There’s food!! Food is happiness!
I do still remember how to thrown down in the kitchen. I may have let some stuff go to the wayside over the summer, but I did still eat and still eat now that school is back! (Yes, my stomach is happy about it, too!)
Let’s be fair, when it’s 100 degrees outside, you sort of lose your desire to be the next Iron Chef. Now that it finally cooled down this weekend and I didn’t feel like I would be dying of a heat stroke in my kitchen (even with central AC), I kind of felt more inclined to hang out and make some actual good noms.
We love some chicken in my house (in case that wasn’t blatantly obvious yet). But you know what we also love? BACON. Bacon, essentially makes everything better, no matter what it is. You could put bacon on shoe leather and it would taste amazing (at least, so I’ve been told).
My dish here was based off a recipe I saw on Pinterest from Julia’s Album. It looked pretty delicious, but me being me, I changed up the flavor a little bit to suit my household. Cooking the chicken thighs directly in the bacon fat that had been rendered and hitting them with a good coating of McCormick’s Cajun Spice Blend (I’m pretty sure we use that on everything these days) gave a deeper and more intense flavor in my opinion. You can obviously dial down the spice a little to suit your palate, but we’re spicy here.
I also used a nice hickory smoked bacon. We usually keep a huge hunk of applewood bacon in our freezer, which I’m sure would have been equally as delicious, but I think the hickory made it a little more smokey, which was also delicious. The best part? It’s all cooked on the stovetop, so if you’re still sweltering, you don’t need to turn on your oven. Serve it with a nice side of rice and a veggie? Total win.
And it just looked pretty. Pretty food is usually tasty food.