Sunday, July 8, 2012

In the continual quest... figure out what is for dinner, i had BLT sandwiches on my mind, with baked beans and potato salad.

Maybe that is why i noticed the latest craze when i glimpsed the item on the side bar as i read email.

There seems to be a hamburger chain in California (insert standard joke here) called Slater's 50/50 that features a burger that is half ground beef, half ground bacon.

The chain also seems to like to feature a new specialty once in a while, as a promo, i guess, for a month only.

This month it's called The 'merica Burger.  One hundred percent ground bacon, topped with thick cut bacon, a sunny side up egg, bacon island dressing, and a slab of bacon cheddar cheese.

All this health nut can say is, ouch.  

One commenter on the website where i read the story said he believes Americans are trying to kill themselves, and he wants to know when this sinful deliciousness will make its way to him in Canada.

For the sake of the Canadians, let's hope this is one idea they don't import.

As for bacon in our house, it will continue to be just another ingredient in a sandwich that will be made on whole wheat bread, and be accompanied on that bread by a generous portion of leafy green lettuce and thick slices of tomato.

Today is

Celtic Tree Month Tinne begins (Holly)

Feast St. Sunniva (Ancient Norse solar maiden Sunna's worship around this time of year was merged with the story of this medieval saint; Patron of Bergen, Norway and the Norwegian west coast)

Kilburn Feast -- Kilburn, North Yorkshire at The Square, England (dating back hundreds of years, it's no longer a horse-fair, but a fun event for villagers; the Mayor and Mayoress, both men in costume, are the highlight, handing out "fines" for "crimes" such as carrying an umbrella or having a moustache; money goes to a local charity)

Nagoya Sumo Tournament -- Nagoya, Japan (one of the 6 major tournaments; through the 22nd)

National Day of Commemoration -- Republic of Ireland (honoring all Irish people who have died in war or as part of a UN peacekeeping mission)

National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day

Old Crafts Day -- it's listed in a few places, but i can't find the history; Old time crafts, or old crafts you've had sitting around the house and never gotten done? If you have the latter, do them or toss them!

Olive Branch Petition Day -- the final attempt, by the 13 Colonies, to avoid a complete break with England in 1775

Soapy Smith Wake -- held simultaneously in 4 locations: Skagway, AK, US; Hollywood, CA, US; Denver, CO, US; Chicago, IL, US (held by Soapy Smith Preservation Trust and Friends of Bad Man Soapy Smith, preserving the memory of one of the Wild West and Alaskan Gold Rush's most notorious con men, killed in a gunfight this day in 1898)

SCUD Day (Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama) -- a good habit, on every day

Sts. Aquila and Prisca's Day

St. Kilian's Day (Patron of people with gout or rheumatism, whitewashers; Bavaria, Germany; Paderborn, Germany; Tuosist, Ireland; Wurzburg,Germany)

Video Games Day -- do they really need a day?

Vitulatio -- Ancient Roman Calendar (when Vitula was given the first fruits of the earth)

Ziegfeld Follies Day -- his first "Follies of 1907" opened on this day

Birthdays Today

Jaden Smith, 1998
Sophia Bush, 1982
Kathleen Robertson, 1973
Beck Hansen, 1970
Toby Keith, 1961
Kevin Bacon, 1958
Christopher G. Moore, 1952
Marianne Williamson, 1952
Anjelica Huston, 1951
Wolfgang Puck, 1949
Raffi, 1948
Steve Lawrence, 1935
Marty Feldman, 1933
Roone Arledge, 1931
Billy Eckstine, 1914
Nelson Rockefeller, 1908
Alfred Binet, 1857
John D. Rockefeller, 1839
Ferdinand von Zeppelin, 1838
Etienne De Silhouette, 1709

Today in History

Vasco da Gama sets sail on first direct European voyage to India, 1497
Charles II of England grants John Clarke a Royal Charter to Rhode Island, 1663
Battle of Restigouche – British defeat French forces in last naval battle in New France, 1760
The Olive Branch Petition is drafted by the Second Continental Congress as the Congress' last attempt to get King George III of Great Britain to reason with them, 1775
The Declaration of Independence has its first public reading, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Liberty Bell is rung, 1776
Chippewas turn over huge tract of land in Ontario to the United Kingdom, 1822
Commodore Perry sails into Tokyo Bay, 1853
The initial force of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police begin their March West, 1874
The first issue of the Wall Street Journal is published, 1889
St. John's, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892
The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, bottoming out at 41.22, 1932
The United States Air Force accepts its first female recruits into a program called Women in the Air Force (WAF), 1948
Richard Nixon delivers a special congressional message enunciating Native American Self-Determination as official US Indian policy, leading to the Indian Self-Determination Act, 1970
The Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe creates the office of High Commissioner on National Minorities, 1992
NATO invites the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland to join the alliance, membership to become effective in two years, 1997
The Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program, 2011


  1. Ground bacon burgers, seriously? OMG. No words.

  2. The bacon burger sounds like a bit too much, but if it were here I'd have one as it is Kevin Bacon's birthday 'n all.

  3. Crabby, i agree. It's too much.

    Leah, if you want to try it for that reason, i won't stop you, but i beg to be excused.

  4. Mrs. C. is devoted to her bacon, but for me it only tastes good when fried outdoors while camping. Bacon is also one of the few things that smells better than it tastes, in my humble opinion.

  5. Stephen, i agree with you. To my Sweetie, however, he wants bacon grease in everything like his mama used to do, and he agrees that pork fat rules. To each his own.


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