For us, bacon is usually something consumed as a side, for breakfast. Probably with pancakes or waffles. But in my personal experience with bacon, bacon is at it's worst on it's own. I like my bacon chopped into baked beans, in twice baked potatoes, or in omelets, with eggs and cheese. That amazing bacon flavor can be leveraged to take the whole meal to another level. All the recipes Bittman came up with looked really good to me, (though I don't think I'll try a few, namely the ones with tofu, or popcorn.) Ultimately, I settled on the two-sentence bacon with grits recipe.
Right now, the bacon is bubbling away in it's own fat, and the grits are simmering on the stove top. Dad is grating kohlrabi roots, and I have washed the leaves and stripped the stems for a side Dad suggested during our shopping trip. Once the bacon is done, we'll fry eggs in the left over fat.