The Bacon Bar

Bacon Bar SBThe things the Chicks have to do for our jobs. Yes, most of the time we’re writing grants and giving away stuff, but occasionally we are SB Silent Auctioncalled upon to do completely wacky “work”. Like last week just before Saturday’s Swine Ball, which benefited CRC. Betsy was completely engrossed in making Silent Auction baskets. The conference room was filled with books, jewelry, purses, scarves, knick-knacks, doo-dads and thingamajigs that all had to be mixed, matched and arranged in baskets. The girl was practically giddy with excitement. She loves this kind of stuff.

I, on the other hand, was in charge of the Bacon Bar. How can you have a Swine Ball without a Bacon Bar? Sadly for me, I grossly underestimated how much time it would take to cook 30 pounds of bacon. As it turns out, it takes four days. Not 24-7, of course. But a good six hours every day for four days. That also counts the time it took to make the peanut butter, chocolate chip and bacon cookies and the pimento cheese bacon crisps. Let’s just say I was concerned about Acute Oven Failure as the poor thing didn’t get turned off much. And, yes, the best way to make bacon is to cook it in the oven on a rimmed baking sheet, 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes depending on the thickness of the bacon. Then it had to cool on a cooling rack in the microwave because if I left it on the counter, the cats would have…well, we won’t go there.

Bacon Bar Classic SBIt was a huge success, the Bacon Bar. The pimento cheese bacon crisps were the favorite. And thank you, Betsy, for making your grandmother’s pimento cheese. It had the perfect processed-cheese consistency that melted beautifully in the broiler.

I don’t know if we’ll add “basket making” and “bacon cooking” to our job descriptions yet. But we just might.

 

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About CRC Nashville

Who are we? We are literally two chicks - Catherine Mayhew and Betsy Everett, and a warehouse - the Community Resource Center (CRC). In short, CRC is a non-profit organization that provides household goods, furniture, and appliances to people in desperate need. Think of us as Robin Hoods – without the stealing. Catherine is a former journalist and Betsy is a marketing chick. We are both devoted to acquiring stuff – good stuff, no junk – because that’s what our most fragile citizens deserve. If you have metal desks, televisions that don’t work or underwear you don’t want anymore, don’t give it to us. We’ll sneer at you. If you are companies that have excess primo stuff like furniture in good condition, school supplies, personal hygiene items or pretty much anything else, we’ll be your new best friends. For more information: www.crcnashville.org Fan, Follow, and Friend CRC or Join our Cause CRCNashville - Twitter Community Resource Center - Facebook and Myspace Community Resource Center (CRC) - Facebook Cause

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