It seems I did not blog about the first Annual Cheese/Chocolate/Bacon Potluck – but Jacie did…read about it here. It was EPIC and delicious.
Well seeing as I am moving to West Virginia and I love bacon – June seemed like a good time to have a mid year Cheese/Chocolate Bacon Semi Annual Potluck before I left. Also one our friends is celebrating his 40th this week. That sounds like a good reason to eat cheese/chocolate/bacon.
I found the recipe for Irish Car Bomb cupcakes from Smitten Kitchen a few weeks ago. I think Jacie showed them to me… anyway I am huge fan of cupcakes. Cupcakes with Bailey’s icing –sign me up. Since finding said recipe I’ve also become a huge fan of Smitten Kitchen. So far all the recipes are delicious and her pictures just make the food look AMAZING.
These Guinness chocolate cupcakes were filled with the Whiskey Dark Chocolate ganache and iced with Baileys icing… and became these…
They were a little time intensive, but totally worth it and very delicious. I did demand Jenni take a bite of said cupcake so I could take that last picture. YOU MUST EAT CUPCAKE NOW!!! 🙂
I also whipped up a quiche while baking various parts of cupcake goodness.
Spinach Bacon Quiche – was the recipe that I based it off. I added more cheese, because one can NEVER have enough cheese in quiche. I used Vermont White Cheddar and some shredded gruyere….mmm cheesy goodness. I doubled the recipe and put it in a 9×13 pan instead of a traditional pie pan. I did not make my own pie crust… shameful I know. But with the from scratch cupcakes I just didn’t have the time. The recipe is not heavy on eggs – and with the 2 packages of spinach it feels like it’s just filled with spinach and cheese deliciousness.
mmmm… cheesy bacony spinachy deliciousness.
The whole spread
The highlight of the evening… getting my new “Allison has to move to West Virginia Two Tails spindle”. Jacie has been teasing me for weeks about what it was. Evil she is.
This is pre hook. But she’s a Cocobolo/Macassar Ebony laminate on Ebony shaft. She was designed by Jacie and Mark made her out of Jacie’s ideas. Isn’t she beautiful? She’s one of a kind so far. But Mark has more plans to make laminates. Hopefully he’ll have the etsy shop open soon…..
You know a shiny new spindle needs new fiber to go with it.. right? And seeing as The Painted Sheep was in attendance with us, and conveniently had not taken in her fibers after attending the Nutmeg Spinners’ Guild meeting I got to purchase 4oz of BFL in Merlot. Buying the rest of Kris’ fibers maybe part of the bigger plan to get her back in the dye studio. Hear that Kris – go make new pretty yarns and fibers. Don’t make me sick Jacie on you when I leave… I’ll do it.
Bacon/cheese/chocolate, friends, new spindles, and fiber – pretty much perfect.