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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

LehighValleyIronPigsLet’s be honest – everyone chooses their favorite sports team based on the mascot and apparel… right?

If you do fall into that mix, then your new favorite team should be the Triple-A league Lehigh Valley IronPigs baseball team, the affiliate team of the Philadelphia Phillies. Not only do they have the best name ever, but their fan shop is packed with awesome bacon strip gear to make sure you sizzle from head to toe.

And if that’s not enough to get you aboard the bandwagon, perhaps this will seal the deal: part of the IronPigs’ apparel arsenal is a smelly bacon strip T-shirt. Yes, you read that right. A shirt that smells like bacon!

So, are you a fan yet?

12 Days of Pork Giveaway! Day 12: Bacon Club!

Can you believe that today is the twelfth and final day of our first ever 12 Days of Pork Giveaway?

I think we saved the bacon best for last. Today's feature is a year-long bacon club!

Please tell us why you love bacon. Make it short, pithy, poetic, witty, whatever suits your fancy!

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This month, we're highlighting items here on PKS.com that we’re giving away as part of a grand pork holiday gift pack. (One winner will be selected at the end of our sweepstakes to win the ENTIRE collection of all 12 prizes!)

There are two ways to enter:

1. Pin the image highlighted in this post on Pinterest.

2. Retweet the #12DaysofPork tweet from @allaboutpork on Twitter to enter to win the entire gift pack.

This means you have two chances to enter per post (if you pin AND retweet).We’ll publish a new post each day, giving you a new chance to earn two more entries. You do NOT have to enter each day – it just increases your number of entries if you do.

See full legal rules here.

Thank you so much for playing!

Check back soon to find out if you're the winner!

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12 Days of Pork Giveaway! Day 9: Bacon Candy

trufflesI don't get excited over Christmas candy. Seems to me just about every Christmas candy contains chocolate and peppermint, a flavor combo I can live happily without. And if it isn't peppermint and chocolate, it's Italian Toberlone. Blech. Does anyone even like Toberlone?

For truly jolly-making Christmas candy, I suggest going with chocolate and bacon. And since we at PKS.com love the way chocolate and bacon get along, Day 9 of our 12 Days of Pork Giveaway features Vosges Chocolate Bacon Candy Truffles.

From December 13th to the 24th, we will highlight new items here on PKS.com that we’re giving away as part of a grand pork holiday gift pack. (One winner will be selected at the end of our sweepstakes to win the ENTIRE collection of all 12 prizes!)

There are two ways to enter:

1. Pin the image highlighted in this post on Pinterest.

2. Retweet the #12DaysofPork tweet from @allaboutpork on Twitter to enter to win the entire gift pack.

This means you have two chances to enter per post (if you pin AND retweet).We’ll publish a new post each day, giving you a new chance to earn two more entries. You do NOT have to enter each day – it just increases your number of entries if you do.

See full legal rules here.

What item will we unveil next?

Check back tomorrow for the next 12 Days of Pork Holiday item, and thanks for playing!

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12 Days of Pork Giveaway! Day 7: Christmas Cookies

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Of all my Christmas memories, the best ones involve baking Christmas cookies with my mom. It was not an undertaking for the faint of heart. Every December, we began buying unfathomable amounts of flour, sugar, butter and eggs, which would be transformed into holiday family favorites such as biscotti, pizzelles, and butter balls. Mom and I would spend days rolling and dipping and cutting and sprinkling while singing “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby and “Frosty the Snowman” with Burl Ives. Once finished, the cookies would be assembled onto trays, tied with shiny ribbons, and given as presents to everyone we knew, including the mailman.

I'm sure I'm not alone in my love of baking Christmas cookies. So, tell me, what are your favorite Christmas cookies? Do you have certain cookies that get baked only during the holidays? Got any cookie baking tips? Please share them with us in the comment section below.

When it comes to unique cookies, it's hard to beat these Bacon Peanut Butter Cookies from Pork Be Inspired. That's right, best buds, bacon and peanut butter, are united in one amazing cookie. Hungry? Get the recipe here.

And thus, it's time to roll out the seventh prize of our 12 Days of Pork Giveaway on PKS.com! And it's all about making cookies! Today's giveaway items include a cookie jar and a pig cookie cutter.

This month, we're highlighting 12 items here on PKS.com that we’re giving away as part of a grand pork holiday gift pack. (One winner will be selected at the end of our sweepstakes to win the ENTIRE collection of all 12 prizes!)

There are two ways to enter:

1. Pin the image highlighted in this post on Pinterest.

2. Retweet the #12DaysofPork tweet from @allaboutpork on Twitter to enter to win the entire gift pack.

This means you have two chances to enter per post (if you pin AND retweet).We’ll publish new items daily, giving you a new chance to earn more entries. You do NOT have to enter each day – it just increases your number of entries if you do.

See full legal rules here.

What item will we unveil next?

Check back tomorrow for the next 12 Days of Pork Holiday item, and thanks for playing!

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12 Days of Pork Giveaway! Day 2: Bacon Waffles

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The only thing better than making waffles on the weekend is making waffles with your nieces on the weekend.

Whenever my nieces from Rhode Island come to visit us in San Diego we do everything we can to show them a good time — day trips to San Diego Zoo and Lego Land Park, dips in the pool (many, many dips), shopping, movies, and more. But the best part of the trip for me is always breakfast time at home. Like me, they wake up early, and we cozy up in the quiet of the morning while everyone else is asleep and chat about anything and everything from movies and fashion to family and music. With their puffy eyes, boufy hair, and still-sleepy raspy voices, they warm my heart like nothing else can.

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Then when everyone else wakes up, we make breakfast. And on the weekend, it's something special like homemade waffles. Waffle making is pure kid fun — there are eggs to crack, batter to whisk, and steam to watch escape from the hot iron. Then there's the eating of the waffles with lots and lots of maple syrup.

Waffles, weekends, and family. It doesn't get much sweeter.

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Today is the second day of our 12 Days of Pork Giveaway on PKS.com, and our next featured item is a waffle maker!

From December 13th to the 24th, we will highlight a new item here on PKS.com that we’re giving away as part of a grand pork holiday gift pack. (One winner will be selected at the end of our sweepstakes to win the ENTIRE collection of all 12 prizes!)

There are two ways to enter:

1. Pin the image highlighted in this post on Pinterest.

2. Retweet the #12DaysofPork tweet from @allaboutpork on Twitter to enter to win the entire gift pack.

This means you have two chances to enter per post (if you pin AND retweet).We’ll publish a new post each day, giving you a new chance to earn two more entries. You do NOT have to enter each day – it just increases your number of entries if you do.

See full legal rules here.

Yesterday we featured a bacon press; today it's a waffle maker. What item will we unveil next?

Check back tomorrow for the third 12 Days of Pork Holiday item, and thanks for playing!

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Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles from Joy the Baker

Makes 8 waffles

For the bacon:

10 slices of bacon

1/4 cup brown sugar

For the waffles:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup brown sugar

2/3 cups canola or grapeseed oil

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups buttermilk

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and line with foil. Arrange bacon in a single layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with brown sugar.  Place in the upper third of the oven and bake until sugar is caramelized and bacon is brown and crispy, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Immediately remove bacon slices using a pair of tongs. Place them on a cutting board (not paper towels, they’ll stick!) to cool before chopping. Once cool, chop the bacon into bite size bits and set aside.

2. Set up your waffle iron on a level, clean surface and turn on to preheat.

3. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and brown sugar. Whisk to blend. In a  medium bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold. Once almost fully incorporated, add the bacon bites. Stir. Try not to over mix the batter or the waffles will become tough. It’s OK if a few lumps remain in the batter. Cook according to your waffle machine instructions. Serve with maple syrup.

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waffles + family = happiness

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12 Days of Pork Giveaway! Day 1: How Do You Cook Bacon?

bacon-press1As I began writing this post, I Googled “how to cook bacon” and got 53, 300,000 results. I stuck to the ones on the first page. But even those dozen or so posts had numerous “best” ways to cook bacon: Cook it in a skillet on the stovetop. Make that a grill pan. Bake it in the oven. Microwave it on a plate. Microwave it on a vertical bacon rack. Make it crispy. Don't make it too crispy. Burn it, baby. Flatten the bacon. No! Let the bacon curl up.

How can something as basic as bacon be this involved?

Me? I cook bacon — actually my husband cooks bacon, whom I happily admit is better at it than I am — on the stovetop in a skillet over low heat so it cooks slowly and evenly and gets crispy all over. Since he likes his bacon flat and crispy, I'm surprising him with a bacon press which is the best way to achieve restaurant-style flat, crispy bacon. Just don't tell him. I want him to believe it's from Santa Claus.

And for the next 12 days, PKS.com is going to be Santa's helper. Today we're launching our first ever 12 Days of Pork Giveaway!

Each day for the next 12 days, we will highlight a new item here on PKS.com that we’re giving away as part of a grand pork holiday gift pack. (One winner will be selected at the end of our sweepstakes to win the ENTIRE collection of all 12 prizes!)

There are two ways to enter:

1. Pin the image highlighted in this post on Pinterest.

2. Retweet the #12DaysofPork tweet from @allaboutpork on Twitter to enter to win the entire gift pack.

This means you have two chances to enter per post (if you pin AND retweet).We’ll publish a new post each day, giving you a new chance to earn two more entries. You do NOT have to enter each day – it just increases your number of entries if you do.

See full legal rules here.

What item will we unveil next? The bacon press is just the first of many other pork-inspired gift items that we have coming your way. Check back tomorrow for the second 12 Days of Pork Holiday item, and thanks for playing!

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Pork Makes the Party Potluck!

I don't know about you, but I'm so lucky when it comes to potlucks. I want my luck to change, so I'm taking charge. I've scoured the internet for the some of the best pork potluck recipes out there and have found some winners.

How about you? What are some of your favorite pork potluck dishes? Please share them with us in the comment section below.

img_1927-version-2-2Sweet Potato Biscuits with Bacon and Thyme (Photo, Nicole Hamaker)

Sweet Potato Biscuits with Bacon and Thyme from Pinch My Salt (pictured above)

Charcuterie Board from One Vanilla Bean

Bacon Pork Pops from The Food Network

Thai Pork and Shrimp Meatballs from Pork, Knife & Spoon

Bacon-Wrapped Cream Cheese Jalapeno Bites from Doughmesstic

Bacon-Wrapped Chestnut Stuffed Dates from Rachel Ray Magazine

boston-baked-beansSlow Cooked Boston Baked Beans (Photo, Elise Bauer)

Slow Cooked Boston Baked Beans from Simply Recipes (pictured above)

Creamy Bacon Buffalo Chicken Pasta from Food.com

Easy Pork Loaf from Pork Be Inspired

Spanish Pork Casserole from Pork Be Inspired

Black Beans and Sausage from Martha Stewart

Bacon and Cheddar Puff Pastry Crisps from Kitchen Daily

Italian Sausage and Pepper Macaroni & CheeseItalian Sausage and Pepper Macaroni and Cheese (Photo, Susan Russo)

Italian Sausage and Pepper Macaroni and Cheese from Food Blogga (pictured above)

Thai-Style Pork Stew from My Recipes

Caribbean Pork Casserole from Good Housekeeping

Guy Fieri's BBQ Pork Fried Rice from Food.com

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf from Food Blogga

Quick Cooking Pork, Squash, and Tortilla Stew from Pork, Knife & Spoon

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: Bacon Mashed Potato Pancakes

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I can live without mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving Day. With stuffing, turnips, squash, and greens, I don't event miss them. But I can't live without leftover mashed potato pancakes, the day after Thanksgiving, especially when they're studded with bits of chewy, crisp bacon.

These bacon mashed potato pancakes are easy to make, but be sure to follow these tips: Use real mashed potatoes instead of boxed; take them cold from the refrigerator before cooking, and if your mashed potatoes have a lot of moisture, say from heavy cream or milk, then you may need to add more cornstarch. When forming the pancakes, make sure they're not too soft or too thin, or they'll spread when cooking. When cooking in the hot oil, resist the temptation to flip them too early, otherwise a crunchy golden crust won't form. With salty, smoky bacon, you don't need much else for seasoning, but  feel free to experiment with spices and herbs such as minced garlic, chives, sage, parsley, and chili powder. Enjoy them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and serve either plain or with sour cream, applesauce, leftover cranberry sauce, maple syrup, salsa or hot sauce.

Bacon Mashed Potato Cakes

Makes 7 cakes

2 slices bacon

Canola oil

2 cups cold leftover mashed potatoes

4 to 5 tablespoons cornstarch

2 scallions, finely chopped, both green and white parts

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1. Place bacon in a skillet over medium-high and cook, flipping once or twice, until evenly browned and crisp. Remove and drain on a paper-towel lined plate. Once cool, chop into small pieces.

2. Cover the bottom of a large skillet with canola oil and place over medium-high heat.

3. Place 2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes in a medium bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, including the chopped bacon, starting with 4 tablespoons of cornstarch, and gently blend with your hands. Feel it. It should be somewhat heavy and smooth. If it's soft and sticky, then add a little more cornstarch. To make equal size pancakes, use an ice cream scoop. Then gently flatten the ball into a thick pancake. If you don't have an ice cream scoop, use a 1/4 cup measuring cup or your hands. Make sure the oil is very hot before placing the pancakes in the skillet. Once ready, cook 3 to 4 at a time, making sure to not overcrowd them. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until a golden crust forms, then flip once. Cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes until golden. If they're getting too dark, lower the heat. Place on a paper-towel lined plate. Repeat.

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Halloween Candy for Adults: Chocolate-Bacon-Peanut Bark

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Great things come in threes: Mo, Larry, and Curly, The Three Musketeers, and chocolate, bacon, and peanuts.

This Halloween, instead of raiding your kids' Halloween sacks (oh, come on, you know you do), looking for the king-size Snickers bars, celebrate with bacon candy — easy-to-make and easier-to-eat chocolate-bacon-peanut bark. And the best part: You don't have to don a red bulbous nose and go door-to-door to get some.

Chocolate-Bacon-Peanut Bark

Makes 10 to 12 servings, depending on the size of the pieces

8 strips bacon

16 ounces semisweet chocolate (chunks or chips are fine)

1 cup unsalted peanuts

1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon, turning several times, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Chop finely.

2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. Add chocolate to a double boiler. If you don't have one, fill a pan with a couple of inches of water. Place a glass bowl over the pan, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water underneath. Once the water begins to boil, add the chocolate chips. Using a spatula, stir continuously, until smooth and creamy. Stir in the bacon and peanuts. Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and spread to 3/8-inch thickness. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour. The bark should be hard and chilled. Place bark on a cutting board and cut into pieces — any size or shape you'd like. Serve lightly chilled or at room temperature.

Photo credit: FCC, ShawnCampbell

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Manly Salad: Grilled Romaine with Buttermilk-Bacon Dressing

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Think your guy won’t eat just a salad? I’ve got three words for him: Buttermilk-Bacon Dressing.

This salad is a stud. Hearty romaine lettuce is grilled until lightly charred then smothered with creamy, smoky, salty buttermilk-bacon dressing. You can eat it on its own, but I’d suggest pairing it with grilled pork tenderloin and a robust red wine like a Pinot Noir or Cabernet-Sauvignon.

Grilled Romaine with Buttermilk-Bacon Dressing

Serves 6 to 8

6 slices bacon

3 heads of romaine lettuce, split in half

Olive oil, for drizzling

6 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon or spicy mustard

1. Place bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, flipping once, until nicely browned and crisp. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate. When cooled, chop into small pieces.

2. Preheat your grill to medium-high. Brush the lettuce with some olive oil. Place lettuce halves face down so they’re flat on the grates. Grill for 3 minutes or until grill marks appear and the edges begin to blacken. Transfer to a platter.

3. For the dressing, whisk mayo, buttermilk, vinegar and mustard until smooth. Add half the chopped bacon and stir. Drizzle over the grilled lettuce and sprinkle with the remaining bacon. Enjoy.