Maple Pepper Bacon

Daniel loves bacon; he thinks it’s one of the food groups.

He saw a chef on Food Network make maple pepper bacon and asked me to make some for supper.

Ingredients:

1/2 pound of thick sliced bacon

fresh cracked black pepper

REAL maple syrup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 475•

Take a 9×13 cookie sheet and cover it with foil and then one sheet of parchment paper. The foil will help keep the cookie sheet clean and the bacon won’t stick to the parchment paper.

Spread bacon on parchment paper and sprinkle with freshly cracked bacon. Flip and pepper the other side of the bacon. Put into hot oven and bake for 15 minutes.

Flip bacon after 15 minutes and bake for 10 more minutes until nice and crispy.

Pour maple syrup over the bacon; I didn’t measure but probably used 1/4 cup.

Return to oven for 8 more minutes.

Yum! I made scrambled eggs with cheese and heated tortillas and we made bacon and egg burritos.

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New Year’s Day Waffles

We made waffles for supper on New Year’s Day.  I love having breakfast for supper…it’s a nice change from the regular meat and potatoes that we usually eat.

I used the recipe that came with my son’s Oster Flip Belgian Waffle Maker.

Here’s the recipe for Classic Waffles:

Ingredients
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tbsp. cornmeal (optional), I didn’t add this
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3 large eggs, separated
2 tbsp. white sugar
1 3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick of butter)

Directions

In large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, cornmeal (if you chose to use it), baking powder and salt.  Blend thoroughly, then set bowl aside.

In mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form.  Set bowl aside.

In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks, milk and vanilla.

Use a spatula to stir milk mixture into flour mixture; blend until dry ingredients are moistened – there will be lumps. Stir in melted butter.  Fold in beaten egg whites until combined.

Pour batter into hot, greased waffle maker and bake.  I found out that 1 cup will fill the waffle maker without spilling.  Also, I turn the waffle maker up to almost the highest heat; this makes the waffles crispier and browner.  This waffle iron has a little light on top that turns red when it’s on and then green when it’s ready for the batter.  Once you pour the batter in, the green light will turn off – that’s when it’s time to flip the waffle maker.  There’s a light on this side, too.  It will turn green when your waffle is ready to remove.

wafflesMy son made bacon, and I used my Keurig Mini for the first time and had hot chocolate.

Keurig hot chocolate