Madness, mayhem, chaos, exhaustion….

April 27, 2007

Need I say more?

But when you look at this face….


It’s all worth it.

Cue the “duh…duh, duh…” music:

“Momma, what’s this?”

“Oh, shit. Damn you, Momma!”
As you can imagine, getting in the kitchen to crank out something faster than a salad or sandwich has been nigh impossible with Gidget around. Heck, even sitting down at the keyboard must involve Princess Piddle.

Needless to say, I have been hankering for some real food. Not boxed mac and cheese, not a handful of crackers, not anything that should be eaten standing up so a certain puppy that shall remain nameless can stick her face in your plate or bowl.

Yesterday was filled with the first vet visit for my girl and a chiropractic appointment for me. And lots and lots of naps, both dog and momma. She just kicks my ass. I am supposed to take her visiting at the office this afternoon, but that means I need sustenance.

So I grabbed a Pamela’s Wheat-free Bread Mix and managed to turn out focaccia. I ran to the store (gasp – puppy went into the playpen. Yes, we bought a play pen. Shut up.) to pick up a few things that had been making my mouth water with just the thought.

Momma can’t live by junk food alone.


Chicken Sandwiches on Focaccia
Makes 2

2 squares focaccia
1 good-sized handful arugula
2 roasted red pepper halves (buy ‘em if you don’t have time to roast – I sure as hell didn’t)
2 slices provolone cheese
2 thin-sliced chicken breasts
Olive oil
Paprika
The juice of 1/2 lemon
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Sea salt
2 tbsp roasted garlic mayo
Thinly sliced red onion

Prepare the chicken first so it has time to marinate: place the breasts in a bowl; drip the lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil over the top, then sprinkle paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and sea salt. Go lightly here – no more than 1/8 tsp of each and even less of the paprika. Cover and place in the fridge for half an hour.

Drain the roasted red peppers and pat dry. Set aside. Wash the arugula if you haven’t already. Dry the leaves either in a salad spinner or on some paper towels, if Gidget hasn’t taken off with the roll.

Preheat a skillet on medium heat with about a teaspoon of olive oil; add the chicken and saute until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side (more if you use chicken thicker than 1/2 inch).

Slice the focaccia squares in half through the middle. On the crown, place 1 tbsp of the mayo, then a few rings of red onion, a slice of roasted red pepper, then half of the arugula. Place one chicken breast on each heel and top with a slice of provolone. Combine the tops with the bottoms and inhale delicately.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Lynn Barry April 28, 2007 at 2:04 pm

Playpen??? what a cool idea, puppy mommy…you ROCK! HUGS

Lea Ray April 30, 2007 at 10:56 am

I love all of your baby’s they are sooooo precious. They must be a joy to have around.

sallybranwyn April 30, 2007 at 11:43 am

Playpen = Mom’s returned sanity! The sandwich looks tasty; I need to run out at get some of that bread mix.

Sheri April 30, 2007 at 4:54 pm

She is such a shit. Vester finally smacked her this morning. I giggled for 20 minutes. And yes, the playpen is so handy. She’s already at half of her expected growth of 8 pounds, so this puppy momma will be much happier giving her some room to move when we’re not home instead of sticking her in the crate.

Lynn – you rock right back!

Lea – when my hair isn’t turning gray, they are! LOL

Sally – try it, definitely.

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