From all my decades of dating, I culled three rules for my Mr. Right: no republicans, no smokers and never marry a man who expects a great meal every night. As you might suspect, that last rule did not drop onto my plate from thin air. No, there once was a guy (and you know who you are!!!) that used to say oh-so-sweetly, “Why should we go out to dinner when you can make something so much better.” Sounds nice, but that’s a sweet-nothing from which nothing good could come. And that’s not all. The same man came from Montana (oops, did I give it away?) and believed in “square” Cowboy-size meals, meaning meat, vegetable, potato/rice, salad, and dessert. Dump him, you say. I did.
Bruce, on the other hand, was and still is the first to say, “Let’s just go out” or, if I’m still slaving at the computer at 6:30, “What would you like me to go pick up for dinner?” He is also very open-minded about what constitutes dinner–a run to our favorite donut shop, Stan’s, in Westwood; a bowl of cereal; a piece of cake that’s size-worthy of a dinner. You get the picture. When I met him, I thought, this is great…he eats like a girl! It was just a few months into our romance when we got into bed to watch the Academy Awards with dinner–our respective favorite pieces of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory–and I knew then he was a keeper.
Plus, Bruce is always complimentary of whatever I do throw together (no matter how pathetic) and is always willing to grill anything I’m too lazy to throw in a pan. Yet…lest you think I’m one of those sickening women who extol their perfect marriages (I am not and do not), let me say that Bruce kind of faked me out with these burritos. They were the one dinner he used to make on a consistent basis…before the day of our wedding. Now I make them. Here’s how….
Get some four tortillas at Trader Joe’s–they are SO good! While you’re there pick up a box of frozen brown rice, ground turkey, sharp cheddar (if you’re really lazy like I am get the shredded cheddar), salsa (the kind in the jar that’s smooth, not chunky), more salsa (the kind in the refrigerator section that’s chunky), and some guacamole (though I recommend you buy all the fixin’s for The Best Guacamole).
Start by browning the turkey meat until done, and toss in some of the un-chunky salsa for flavor. Nuke the rice and while you’re at it, heat the tortilla in a frying pan. As soon as the tortilla is warm, flip it. Arrange a handful of cheddar down the middle and top it with the rice and turkey, and maybe some more salsa, either kind. Fold one side of the tortilla over the top, then the other and heat until everything melds and the cheese is melted. Top with chunky salsa and guacamole.