Saturday, December 20, 2008

Bacon & Mayo Filled Chocolates

The Story

A few months ago I was watching Dinner Impossible on the Food Network, and the chef came up with Chocolate Covered Bacon as a dessert. What really got me though was that the people thought it was good, so I had to try it.

I made it the same way they did bacon coated in milk chocolate, and sprinkled with chopped almonds. Surprisingly it's pretty
good though I would suggest using a thin sliced bacon because the thick slice that I used gets pretty chewy at the ends. Since it had turned out to be surprisingly good I made a big batch and took them to work.

One of the guys I work with is from Hawaii, and thought it was great but that it needed mayo in it. Well that wouldn't work because mayo doesn't setup, but I thought that if you used a mold you could just use it as a filling. I didn't want to make it though because I thought the idea was quite repulsive. My co-worker however thought it sounded wonderful and kept asking for it, until I finally caved and made it for him last week.

The bacon & mayo filling.

Filling the cups.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

W00t!! Snow!!

Ok, so what we call lots of snow here in the Portland area is nothing like most other places. It usually takes about 4 inches to close down schools and businesses. It sends everyone flocking to the grocery stores and and tire centers for food, emergency supplies, chains, & studs.

The thing is that most winters it just rains in the valley, and so we are experts at handling extremely wet conditions. Frozen precipitation on the other hand, while fun is quite a bit more troublesome. I think the biggest issue is that since we really only get snow every few years and even then it usually only lasts for about a week.

This doesn't really give our road crews and people enough exposure to dealing with snowy and icy driving conditions and it takes us longer to clear the roads. So while 4 inches may be nothing to most other places it's a big deal for us.

Plus it's just fun to stay home and play out in it all day.

Anyway here are some pics I took to celebrate the arrival of the white stuff.

I was having quite a bit of fun posing the Pinky's until my boot busted.