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March 13, 2008

Yesterday a group of co-workers and I knocked off work a bit early and headed into town for afternoon tea. It was a totally sanctioned operation; the boss came with us, and the tab is going straight back to the company (one of those morale-boosting events, you know).

It was lovely; the food was great, the tea (and cocktails, let’s not forget the cocktails) was sublime, and the service was superlative.

The only downside was that I got home a little later than usual. But I still picked up Larry on the way home, so no real harm was done.

Once we got home, we went into our semi-regular song-and-dance act “What’s For Dinner?”. It goes a little something like this:

him: “What are we having for dinner?”

me: “I took out some chicken – we can have a stir fry, or a simmer… or we still have all that shredded beef and chicken, we could have quesadillas.”

him: “Whatever you want”

me: “Well, what do you want?”

him: “I don’t know, what do you want?”

and on and on.

Last night the quesadilla idea rang our bells. We made the Italian shredded beef last week, and still had a small tub of it in the fridge. Ditto for the pulled-chicken left over from the weekend enchiladas, and the corn tortillas to boot. It was pretty quick work: the containers of meat went into the micro for 3 minutes while we pulled together the rest of the ingredients.

Leftover Quesadillas
Leftover shredded/pulled beef, pork or chicken
Corn tortillas (corn stands up better than flour, and is better for you anyway)
Mozzarella (hardly authentic, but a good stand-in for quesa fresco in my book)

Put the meat into the microwave for 2-3 minutes, until warmed through. At the same time, heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.

Once the pan is hot, put a tortilla in it. Give it a minute or two, then sprinkle with cheese and meat. Cover it with another tortilla, and press it down (Larry uses the bacon press). After a couple of minutes, flip it over and give it a few minutes on the other side.

Repeat until you’re out of meat. Let the quesadillas cool for a few minutes, then slice them in half.

Really, it doesn’t get much easier than that. You could put salsa in with the meat, instead of serving it on the side, but if you do make sure you drain most of the juice off. Sour cream and guacamole would be good on the side, too.

So even though we didn’t get home until after 6, dinner was made, eaten, and I was doing dishes well before 7.

Speaking of which, I think we’re just about to break down and buy a dishwasher. It is just one thing that always falls to the wayside, and quickly escalates into a bone of contention. Plus I’m told that they use way less water than handwashing does. And, I just got a coupon from Sears for $100 off an appliance purchase, which is where we do all our appliance buying. It was also recently pointed out to me that by buying new appliances gradually over time, we will save ourselves a bundle when kitchen-renovation time comes around (not having to buy them all at once and all).

And if you think all of that is a way of talking myself into justifying this purchase, well, you’re absolutely right.

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 13, 2008 4:53 pm

    Oh…I’d like some quesadillas tonight I’m thinking. Thanks!

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