Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Bacon jam is made and sold weekly at Local, a butcher and local foods shop in New Buffalo, Mich.
Quick Bites: How do you make bacon spreadable?
Posted on Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

What's Marshall King up to this week? Find out in today's Dining A La King.

Yes, I drove 65 miles to New Buffalo, Mich., just to get a jar of bacon.

Call me crazy. But there was no maybe about me wanting some bacon jam.

P. & E. Mullins Local, a shop that sells “sustainable foods and cured meats,” started making and selling bacon jam. It's a spread made by braising bacon with onions, garlic, brown sugar and vinegar.

After Pat and Ellie Mullins' shop at 425 E. Buffalo St. started making this jam on Saturdays and selling it on Sundays, sales took off. “Bacon jam has been crazy popular,” Pat said.

They sell half-pint jars for $14 each. They had to limit customers to one per person and usually sold out of a couple dozen jars on a Sunday.

The spread is slightly sweet and yet pleasantly salty and meaty. It works well with crackers and cheese.

You can read more about the jam at my blog.

Ÿ Eighteen of the 30 spots on the Dining A La King trip to Sonoma and Napa Valley, Calif., are already spoken for. Menno Travel has been busy taking reservations for the trip, which will be from Feb. 7 to 11, 2013, after it was announced in last week's column. Jay Fields and I will be the primary hosts for the trip to California wine country, where we will visit five wineries and a brewery. To join the trip, call Dorothy Shirk at Menno Travel at 534-1521.

Ÿ Rise Up Farms is having a class on making beer from grain on Saturday. Ryan Thompson is teaching. The cost is $20 prior to Wednesday and $30 after that. You can call 202-6366 to make payment arrangements. The class will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 22600 S.R. 120, Elkhart.

Ÿ Supreme China Buffet is moving on the southeast side of Goshen, according to Mike Hoover of the Elkhart County Health Department. The restaurant is making plans to move to 2008 Lincolnway East behind Lux Cafe.

Ÿ Kaizen Hibachi Grill Sushi & Bar updated its menu and now has some new items, including some fried sushi rolls and an entree called Samurai's Lust, which is “crispy chicken in a spicy, tangy sauce.” You can read more about the sushi at blogs.etruth.com/diningalaking.

Ÿ Constant Spring, 219 S. Main St., Goshen, also updated its menu, as did Fat Tomato in Elkhart. If you know of others, let me know.

Marshall V. King is news/multimedia editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth/eTruth.com. You can reach him at mking@etruth.com, 574-296-5805, on Twitter @hungrymarshall or via Facebook. His blog is at www.blogs.etruth.com/diningalaking/.