The only meat my daughter, Shantel, will eat is chicken or turkey so we eat a lot of chicken and turkey dishes at our house. Last weekend my husband, Bill, made smoked chicken outside in his smoker, and it was delicious. We all loved it. I always ask him to make extra so I can use it for other meals like smoked chicken pasta salad, smoked chicken burros etc.

This week, my daughter, Shantel,  had been asking me to make chicken tacos for dinner, so last night I did. She LOVES, LOVES, LOVES, homemade chicken tacos…she LOVES them so much, she always asks me to make extra so she can have it for lunches… So, I agreed, and I did a quick scan of the refrigerator to make sure I had everything I needed and found that I was out of lettuce…can’t have tacos without lettuce…at least not at our house…so, I ran out to the store to buy some lettuce. If I’m going to make Shantel her chicken tacos, I want them to be perfect… 🙂

When I got home I cooked the chicken breasts, pulled the meat off the bone, shredded the meat for the tacos, and I mixed it with her favorite, hot and spicy, taco mix. I chopped all the taco toppings, shredded the cheese, and fried the corn tortillas to make the taco shells…However, because I am very frugal, and don’t like to waste anything…, as I was making the chicken meat for the tacos, I remembered I had a little bit of smoked chicken in the refrigerator to use up that was left over from the wonderful smoked chicken dinner we all so enjoyed.. and, being the quick thinker that I am… I thought to myself…self, since we all love the smoked chicken dinners so much…surly we will all love some of the smoked chicken in our chicken tacos too, right. WRONG..!

Immediately upon taking a bite of the chicken taco, I worked so hard to make, Shantel said “what is wrong with this chicken meat?” I said there is nothing wrong with the chicken meat, I just put a little bit of the smoked chicken in with the other chicken meat I cooked for the tacos… I said “I think it is really good and puts a little different spin on the regular old tacos we normally have. Shantel said ” I don’t want to be mean…but I don’t like this at all”. I said “well, I don’t understand why if you like smoked chicken and you like tacos…why wouldn’t you like smoked chicken tacos..?” I said “to me, chicken tacos are chicken tacos… ” Then, my husband, Bill, said “it’s not the same because of the expectation“. He went on to explain to me that if you have certain idea of what you think a chicken taco should be, and someone gives you something that doesn’t match that expectation then you’re not going to like it, and Shantel agreed with Bill. I said “that’s the craziest thing I ever heard.” I said “the smoked chicken didn’t make them any less chicken tacos, if anything, it just made it a bit of a surprise…and a lot of people like nice little surprises… I said I could understand it better if I said I made chicken tacos but gave you meatloaf instead, then you would be correct in your thinking that your expectations had not been met.”

So, the whole dinner conversation ended up with Bill saying he thought the smoked chicken tacos were “OK” and said he would take some for his lunch. Shantel on the other hand,  said she didn’t want any more and in fact only ate one of the two I served her.

Here is what I have to say in conclusion…First, of all I am thankful that my family always tells honestly if they like or don’t like what I cook. I set that up right from the beginning by letting them know if they tell me they like something…I’m going to make it for them again…so if they really don’t like something they need to let me know so I never make it for them again…and Second, I will share some really good advice one of my very dear friends shared with me a long time ago…He said, “expect nothing and you will never be disappointed”. I think I need to make that into a sign in both braille and print and hang it in my kitchen…I would love to hear what you think?

Stay Tuned!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. katsbynp
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 03:50:44

    I agree with Bill it is about expectation.. for the chicken tacos there is that first bite taste you wanted but when eaten it is different. Different isn’t always bad as I think that if you stay “safe” i.e. keep the recipe the same you may never get to experience that aha taste or moment. Sorry I am thinking much too deeply tonight. Thanks for sharing


  2. gotham girl
    Jul 21, 2013 @ 13:22:24

    expect nothing and you will never be disappointed – LOVE that quote! Fun read! xoxo MORE!


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