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Does Bacon Make Everything Better? 
 
Mar. 2, 2009 6:53 am 
Updated: Mar. 11, 2009 12:40 pm
Today is a busy day for the family - school, work, baseball, errands. I am cooking up a batch of spaghetti sauce this morning so we have it ready to go for a quick dinner tonight.  I had ground turkey on hand (got two packs last week -- buy one, get one free. Let me know if you have ideas of what I should cook up with the second pack), so that's going to be my base.

I decided to add flavor to my sauce by cooking up a few strips of bacon (chopped) first. Then I used the fat to saute my onion and garlic (I left the bacon in). I must say, the sauce turned out really, really good. My ingredients were bacon, onion, garlic, stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, pinch of fennel seed, oregano, basil, ground turkey, and a few hot pepper flakes. My idea for the bacon came from my husband always quoting the movie The Good Fellas where one of the characters claims that the secret ingredient to great italian red sauce is pork.

I think that nearly everything we eat would be better if we added a bit of bacon? Do you agree? What dishes do you sneak bacon into to add flavor?
 
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Bryn 
Mar. 2, 2009 8:41 am
Definately!! Bacon does make everything better. There is even an International bacon day. I use bacon in a lot of pasta dishes because it adds another layer or that salty, savory flavor.
 
Glitterfrog 
Mar. 10, 2009 11:35 pm
Ground Turkey Idea: Lettuce Wraps. There is a sauce in the "asian" section of the grocery store called Hoison sauce. Cook up the ground turkey and through in some diced onion and shredded carrots with as much Hoison sauce as you like and then toss in a lettuce leaf. It's healthy and delicious. I even got my husband to try them, and he liked it.
 
Mar. 11, 2009 12:40 pm
I use ground turkey mostly for burgers and tacos. For the burgers, I add chopped scallions, 2 cloves of minced garlic, some seasoned bread crumbs, grated parmesan cheese and a little grill seasoning...delicious! As far as the pork for the sauce goes....My family is sicilian, we have always used spare ribs or pork chops (bone or no bone). Another secret for a great sauce, peel a potato and cook it in the sauce for the first hour or so (or until it becomes soft, then remove it). It absorbs alot of the acid from the tomoatoes...great for anyone with stomach issues! Although for me, eating the potato later is the best part!
 
 
 
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My love for cooking is a result of my passion for eating. Good food can make any day better. My mother is from France so food has always been a focus of conversation, travels and special occasions. I also am the vice president of brand marketing at Allrecipes.com. I have been lucky enough to be part of Allrecipes for 10 years (since the early days). It has been one of the true pleasures of my life. Seeing all of the really great cooking ideas posted to the site everyday is a total joy.
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It was a few years ago and I was preparing Thanksgiving dinner for my in-laws at our new house. Little did I realize when I put the turkey in to cook, that the oven thermometer was broken so the temperature was 100 degrees or so less than the dial showed. It took HOURS for the turkey to cook. Thankfully, we all had a good laugh rather than panicking and no one got food poisoning from the dinner. My other tragedy is really any sort of baked good. Cakes, cookies, muffins... you name it and I have either undercooked them, burnt them or fouled them up in some other way...
 
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