Gather ’round old Cookie’s campfire and I’ll tell you a story of cowboys and Indians, gold mines and…
What am I nuts? I’m a full time work-at-home, suburban mom living in the outskirts of Tampa Florida, there are no cowboys here and I certainly am not about to start a campfire in my front living room. That would just result in some bad decorating.
I can however say once upon a time I lived in cowboy country, or part of it. Colorado was where I came kicking and screaming into the world demanding to be wrapped up head to toe in a warm cozy blanket or someone was gonna get hurt. At 41, little has changed.
Colorado is also known as God’s Country and rightly so I think. I’ve been to a lot of states and although I love the beauty of the rich lush deep south I have to say, if America’s states were people, Colorado would be a supermodel. What a knock-out that place is.
It’s a diverse land covered in long expansive flat grassland prairies on the east,
long majestic mountain ranges through the middle (would you look at those colors!!! Wow!
and gorgeous mesas and plateaus on it’s west.
Kinda like having three states in one don’t you think; Kansas, Colorado and Utah.
It’s beautiful all year round and did you know it even has it’s own desert sand dunes?
No really. In fact a large portion of the desert scenes in “Lawrence of Arabia” were filmed in these sand dunes. See?
Pretty cool huh? They’re even a national monument. To be honest I’m for making the whole darn state one big monument.
When you ask people about Colorado they think about it’s beauty or the killer skiing, hiking miles along trails, even getting lucky with the gambling which personally I’m not a fan of. You want to gamble in Colorado, pull up a velvet covered poker table in a dusty saloon, kick up your spurs and order a round. Forget this clinging and clanging of obnoxious slot machines making a ruckus and messing with the whole mountain mojo.
Me I think about the history. I think of the gold miners and cowboys, indians and pioneers. I have a pretty unique story about that too I’ll tell you someday. I just love the old west history, being a history nut anyway. I even did some camping in my younger days. The only camping I do now is to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort in Orlando. Yeah I know really roughin’ it huh?
Colorado is still full of thriving miner towns of the past, updated of course; ghost towns to explore and of course you’ll find Indians and Cowboys. I’m not talking costumed actors putting on a show, we’re talking the real deal here people. The good thing is they tend to get along a lot better than they used to, and that’s a good thing.
Anyway, this whole rambling post is getting somewhere I promise.
My family still lives in Colorful Colorado, at least most of them do, and lately I’ve been thinking about the state of my birth. I can’t get out there too often but I can cook. So I came up with a dish that just seemed all Cowboy to me. Even cooked it up in my cast iron skillet, granted on a glass top cook stove, but we kinda already covered the whole “fire in the house bad idea thing”.
Not difficult really. Throw some marinaded chicken in a skillet with butter and spices (I used pepper, salt, tabasco, parsley and paprika).
Cook it nice and tender for about 10 minutes, flipping it over to brown up nice.
While your chicken is kicken in the skillet, shred up some cheddar and monterey jack.
Lasso up an onion, sliced and dice it and toss it in with the chicken.
Over top the grub lay two slices of bacon or if you’re cowboy tough, wrap them around the chicken parts.
Top with your cheese, more parsley and throw it in the over or over your campfire, for about 20 minutes.
Ring your dinner bell and watch those rough riders and indians come running. (Please keep all Mustangs and Rams tied up in the driveway).
If you’ve never been, I highly suggest your gather up a few things and head your wagons west (or east) and spend some time in Cowboy Country, God’s Country, everyones country, Colorful Colorado. I plan on taking Mr. Sweet Butter up into those mountains someday and really show him the beauty out there.
In the meantime, an old blogger friend of mine is heading out soon to do a three week tour of the great American West. Check out his coming updates on his page at Habitation of Justice.
If you have been to Colorado, what’s something you love about the state? Did you ever see anything unique? Post in the comments, would love to hear.
Happy Trails partners!
- 2 lbs. Chicken parts, any kind
- ½ C. Dijon mustard
- ½ C. Honey
- 1 Tsp. Pepper
- ½ Tsp. Salt
- 1 Tsp. Tabasco sauce (optional)
- 2 Tsp. Paprika
- 1 Onion, sliced
- 6-8 slices Bacon
- ¾ C. Monterey Jack cheese
- ¾ C. Cheddar cheese
- 3 Tbs. Butter
- Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a flat bottomed bowl combine dijon, honey, pepper, salt, tabasco & paprika; mix well.
- Add chicken to honey Dijon and let sit for no less than 30 minutes. The longer the better.
- In a large oven proof skillet, melt butter and add chicken. Brown on all sides until nearly cooked, about 10 minutes.
- Add onions to the pan.
- Lay or wrap each piece of chicken with bacon strips and drizzle some of the marinade over the whole thing.
- Top with cheese and bake in oven for 20 minutes until cooked through but cheese not burned.
- Note: you may need to adjust cooking time depending on the size and thickness of your chicken parts.