Weave bacon onto wooden skewers; arrange on a foil-lined baking sheet fitted with a wire rack.
Bake, turning once, for 20 to 25 minutes or until crisp.
Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; let cool completely.
In microwavable bowl, combine chocolate and shortening; microwave on high, in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval until smooth. Stir in chili powder, cinnamon and cayenne until well combined.
Position bacon skewers over melted chocolate mixture; drizzle chocolate mixture over bacon, allowing excess to drip back into the bowl.
Transfer to parchment paper-lined tray. Sprinkle with pepitas. Let stand until set.
If desired, you can garnish with a variety of items, such as chopped dried apricots, candied ginger, toasted coconut, chopped pecans or crushed peanuts.
Add pork to a medium bowl, season with salt and toss with cornstarch until coated.
In a separate bowl, whisk garlic, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, and pepper until blended; set aside.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tsp oil. Cook broccoli, green beans and white parts of green onion until tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Return skillet to high heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. When the oil is almost smoking, add pork.
Cook pork until crispy and no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium heat, then return vegetables and add half the sauce to the pan.
Stir quickly to coat pork and vegetables in glaze. (Watch carefully- sauce can burn due to the sugar) Add remaining half of the sauce until you reach your desired sauciness.
Garnish with green onions. Enjoy.
This recipe is a wonderful template to play around with. Try adding other vegetables you like, such as bell peppers, asparagus, snap peas, carrots or mushrooms, or try adjust the heat-level of the sauce by adding in your favorite hot sauce or chilies.
In a bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: buttermilk, melted butter, and egg.
Whisk flour mixture into buttermilk mixture until moistened, with small to medium lumps remaining.
In a large cast-iron, nonstick skillet or on a griddle, cook bacon over medium-high until fat is rendered and bacon is browned on one side, about 5-6 minutes. Flip and cook until golden and crisp on the underside, about 1-3 minutes more.
Set bacon aside on paper towel-lined plate. Pour off all but 1 tsp fat from skillet, saving excess bacon fat in a container.
Heat skillet over medium. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into skillet and top each with a bacon slice.
Cook until some bubbles appear on top of pancakes and a few have burst, about 2 minutes. With a spatula, carefully flip the pancakes and cook until browned on the underside, about 2 minutes more.
Transfer to a platter, bacon side up, and loosely tent with foil.
Keep pancakes warm in the oven and repeat with remaining batter, adding more bacon fat if needed. Serve with pure maple syrup.