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Attention Chefs: Can we all agree that bacon is over?

Because I'm over it.

1. It doesn't belong in dessert.
2. Yes, it goes with waffles, but you don't need to put it in there twice.
3. Biscuits and gravy are enough. No bacon necessary.

Please stop.

~TDQ

1. Butterscotch Banana Cake, Smalley's, Stillwater MN

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Bacon does not belong in dessert!

2. Waffle sandwich, Groundswell Coffee, St. Paul

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Does the waffle sandwich need both candied bacon and to be topped with bacon?

3. Biscuit and gravy, Groundswell Coffee, St. Paul

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This is just too much on top of too much.

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  1. All of them seem pretty appetizing to me.

    And I don't even like bacon that much. I like it. Just not that much.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      You're not really helping my cause. :)

      And yes, it was all delicious by the way for about two bites, except that my husband thought the maple candied bacon on the banana cake was vile.

      ~TDQ

      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        Taste aside, the concepts in each of those photos seem quite natural.

        Bacon adds a nice savory bite to sweets, as well as textural contrast (in the same way nuts do) to frozen desserts like ice cream.

        The bacon on the waffle sandwich is essentially your typical American diner breakfast plate. So that's all good, I suppose.

        And the biscuits and gravy with bacon just seems so obvious. Lots of gravy recipes have bacon and/or bacon grease, right?

        1. re: ipsedixit

          No, no, no :) That kind of gravy has bulk sausage only. I know this stuff :)

          I've bought bacon chocolate a couple of times - and paid a bloody 'fortune for it. And had to imagine that I tasted bacon.

          1. re: c oliver

            I bought a bacon/chocolate donut at Publix a few weeks ago. It sucked. But the maple bar I bought? Put some of the bacon from the chocolate one on that... divine!

            In conclusion, if we were meant to eat bacon and chocolate together, they'd be selling chocolate bacon in the deli case, alongside the maple bacon.

            And I agree completely. Biscuits and gravy means sausage gravy. Bacon should stay with the eggs, where it belongs.

            ETA - Hey! I just took another look at that third pic. When did it become "Biscuit and gravy"? Just because it's sporting a couple slices of pig doesn't mean we don't get our second biscuit. Oh, hell, no!

            1. re: DuffyH

              Good grief, we're in agreement...again :) And,yeah, I can't imagine bacon in gravy. How would you know it's even there. Sausage all the way!

              1. re: DuffyH

                Would it make you feel better to know that the biscuit was a rosemary bacon gruyere biscuit?

                ~TDQ

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    Hi TDQ,

                    < Would it make you feel better to know that the biscuit was a rosemary bacon gruyere biscuit? >

                    Hell, no! Rosemary and gruyere don't belong anywhere near sausage gravy. And what's with the damn bacon again? It's not enough to plop it down on top of the gravy, but we've got to bake it into the biscuit? I mean, honestly, WTF?

                    Don't mistake me, I would hoover that biscuit up in a nanosecond, for sure. But the gravy will overpower the gruyere, and there's usually plenty of rosemary in the sausage without loading the biscuit with it. Restraint is one of my watchwords with rosemary. Can I have one of those biscuits, please? :-)

                    1. re: DuffyH

                      Consider this an invitation to you and c oliver to come to St. Paul for a bacon and generally porkified (MplsM ary's word, which I now claim as my own) dishes chowdown.

                      I didn't post the photo of the housemade hotdog that was wrapped in bacon because the hotdog toppings obscured the bacon from view, but I'm wishing I had.

                      ~TDQ

                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        Ooh, I forgot that Mother used to slice a hotdog partway through, put in cheese and then wrap with bacon and fry. Double pork. Is that okay or banned???

                        I can bring our home ground pork burgers.

                        1. re: c oliver

                          Deep fry? OMG. I think you must apply for a stand at the Minnesota State Fair next year.

                          ~TDQ

                        2. re: The Dairy Queen

                          Can we go to the Fair? I want to try the Pizza Tots, Pretzel Curds and Chocolate Dessert Salami. SnoRibbons for an afternoon cool-down.

                          Even though the Florida State Fairgrounds are only 20 minutes away, I have to wait until next February to taste this stuff here. IF it makes the summer fair cut.

                          1. re: DuffyH

                            Absolutely. You just have to be here sometime between Aug 21 and Labor Day. (good research!)

                            ~TDQ

                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                              Research is key. When we lived in Sandy Eggo we used to check the food booth placement before heading out every year. First stop was always the grilled corn ~150' inside the main gate. 10am grilled corn was only 4-5 hours from the field AND in prime corn season. Best.Corn.Ever.

                              1. re: DuffyH

                                Oh gosh, you really have to plot it out if you want to try to do all of your favorites AND try new things, especially if you've got the kiddo along. MN State Fair has awesome grilled corn too. It's a favorite of mine for sure.

                                ~TDQ

                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                  We always left the kids at home. Grownups need time out, too! :-D

                                  Our big thing was the commercial exhibits, which are HUGE at the Del Mar Fair. Really huge. I loves me some product demos.

                          2. re: The Dairy Queen

                            Considering that the original name for St Paul was Pig's Eye Landing...

                    2. re: c oliver

                      No, no, no :) That kind of gravy has bulk sausage only. I know this stuff :)

                      Plus A One Rat Cheer!!!

              2. Bacon is for breakfast. Bacon is, of course, for BLTs. I recently crumbled some bacon on bowls of mushroom soup. You have great examples of how not to 'use' bacon. Shiver.

                1. That waffle sandwich is a transitional form, showing the evolution from bacon things to waffles things, which is now in full flower. What the hell is up with food lately?

                  Evolution takes forever, with new forms developing over time and with purpose. But here comes food, hell-bent on having it's own little Cambrian explosion, morphing into all kinds of oddities that have no chance for long-tern survival.

                  I mean, seriously, WTF?

                  1. As a vegetarian, bacon fever, along with the whole porkifying of every dang menu item, has been a nightmare. For a few years in a row I was at least able to order a salad and dessert without having to ask if it had meat in it. Dessert. Sob! The one area of the menu where I always felt safe and cozy. No more.

                    Macaroni and cheese without bacon is tough to find these days. From your post to whose ever ears -- enough with the bacon!

                     
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                    1. re: MplsM ary

                      < .... enough with the bacon! >

                      So right. I think we jumped the shark the moment we installed bacon vending machines in public restrooms.

                       
                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                        Well, as MplsMary points out, that's practically everything. You'd have to eat, like, plain yogurt or oatmeal.

                        ~TDQ

                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                          OT but I'm always surprised when I see someone out to breakfast - which I consider a treat - and they're having oatmeal. Like, duh, you can have THAT at home.

                          1. re: c oliver

                            I've been doing more of that lately than I care to admit. Why bother to go out you say? Well, the rest of my family can go ahead and indulge in half a barnyard and I can stick to my meal plan. And I don't have to cook or clean up! But, I'd rather have the bacon, to be honest!

                            ~TDQ

                            1. re: c oliver

                              I feel the same way about eggs in general. Aside from things like benedict...it's like...why would you go out and pay a 400% markup on something you can make so easily at home?

                              1. re: joonjoon

                                I don't think anyone ever makes our eggs *exactly* as we want them in any diner or restaurant. Close, perhaps, but never spot-on as when we make them ourselves.

                                We're also more forgiving of ourselves if we fluff the preparation, but not so much if a restaurant gets it wrong.

                              2. re: c oliver

                                Actually, steel cut oatmeal takes a lot longer to cook than most things I eat for breakfast.

                                1. re: calumin

                                  That's why I make a big pot of it and microwave it for 4 days or so.

                              3. re: The Dairy Queen

                                On NONSENSE. I've never been to any restaurant that has bacon in "practically everything."

                                  1. re: MplsM ary

                                    That's too funny. If I want to walk into a restaurant that smells like bacon, I'll choose Denny's. At least they'll give me pancakes with my bacon. And it will certainly cost less.

                                  2. re: jmckee

                                    Try coming to North Carolina ...