You know I made these little savory gems back in winter--the season where my cheese cravings are at an all time high. Why I crave cheese so much in the winter is beyond me; a lack of calcium maybe?
So I'm just going through the "food porn" pictures archives and noticing how much I have not shared with you. I am fixing that stat. :::cue rap music::: "I'm gonna fix that stat, yeah you know that!..." OK, that's great, so much for the rap career.
I hate seriously hate to call these crackers as they are not thin and crispy. They are crispy and thick, and cheesy, and baconey, and pineapplely. Another wonderful savory sweet with the salty creation. Not diet food at all. These do go well with a nice crisp, dry white wine. What kind? I haven't clue what kind I just get whatever is on sale or prosecco, I'm easy.
I am back to being good at exercising. Little time off, but now I'm back to going to the gym every other day and doing my weightlifting routine. Getting my killer abs, legs, and guns back (and chest because I don't want my boobs in my shoes when I'm older). I'm kinda excited about this, I have finally found the perfect way (for me) to do my squats. To be honest, for years I avoided squats like the dentist. I hated them because they hurt so much and I was never seeing progress. Well, the hurt part made me stop more so. But now I do my squats with the aide of two chairs to help give me a little support as I plunge down and to watch myself in the gym mirrors to make sure my form is spot on. What I learned was I was never plunging down far enough in a squat. You need to plunge down further in a squat in order for all the muscles (upper & lower) in the leg to get worked. So now with the help of two of the gym chairs I can go down further and eventually get strong enough where I don't need the chairs. No wonder I never saw results! How did I figure this out? Well, first never seeing results and getting frustrated and second, my workout buddy Adam at Baking with Dynamite cued me in on how to properly do a squat. He's an all-natural professional bodybuilder who used to compete. If anyone knows best exercise forms and methods it's him. Thank you for all your help/advice past and future. My squats, although it's only been a couple + weeks, I'm already seeing results and the knees are definitely getting stronger: that, is the part that keeps me going to do more and more and more.....
Just out of curiousity what exercise are you bad with or let's say you neglect because of _______?
1 & ½ sticks unsalted butter, room temp.
1 1/2 cups extra old (at least 3 years old) cheddar, finely grated
1 3/4 cups white flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup finely chopped dried, unsulphured pineapple
2 TB finely chopped cooked bacon (you can add more, I just wanted a hint of bacon)
¾ cup rice crispies
(I also used a dash of half & half as the dough was really dry)
Cream the butter and cheese together at high speed in your stand mixer.
In a separate bowl sift the flour, salt and baking powder together.
To the flour mixture, add in the pineapple, bacon and rice crispies, and mix.
By hand, add the flour mixture to the butter/cheese mixture; gently combine. If the end result is too dry add in drops of half & half, bit by bit. Remember these are dry by nature, so don't make them too wet when adding in the half & half.
Turn dough out onto a large piece of waxed paper. Roll the dough into a log shape, roll the paper around it and twist the ends shut. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes. You can freeze the dough at this stage as well.
Preheat oven to 375F. (these cook fast!)
Unwrap the dough log and, using a very sharp knife, slice the log into rounds 1/2 cm thick. Place rounds on parchment lined or greased cookie sheets and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Note: when they're cooking don’t wait for the tops to turn brown, it will be over-cooked by then. You want them lightly brown. They cook fast, so when the 10-minute mark comes up keep an eye on them.
Should make about 30.