Serious Eats: Talk
Cooking as rite of passage--
"Back in the day" (Highschool), whenever my group of friends wanted to have a new person hang around, they were forced to go through an initiation to prove their toughness. Namely, they were pushed into a kitchen, given a skillet, fork, and a pound of bacon, and forced to relinquish their clothes until such time as they handed out a platter of perfectly-cooked bacon.
Having cooked naked-bacon myself, I must say that it takes great strength of character. Anyone have any similar rite-of-passage cooking rituals?
Or, any suggestions for variations of cooking bacon naked? "Mean" but not "potentially fatal", preferably.