Spanish Lessons

Courtney travels with her own piñata.

Courtney travels with her own piñata.

Last night, David and I enjoyed an impromptu dinner with my favorite Mexican friend, Courtney. Okay, she’s not really Mexican—she’s Italian. But she lived in Spain for a semester, speaks Spanish, and routinely gets mistaken for a Mexican, so that’s good enough for me.

To further muddle the issue, Court LOVES Mexican food. So when I mentioned I had a Boston Butt in the Crock-Pot, her little Mexican ears perked up and the invite was sealed. She came over straight from the gym, and we enjoyed a wonderful, casual evening on the porch—drinking wine, laughing, and eventually eating some really awesome pork tacos. As it was a departure from our normal routine, I learned a couple lessons that I’d like to share.

Crock-Pots Are Okay Awesome
David is a huge fan of the Crock-Pot. I guess it comes from being a child of the 1970s, when everything was cooked in that oh-so-charmingly named appliance. Crab Dip? Crock-Pot. Spaghetti? Crock-Pot. Cherry Cheesecake? You get the idea. Over the years, David has worn down my pretentious aversion to the Crock-Pot by making some really delicious dishes. And it’s so easy! So now, I’m a fan of the Mom Cauldron. Here’s the recipe I prepared last night—Chalupa Dinner Bowl—it’s from Southern Living and very delicious!

Dinner Doesn’t Have to Be Pretty…
I was hesitant about inviting Court over, or even featuring this dish on the blog, because let’s face it: when something’s been cooking in the Crock-Pot for 10 hours, it’s NOT pretty. We’re talking Swamp Stew. Totally un-photographable. But sometimes, that doesn’t matter. When you’re sitting down to enjoy a meal with people you care about, you don’t need elaborate garnishes, drizzles, and all that jazz. All you need is good company.

So the next time you think about having a friend over for dinner but decide against it because your house isn’t clean, or you don’t have some beautiful recipe to prepare, re-think that decision. Forego that pretension and focus on the fun you can have by relaxing and enjoying good food with good friends. Because…

“Like Daddy always says, “An ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure.”
—Julia Roberts, Steel Magnolias


18 Responses to “Spanish Lessons”

  1. David Says:

    Next week… Fondu!!!

  2. Ben Says:

    NICE!!!!…. and Fondu ROCKS!!

  3. Matthew Says:

    I have so made mac and cheese, spinach artichoke dip and pot roast in a crock-pot. Not at the same time – that would be gross.

    I agree with Josh – Fon-don’t!!!!

  4. Mummah Says:

    you, pretentious! glad you climbed down off your high horse and enjoyed the crockpot pork. You inspire me to entertain more…but the house does need to be straight, at least.

  5. steve oh boy Says:

    There is nothing much better than sharing a meal with special friends. But remember,
    “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s to dark to read.” Mark Twain (I thought I would throw in a quote too!)

  6. Jackie Says:

    Dinner doesn’t have to be if the company already is!!

  7. Jackie Says:

    Correction – dinner doesn’t have to be PRETTY if the company already is!!!

    • josh Says:

      So true! Court was like, “don’t take my picture” which i ignored, of course! 😉 hope you are doing well! you need to send me a recipe that I can make and feature on the blog!

  8. Jessica Otwell Says:

    what a coincidence, that’s my favorite mexican too!

  9. rhbulldawg Says:

    what about my favorite crock pot dish: Rotel Dip? 🙂

    • Matthew Says:

      You know in the past I have made fun of the Rotel Dip as being a little on the trashy side; BUT take it to a party and you would think people were dipping liquid gold. It is usually the first thing devoured.

      That is when David usually taunts Josh and me about our “snobby” snacks, when his Rotel Dip dish is licked clean.

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