I’m Maura White, AKA Bacon Mom. Food is the surest way to my heart, and I firmly believe that bacon makes everything better. I love cooking, eating, reading, and writing about food, and I finally decided to start sharing it with others who feel the same way. You won’t find any diet recipes here, and the vast majority will involve bacon. Most will be family-friendly, and many are easy enough for busy weeknight meals. First and foremost, they’ll all be delicious.
I live in Green Bay, WI, with my husband Monte, our two sons, and two cats. I’m originally from Minneapolis, but came to Wisconsin the long way around. I moved to New Orleans for college at 18, and fell in love with the culture and with the amazing food. I earned a degree from Tulane, but spent my years in the city working in the service industry. I worked front of the house, as both a waiter and a bartender, but I learned much of what I know about food during those years. I met my husband there, and we got married in the city and never planned to leave. Unfortunately, three weeks after our wedding Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and permanently changed our lives and our plans. We returned for a couple of months when our apartment complex allowed us back, but ultimately accepted a job transfer to Tampa, FL. I spent eight years in New Orleans and another eight in the Tampa/St. Pete area.
While we lived in Florida, I finished my nursing degree and then my doctorate in nurse anesthesia (requiring a short-term move to Texas). We had our first child, Kirby, while I was in graduate school at TCU. We decided to move back up north after graduation, for better job opportunities and to get a little closer to our families now that we had a child. We spent the next four years in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where our second son (Ezra) was born. We decided to make one more move – hopefully our last – and get a little closer to my family. We’ve only been in Green Bay since 2018, and are enjoying getting to know the city. In our first 10 months in Wisconsin we were lucky enough to experience both the second highest single snowfall on record and the snowiest winter in Green Bay history. We’re trying to embrace it, and learn to love the cold white stuff!
I also love food writing. I have an entire bookcase full of cookbooks in my kitchen (plus overflow), and I’ve always read them cover to cover like novels. Some of my favorites include David Chang’s Momofuku, Gabe Rucker’s Le Pigeon, Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything, Kenji Lopez-Alt’s The Food Lab, Susan Spicer’s Crescent City Cooking, and John and Gail Uglesich’s Uglesich. Anthony Bourdain (may he rest in peace) has always been a huge inspiration to me as well.
I’ve been thinking about writing about food for years. Before the internet took over our lives, I dreamed of writing a book for cooking for one. It was always tough to find recipes that scaled well for single people, and I kept a little notebook where I wrote down all the recipes I wanted to include. I don’t think I’d even heard of a blog at that point, so I never went anywhere with it. I’m feeding a family these days, but the urge to share my cooking remains!
Feel free to comment here and tell me a little about yourself, or ask me any questions that you may have!