I thought of doing something creative, like developing Springtime fashion accessories. I think a red, white and bacon bracelet may be the best way to show our patriotism while providing a between-meal snack. (Raise the flag and raise cholesterol - how American!) I flirted with the idea of creating a new game, like spin the bacon, thus combining two of my great loves. I toyed with writing The Cantebacon Tales in iambic pentameter.
But, let's face it. None of these ideas appeals to the "masses." The masses want classic, no-fuss foods. The masses want comfort. The masses want bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato sandwiches.
I have never made a BLAT in the dead of winter beause a red-ripe, home-grown tomato is one of the essential ingredients. But I did have a perfectly ripe avocado from my own tree, crisp Romaine lettuce, 7-grain bread and Duke's mayonnaise. And, of course, I had bacon.
This Roma tomato is a poor winter-time substitute for home-grown, but adds color.
I discovered Duke's Mayo, a favorite condiment south of the Mason Dixon line, two summers ago.
My three tips for cooking bacon: Use a cast iron skillet, cut the bacon slices in half and use chopsticks to keep the bacon moving while frying. (Click HERE for a great video tutorial on frying bacon.)
Bacon, beautiful, bacon. Is this the money shot?
Assembling the BLAT: Toast the bread, slather the Dukes on both slices, arrange the Romaine lettuce, tomato slices and avocado slices. Lightly springkle salt on the tomato and avocado slices. Finally, criss-cross the bacon for maximum crunch and coverage.
Or is this the money shot?
(And if you ever ask yourself, "What should I eat?" go to this great bacon flow chart on Geekologie.)