket I had purchased, only to find out days later that my friend’s Mom had just bought the exact same one. I showed up to a wedding a few months ago wearing the exact same outfit (down to the tights & shoe style) as a fellow guest…who was at least 30 years older than me…and I’ll never forget my Senior Prom when I showed up to the dance and realized I wasn’t looking in a mirror, rather, a friend was wearing the same dress I was! Then her boyfriend told her she looked better in it than me. And I overheard. Trag.