August 31, 2013

International Bacon Day

“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.” - Thomas Jefferson

It's International Bacon Day!
(Please note: this is a floating food holiday. It usually occurs on the Saturday before Labor Day each year.)

Bacon lovers are already so vociferous about their love of the meat, I'm not entirely sure they actually needed their own food holiday considering most of them celebrate every day anyway (not a week has gone by since I became a vegetarian that I haven't been asked by some person totally appalled at my life choices, "BUTDONTYOUMISSBACON!?"). But since everything else does, I suppose bacon needs to represented on Ye Olde Calender of Foods, too. It was started by a group of University of Colorado-Boulder graduate student in 2004, who - can you guess? - loved bacon soooooooo much they thought there should be a day dedicated to eating it and loving on it.


How will you celebrate today? Personally, I'm going with a little tempeh "bacon" breakfast sandwich.

But if you're looking for something a little more... um... traditional how about bacon flavored vodka, jellybeans, mayo, mints, dental floss, toothpicks, bubblegum, popcorn, soda, croutons, or chapstick? Maybe with a BLT, on a hamburger, in a Cobb salad, with bacon wrapped chestnuts, bacon wrapped scallops, bacon wrapper tater tots, bacon and eggs, chocolate covered bacon, bacon donuts, a "baco" (a taco shell made from bacon), bacon ice cream, bacon dusted french fries, or bacon roses like my sister did for her boyfriend, Frank, on his birthday?

(Picture courtesy of my sister, Cari)

(Wanna do this at home? My sister said all she did was roll up bacon, stick toothpicks in them, put them on a wire rack on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil, then bake them. While they were in the oven, she tore apart Dollar Store roses then placed the "bacon buds" where the faux roses once were when they done cooking.)

Happy International Bacon Day!