Cow Tongue

No, this entry isn’t really about cow tongues. I’m not entirely sure that I’d be inclined to try a cow tongue, or any type of tongue for that matter. But today I did notice that I have a slight obsession with tongues. Well, with my own tongue at least. There I was sitting at my computer perusing Facebook for a decent profile pic (is that what it’s called?) to post here, when a pattern in my poses began to emerge. It seems I have a ferocious tendency of poking my tongue out…especially when within close proximity to food. Rather than chuck this up as some weird, freaky habit, I’ve concluded that it is indeed a survival mechanism. I just haven’t figured out what kind of survival mechanism yet…

Look! Here I am sticking my tongue out before making Chicken Fried Steak

Yup, and that’s me holding a turkey. With my tongue out. Needless to say, I know how to keep a dinner party classy

Anyway…besides my tongue obsession, I’ve also recently become obsessed with The Pioneer Woman. I  want her life! Live out in the country? YES! Live on a working ranch? YES! Husband that wears chaps? YES PLEASE! Oh oh pick me, pick me! Wouldn’t that be just divine? (insert longing sigh here). I haven’t been following her blog for very long (didn’t even know she was famous and had her own Foodnetwork show until about a week ago), but I’ve already tested out a few of her recipes. I think the appropriate term might be Pioneer Goddess. Her food is m mm mmm! Tonight I was inspired to make a slightly tweaked version of Marlboro Man’s Second Favorite Sandwich. It just might be my #1

You must please forgive the quality of my photos. My poor camera suffered a tragic accident some time ago and has yet to be replaced. Now I’m left with only the lowly quality of my trustworthy cameraphone. We make do, my friends, we make do!

Alrighty! Let’s start with some ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless (mine were also already thin sliced)
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash)
  • Baaaaacooooooooooon (that would be bacon)
  • Colby Jack Cheese (but any cheese of your liking would do, I’m sure)
  • Lemon juice (because I really really love lemon)
  • Pepper (to create our own pepper bacon since all I had was unpepper bacon)
  • Sandwich buns (I bet kaiser rolls would work out better)
  • Basil (I just happened to have some on hand)
  • (Maybe this entry should have been titled “parenthesis”)

(The basil and pepper are not pictured. Oops!)

Cook up the bacon on med-low! My chicken was still slightly frozen, so I had to give it a little bath while the bacon was sizzling away. And yes, I did add my own pepper

Sizzle sizzle sizzle sizzle

Originally, I was only going to cook half the pack…but the temptation to snack was too strong. Measures had to be taken and future breakfasts had to be sacrificed for the greater good of my taste buds. Look! You can kinda see the pepper

This is my dash-ified chicken and leftover bacon grease (hmmm, perhaps breakfast can be saved with biscuits and gravy? Nah, I don’t think so). I didn’t  pound my chicken flat because, frankly, I was a little lazy. Plus my breasts were already thin sliced. That counts, right? Note to self, invest in some wax paper

Pop chicken into slightly bacon-greased pan. I also added lemon juice here. Then some more later. And maybe even a touch more at the end. I’m telling you, I’m a lemon addict!

Can you smell it? Your kitchen has been transformed into heaven. Between the bacon and lemon pepper, I’m not sure which one smells more heavenly. When the time is right, flip chicken over and begin layering with bacon. What a marvelous idea!

Now add cheese and cover until everything is nice and bubbly. I swear my mouth is watering.

Isn’t that the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? Patience, fellow foodies, almost done!

Assembly time! I tore up some of my basil and put it on my bottom bun.

Like lemon, basil is another great love of mine so I might have sprinkled some more on top, too

Oh, baby! You need to stop whatever it is you’re doing right now and go cook this up. It is the bees knees. The corn was pretty good, too. Nice and fresh!

Thank you Pioneer Woman! Gee, I want her cookbook soooo bad. I really love her step-by-step recipe guides. If only all cookbooks were so helpful, not to mention colorful. Now let’s talk about blogging for a second. I don’t think I like my theme very much. The color is nice and bright, but the page is so narrow. I’ll work on it folks. Just give me time.

Yay for first entry!