BLT with Chipotle Mayo

Recently, Jennie, a food blogger over at In Jennie’s Kitchen, lost her husband after he suffered a heart attack.

If you didn’t know about Jennie before reading this post, neither had I. But I’m pretty sure I’ll never forget her story.

BLT with Chipotle Mayo recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I stumbled upon Jennie’s blog after seeing a post for Peanut Butter Pie {for Mikey} on dishfolio by Kate of Diethood (great blog, by the way).

After reading Kate’s post, I visited Jennie’s blog and read about her husband’s recent passing.

BLT with Chipotle Mayo recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

To be honest, I couldn’t read her entire post without tears filling my eyes and my stomach turning.

Fighting the urge to cry, I was amazed at Jennie’s strength during this unimaginable pain and loss.

BLT with Chipotle Mayo recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I have since read that blog post a good 10 or 11 times.  And have thought about Jennie and her two little girls countless others.

Countless.

I can’t help but imagine this nightmare as my own.  How my heart breaks for her.  For her girls.

BLT with Chipotle Mayo recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I try to keep this blog upbeat and positive as I share my enjoyment of life — and food. 

But, sometimes, we forget — I forget — that life can get away from us.  That love and happiness and all that goodness can get taken for granted.

That everything we think is safe and secure is not.  And this scares me to death.

BLT with Chipotle Mayo recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

And makes me hold my husband and my little girls a little closer. A little more often.

I decided to make some comfort food I’d been putting off for a while — because it was time.

BLT with Chipotle Mayo recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

This BLT with Chipotle Mayo is as good as it is simple. And it’s really simple.

And really comforting.

BLT with Chipotle Mayo

Makes 2 sandwiches

For the Chipotle Mayo

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. chipotle pepper (canned, in adobo sauce), minced
1 tsp. adobo sauce
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

Directions

Combine ingredients in small mixing bowl and set aside.

For the BLT

4 thick slices fresh sourdough bread
4 slices thick bacon
4 slices crisp tomato
2 leaves lettuce (green leaf, red leaf or Romaine work best)
2 tbsp. Chipotle Mayo (see recipe above)

Directions

Cook bacon in skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, but not burnt. Once cooked, drain on plate lined with paper towel and set aside.

Lightly toast sourdough slices in broiler or toaster.

Spread Chipotle Mayo over both slices of bread. Layer lettuce, then tomato slices (2 per sandwich) and finally bacon slices on top of bread. Place remaining slice of sourdough on top to make sandwich.

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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

8 comments… add one

  1. Kate@Diethood August 17, 2011, 10:16 pm

    I also try to keep a positive blog, be upbeat and have fun, but last week it was so heartbreaking to know that one of our own, per say, was going through something like that…I pray for her and her girls.

    That chipotle mayo sounds fantastic! Your sandwich makes me want to go out shopping now for all the ingredients. :)

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef August 18, 2011, 1:53 pm

      Hi Kate! It really does feel like “one of our own,” doesn’t it?

      It’s been amazing to watch so many food bloggers share their love and sadness for Jennie. It makes me proud of what we do.

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  2. Carolyn August 18, 2011, 10:03 am

    I heard about that. I had never read her blog, but another blogger mentioned it (on another blog I read) and I too felt just awful. I think that the idea for everyone to bake his favorite dessert as a tribute to him was a very sweet idea. There is just something a little comforting about all the anonymous bloggers paying a special tribute to Mikey.

    Anyways, on to happy things, like BACON! Can’t wait to try this recipe. I love to add chipotles to things but I can never find enough stuff to add them to and I usually end up throwing out half the can once I opened it. Now I have MORE ideas :)

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef August 19, 2011, 9:42 am

      Hi Carolyn! I agree it has been inspiring and comforting that everyone has been baking Mikey that peanut butter pie.

      As far as the chipotles, I agree I hate to waste them. I tried freezing them this time. Hopefully that works out! I hope you enjoy the BLT! :)

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  3. GastroStu August 18, 2011, 11:19 am

    Hard to beat a good BLT! That bacon looks like its cooked to perfect, yum :)

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  4. myFudo August 18, 2011, 11:49 am

    I too had never heard of Jennie until last week. So sorry for her. The food blogging community gave her the much needed support. The chipotle looks great. Nice pics.

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef August 19, 2011, 9:48 am

      Thanks! I’m still amazed at the food blogging community’s positive and supportive response. What a great group. Even though not many of us know Jennie, we all seem to feel her pain.

      Reply

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