Dr. Allison has a theory: Everything can be made better with cheese, chocolate or bacon. This was, however, only a theory. Until recently.
I myself was indoctrinated into the cult of bacon quite some time ago by my mother, who is a fantastic cook and has been known to put bacon in…well… just about everything. Recently, my friend Mark and I had experimented with some new bacon recipes, especially after the discovery of BaconToday.
I don’t remember exactly how the idea of a bacon potluck came around, but when it was expanded to a bacon, cheese and chocolate potluck…well, that’s when the real genius began to reveal itself.
Kristin and her husband Jeff offered to host the party, and on January 2 they ended up the gracious hosts of twenty people and some serious deliciousness. For my part, I brought three things to the potluck. First were the Ghirardelli dark chocolate and thick-sliced bacon brownies…
…then came the semi-sweet chocolate chip banana bread, which was bacon-free…
…and finally, the bacon apple pie.
Dr. Allison and I could hardly wait to get to Kristin and Jeff’s house and kick off the party…so, of course, we got there first and with bells on!
What was the best way to kick off such a grand affair?
Brownie martinis! Dr. Allison mixed some right up!
It’s worth noting: These martinis contained NO mixer…and they were damn tasty.
Guests began rapidly arriving…
…and the kitchen began filling up with friends…
…and some seriously good-looking and good-smelling things came with them.
Soon, the main courses were set out…
…and everyone started digging in!
Our menu included:
Kristin’s bacon turkey tetrazinni,
Kris‘ bacon mac and cheese,
- Maura’s bean and feta salad,
- Lillian, Meredith and Sarah’s bacon pineapple pizza,
- Emilee‘s…well really James’ bacon brussle sprout hash,
- Aaron‘s bacon and ricotta french toast sandwiches with chocolate sauce, and
- Mark’s bacon-wrapped filets.
And believe it or not, everybody saved room for dessert!
On top of the pie, bread and brownies, everybody enjoyed:
Jenny‘s chocolate caramel pretzles,
Amy and Dan’s bacon chocolate cupcakes,
Karen‘s white-chocolate-covered bacon, and
Bacon caramels from Dr. Allison’s mom Linda in Florida.
If happiness can be measured by a demolished pie, well, this one’s a pretty good indicator.
So, a fantastic time was had by all…though we did have two doctors and a paramedic on hand just in case! And the concensus was that this smashing success of an event would now become our post-New Years’ tradition!
And what of Dr. Allison’s theory? Now a proven fact!!