I know it's been a couple of weeks since my last post, and I'm sure the 2-3 of you who read my blog are dying to know more about what other wonderful things there are in Alabama. Besides the adorable dog.
Well, part of my Alabama experience, though not necessarily indicative of the typical Alabama experience, involved... bacon.
The night that I arrived, Corianne and her roommates threw a big party. Instead of picking a single theme to the party, they instead picked several.
The party would have tie-dye.
The party would have a water balloon fight.
And, probably most importantly of all, the party would have bacon.
A bacon-themed cooking competition, actually.
The above-pictured gold spray-painted rubber pig was the prize to be awarded to the one who most effectively and creatively incorporated bacon into their dish.
I made bourbon bacon brownies, from this recipe that I found. This is the batter. I actually think they turned out pretty well.
Corianne made a bacon turtle cheesecake (which sadly I could not try because it had nuts in it).
One of the most popular entries were these bacon-topped cupcakes.
They were so delicious, even this ball pyton was tempted by them. Don't ask me why someone brought a python to a party. That's just how they roll in Alabama, I guess. The snake was very cute and chill though, as far as snakes go. And he was named after some famous Floridian football player whose name escapes me but starts with a 'T'. My mom would probably know. For the sake of this post, I'll just call him 'Snakey'.
Snakey was a huge hit with the ladies.
Anyway, back to the bacon.
These were some kind of delicious fried chicken-bacon balls with a duck sauce to dip them in.
There was also some of your basic, chocolate-covered bacon.
There was a delectable cheesy, corn, bean, bacon dip.
There was some crackers with cheese and bacon-y stuff on top.
And there were these peanut butter bacon cookies. They happened to be the only vegetarian thing available at the party, because of their use of veggie bacon instead of real bacon.
I'll have to admit, my favorites were the bacon-wrapped prunes (much more delicious than it sounds, seriously) and Annie's creation, which were jalapeno peppers stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon.
For this creation, she won the coveted Golden Pig.
The lesson I learned from this party was that, if you open your mind a little, you can add bacon to a lot more foods than you would normally think.
Also, to always check your "douche bag" at the door.