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In our continuing research on bacon, we stumbled across this essay in a 1901 issue of The American Kitchen Magazine that clearly explains how important bacon was to the development of America. 
IMPORTANCE OF BACON
"I Have a profound respect for bacon," remarked a thoughtful citizen at a local hotel cafe, spearing one of the savory brown slices that garnished his breakfast eggs. "As a patriotic American, it commands my unbounded esteem and gratitude. Did it ever occur to you that we are indebted primarily to bacon for the opening up and development and civilization of more than one-half of this grand and glorious Republic? That, without bacon, the great West, with its thriving cities, its countless industries, its fertile farms, its magnificent mines, its gigantic web of railroad and telegraph and telephone lines, and all its other wonderful evidences of progress and prosperity — that, without bacon, this superbly flourishing domain would in all probability be a howling wilderness at the present moment?" The thoughtful citizen paused for breath.
"You astonish me," said his friend across the table.
"That is because you have never given the subject any attention," he replied. "Bacon has been the chief agency in the development of our country, for the simple reason that it has been the chief food of the pioneer. It was the only kind of meat that was easily portable and would keep for an indefinite period. Fremont’s pathfinders carried it, so did the gold hunters of ‘49, and so did all that tremendous army of emigrants and frontiersmen who gradually opened up the unknown region between the Mississippi River and the Pacific coast. The prospectors who toiled up and down the continental divide and located the great mineral resources of the country lived principally upon bacon, and to this day it is the main item in the ‘grub stake’ of every adventurer who goes into the mountains to seek for ore. To sum the matter up, the advance guard of civilization has moved steadily westward, eating bacon and conquering savage nature, and without that humble article of diet the red man and the buffalo would still be prowling over regions where pink teas flourish and culture rules the roost. You must bear in mind, too, that the bacon upon which all these gigantic achievements are based is not the high-priced, delicately flavored breakfast bacon of a first-class cafe. It is sterner stuff. It is the strong, dark, greasy bacon of ordinary commerce, that comes in great, rough slabs and smells like scorched shoe leather. At first sight you would turn away from it in disgust, but as a ration to work on and fight on it has no equal in the world. I grant you that the fancy condensed foods they are putting up for the armies nowadays are vastly prettier to look at, and the chemists say they contain ten times the nutriment to the square inch, but let a company of tired, hungry soldiers go into camp after a forced march or a fierce battle, and I will wager horses to horsehair that they throw away all their tinned gimcracks for one rasher of good old-fashioned bacon, hot from the skillet. I am not especially fond of bacon myself," added the thoughtful citizen, "but I revere it for the illustrious part it plays in history. If I had my own way about it, I would remove the torch from the upraised hand of Bartholdi’s magnificent statue of liberty enlightening the world and substitute a colossal rasher of bacon. Then it would be truly symbolic of American progress." 
[via Google Books]

In our continuing research on bacon, we stumbled across this essay in a 1901 issue of The American Kitchen Magazine that clearly explains how important bacon was to the development of America. 

IMPORTANCE OF BACON

"I Have a profound respect for bacon," remarked a thoughtful citizen at a local hotel cafe, spearing one of the savory brown slices that garnished his breakfast eggs. "As a patriotic American, it commands my unbounded esteem and gratitude. Did it ever occur to you that we are indebted primarily to bacon for the opening up and development and civilization of more than one-half of this grand and glorious Republic? That, without bacon, the great West, with its thriving cities, its countless industries, its fertile farms, its magnificent mines, its gigantic web of railroad and telegraph and telephone lines, and all its other wonderful evidences of progress and prosperity — that, without bacon, this superbly flourishing domain would in all probability be a howling wilderness at the present moment?" The thoughtful citizen paused for breath.

"You astonish me," said his friend across the table.

"That is because you have never given the subject any attention," he replied. "Bacon has been the chief agency in the development of our country, for the simple reason that it has been the chief food of the pioneer. It was the only kind of meat that was easily portable and would keep for an indefinite period. Fremont’s pathfinders carried it, so did the gold hunters of ‘49, and so did all that tremendous army of emigrants and frontiersmen who gradually opened up the unknown region between the Mississippi River and the Pacific coast. The prospectors who toiled up and down the continental divide and located the great mineral resources of the country lived principally upon bacon, and to this day it is the main item in the ‘grub stake’ of every adventurer who goes into the mountains to seek for ore. To sum the matter up, the advance guard of civilization has moved steadily westward, eating bacon and conquering savage nature, and without that humble article of diet the red man and the buffalo would still be prowling over regions where pink teas flourish and culture rules the roost. You must bear in mind, too, that the bacon upon which all these gigantic achievements are based is not the high-priced, delicately flavored breakfast bacon of a first-class cafe. It is sterner stuff. It is the strong, dark, greasy bacon of ordinary commerce, that comes in great, rough slabs and smells like scorched shoe leather. At first sight you would turn away from it in disgust, but as a ration to work on and fight on it has no equal in the world. I grant you that the fancy condensed foods they are putting up for the armies nowadays are vastly prettier to look at, and the chemists say they contain ten times the nutriment to the square inch, but let a company of tired, hungry soldiers go into camp after a forced march or a fierce battle, and I will wager horses to horsehair that they throw away all their tinned gimcracks for one rasher of good old-fashioned bacon, hot from the skillet. I am not especially fond of bacon myself," added the thoughtful citizen, "but I revere it for the illustrious part it plays in history. If I had my own way about it, I would remove the torch from the upraised hand of Bartholdi’s magnificent statue of liberty enlightening the world and substitute a colossal rasher of bacon. Then it would be truly symbolic of American progress.

[via Google Books]

Reblogged from archiemcphee

And on the eighth day God said, “Let there be bacon,” and there was bacon and it was incredibly delicious. This awesome vehicle is the Let There Be Bacon is food truck from Cleveland, Ohio. It serves bacon-themed cuisine, which probably means that it leaves a heavenly scent wherever it goes. That is, assuming your idea of heaven involves heaps of sizzling slices of bacon.

The truck is currently on the move, most recently spotted in Tucson, AZ and now on its way to Austin, TX. Follow Let There Be Bacon on Twitterto find out if the truck and all its smoky, meaty goodness is heading your way.

[via Let There Be Bacon and Geekosystem]

If you’ve been looking for a way to combine your love of Super Mario Bros., burgers and bacon (and why wouldn’t you?), we’d like to suggest whipping up a batch these delightfully delectable Koopa Troopa Bacon Turtle Burgers.

Oakland, CA-based Instructables contributor Canida got the idea to create such geektastic burgers after seeing recipes for turtle-shaped bacon burgers that were sadly bereft of gaming references. Turning the burgers into pesky but yummy Koopa Troopas made them into awesome edibles. All you need is ground beef, bacon, hot dogs, hamburger buns and some food coloring.

Click here for the complete recipe and instructions.

[via Technabob]

A couple weeks ago we featured necklaces with scented miniature food pendants and now we’ve found the perfect rings to match. Danvers, MA-based artist Casey the Crafter uses polymer clay to make each of these realistic and beautifully detailed food-themed rings by hand. In addition to rings, she also sculpts wonderful standalone pieces, which are perfect for dollhouses or simply as kawaii collectibles.

Check out CaseysMiniShop on Etsy to view more of her marvelous miniature creations.

[via That’s Nerdalicious! and Neatorama]

This incredible Meat Horse was created by Columbus, Ohio-based artist and Instructables contributor AuTopsyTurvy. The life-size horse head is made of a wood and wire armature that was first wrapped in plaster bandaging and then covered in nearly $200 worth of mouthwatering bacon and prosciutto. Yum!

Click here to view a few more photos of AuTopsyTurvy’s meat-tastic equine.

[via Instructables]

Bacon Storage Box - The best place to store your most valuable possessions is in a box that looks like it’s made out of bacon. This 7” x 5” x 1-1/2” cardboard box has a lid that’s held shut with a magnetic closure. This box is really beautiful, inside and out, and comes with a free sticker sheet full of bacony goodness. Perfect for storing: pictures of your favorite brunches, love letters to and from bacon, pork poetry and meat-related paraphernalia. Mr. Bacon not included! 

Buy one here

Source mcphee.com

Jenn Fujikawa of That’s Nerdalicious! created the perfect DIY Christmas tree decoration for bacon lovers: a garland that’s made of nothing but mouthwatering black pepper bacon.

"If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “You know what my Christmas tree needs? MORE BACON,” then I have a solution for you – a Christmas garland made out of crispy, peppery bacon!

Just like the nostalgic paper rings you used to make as crafts when you were a kid, in this case I’ve substituted everyone’s favorite cured pork product.”

Click here for complete instructions.

There’s only one problem with this edible garland. We know our own passion for bacon well enough to know that we’d want to eat this delicious decoration before we’d even finished hanging it on the tree. But then you’d have an excuse to cook up even more bacon!

[via That’s Nerdalicious!]