Oh, what a whirlwind it's been. Creativity, ingenuity, the ruthless pursuit of Bristol Farms Bacon -- and that's just Petrea. Before the winner is announced, let's a take a moment and review the amazing baconcentric entries we've received. So sit back, set your Pandora Radio to Barbra Streisand's "Memories," and read on.
Oh how I remember the first entry: Vanda's Bacon Rhapsody. When challenged by a certain blogger on issues of original creation, the undefatigible Vanda got straight back in the game with The Pink Pig that Could.
Several competitors brought us food related posts. Susan's BLAT is as close to food porn as this blog gets. CB3Dot went the recipe route too, although I'm not sure if he realized that he even entered the contest. Pasadena Adjacent went the pizza route, and the Restless Chef brought us lard. A bit too late Kathy H. brought us a recipe for bacon-wrapped dates.
I really liked Mr. Earl's political angle. And Petrea is also so clever. Like Mr. Earl she knows there is always more than one way to interpret bacon.
Altadena Hiker brought us a pretty dirty pig. She's always so funny, and I do like a good laugh.
But I can also be introspective, and the poet Linda Dove brought us a poem called On the Stove in the Kitchen. It's worth repeating:
The anticipation of this bacon in the pan;
Pastries for a salt-toothed girl.
Don't you love that? A bit too late Miss Havisham brought us another poem. And so did Paula Johnson. (See below.) They could have been contenders but...they did miss the deadline.
Ok. Turn of the music. Calm down. Breathe deep. Are you ready for your close-up? After much consideration and a sleepless night -- and remember this is an imperfect world where merit not always rewarded as much as it should be, and you were all brilliant and you all deserve to win -- the award of the Great Bacon Caper goes to...
Linda Dove, for her poem "On the Stove in the Kitchen."
But all the competitors are so fabulous that I invite you to my house for breakfast. We'll do it during my spring break in March. Stay tuned.
And congratulations Linda!