Thursday, July 29, 2010

Angel Food



I don't know if God plays dice with the universe. I don’t know where God lives,what he wants, or how he thinks. I don’t know if God is good, or if he's love. All I know is what God eats.

Sliced, fresh heirloom tomatoes, butter lettuce, and apple smoked bacon on sour dough toast, slathered with mayonnaise and just a twist of pepper.

Before making dinner tonight, I decided to see whether there’s anything better in this world than a traditional Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato on toast. [There isn’t.] In the South, the recipes say, “Honey, just forget about the lettuce.” [Don’t.] On the East Coast, they seem to think it’s all right to use store-bought tomatoes. [It’s not.] And on the West Coast they add avocado. [Sinful.]

Only the Midwest nails this puppy.



Oops, that's Satan's helper.



I mean, this puppy.



Confession: Here in California, I put a sprig of basil on before serving, but take it off before eating. It’s just there for show, else someone might kick in my door and ask for residency papers. [That’s proves you’re smart, like Einstein or Hawking or that other guy.]

If God is all, then thank you for the BLT. And for Friday. And small favors.

[Don't get too chummy, your kitchen floor needs cleaning.]

47 comments:

  1. How did you know about my floor?

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  2. Ditto.
    You are right about the kitchen floor.

    DAYo.

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  3. Damn, I didn't know I had a webcam, and I sure didn't know it peers around the corner to the kitchen floor. If only I could get Thor to wipe his feet, stop drooling and not throw his Doggie-O's around.

    But maybe I'll skip the impossible and have a BLT.

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  4. And did you know that here in the Northeast we can't get fresh tomatoes for like 9 months of the year, so it's store bought or nothing? Sad, really.

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  5. Sounds just about right, but I think there's room for avocado (I guess that identifies where I grew up).

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  6. The proper BLT should be served on a collection plate.

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  7. Use cilantro instead of basil, there's no shame in that.

    I keep trying to make my own sour dough starter but I haven't succeeded. I think I don't understand the process yet but I bought organic red grapes yesterday and I'm going to try again. And the tomatoes, my mother used to send me to the roadside stand to get them when we lived in South Dakota. I've never tasted their equal before or since, beefsteaks they were called, a meal in and of themselves. Thanks for the memories.

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  8. Darn it AH!!! Now I'm craving a BLT...with no way to fix one as the kitchen's just about packed up!!!

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  9. Yummm...I'm actually salivating. BTW, I would definitely leave the basil on.

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  10. PS I love the Albert profiles, Ranger hates the camera, Albert looks like a photo hound!

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  11. Can I say? .... I like the last pic, even if it’s classified.

    DAYo.

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  12. Well, now I know what I'm having for dinner tonight. I prefer your version, but I'll eat any one of the them!
    that photo of the BLT is amazing!

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  13. Did you grow your own bacon, too?

    WV: bingeman. I think you are bingewoman. Not to be confused with bingowoman.

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  14. Heaven is three hours away and counting.

    (albert loves to pose full frontal; it's hard to catch his profile.)

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  15. I hope you don't show Albert the photos. They're not very flattering.

    Is he getting a BLT? What about the rest of us? Pat Tillett is right about the photo. THEREFORE, what about the rest of us?

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  16. ...and you scoff at flyover land!Tsk!

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  17. Call me a sinner 'cause I loves me some BLAT.

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  18. Well I might add that our blog friend Janet Kincaid opines that bacon is proof that He loves us and wants us to be happy. I might add mayo to that. I swear I never dreamed you West Coast folks would be caught dead with bacon.....or mayo ! Who knew? We're all brethren after all. I"m feeling all warm and fuzzy!

    BTW, watch yo mailbox.:)
    V

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  19. BLAT is so much better than BLT. Sinful. I'm salivating. Satan's little helper would adore it. How nice of him to leave you a few tomatoes!

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  20. I'm very happy for you, KB, though I guess now's the wrong time to say how much I love the movie Babe...

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  21. My daily lunch menu for "the season" is an LT and about once a week a BLT, or maybe a BLOT or a BLOAT. What is the "O"? Why a thin sliver of Vidalia onion of course. Just divine!

    That's why I have a brick floor in the kitchen -- It does not show anything! hehehe

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  22. BLOT and BLOAT are brilliant. Thinly sliced lemon cucmber is good too; I guess that would be a BCLT

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  23. Avocado. yes. My grandmother attended the introduction of the Avocado to "proper society" in 1925 at Queen W Bordman's estate in West Hollywood. BLT's with Avocado were on the menu

    true story

    I on the other hand, had a different kind of dinning experience to blaag about

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  24. And you are the Antichrist, Karin, telling me of this porcine food of the gods as I sit here choking down a dryish, overpriced turkey sandwich from a precious little grocery store near my office. I smite thee. (Not really. But that sounds like one amazing sandwich, my friend.)

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  25. Well, maybe not better, but the PLT (pancetta, lettuce and tomato) sandwich at Porta Via (across from Huntington Hospital) is damned good!

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  26. You had me at "apple smoked bacon."

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  27. Virg has a point. Bacon, Mayo, all of it sounds very NOT So-Cal. Maybe you're not so mystical after all. Well, there was your sprig of something or other. That's more like it.

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  28. Not all Californians eat tofu!!!

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  29. FABULOUS!
    btw, God adds goat cheese.
    Hell, She can do whatever She wants.

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  30. Well, PA, that is indeed a nifty piece of history, because the first avocado trees in Socal were planted at the Huntington estate between 1915-1920; so perhaps she was a guest?

    Terry, the first time I have ever eaten better than you.

    Diana, once I run out of homegrown maters, I will try this PLT.

    K, Bandit & Banjo are good midwestern boys, so they know their way around a proper BLT.

    You and me, Chieftess.

    Dez, goat cheese -- I think that's why I lost my faith.

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  31. Normally I'm not a big bacon fan but if someone put a BLT in front of me that looked like that picture, I'd mightily eat and enjoy it.

    (I'm not sure I've ever used the word "mightily." I guess thinking about a mouthwatering BLT brought it out of me.)

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  32. You sold some Trader Joe's bacon to me today. I had everything else in stock: lettuce, avocado and bread from the farmers' market and heirloom tomatoes from Linda's garden. I had me a BLAT for lunch. Gonna have another one tomorrow.

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  33. The BLT is certainly one of God's greatest gifts. I feel sorry for those (and there are many) who hate or are allergic to tomatoes, and those, like my nephew, who can't stand mayo. They don't know what they're missing!

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  34. Had one just last week, but my bacon was not apple smoked and my bread was not sour dough. That picture has me going back to the grocers in search of both.

    I'd eat the basil. Basil is also food of the gods.

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  35. I've found a new place here that serves a very fine pimento cheese with BACON on toast. OMG!!!

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  36. I'm hungry. Just got up and your photo has me drooling like a basset hound. Forget eggs, I'm going for a BLT and I agree, no avocado.

    When I was a kid my mother used to make a kind of sandwich that most people think sounds disgusting. Peanut butter and mayonaise on Wonder bread. She made it because peanut butter and jelly would be unhealthy and ruin our teeth. I think she missed the point. Before you have the typical reaction and discount this, try it. The mayo lubricates the peanut butter and it's not so dry. Your tongue won't stick to the roof of your mouth. Throw in some old fashioned potato chips, a sweet pickle and a glass of whole milk and you've got a balanced diet -

    Protein - peanuts
    dairy = mayo and butter
    vegetables - pickle and potato chips
    grain - white bread

    Healthy lunch (Give me the contents of anything and I'll explain how it's all health food).

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  37. Hah! when I was a kid, I used to eat Baco Bits straight out of the jar. To my knowledge, petroleum and rubber are not basic food groups.

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  38. DBW: I guess that was before they had the natural peanut butter with its own oil?

    My mom used to make me cream cheese and jelly sandwiches sometimes as a "variation." I never liked it much, but was not the kind of kid to complain. (Had you fooled, didn't I?)

    KB: We never owned Baco Bits, but there were a few times as a kid when I'd want something out of the fridge and there'd be nothing but uncooked bacon... I'd nibble on the meaty part. I was sure I would end up with trichinosis. How I've avoided that and electrocution, I'll never know.

    WV: hellyh. Isn't that one of the best WVs ever? Hell yeah!

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  39. I used to get a jar of maraschino cherries and a can of olives in my Christmas stocking...my grandma used to give me the cherry out of her whiskey sours!!!

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  40. BLTs are the best and one of the only occasions where I'll eat mayonnaise

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  41. good lord, I posted yesterday but it disappeared, like a post to Laurie's blog the other day too. oh well.

    btw, the dictionary.com word of the day is "spatchcock". Thought of you!

    I'm STILL drooling! shhh, don't tell my rabbi! ;-O

    my mother used to make some of THE most delicious BLTs I have EVER had, but yours looks a close second to hers! I think she once in a while added avocado but she was a purist, despite living in "the land of sin".

    Earl---your mother was making "poor man's blintzes" my mother did the same but often with cottage cheese instead of cream cheese.

    and I used to eat Baco Bits too---apparently I needed the esther of red woodchips when I was a kid. But what I preferred was maraschino cherries from the jar or a corn tortilla heated up with oleo...yes, a carb freak even as a little child!

    KB---I HAD planned on something healthy for dinner, like baked tilapia with green beans and quinoa...but I swear, I can HEAR the bacon calling from the fridge!

    wv: rhica--I think that's whatever Earl "got" from eating raw bacon, instead of trichinosis, cuz the thot of eating raw bacon makes me make that sound..rhica, rhica, rhica (is it out of my mouth yet?)

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  42. Trish, I hope you gave in to the dark side tonight.

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  43. omg KB...TOTALLY! went and sat shiva for a friends father, then came back and treif'd out...shhhhhhh! have sworn even the dogs to secrecy! ;-) gawd help my soul, but my stomach was VERY happy!

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  44. How did you teach your dog to do a Jim Carey smile?! lol. Growing up in MI, I'm proud to have sampled the original BLT when still a kid. And although I don't eat meat anymore, it still a great memory :D

    (LOVE the photos!)

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