Hospitality Goofs and Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Hospitality Homework for last week was to invite someone over for a meal.

Tuesday night my guest showed up along with the torrential rain that has inundated northern California.

Problem – I thought our meal was for Thursday and I was in the midst of writing two papers due for Wednesday. One of the papers was on communication! Good thing my prof didn’t know that in reality I flunked that test.

Afterwards I thought about how I could’ve handled it better. My house was astrew with books, papers and projects. Not much food of the healthy kind was available. But I could’ve taken us to a nearby restaurant, since I needed to eat as well.

On Sunday we finally had a meal together: Chicken Tortilla Soup, oranges, Best Ever Muffins (which weren’t) and water. No salad because the fixings were yuck. Despite all this, we had a tasty meal and fun time.

My guest even asked for the soup recipe; which could be renamed as dump soup. So here it is as given to me by Lori.

Dump the following in a soup pan and heat until warm:

  • 1 can (12.5 oz) chunk chicken breast
  • 1 can (15 oz.) of black beans (pinto beans are NOT a good substitute)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) of kernel corn
  • 2 can s(15 oz. each) of chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa (canned tomatoes with seasoning are NOT a good substitute)

Serve over tortillas and top with shredded cheese, avocado slices, sour cream, and olives.

If you have more time, money and a sensitive palate you could try this version that tastes like it came from Applebee’s. Truth be told, I prefer the one that tastes like it came from Lori’s.

What are some of your hospitality goofs? Favorite dump meals?

P.S. A good dump cake recipe is here. Read the 7th comment for the actual recipe.

Entry filed under: Hospitality, Menu Plan Monday.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lynette  |  . at .

    Your mix up reminds me of a Andy Griffith episode when he showed up at the wrong house for dinner & ate 3 spaghetti dinners in one night.


  • 2. Theresa Lindamood  |  . at .

    Lori’s version sounds better to me too! We make tortilla soup in our vita mix fairly frequently because you can put a whole garden of veggies in, blend then add tomato/salsa/hot sauce, black beans, corn etc. Sometimes instead of chicken I use left over taco meat which gives a good flavor too.

    I don’t have a blunder, but what stresses me out the most is the timing of all the foods and hoping that I don’t burn something or have it be too raw or…fill in the blank. I come from a family of perfectionists so sometimes that comes back up and I can only see the things that aren’t right when I need to quit being Martha and enjoy being Mary!


  • 3. susan2009  |  . at .

    3 spaghetti dinners in one night. Oh my! When I was in SJ for my class a couple of weeks ago, I had carrot cake every night because it was my fav dessert (for this year). When I came back I called MT and asked her to change my fav dessert on the secret sister form. Carrot cake is not longer my fav. 😦
    BTW – great job talking in church today. Such exciting news about the sheep that was found. 🙂


  • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

    I never thought of putting in taco meat. Good idea.
    Yes, I want to be more of a Mary than a Martha, a Peter, a Thomas, hey – I could go on.

    Have you ever read the book about being a Mary in a Martha World? I haven’t – yet.


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