We have more visitors in town!
Cousin Sean and his wife Jennifer arrived Wednesday. Sean is like a big brother to Mr. McC, and he made an excellent choice in marrying the wonderful Jennifer. They are terrific, and we are so happy they are taking a much deserved vacation from life in Phoenix with four boys to raise.
I'm definitely not Martha Stewart, and have a lot to learn still about hospitality. But I've gained some valuable lessons over the years from a variety of sources who deserve some credit:
- Grandma "Mommer" Roudebush: Call your guests the week before and ask them what they love/hate to eat for all meals. Feature their favorites during your meal planning and/or restaurant recommendations.
- Mom: Have a very well stocked fridge with plenty of cheese, crackers, fresh vegetables and fruits. Healthy is key.
- Also from Mom: Plan ahead. You shouldn't have to interupt the fun with a run to the store.
- Mother-in-law: When picking up guests at the airport, have a cold bottle of water ready for each. (I am always so grateful when she hands me that water.) Also, spring for the pillow top on that guest room bed, your guests will mention how much they love it.
- Audrey & Jess: Make the guest room feel like home. Leave little treats/presents. Granola bars, bottled waters, a handwritten note, lip balm, lotion, a card with the wifi code ... it all adds up to a lovely hotel-like experience.
What hosting dos are on your list?
Spicy Honey-Glazed Bacon
Bacon is one of those things we sometimes eat, but having guests gives us full permission to enjoy it. This Food & Wine recipe sounded like a nice twist on the traditional breakfast item.
1 pound thick-cut bacon
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil. Arrange the bacon slices on the paper in a single layer.
In a small skillet, combine the honey, coriander and cayenne and cook over high heat until melted, about 1 minute. Brush the spiced honey on one side of the bacon.
Bake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle lightly with sesame seeds and bake for 7 to 10 minutes longer, depending on the thickness and fattiness of the bacon, until sizzling and browned.
Transfer the bacon to paper towels, glazed side up, to drain and cool slightly. Serve right away.
The sweet honey flavor comes through loud and clear on these glazed bacon strips, and I loved the addition of the sesame seeds.
However, I do wish these had packed some more heat and punch. I'll probably double the cayenne for next time. But remember, we like spice.
All in all, a fun new way to try your morning bacon!