I was filling out some paperwork for an Administrative Officer, (Ex Army, he takes good care of us) updating next of kin information and where my dental records are (the joys of having sometimes being in situations where they might have to actually USE your dental records).
Dad's age and health might prevent him for coordinating things if I were to have a mishap ("honestly Sir, had we known she was stockpiling coffee creamer we'd not have picked that materials test involving the flamethrower"). SO, I had to change contact info.
Then I noticed that now, there is a spot for "special instructions".
Hmmm. Let's see - Special Instructions. "Should I permanently depart the fix, please contact Old NFO about coordinating a C-130 drop of 100 pounds of smoked bacon and a case or two of whisky into the Wake. Please make the drop from a safe altitude as my friends may have a range set up to do the bowling pin equivalent of a twelve gun salute. By the way, if there is an emergency and you have to jettison the bacon early to decrease payload, please drop it on Iran. But at all cost gentlemen, protect the whiskey as we do wish to avoid THIS."
But hopefully that day is a LONG way off and til then, we have other uses for bacon.
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What is better than succulent pork tenderloin, rubbed with cracked pepper and roasted?
That same tenderloin on top of mashed potatoes and smothered in Maple Bacon Gravy
Now gravy anything isn't exactly the stuff of blog photography goodness (why we don't see coffee table cookbooks on the Joy of Gravy). But boy was it tasty. With a tenderloin (on sale $3.99), veggies bought in bulk, a bit of leftover bacon, with milk, soup stock and spices already on hand for other things, dinner can be on your table in less than an hour and at less than $3.00 a serving.
The gravy was awesome, with chicken stock, fresh milk, Pure Maple syrup, Amish bacon and a seasoning blend including smoked paprika, onion, garlic,dill, lemon peel, cardamon and allspice with a pinch of red pepper added in. Every one agreed it would also be really good on biscuits, waffles, fried chicken, hash browns, you name it.
So give it a try, for when you make something like this for supper you never know who might drop in.