If you’re a TV child of the 70s, it’s probably safe to assume you remember a particular question from a little show long on corny and short on my do we really have to watch this nerve. As much as I tried to forget the corny antics of the Hee Haw gang throughout most of my teenage years, invariably I hear “Hey, Grandpa, What’s for Supper?” in my ear every time I ponder what’s for dinner supper ideas.
Hee Haw was a Saturday night must see TV staple in our house. Country music, silly skits and rounds of pickin’ and grinnin’ rang out from the Zenith. Yes. I did chuckle when Grandpa Jones answered the “Hey, Grandpa, What’s for Supper?” with his here’s what’s on the menu tonight menu monologue. Speaking of questions, here’s another question for you. Dinner vs. supper. What say you?
Talking on the telephone to my best friend is a nightly ritual. The topic of conversation eventually turns to our modern-day version of what’s for supper/dinner. If I had a nickel for every time…
Apples don’t fall far from family trees. During a recent phone conversation, and surprised by the words coming out of my mouth, I asked the question “Hey Grandpa, What’s for Supper?” You could have heard a corn shuck hit the floor. I waited for my friend to graciously excuse my gaffe and overlook my slip of the retro tv tongue sin. It appears great television kids of the 70s think alike. Without missing a beat she answered the question beginning with the words, “Here’s what’s on the menu tonight.”
Regardless of how the question is posed, it is asked so we can glean info and culinary ideas from each other. All cooks at one time or another draw a blank when it comes to tasty, healthy, easy and appealing menu ideas to suit and set the family round table. As I stood in front of the pantry wondering for the 8,629th time what to make for dinner, I spied a package of taco seasoning mix and connected the dots to the rotisserie chicken in the refrigerator. Rotisserie chicken served in the traditional entrée sense is good for a one time only offering around the Places In The Home dinner table. Time to get with the culinary inspiration program!
Chicken taco lettuce wraps it is. Shredded leftover rotisserie chicken, taco seasoning, one heaping tablespoon of onion flakes, 2/3 cup water, and the juice of one lemon hit a waiting skillet. Over medium high heat, I stirred all the ingredients together until heated through. I put the butter lettuce wrap logic in motion and built my taco house upon it. Believe me, I know I didn’t reinvent the wheel, but I did put enough of a spin on the average hard shell or soft chicken taco to please. These tacos were olé hell yeah good! Guess what my friend served her family for dinner the next night? The power of palette persuasion is the what’s for dinner supper ideas point. I think even Grandpa would be proud to shout this menu from his window on the cornfield. Yum-Yum!