Can you remember the first time you had a quesadilla?
My dad worked in Phoenix for a summer and the three of us girls were joining him for two months. My sister and I were on a flight from North Carolina to Arizona when I was in 5th grade. This was back in the days when airplanes served full meals on cross country flights. For free. With a warm towel. In coach.
We were given a fancy menu and some time to think about our lunch choice. We were decided with the description of “cheese stuffed into a tortilla.”
When the stewardess [called so in 1992] came to take our order, I proudly said that I would be having the kesa-dillia. She cleverly corrected me with the correct pronunciation by repeating my order, “Quesadilla, sure.”
And I’ve said it correctly ever since.
Tonight’s dinner was a classic kesa dillia – Whole Foods refried black beans heated in a pot with a diced green pepper and tons of Southwestern-spiced Garlic Gold, then slathered onto a whole wheat tortilla and sandwiched with slices of that Red Rock Cheddar Blue I used in my Wisconsin Cheese recipe this weekend. I used a little butter in my skillet to get it nice and golden brown.
On the side – sautéed rainbow chard seasoned with more Garlic Gold and smoked paprika. I really don’t love chard…it’s just a bit slimy and almost fishy to me? But I like it every now and then as an alternative to spinach, kale, collards and the like.
Dinner table ambiance…
Every night we listen to Pandora on my phone for some tunes. This week, to Matt’s delight, it’s the holiday station! But our favorite is the Film Scores station when we spend dinner trying to guess-that-movie!
I worked at the bakery for a few hours this afternoon, including a meeting with our accountant and the new cappuccino muffins. [The muffin meeting was more fun ; )]
Finished The Hunger Games last night – GREAT book!! Then I watched the movie trailer – can’t wait!!! Book 2, here I come!