Something Good Will Come
Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. I’ve been hungry for bacon lately, craving it really, and cooked up two pounds of it during the show. By the time it was all said and done, Mr. S and I had a lovely meal of BLTs and some broccoli salad with bacon and a plate of lemon brownies which had no bacon in them, though it was a thought. And bacon it was.
The smell of bacon frying is a darn good smell, and I know Mr. S perks up when I make bacon. True, it’s fatty and salty and probably not up there on the list of healthy things to eat, but I did read a report that came out recently that says bacon is full up with niacin, otherwise known as “Vitamin B3,” a vitamin which can contribute to a longer life span. You can get this vitamin in paprika, too. And sun dried tomatoes, and peanuts.
Mr. S is dubious. “I don’t know,” he says, and he goes on about nitrates and how smart pigs are and fat content, and we don’t get into an argument but I suppose we could if I had more energy in me. Frankly, I have just spent a month figuring out taxes, and once those went in, the focus shifted to yard work and planning graduation parties and bridal showers and summer outings and the budget for all of it. On top of all that, our child is getting married this summer and I’m hearing the words, “empty nest” from everyone who has been there and even people who haven’t, and I keep getting AARP letters in the mail and the closet is full of gifts to wrap, and there’s a stack of invites that need addressing. And then I turn on the TV and see that my issues are really not much at all when it seems people are losing their bearings here and there in the streets, and earthquakes are happening, and people are suffering.
I can’t save the world, but, oh, I want to.
Instead, today, I’ll do the best I can with what I’ve got. I set the table for the kids who are all coming home for the weekend, and I’m cookin’ up pasta carbonara (bacon included) and thinking that maybe this meal will lead to a conversation that will give us an idea of something we might do, and then we’ll do it, and something good will come of it. Might be a small thing, but it’ll be something. And it might lead to bigger things. You never do know unless you give it a whirl.
Here’s a fine recipe for something lemony and sweet. A light spring snack. Bacon-free.
¾ cup flour
¾ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 stick butter, soft
1 T of lemon juice
zest from ½ lemon (about 1 tsp)
Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Mix in the softened butter.
In another bowl, whisk the eggs with the lemon juice and zest.
Pour into the larger bowl and mix well. Pour into prepared 8X8 brownie pan.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
You can double the recipe and bake in a 9X13 pan for 30 minutes.
Remove and let cool, then glaze.
½ cup powdered sugar
1T lemon juice
additional lemon zest