I know that some of my friends don’t eat/like bacon and I can respect that, but at my house tonight we accidentally celebrated Decatur Baconfest 2011. You see, G had the day off and was scheduled to make some salmon and turnip greens. Then, the unthinkable happened: Adele/Big Fattie/Kit Kat, the half-wild black kitten we’re babysitting disappeared. G spent two hours tearing the ENTIRE HOUSE apart (even though she’s been confined to the spare room until she is adjusted). He was so worried, that I left work an hour early to do my own thorough search (let’s just say I’ve lost a cat or two – temporarily – and felt I was an expert). I searched and I searched and I…didn’t find her.
So, I did what any self-respecting gal would do. I grabbed a bottle of wine out of the fridge and a glass from the shelf and said, “I’ll be on the couch drinking this while you make dinner.” And make dinner he did. We ended up eating salmon with bacon braised greens and bacon brown rice.
G made a dill compound butter to slather on the salmon pre-roast, cooked up some brown basmati rice flavored with bacon grease and then braised some turnip greens (minus that slug he had to wash off that one leaf, hazards of shopping at the farmer’s market where EVERYTHING is fresh) and spinach in bacon grease. He piled it on the plate and garnished with — wait for it — bacon crumbles!!
I’d show you a picture, but I was way to busy scarfing (or as one of my most favorite authors, Karin Slaughter, said in her book tour blog — “nomming” it) to take a photo. She’s not only an amazing murder mystery writer, but she’s also an engaging speaker, a real champion of libraries and HILARIOUS. As a bonus, she lives right here in my very own city!! Fingers crossed that I’ll run into her one day and can be a tongue tied fan or her new bff (whichever she prefers).
p.s. we found the kitty, but we lost a few baseboards in the process.