and also Home Movies Tuesday
What!? No chopped tomatoes for garnish? That’s what I’m here for. Tacos without tomatoes won’t do it for me! And perhaps some guacamole if my son in law provides. Adore taco Tuesday.
Hey lady. Okay. 2 things, of equal weight:
1) Soft taco wraps are wonderful. BUT. What I loved about the hard taco shells as a kid (& still)? Is - if you load it right [meat first], & eat it at the right pace - the juicy-gravyness of the taco meat has not so long sitting there that it saturates & weakens the taco shell completely... but something gloriously short of that, which is that meaty juicy-juice just lightly softens & soggifies the hard shell just slightly so that when you bite into it, you get the hard-shell goodness on the top of the taco, but down low in the crevice its been rendered just lightly chewy and oily and meaty and juicy. YES!
2) Also : You know how you referenced the "Hot Dog Party" episode as sort of a "no-recipe/not-a-proper-Home Movies episode" kinda episode? And then people loved it? Let me be very clear about this: I have multiple favorite HM episodes - that I watch over & over, like when I've had a gross day or can't sleep or get worried about, y'know, another Civil War....that are cheerful, but in a kind of soothing, sweet gently familiar way. And "Hot Dog Party" for some reason is one of them. I'm not sure what it is about that episode, but it brings me so much joy. But thinking about it, one reason I think it's so universally appealing -- a bit like the SmashBurger HM, your Tuna Salad one, or this Taco Night one are, &, say, Carla Lalli Music's episodes on Tuna or Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, or BLTs, OH! Or Samin Nosrat's "Munchies" ep. on HER perfect Tuna Sandwich!! Love that -- is b/c these are truly shared foods... whether you grew up w/ money or no money, were a cool kid or nerdy kid, we all pretty much had some version of these foods, & a mom or family members that conditioned us to developing our own version of them .... I mean, a lot of us grew up with these super-ordinary/mom-makes-it-on-a-school-night or familiar family-cookout-w/- fixins...THESE types of meals, where everyone makes his or her own, & you seriously PERSONALIZE your food thing? There's something so comfortingly unifying about it... even in the arguing & disagreeing over the various condiment-choice blasphemies that we each feel that OTHERS are committing...["...Anyone who uses mayonnaise here is a problem" or "For me, Cheddar is the ONLY option - anything else is just plain wrong" or "Ya gotta do RAW onion for this" or "Iceberg only - no fancy lettuce" or "Hot Sauce!" or "Don't Ruin it w/ Hot Sauce!"....and, my favorite, Carla calling someone who wanted the wrong type of cheese in something "a monster"....]...
The point is, the room for self-expression, the idiosyncratic nature of everyone's individual weirdo tastes, makes it a different experience than, say, when everyone's eating a plate that is identical (like all getting the same dish in a restaurant). When people have a hand in the construction & flavor-profile choices of their meal, something kind of wonderful happens. I think. That just makes it fun somehow.
So - please don't hesitate to do more episodes on "foods where everyone has strong opinions on how to assemble them" & then have diff. friends of yours on to share their particular favorite... compare, point and laugh, explain why some of you are going to hell.... good times. x.
we call this white people taco night down here in TX lol
I love valentina's hot sauce or green tabasco for hard tacos.
I am literally now on my way to Key Food to get hard taco shells....because of YOU😬🌮
i am at the grocery store and just put hard shell tacos into my cart... and this pops up. i gasped. a sign.
Besides the obvious Impossible/Beyond ground stuff, this non-vegetarian (me) finds that crumbled seitan, sautéed with onions and garlic in a little coconut oil, then properly seasoned with chili powder, can pretty much fool *any* meat eater. Taste and texture are right on the mark.
What would you recommend as a side for HST Tuesday?
I made these last night, and they were wonderful.
Another off-topic bit of fan mail (again, apologies) but that all-purpose chocolate sheet cake of yours is just inspired. I did that thing of cutting it in four, and stacking the four pieces as layers with a frosting that's not salty vanilla, because your book won't even arrive until tomorrow, so this was my best guess. The cake is huge. I'm giving some to the neighbors, freezing some, and still looking at dessert for a week. Who cares? It's delish. Thank you. Going away now.
When I saw the pic with cheese on top my immediate thought was oh no, cheese must touch meat to get melty! 😂 thanks for clearing that up in the video 🥳
So many options with tacos... including, I hope, soft shells?
This makes me so happy!!! God I love nostalgia tacos!!!!
Can't wait to try this recipe. Would you be open to trying a new hot sauce? I would love to send you a box of Scotch Boyz! Discovered it in Jamaica and now it's available here online at Target. Let me know if you want them. Please let me know where to send via my email. Thanks for all your great recipes!