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The Science of Bacon

My love for bacon is a favorite running joke among many of my friends, and sometimes it results in us stumbling upon some entertaining bacon facts. These two finds come from my astrophysicist cousin, Summer_Ash.

First up, a little science behind why bacon smells so good, from Compound Interest.


Second, the science of cooking the perfect strip of bacon with minimum shrinkage. Because there are few things as sad as a shriveled up piece of overcooked bacon. The science may not be the most sound, but my own experience has found the most success with the method of cooking the bacon slowly in the oven. And I agree that washing it in water doesn’t really accomplish much but put more time between me and deliciously cooked bacon.

And now you can wrap up your Monday a little bit smarter! Thanks, science!

Should you eat that bacon?

Remember reading the the extra long section of comics in the newspaper ever Sunday morning as a kid? Consider this an extension of that, but bacon-themed.

Wine, Cheese and Bacon Jam at Sona Creamery

imgresTwo of my favorite things are wine and cheese, especially paired together. So I was quite excited to hear about the opening of Sona Creamery on Capitol Hill at 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Little did I know that the wine and cheese were only the start to what my neighborhood’s newest restaurant has to offer.

I noticed their menu posted on the window shortly before officially opening and found my mouth watering as I read the descriptions of some of their small-plate offerings. The dishes featured dates, sweet potatoes, duck, grilled sirloin and more.

On our visit we started with the duck prosciutto salad, the steak and cheese éclairs. The éclairs were stuffed with pimento cheese and topped with a thin slice of steak– very interesting and tasty. The big standout for us was the Sona Fries, which were extra crispy and covered in a house-made mumbo sauce with aioli and house-made cheese curds. Continue reading

A Valentine’s Day Bouquet for the Bacon Lover

The bacon bouquet, courtesy of

I never was one for edible arrangements, but that’s because they never included bacon!  Okay, as much as I love bacon I’m not sure what I would do if I actually received these on Valentine’s Day, but it certainly made me laugh.

Want to try to make them yourself?  Click over to for instructions.  Photo above was from, a site any bacon fanatic needs to check out.

Bacon Week at 3 Bar and Grill

3 Bar and Grill is bringing back it Bacon Week for a third year in a row!  Today through the 22nd, stop by for a three-course bacon-infused menu. For the first course you have a choice of bacon noodle soup or a wedge salad with bacon, tomatoes and blue cheese.  The second course offers country fried bacon or bacon wrapped pork loin, and the third course is a bacon studded waffle that is delectable. Continue reading

Bacon or Sausage?

It’s one of the most frequently asked questions when ordering brunch — do you want your order to come with a side of bacon or a side of sausage? I am a bacon girl, all the way. But what about you?

Camping Brunch

One of the best things about cooking breakfast over a campfire is that you cook pretty much everything in one pan.  Which means everything tastes like bacon grease.  The grease means everything is sort of brown and looks gross in pictures, but it tastes amazing, which is the real point anyway.

Well I went camping in Assateague Island a few weeks ago with some friends and after a late night by the campfire we all woke up very hungry and in need of some greasy food to get us moving. We cooked up a massive feast, which one of my friends decided to turn into a sandwich.  Toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, syrup, pancake, and toast.  Yep, that is the massive sandwich pictured above.  The fact that we all fit into the car after the weekend of campfire cooking is kind of astonishing.

brunch at 3 Bar and Grill

Anyone who knows me well knows that there was no way I would miss out on 3 Bar & Grill’s bacon week two years in a row.  A friend who loves bacon about as much as I do emailed me excitedly about trying out there brunch as soon as he saw that they were bringing back bacon week for a second year.

While they make a special bacon-filled menu for other meals, they only have one special item at brunch — the bacon-studded waffle.  While you can get bacon with just about any brunch dish, I was hoping for a little more creativity.  We ordered some Bacon Bloody Marys and decided to check out the full menu.

We both ordered egg dishes and decided to split the bacon-studded waffle as a dessert.  I felt sick when I left because I was so full, but it was all in the name of a well-rounded review, right?  Continue reading

100 Ways to Use a Strip of Bacon (via Endless Simmer)

The rain seems to have sucked motivation to write out of me — I currently want nothing more than to spend the day eating pancakes and watching movies — so while I try to snap myself out of the funk with some hot cocoa, I bring you BACON.  Which is really not a bad alternative.

From my favorite bookmarks: 100 Ways to Use a Strip of Bacon, from Endless Simmer.

How To Make Candied Salted Bacon (via The Kitchn)

image courtesy of The Kitchn

Is your mouth watering yet? Mine sure is!  The Kitchn has the recipe you can try at home.  I haven’t tried it yet but it seems simple enough – and definitely tasty!