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Actually, it’s twitter that brings the world closer together.  And it’s because of twitter that I got invited to eat bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches with friends from around the world today.  Virtually, of course.

It all started with a conversation about bacon between Cheryl in New York and Ellise in Paris.  Cheryl had bacon, but no lettuce and tomato.  Ellise had lettuce and tomato, but no bacon.  They joked about getting together for a BLT lunch.  Never one to miss out on a conversation about bacon, I chimed in that I had all the fixings for a BLT and had already planned on making one soon.  Next thing I knew, I had been invited to the virtual BLT Lunch on twitter!

Within a matter of minutes, there were others!  Karen from Atlanta had some fresh-baked rye bread she thought would be perfect.  Kim from South Carolina promised to show up with a Fried Green Tomato BLT.  Cathy in California wanted to introduce us to her BLTea featuring her Smoky Tea Tomato Preserves.  You see, bacon really does bring people together.

So are you wondering how on earch we could all meet for lunch on twitter?  Simple, really.  We all made our favorite version of a BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich) at some point during the week, and photographed it.  Today, everyone is sharing links to photos and blog posts via twitter.  We’re using the tag #BLTLunch to make it easy to find each other.  It might not be the same thing as getting together in real life, but it’s a whole lot of fun nonetheless!

So it turns out that my contribution to the BLT lunch was actually last night’s dinner.  My cousin Corinne, her husband Jason, and best friend Janet are all staying at my house for a few days, so of course they had to be included in the BLT action!  They are in town for Comic-Con, so I had to do something special to lure them back to the house to eat sandwiches for dinner.  Homemade bread (of course) did the trick!

I wasn’t sure which type of bread I should bake, but I wanted it to be something new and something that I wouldn’t be baking as part of the BBA Challenge.  I finally decided on Sheepherder’s Bread, because I have been fascinated by a recipe I had seen in one of my cookbooks recently.  It’s just a basic white bread, but it’s a huge loaf that is baked in a big cast iron dutch oven.  The part that fascinated me was the instruction to let the bread rise until it actually pushed up the lid of the pot by 1/2 inch.  Then, the bread goes into the oven with the heavy lid still on the top, although the lid gets removed partway through baking to allow the top to brown.  Interesting.

Sheepherder's Bread

I accidentally let the bread rise too long, and instead of pushing the lid up half an inch, it kind of spilled out the side a bit.  I should have paid more attention to the part in the recipe that told me to watch it closely.  But, it still worked!  Since it proofed too long, the top wasn’t domed, but it was still a successful loaf.

And did I mention that it was big?

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The only real problem I had was trying to figure out how to slice this thing to turn it into sandwich bread!

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I guess the homemade bread trick worked since the gang made it back in time for dinner. They even stopped by Whole Foods and picked up some gorgeous tomatoes on the way home!

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And now for the sandwiches!

First up is Janet, who made a BLT lettuce wrap since she can’t eat gluten:

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You can’t see it, but Janet included avocado in her wrap (I think it’s hiding under the bacon).  Looks good, although I’m not sure how I feel about the mustard…

Next up is Corinne’s BLT.  She used bread, but much to my dismay opted for a non-toasted version (I always toast the bread!)

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Corinne also hid some avocado in there!  Now this sandwich is a bit deceiving since it looks like there are only two strips of bacon, but she actually hid an extra layer of bacon on the bottom!

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And now for Jason’s sandwich.  Again, untoasted bread!  And no tomato??  But I have to give him points for using extra bacon.

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And here’s mine.  I opted for my classic BLT: toasted bread, mayo, bacon, lettuce and tomato.

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And it was delicious!

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We all enjoyed our BLT dinner and I can’t wait to see what everyone on twitter brings to today’s BLT Lunch!

Here are a few that I’ve already seen:

  • Cheryl’s BLT on homemade focaccia features a woven mat of bacon and can be seen at A Tiger in the Kitchen.
  • Ellise’s BLT is on Poilane bread and is slathered with chipotle mayonnaise and can be seen at Cowgirl Chef
  • Amanda created a bacon, arugula and heirloom tomato sandwich on sourdough-squaw swirl bread that can be seen on FoodPornDaily
  • To check out the rest of the sandwiches, follow along on twitter by searching for #BLTLunch

So, are you following me on twitter?  And if twitter isn’t your thing, you can also find Pinch My Salt on Facebook now!  Lots of things I create in my kitchen never make it to this site, but you’ll find me talking about it all on twitter and Facebook, including lots of photos.  Hope to see you there!


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36 Comments
  1. Ellise

    Isn’t this fun? I love your bread and see that you have the same beautiful blue Le Crueset pot that I do…like minds, eh? Let’s do lunch again, OK?

    9:03 am  Jul 24th, 2009
  2. Dianne

    That bread is a thing of beauty! Can you share from which book you got the recipe? I’d love to try it.

    9:06 am  Jul 24th, 2009
  3. Phoo-D

    What fun! A BLT could definitely bring the world together. The bread looks beautiful- I love the pattern in the top.

    9:23 am  Jul 24th, 2009
  4. Gourmet Mama

    My goodness! There’s is nothing more delicious to eat but bread and bacon. This really looks tempting. Nice bread you have there.

    10:09 am  Jul 24th, 2009
  5. Wolf

    Mine’s up!

    http://wolfsilveroak.insanejournal.com/622877.html

    Late, but then, I usually eat lunch late anyway.}:P

    11:05 am  Jul 24th, 2009
  6. The Duo Dishes

    Bacon makes the world go ’round!

    11:57 am  Jul 24th, 2009
  7. Mrs. L

    All this BLT talk, I’ll now have to go make myself a non-virtual one for dinner!

    1:43 pm  Jul 24th, 2009
  8. Ruby

    wow! I’m jealous, I like your version the best Nicole! :)
    Classic is the way to go on a BLT!

    3:14 pm  Jul 24th, 2009
  9. Mischelle

    Delish!! ~ so funny, cause hubby and i were having sandwiches for lunch yesterday (tuna…total comfort food : craving it all week) & he commented on my relentless intent to have buttered TOAST as the bread (took 2 mins extra ~ serious,big deal, yes!!) …i had to remind him that every good tuna & BLT had to have ‘buttered’ bread/toast… gotta make BLTs this weekend!! Thanks for such succulent virtual treats!!

    3:23 pm  Jul 24th, 2009
  10. Valérie

    Lovely story – and even lovelier sandwiches! I really need to get on twitter…

    3:49 pm  Jul 24th, 2009
  11. Sal

    Those sandwiches look great! Bacon is truly a versatile and satisfying food!

    3:53 pm  Jul 24th, 2009
  12. Y

    Your BLT looks amazing! Even more amazing is the fact that Twitter brought about this impromptu lunch :)

    4:09 pm  Jul 24th, 2009
  13. cheffresco

    I love making bread and Michael loves anything bacon. Very yummy looking sammie!

    5:28 pm  Jul 24th, 2009
  14. christina

    These shots are gorgeous as always and the bread looks fantastic!!!!

    What a fun luncheon. Next we need to do a virtual cookie swap. Wouldn’t that be super fun around the holidays?

    xoxo
    Christina

    2:27 pm  Jul 25th, 2009
  15. Amy

    That bread is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    10:55 pm  Jul 25th, 2009
  16. Factory Direct Linen

    Love the photos! One of the simple joys of our industry is being able to read food blogs like yours … on the clock :)

    9:24 am  Jul 26th, 2009
  17. Liz

    OMG, this is too funny! I hadn’t had a BLT sandwich in at least 5 years (since moving to Germany from the US) and just this past week I had such a craving for BLTs that I ended up fixing it for dinner one day, and also taking some over to my BFF for lunch another day. Should’ve taken a picture!
    Your sandwich looks delicious!

    1:23 pm  Jul 26th, 2009
  18. the ungourmet

    What a gorgeous loaf of bread! This has been my favorite sandwich since I was a little girl!

    11:49 am  Jul 27th, 2009
  19. My First Kitchen

    BLTs have been my pregnancy food of choice. I’m really not sure there’s a better sandwich, and all the better when people use technology to unite over it. Beautiful beautiful bacon. Have you seen Jim Gaffigan’s bit on the glories of bacon? Worth a look.

    8:12 pm  Jul 27th, 2009
  20. michelle

    the bread is beautiful & the BLT looks so delicious! i very much enjoy your blog & photography. will you share/post your sheepherder’s bread recipe? i’d love to give it go.

    8:39 am  Jul 28th, 2009
  21. Mamaliga

    Nicole!

    I wonder if the thing about toasting your bread came from Sicily?

    Cheers!
    Gabi

    10:06 am  Jul 28th, 2009
  22. Veron

    That has got to be the best-looking BLT I have ever seen. All that crisp bacony goodness has me drooling over my keyboard!

    1:17 pm  Jul 28th, 2009
  23. Mags

    Bacon is probably the most significant reason that I could never go vegetarian. I love bacon. I love BLT’s…. especially during home-grown tomato season. Your photos are lovely!

    9:15 pm  Jul 28th, 2009
  24. Sebbi

    Amazing stuff, I really like the unusual ideas, especially with food it’s much more interesting that way. And nice photos also:)

    7:22 am  Jul 29th, 2009
  25. sarah

    I’m with you – toasted is the way to go!

    10:07 am  Jul 29th, 2009
  26. A&N

    That bread is sinful! Literally :D

    I want. But I’m doing BBA! Gosh :D i will never tire of bread!

    10:34 am  Jul 29th, 2009
  27. Rowell

    Wow all great sandwiches! I’d have to say yours is on the top of my list because I too love the toasted bread!

    10:42 am  Jul 29th, 2009
  28. Amanda

    Dang it! Where was I?? LOL Guess that’s what I get for working WAAAHH Now I think I’m going to have a BLT for lunch tomorrow! :)

    7:26 pm  Jul 29th, 2009
  29. mélanie

    This bread looks amazing. Are you going to post the recipe?

    2:26 am  Aug 2nd, 2009
  30. Leslie

    AMEN : )

    8:03 pm  Aug 3rd, 2009
  31. Larry

    These pictures are of such high quality. They look better than menu pictures. I would be afraid to post a picture of my BLT’s. What an interesting blog thank you. Keep up the good work.

    4:07 pm  Aug 6th, 2009
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  36. Dick Smith

    I absolutely love the Sheepherders Bread!..I’m trying to find a 2.5-3qt dutch oven so I can make two loaves out of one recipe. The bread lifts the lid on my 5qt. Lodge as if it weren’t there.

    The bread certainly fetches all sorts of comments!

    Dick
    Western North Carlina

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