Well, the rest, as they say, is history. We all had a great time. It became a Saturday tradition to meet up at Del Pueblo ("Table for 8, please."). We enjoyed another great trip to Destin the following summer. The next two summers were out, unfortunately, since they had an infant that next year and I had an infant the year following. Then we moved. We stay in touch through visits (my family is still there in Houston), and I think that another family vacation is in our future. The friendship is of the slow-cooked variety.
Friendship StewIngredient list:
Others in your same stage of life (age, family, or location)
Sharing common values
Preparation: You can't just look at the recipe and think that it sounds good. You have to go out and find the ingredients. This is easier said than done, while juggling children's activities, work schedules, and family, but it can be done if you have an appetite for it.
Cooking Time: You have to turn on the heat. Looking at the ingredients that you've already bought, or flipping through all the great magazines full of recipes doesn't get dinner on the table. Take a plunge and invite someone over or meet for dinner, or take a vacation with some acquaintances (Okay, this is a little risky, like trying out a new recipe for the first time for company, and I'm sort of joking, but it has paid off for us. Two or three different times, actually).
If you're lucky with the recipe, you end up with leftovers and can eat on it again and again. We have. It was great to see our friends and remember old times, see how the kids had changed, and create some new memories together. When they left, I had a tangible reminder of their visit. My friend left me one of her favorite new recipes, so I bought the ingredients the day after she left and I made it last night. It's a keeper!
The recipe for the Chalupa Dinner Bowls is saved here at Southern Living. A few notes on the recipe: I also wanted to confirm that the two teaspoons of salt it calls for is not too much at all. It also wasn't at all spicy (my two kids ate it without any trouble). I did use the green chilies, but instead of the Rotel with lime juice and cilantro (which I didn't find), I used petite diced tomatoes and squirted in some bottled lime juice. Also, it makes a LOT. I have the regular sized crock pot, and it was full to the brim. This will feed our family three full meals. On the site, they give some great suggestions for how to serve it. I actually just served it over rice this time, and will make burritos next time. I was actually thinking that it would make a good tortilla soup if you thinned it out with more broth and added some corn tortillas or chips.
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