Brown Sugar and Pepper Bacon

This is my favorite way to cook bacon! Using a center cut bacon brings down the fat content and baking it in the oven is key. Adding the brown sugar and fresh black pepper gives it that sweet and salty perfect bite.

Try it, you will be a star!

Brown Sugar and Black Pepper Bacon

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • Organic Center Cut Bacon
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Place wire rack on cookie tray
  • Spray with cooking spray
  • Place bacon on wire
  • Sprinkle each piece with brown sugar
  • Sprinkle each piece with black pepper
  • Cook for 20-30 minutes or until brown
  • Let cool for 5 minutes

Potato and Pancetta Soup

I’ve been fighting a cold this last week and hot soup always seems to be the best remedy to feel better. I’m not a fan of eating noodles in my soup, I prefer vegetables. Lately I have been in love with baby dutch potatoes.

Here’s the soup I made for myself yesterday. You can change it up to whatever you like. I wanted my soup to be light and lots of broth so I don’t use a thickener.

Potato and Pancetta Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 8-10 small baby dutch potatoes (sliced on mandolin in circles)
  • 2 fresh carrots (sliced on mandolin in circles)
  • 1 large sweet onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme (removed from stem)
  • 4 cups of fresh chicken broth (store bought is ok)
  • 1 package of pancetta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream (you can use half and half for lighter version)

Directions:

  • In a large pot melt butter
  • Add onions and cook until translucent
  • Add garlic and mix for 1 minute
  • Add chicken broth and bring to a boil
  • Add potatoes, carrots, parsley, thyme
  • Cook until all vegetables are soft
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Add heavy cream

Creamy Vegetable Soup with Pancetta

I didn’t feel like going to the grocery store yesterday so I rummaged through the pantry to make dinner and decided to make soup with what I had. This was super easy to make and delicious! You can add or take out anything you don’t like.

Creamy Vegetable Soup with Pancetta

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 4-5 stocks of celery (chopped)
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 3 carrots (chopped)
  • 1 sweet onion (chopped)
  • 1 handful of parsley (chopped)
  • 3-4 peeled potatoes (I used baby dutch yellow potatoes) (cubed)
  • 1 package of cubed pancetta or 5 strips of bacon
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 1 cup of your favorite cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  • In a large pot melt the butter, pancetta and chopped onions together
  • Add celery, carrots, parsley and stir for a couple minutes
  • Add chicken stock
  • Add potatoes
  • Bring to a boil and cook until cooked (soft)
  • In a food processor take 1/3 of the soup mixture and pulse until almost smooth. Place in bowl and continue with the rest of the soup
  • Return into the pot and bring back to a boil
  • Add cream, cheese and salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve with crispy bread or sandwich

Quiche Lorraine

This is a delicious easy main dish you can serve for brunch or dinner. Pair with a nice arugula salad with tomatoes, your guest will ask for a second helping!

Quiche Lorraine

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients:

  • 4 jumbo organic eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of half and half
  • 1/4 cup of sweet onion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 package of thick bacon
  • 3/4 cup of grated Jarlsberg cheese
  • 3/4 cup of baby swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup of finely grated parmesan and romano
  • 1/2 cup of Le Gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon of fresh nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 unbaked pie dough
  • 1 9inch deep dish pie pan

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Prepare the pie dough into the pie pan and set aside
  • Chopped raw bacon into small pieces and cook in a skillet until crispy, drain on paper towel and set aside
  • Drain bacon fat out of the skillet but leave 1 tablespoon
  • Sauté the sweet onions until soft and translucent, remove and drain on a paper towel
  • Place the bacon evenly on the bottom of the pie pan
  • Sprinkle onions and chives on top
  • In a large bowl slightly beat the eggs
  • Add cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper
  • Mix together and pour into pie shell
  • Bake in oven at 450 for 15 minutes
  • Reduce heat to 350 and bake for about 45 minutes longer until cooked into the center.
  • Let cool for 1o minutes and serve

crispy bacon cooked
crispy bacon cooked

pie shell
pie shell

slightly beaten eggs
slightly beaten eggs

All the cheeses
All the cheeses

fresh nutmeg
fresh nutmeg

quiche before the oven
quiche before the oven

Poached Egg with Arugula Salad

I love poached eggs! They are easy and super healthy and can be eaten with just about anything. This is great dish if you are watching your carb intake and need a quick healthy breakfast.

Arugula Salad with Poached Egg

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 handfuls  of arugula
  • 1 tomato cut or you can use cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 sweet white onion
  • 3 pieces of uncooked bacon cut into pieces
  • Parmesan cheese shavings (to taste)
  • 2 Eggs (poached)

Dressing:

  • 1/4 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

In a large pan, sauté bacon pieces until crispy and add thinly sliced onion. Cook until translucent and remove and drain on a paper towel. Assemble arugula, tomatoes, and cheese in 2 bowls evenly. Add the onions and bacon to the top and add the poached egg. Mix the dressing ingredients together in a bowl and pour over the top.