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Here's to your health, bacon haters!

April 2, 2009 |  2:30 pm

Martini 

The Health section of the L.A. Times is located smack dab in the middle of the Food section. (Someone with a sense of humor obviously devised the seating plan.) The setup means that all day long, Health section editor Tami Dennis and her colleagues have to listen to the Food section writers and editors talking about, well, food. And not necessarily the healthy kind.

Tami has been aghast at Times Test Kitchen Manager Noelle Carter's bid to come up with 1,001 things to do with bacon, starting with the candied bacon martinis, picture above. But it was Noelle's latest endeavor — candied bacon ice cream — that spurred Tami to take action, as you can see here.

In our defense, Tami, we preach a policy of all things in moderation. Why, this week alone, we printed a recipe for Gigantes (oven-baked white beans), which are just 249 calories per serving, including just 7 grams of fat and 11 grams of fiber. (Shouldn't that make them happy? Don't those health types like fiber?) And as you can see, we do plenty of salad recipes. (Those health types like salad too, right?)

In the meantime Tami, consider this an invite: We hope you are free Friday, because Noelle is planning on upping the ante. That's right. We're making deep-fried bacon. With bleu cheese dressing. For dipping. We don't have a definite time yet. But you'll know when it's ready — you'll be able to smell it.

— Rene Lynch

Photo credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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