Vietnamese Pork Pho Soup ~ Delicious, Healthy Love for Your Tummy!

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When the Mr. and I used to frequent Montreal for our weekend “adult” getaways, our favorite go~to hangover remedy, as with most other cultures was some sort of big, fresh vegetable, noodle and protein soup.

Thanks to many great reviews online from Montreal natives, we were lucky to find a lot of great restaurants that are “off the beaten path” of tourists, that have phenomenal cuisine at low prices!

So where is the best place to get pho?  A tiny hole-in-the-wall place in Chinatown, Cristal No. 1.

It was absolutely AMAZING!

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/67/1548051/restaurant/Chinatown/Cristal-No-1-Montreal

The whole late night, post partying, healthy soup practice, seems to not have taken hold here in the U.S. as it has pretty much everywhere else.   That is, it’s probably unlikely that it will become popular, unless the Golden Arches start carrying it, anyway!

I’ve been making this soup at home for years in the chicken form.  Chicken stock and meat.   This past week I made pho with a lovely, tender pork loin and it was absolutely amazing.

Here is the recipe I used.  Feel free to add any variety of veggies on top that you have, the key is to add them AFTER the noodles, meat and broth.  The idea is to keep them fresh, vibrant and crispy.  The nice thing about this soup is it’s easily made ahead of time.  If you chop the veggies first and refrigerate till you’re ready, it’s only a matter of heating up the broth.  This means, healthy, quick dinner!

Here are some fresh / raw veggies I’ve seen on Pho:

Julienne carrots

Julienne cucumbers

Mushrooms

Cilantro

Sliced thin red peppers

Jalapeno thin sliced

Bean sprouts

Sliced thin read onion

Chopped mint

Chopped basil

Lime wedges

http://guiltykitchen.com/2009/10/14/daring-cooks-vietnamese-pork-pho/

And if you’re ever in Montreal, definitely check out Cristal No. 1.  It’s the best pho in Montreal!

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Pad Fry ~ Thai Sweet Potato Fries

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I have a weakness for sweet potato fries.  I’ve managed to have gotten one of our daughters totally hooked on my sweet potato fries with curry mayonnaise, an old fav of mine from the British pub days back in New England, that I’ve recreated.

Looking around today on Food Network I found this recipe for Thai sweet potato fries!  A warm and spicy combination of sweet potatoes, cilantro, lime, fried onions Sriracha and yes, BACON!

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Ingredients

1 16-to-20-ounce bag frozen sweet potato fries
3 strips bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 teaspoons Asian chile sauce (such as Sriracha)
1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Prepared fried onions or fried shallots, for topping

Directions

Bake the sweet potato fries as the label directs.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes; remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the brown sugar, fish sauce, chile sauce, lime juice and lime zest to the drippings. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

Transfer the fries to a serving dish. Drizzle with the chile sauce mixture, then sprinkle with the bacon, cilantro and fried onions.

Photograph by Charles Masters

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/name-this-dish-french-fries-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

 

Bringin’ Home the Bacon

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Fact.  Blogging about bacon when you have none in the fridge, is not advisable.

I’ve got to admit, I get a kick out of this hipster bacon revolution that seems to be happening on Food Network and all over the internet. Bacon milkshakes, bacon snacks, ground bacon burgers, bacon tee shirts, bacon boxer shorts.

So here you go bacon lovers.  A few things, you may have missed on your search for the perfect pork.

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Old Bay Bloody Marys

My sister in laws WP blog with her amazing recipes for delish food!

http://someoneleftthecakeoutintherain.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/touchdown-thursdays-old-bay-bloody-mary/

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Bakon Vodka

Perhaps a good addition to the Old Bloody Bay?!

http://bakonvodka.com

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Bacon Lollipops

Bacon Pops are hard candy lollipops that have successfully (and deliciously!) merged with bacon. These gourmet lollipops come in sets of six which feature two each of the following flavors: Maple, Honey, and BBQ.

The bacon strip shape is made from hard candy and then infused with bits of bacon to add a savory kick to these sweet treats.

If you love bacon, you’re going to love these tangy, candied lollipops. Each hand poured guilty pleasure is made in the USA.

http://www.vat19.com/dvds/bacon-lollipops-savory-candy-honey-maple-bbq.cfm

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Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Salty bacon perched on top of buttery, maple icing.  Oh yeah, baby!

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/maple-bacon-cupcakes-00420000006342/

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Periodic BaCoN Tee

Nutritionists tell you to get your vitamins and nutrients. Some of those nutritious foods taste gross. But there is an amazing chemical compound that makes just about any food taste amazing – it’s BACON. Get some.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/d4a0/?rkgid=275668648&cpg=ogpla&source=google_pla&gclid=CJ3-8ufIn7UCFQ2i4AodYR8AcQ

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Portrait of Kevin Bacon Made Out of Bacon

http://laughingsquid.com/portrait-of-kevin-bacon-made-out-of-bacon/

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Bacon of the Month Club

Featured on The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the TV Food Network!

http://www.zingermans.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=G-BAC-3&crf=muumrk&gclid=CNmknK3Sn7UCFc2j4Aod9TEAgw

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Bacon Bourbon Caramel Corn

Truly the most amazing popcorn EVER!  Buy extra.

https://saltedcaramel.net/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=50

Spicy Vegetable Chili Bean Burgers

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I love me a good veggie burger!  These sounds so easy and look delicious!

1 cup Fiber One® original bran cereal
1 can (15 or 16 oz) organic spicy chili beans in sauce, undrained
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup chopped green onions (4 medium)
1 egg, slightly beaten
1   1/4 cups washed fresh baby spinach leaves
5 slices tomato
5 whole wheat burger buns, split
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  1. Place cereal in resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag and crush with rolling pin or meat mallet (or crush in food processor).
  2. In medium bowl, mash beans with fork until no whole beans remain. Add crushed cereal, oats, onions and egg; mix well. Shape mixture into 5 patties, each about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.
  3. Spray 12-inch skillet with cooking spray. Add patties; cook over medium heat about 10 minutes, turning once, until brown.
  4. For each sandwich, place 1/4 cup spinach leaves and 1 tomato slice on bottom half of bun; top with bean burger and top half of bun.
Makes 5 sandwiches

Needham Candy ~ A Maine Tradition

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Growing up in Maine with a grammy who always baked, one of my old favorites she would make were a delicious, creamy, coconut candy called Needhams.  Unlike a Mounds Bar, the difference is that Maine Needhams have potato in the recipe, which adds a lovely creaminess to the texture.

Ingredients

    • 3/4 cup mashed potatoes ( not seasoned)
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 (1 lb) packages confectioners’ sugar
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 2 (7 ounce) bags flaked coconut
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1 (12 ounce) packages chocolate chips
    • 4 unsweetened chocolate squares
    • 1/2 paraffin wax block, the same paraffin you melt to use on top jam ( 2 1/2 by 2 1/2)

Directions

  1. Pare, cook, and mash potato to make three-quarters of a cup.
  2. Add salt.
  3. Using double boiler place butter in it and melt over boiling water.
  4. Add mashed potato, confectioners sugar, flaked coconut, and vanilla.
  5. Mix well and turn into a buttered jelly roll pan and spread evenly.
  6. Place in a cool place to harden.
  7. When hard, cut into small squares.
  8. For the dipping chocolate, again use a double boiler.
  9. Place paraffin in the top over boiling water to melt.
  10. Then add the two kinds of chocolate and allow to melt.
  11. Stir well to mix ingredients.
  12. Dip in the chocolate mixture (with a fork, toothpick, or cake tester–I use a fork and put the square on top of the tines and dip it, letting the excess chocolate drip off before I lay it on the waxed paper).
  13. Hold each square over the chocolate mixture after dipping so the square drains well (I usually will have to reheat the chocolate inbetween dippings so it is nice and thin and drips of easily).
  14. Place on waxed paper to harden.
  15. Should make about 66 good sized needhams.
  16. This halves easily.