When my Aunt called to tell me about Easter Brunch, I asked what I could bring. She said I was in charge of bacon. I’m now known as the bacon lady to my family.

I really wanted to get some more wild boar bacon, but I just didn’t have the time to drive out to Exotic Meats in Bellevue. Instead, I walked over to Trader Joe’s, praying that they weren’t out of Niman Ranch Applewood Smoked Bacon. Luckily they were fully stocked so I picked up two packages and headed over to my Aunt’s. I also brought along the guanciale I bought at Salumi, thinking I could fry a few slices up for a special treat.

The Niman Ranch bacon was delicious, as usual, but the guanciale was very salty and somewhat fatty. The flavor was great, but bold. I think it’s supposed to be used more like pancetta, where it’s an ingredient in something and not the main show. The brunch was beautiful and delicious:

Eggs benedict with ham
Waffles with strawberries and whipped cream
Fruit platter
Niman Ranch bacon
Salumi guanciale
Hotcross buns