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Bacon: Ingredient of the Year

Continuing The Year That Was with our pick for Ingredient of the Year. I know it seems like a cliche and passé at this point, but I have to call a spade a spade, or perhaps I should say I have to call a pig a pig (but maybe not, more about that later). Bacon is most assuredly the ingredient of the year. Every important, influential, and innovative chef, from David Chang to Grant Achatz to Thomas Keller, made substantial use of bacon in 2008. It was used in appetizers, main courses, and desserts: bacon cookies, peanut butter and bacon "Elvis"cupcakes, and brittle, anyone? It even showed up in cocktails (bacon martini, anyone?). It's used unadorned and as a mix-in,... More

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