Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Recipe for Disaster

By: Dani Greene
Book: A Sticky Situation
Author: Jessie Crockett
Series: The Sugar Grove Mysteries

My cousin Jade is one of those people who seems too perfect to be true. Her smile is extra sparkly, her step is super springy and she never, ever has a bad hair day. Sometimes all that perfection makes Jade a little hard to take. Frequently our interactions end in disaster. But every now and then she uses her perfection in ways that make me smile.

Take the gift basket full of treats she brought over as an apology/apartment warming gift. Who could resist Bacon Maple Chutney? Certainly not me! If you have an apology to make or a house to warm this recipe might put you in someone's good graces too. All thanks to perfect cousin Jade.


1 pound bacon
3 cups thinly sliced sweet onions
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 sprigs fresh rosemary
freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

In a large skillet, fry bacon until crisp. Remove from pan. Remove and reserve 2 tablespoons melted bacon fat from the skillet and discard the rest. Return pan to burner and add reserved fat. Reduce heat to low and add onions and sprigs of rosemary, cooking slowly and stirring occasionally until they are very soft and golden in color.

Chop bacon into small pieces and add to the pan. Stir in the maple syrup and continue stirring until it is reduced and the entire mixture is sticky and thickened. Remove rosemary sprigs. Add cracked pepper to taste.

Serve with crackers and cheese or add to sandwiches.

Readers, do you have a favorite recipe you like to share with friends and family? Do you have a favorite recipe that uses maple syrup?


  1. Sounds so good! Thank you for the recipe.

  2. I've got to try that recipe! Thanks, Dani!

  3. My daughter and son-in-law made the best maple syrup from the three trees they have in their yard in the Twin Cities! I hope they invite us over for pancakes again before it is all gone.