There's a large selection of various bacon brands. Some are cheaper, but still good, while others are outrageously expensive and can only be bought from specialty stores. Here are some recommendations. Popular ways of cooking bacon:


Great for pepper bacon, because the pepper doesn't burn

Cast iron skillet

Very slowly, at the lowest heat


Good ingredients

Finding the "best" ingredients can be daunting at best. There seems to be a million alternatives for most common cooking ingredients, and there's very little to help you decide. Here's a few tips I've found on line and in cooking magazines, which have helped steer me right.

Arborio Rice

Arborio rice is the main ingredient for any Risotto, and traditionally comes from italy. However, good rice can come for other places, as seen by the "winner" from Cook's Illustrated taste lab:


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