March Mad Cow

March 30th, 2009

So I have kind of failed at making March “Beef Month” as the only other beef I have eaten since the Burger Joint burger is one bite of Kobe Beef off the husband’s Surf ‘n Turf birthday plate at La Bernadin. I liked it, but so far there’s no question who will take the final spot in my own personal march meat madness  bracket. It will come from the pork region. And the region of pig will be belly.  I had another portion of pork belly at A Di La and it only cemented my love of the fattiest part of the pig. I’ve gotten some excellent bacon at the Union Square farmer’s market and enjoyed my first BLT. I try to eat other meat, but bacon keeps drawing me back in.  In the words of a wise man, “Bacon, the most beautiful thing on earth… bits of bacon are like the fairy dust of the food community”:

So while I may be guilty of a meat fail with my march mission, the year is but a third over and there’s plenty of time to give beef it’s due. Meanwhile, I’m going to cook up some Bacon Donuts. Bibity bobity bacon!

Meat Hero

February 19th, 2009

Now while I humbly begin a journey that includes meat, one of my comedy heroes, Mike Nelson of MST3K fame, is eating nothing but bacon for the month of February or “Bacon Stupidity Month.” I heard about it when he began, but nothing but bacon? And not only bacon, Mike is a hardcore bacon purist:

No condiments allowed. No syrups, or hot sauces, or pureed vegetables in the form of ketchup. No sauces at all. Just nature’s finest bacon, all by its dignified self.

I hesitated to blog about it until he made it through at least a week.  But after two weeks, he is still going strong. Mike Nelson, you are the the porky wind beneath my wings.

Related Bacon Fun:

First Meating of 2009
Many years ago I made a new year’s resolution that amused many of my friends: To start eating bacon. I was tired of resolutions of doing less, behaving better, of deprivation and starvation. Screw that, said I. I decided to welcome the new Millenium with a resolution I could possibly keep: Eating more. Specifically, of a meat that I had never tried but smelled oh so delicious. Also, I was a big fan of breakfast and brunches and resented the fact that so many meal-deals came with a side of sausage, bacon, or ham which I had to pay for yet could not eat. It was what my husband called my typical Jew’s dilemma: I didn’t get a dollar off or an extra egg for not eating pig, so it seemed like a waste, yet I was raised to not eat meat. Oy vey!

So I decided to eat bacon when it was part of the meal. I still haven’t eaten ham or sausage, but bacon became the first four-legged friend I would occasionally munch upon.

As I begin my year-long journey into meat, I thought it appropriate to begin again with bacon. Pork is a traditional New Year’s meat around the world — some believe it to be lucky, some say they symbolize progress, while here in the U.S. I think it most commonly symbolizes the welcoming of the new dawn by the hungover.  For me, it means a meat I know I enjoy and can eat without getting sick. So let the meating begin!