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09 April 2007

daily gluten-free food photo: bacon press

bacon press

Finding the Chef was enough. How could anything compare to waking up and seeing his fce next to mine in the morning, the sun coming through the windows? We have nothing to do for hours but read the newspaper, laugh and eat something scrumptious for breakfast. Really, this is enough.

But sometimes, there are also presents.

My dear friend Sherry — she of the fierce passions and huge laughs, two daughters and one more on the way, eternal wonderings, and one of my favorite people in the world — sent us a beautiful engagement present last week. One was dear and thoughtful, perfectly suited for two people who love food and each other. The other was this: a bacon press.

Guess which one we love best.

Ostensibly, this heavy metal pig is meant to be pressed down on bacon as it cooks. But the beautiful bacon from A & J's cooks up wonderfully, equal parts crispy and chewy, every time. Besides, how could we besmirch this lovely pig?

So there it sits, next to the coffee pot, up against the mortar and pestle, reminding us every day how absurd and beautiful this world really is.


At 12:17 PM, Blogger the_bee_babe said...

dear shauna:

aren and i, in the library instead of science class, have just checked out for your new book. i'm even tearing up a little. we are feelingi ineffably excited. oh, and the sj library was having a book sale the other day, and i saw something you might like. i'll send it to you.

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Allergic Girl® said...

tee hee, bacon. i've only indulged twice since i started eating meat again 2 years ago but the smell of it cooking still makes me swoon. enjoy!

At 2:19 PM, Blogger ElwoodCity, Ph.D. said...

The Bacon press is gorgeous!

At 2:50 PM, Blogger Christan = ) said...

That is the cutest little pig I've ever seen!! I had no idea there was such a thing as a bacon press.
Looks like a great gift!!
I am sad that I missed meeting you at the GlutenFree event in Seattle. Hopefully I may get the chance again sometime.

At 9:55 PM, Blogger shuna fish lydon said...

Besmirch is such a delicious word.

At 12:29 AM, Blogger Nordic Fraley said...

Oh, bloody hell. I've found so many generic squarish boring aluminum bacon presses at restaurant shops and discount stores and I've not seen anything worth buying.

Until now.

Where did you find that?

I must know.

At 1:28 PM, Blogger T.M.K. said...

i hope that one day my husband (and his mother) will embrace celiac's like you have. i am eagerly awaiting your book.

At 1:42 PM, Blogger sweetpea said...

What a fun gift! Can you tell us more about your book tour? When and where are you going! I'd love to get a signed copy . . .

At 10:22 AM, Blogger emily said...

Awesome, Shauna -- I have the same piggy press! $12 from Williams-Sonoma, can't beat that. EXCEPT, don't put it in the dishwasher, it will rust, lesson learned. Now our pig wears a tinfoil cape... ;) We use it as a panini press too, works great.

At 5:30 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

The Bee Babe,

Kari, I presume? Oh sweetie, it's so good to hear from you. I can picture you and Aren in the SJ library, so easily. And you used the word ineffable! I'm glad to know my legacy endures. The book from the library? Was it that dreadfully written history of music we kept quoting that entire summer? Oh, I miss you and Sitka.

Allergic Gir,

Bacon. Oh goodness, my dear, indulge again! It is heavenly.


Isn't it? We can't bear to use it for that reason.


I was sad to miss you as well. Did you not go? And a bacon press? A good gift for many people, I'm sure.


Ooh, thank you! I love that word too. Mellifluous, vile, antipathy, crustacean, creamy, singular — I could go on all day.

Nordic Fraley,

Well, I'm not sure where my friend bought it. Williams and Sonoma perhaps? I think. But we saw it in the window of Sur la Table this morning!

Tiffany et al,

Oh, I hope so too. It makes such a difference in the world. And if my book helps with that at all, I'll be thrilled.

Sweetpea (I love that name),

Oh, as soon as I know the details, I will happily share! I don't know how many cities we will be visiting, but I want to meet everyone!


Good advice! I really don't think we have the heart to use it. Maybe we need two bacon presses....


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