Bacon guilt

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Six months into living in the Middle East, and I still feel guilty walking into the non-halal section of the market and even more ashamed when I have to place my coveted package of pancetta affumicata on the checkout belt in front of the abaya and hijab clad cashier.

But, it’s pancetta affumicata, and I’ve gone nearly three years without…

Sorry vegan, Muslim, and non-pork eating friends.  There is just something about the taste of pancetta and bacon that turns the ordinary into something… well, something decadent.   Feel free to leave it out or use your favorite substitute.  I won’t judge if you don’t.

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