Lots of good info here, so I'll just comment on the bacon. There's no need to cook bacon in oil. Put bacon in a cold pan and turn the heat to medium. As the pan warms up, the fat in the bacon begins render and provides plenty of fat for cooking it.
If you're cooking a large quantity of bacon, preheat the oven to 375F, line a sheet pan with foil, place the bacon on the pan and bake for about 15 minutes. Nice and easy, hands-off crispy bacon.
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~ George Miller