So, my best friend, Valentina, calls me up one Friday night. She’s all excited because she’d just come up with a genius idea for my blog. It involved bacon. She had my attention. Val’s idea was for an apple pie that had a candied bacon lattice top. It sounded crazy (mostly because Valentina is a little nuts — that’s part of her charm); but she was definitely onto something. After some experimenting, I came up with this recipe. It’s sweet with a subtle saltiness…and it’s named after Val because she told me that if I used her idea I had to mention her name in the blog post.