Is the Secret to Long Life Bacon?


The internets were all abuzz with the news:

105 Year Old Woman Eats Bacon Everyday!

1 Bacon heart


Pearl Cantrell of Texas told a local NBC News station, “I love bacon and I eat it everyday. I don’t feel as old as I am, that’s all I can say.”

The mother of seven has outlived three of her children and her husband.

One for the record books for sure. You can read the entire article at Science World Report website.


Other news last week revealed:

Hugh Heffner’s Midwestern Longevity Diet!

Seems he loves friend chicken, mashed potatoes, and oatmeal cookies all eaten in moderation.

You can read the very short article about Mr. Heffner at Death Is Obsolete website.

What Does It All Mean?

Is everything we have been told about healthy eating wrong?

I don’t know.

Quite frankly I don’t think anyone really knows for sure.

All of these food studies are mostly guesses. That is why it is so interesting and intriguing when you read real life stories like the ones above.

I just finished reading The Longevity Project, a book that reports the findings of an eight decade long study into longevity.

What the authors discovered is that most of what we have thought is the right path to longevity is incorrect.

It Isn’t About Veggies! Or Bacon!

The number one predictor of a long life in both childhood and adulthood was conscientiousness – “The qualities of a prudent, persistent, well-organized person……” [page  9] had the best chance of living a long life.

The main thing I took from the book is that there is no real or even one clear path to longevity.

Exercise and food was hardly a blip on the scale.

There are many and variable factors that are at play in living a long life.  

Most of all, there is no one-size-fits-all program. Longevity it seems is a complex interpaly of many diverse factors that are also highly individual.

Featured Recipe        Mustard Thyme Chicken Wings


The combination of Dijon mustard and thyme is a marriage made in heaven. Slathering it on some chicken and roasting it makes it divine.

There is a distinctive sweet-tangy thing going on in this recipe that I really like. You can roast, broil or grill these wings if you wish.

I prefer roasting them. You can also use any chicken part, such as things or legs. If you use chicken breasts you may need to double the sauce recipe depending on how many pieces and how big they are. The roasting time will also be longer.

I also chose wings because they are less expensive than some of the other chicken pieces. I used whole wings becasue they too are cheaper than wing-dings.

The recipe can be doubled. Best of all it is quick and easy and minimal clean-up.

This is what you will need for 8-10 wings or 2 people:

8-10 whole wings

2 tablespoons oil

Salt and pepper to taste

For the Sauce:

1 shallot or1 clove garlic

4 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard

4 tablespoons regular Dijon mustard

1 tablespoons white wine

6 or 7 sprigs of thyme, divided

Salt and pepper to taste


Here is what you do:

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Tuck the small portion of each wing under the top portion.




Arrange the wings in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil and salt and pepper and using your fingers coat the wings throughly.


Dice the shallot or garlic.


Place the shallots or garlic, and 5 of the whole springs of thyme and all other sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.



Pour the mustard sauce over the wings and using your hands mix the sauce with the wings until they are covered with sauce.



Roast them in the oven for 30-45 minutes and the chicken is starting to crisp along the edges and the sauce is starting to brown. Check every 15-20 minutes and if necessary, add a bit more oil to the baking sheet to prevent sticking. I also use a thin spatula to loosen the wings so they do not stick to the baking sheet. This is not difficult due to using the oil.


The picture below is after 15 minutes in the oven. 


While the wings finish cooking remove the leaves from the remaining sprigs of thyme.


When the wings are finished cooking, remove them from the oven and discard the sprigs of thyme as they will be crisp, even burnt by now.


Sprinkle the wings with the fresh thyme leaves.


Serve with corn-in-the-cob.



Bon appétit!!!


8-10 wings                                    $4.96             

2 tablespoons oil                            $0.17                          

Salt and pepper to taste


For the Sauce:

1 shallot                                        $0.33

2 tbspns grainy Dijon must              $0.92

2 tbspn regular Dijon must              $0.92

1 tablespoons white wine                $0.25

6 or 7 sprigs of thyme                     $0.42

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $7.97
Cost per person = $3.99

Quote of the Day

I believe in pink.  I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.  I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.  I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.  I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.  I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles..

Audrey Hepburn


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4 comments to Is the Secret to Long Life Bacon?

  • Did you peek in the fridge and see that I was doing chicken wings today?

    Maybe I should eat some bacon first just to be sure. Like you, I agree that nobody knows about longevity. I only want to live as long as I feel good and after that, someone pull the plug.

    • Roberta

      That is scary. How are you fixing yours? Love how versatile wings are. Can do anything with them.

      I hear you. Hope I inherited my moms genes. She was out gardening till 9:30 p.m. on the day she died only a few hours later.

  • And here I’m doing honey mustard chicken bites! We are so sympatico! I read that article. What a cutie pie! Hey, some people live a long time. Good genes. Good attitude.

    • Roberta

      That is amazing. Great minds and all that……. I agree. Genes and Attitude is a lot of it!