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How to Make Bacon Rose Bouquets for Valentine's Day

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Photo of Ziggy and his bacon rosettes courtesy of MyLastBite
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There are some who love chocolate. Others want nothing but flowers. But what about the bacon? That's likely what Jo Stougaard was thinking when she got to work on what we think is the coolest Valentine's Day present out there: a bouquet of bacon roses.

Stougaard was inspired by a Fast Company piece on Sarah Tisdale, an industrial designer from Portland who was actually vegan before bacon became her gateway meat. (Former vego-gone-butcher Amelia Posada of Lindy & Grundy once described the breakfast protein to us in the same way.) Says the story:

Tisdale had just fallen for for her next-door neighbor when something brought his spirits down. Tisdale brainstormed an appropriate way to cheer him up. "I wasn't going to get him flowers or anything like that," she remembers, "but I wanted to bring a smile to his face." The two had bonded recently over their love for a winning combination: whiskey and bacon. So Tisdale realized there was really only one option: A bacon bouquet. Her house swirling with smoke, she presented the neighbor with a dozen juicy pork blossoms. He was thrilled, but the relationship eventually fizzled, much like a grease on a hot skillet. Tisdale has no regrets. "We're not still dating," she says. "But it was very poetic and beautiful."

It is indeed beautiful. But the bouquet isn't just for show. "They look so pretty topped on salads," says Stougaard.

For a step-by-step of how it's done, visit MyLastBite.