Written by Marykate O’Malley, mother of three wonderful children, Gladwyne PA
My lovely sister insisted I post this. And because I love her, I am.
I don’t eat meat. Except for bacon, and sometimes ham but only the tiniest bit. I simply don’t like it. I would truly force myself to choke down chicken and turkey and then thought – why am I doing this to myself?? Red meat I haven’t ever really liked. I ate it but did I like it? No, not really. Let me just say though that I cycle through this not eating meat thing. The last time the cycle ended I was pregnant with my oldest. I went from a vegetarian to carnivore almost overnight. I would devour bacon cheeseburgers like a frat guy at 2 am. And I also put on (you’ll want to sit down for this) over 60 pounds. Early in my second pregnancy the doctor told me that for my height I was underweight to be carrying a baby. I told her to check the charts and not to worry – this was one of my special talents. I truly don’t understand the 20 – 30 pound crowd. Maybe they don’t eat bacon cheeseburgers every day.
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So bacon. It is near and dear to my heart. Chicken, steak, turkey, they have all faded and gone. Bacon remains. Scrapple? Let’s not even go there. It is a Pennsylvania thing and really the FDA should be all over this. It’s just not right.
Bacon is messy. And I don’t do messy. This is why my sweet sister wanted me to post this…. instead of a pan I bake it in the oven. Cookie sheet with tin foil (less mess and somewhat messless – ha!!). I bake at 400 for about 15-20 minutes and voila! For Christmas brunch I buy maple bacon, sprinkle it with brown sugar and bake. Amazing. Shrimp is also wonderful baked on a cookie sheet. I love you Ina Garten. And you, sweet sis.