best way to cook bacon

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as you may recall a couple weeks ago, i co-hosted my friend, tammy’s dc bridal shower. i made a bunch of different dishes from a spring frittata to browned butter blueberry muffins. but do you know what was the hit of the brunch menu?

BACON!

can you believe it!?!? it was too funny. everyone gobbled it up and complimented how well it was cooked. so kind, but it was one of the easiest things i prepared for the brunch. since everyone loved it so much, i figured it would be worth sharing this cooking method with you all.

start off with regular ol’ bacon. we buy bacon in bulk from costco – no judging!

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line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

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and arrange the bacon strips in a single layer on the baking sheets.

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mango strawberry cupcakes

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when trying to figure out what kind of cupcakes to make for july birthday treats, i asked one of our july birthdays if he had any preferences. he voted for fruity over chocolate, so i started to think of some ideas. since it’s been very, very hot in dc this past few days i wanted to make a cupcake that was refreshing and light.

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tropical flavors came to mind – how about mango and strawberry! ding ding ding! they would be the perfect flavors for a summertime cupcake.

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so i made a vanilla cupcake with strawberry filling, topped with a mango swiss meringue buttercream, lastly decorated with a mango drizzle and a strawberry slice.

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they were a hit this past week with my coworkers, one even proclaiming it to be his favorite! yay! i’m so glad that these cupcakes were a success.

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gingerbread cupcakes

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i know these are a bit out of season, considering that you typically make gingerbread flavored desserts around christmas time/winter. and that is when i originally made these gingerbread cupcakes. but you know how to goes… posting just doesn’t happen quite as quickly as i intended.

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but i didn’t want to keep this recipe from you since it was so good. plus, just pin it for later and you’ll have a recipe ready and waiting for you once the holiday season approaches.

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this is a deliciously spicy gingerbread cupcake topped with cream cheese frosting. i actually make these cupcakes twice last year, they were that good! the gingerbread cupcakes, start off with creaming together butter and dark brown sugar…

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tammy’s bridal shower

Tammy's Shower 6this past weekend, we hosted my close friend, tammy’s bridal shower. you may remember tammy from our many baking and cooking adventures from yummy four cheese ravioli and salted caramel brownies to our crazy rainbow cake and delicious donuts.  not only is she my favorite baking buddy, but she is an absolutely amazing person and friend.

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so when she asked me if i would be one of her bridesmaids, i could not have been more excited. i along with a couple of her other bridemaids planned her dc bridal shower.  we just had a small group of guests, so we actually had the shower in my apartment.  this worked out well because i was able to cook all of the food for the event.  here’s a little snapshot of the menu…

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appetizers were simple with just a meat and cheese tray (thank you costco!  haha)  and some cinnamon candied pecans.

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brunch included:

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for dessert, we had strawberry lemon cupcakes (adapted from these two recipes: strawberry lemon cupcakes & raspberry lemon cupcakes) and flourless chocolate truffle cake with sweet cherry sauce.  one of the bridesmaids traveled all the way from istanbul and brought some turkish delight for everyone to enjoy too.

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the favors were dark chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies (these white chocolate macadamia nut cookies with dark chocolate chips instead) in cute little milk carton boxes.

i had such a great time preparing and cooking for tammy’s shower and it was super fun planning all of the details with the other bridemaids.  i’m so glad everything came together and it seemed like everyone enjoyed themselves at the shower.

congratulations tammy!  can’t wait for your big day!!!

whole wheat pupcakes with peanut butter frosting

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pua’s birthday is actually in october, but i am clearly behind on posting so it’s only going up now.  whoops!  but i am glad i was able to post it before her next birthday though. gotta celebrate the small successes. haha.

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for pua’s first birthday, i also make her pupcakes – they were apple and cheddar flavored. she definitely loved those, but i wanted to try a new recipe for her second birthday.

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i combined two recipes and came up with these whole wheat pupcakes with peanut butter frosting. i knew pua would love the peanut butter flavor of these pupcakes, because peanut butter is one of her absolute favorite treats. sure enough, after we sang happy birthday to her, she was ready to dig in.

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she even licked her plate, making sure to get every last bit of the pupcake and frosting.

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