First of all, let me just say, I'm a Southern Living magazine, FoodTV junkie. I love looking at recipes and trying to balance nutrition with flavor in planning meals. I even like watching someone prepare something I'd never make...like Emeril, whose food we love, having eaten The Best Meal Of Our Lives at his restaurant in New Orleans, "NOLA". But Emeril's recipes, as those of most Southern cooks, are designed to KILL you. I've known this for years, what with the deep-fried everything, the hamhocks, the very much butter and eggs and cream in every dessert, and the breakfasts during which you can feel your arteries hardening.
As such, I should not have been very surprised to see the full-page ad for the following product in the current issue of Oxford American magazine*, but somehow, I was. It's the Bacon Of The Month Club. That's right. I gotta wonder if their ads appear in The New Yorker magazine. I rather doubt it. Of course, in those New York delis, you will be served sandwiches so stuffed with cured meats that, in order to complete them(in the words of the late Mitch Hedberg) you'd need a loaf of bread and several more people.
Even knowing all this, I had to HOWL when my Memphis buddy (another "freakin' POODLE person) Melissa forwarded me this recipe from Paula Deen's FoodTV show. It's called Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding With Butter Rum Sauce. She's had it, and says it's the dessert equivalent of crack. (I doubt very much that Melissa has had any personal experience with the consumption of crack, but the analogy was hers, not mine.)
Just a preview of ingredients (if you want to make this dish, and you've had a recent cardiac workup, the entire recipe is linked above) to give you an idea--This smallish dish contains a couple dozen Krispy Kremes, condensed milk, eggs, butter, confectioner's sugar, and RUM, among other things. For when deep-fried, sugar-glazed donuts are just NOT DEADLY ENOUGH.
*If you do not get Oxford American magazine, well...you should. It's good writing, good photographs and other art, and good reviews, especially of first novels and other literature you might not stumble across in the mainstream. The current issue, the music issue, is worth the price for the included CD alone.