Friday, May 6, 2016

Secret Subject Swap: I Take a Village

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This month 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. Read through mine and at the bottom you’ll find links to all of today’s other Secret Subject participants.

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My subject is: Your favorite TV or movie character comes in for an interview as your personal assistant. What do you do? What do you ask? Do you hire him/her?

It was submitted by: Dinosaur Superhero Mommy.

My favorite TV character. Hmmm. I'm not sure I have one favorite, but I do have quite a few characters I enjoy watching on a regular basis. Maybe I should interview them all. One question should do.

Lets start with the interviews for my reactive staff:

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes on Sherlock and Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes on Elementary. Sorry boys, I can't play favorites so you're going to need to work together:
Question: Can you coordinate your detecting expertise to definitively identify who it is that eats all the cookies in the middle of the night?

David Giuntoli as Nick on Grimm:
Question: Can you protect me when grown boys woge into scary monsters? 

Lt. Joe Kenda of Homicide Hunters: 
Question: My youth has been stolen. There are two boys who are the top suspects but they think they have unbreakable alibis. Can I trust you to solve this case and arrest the perpetrators?

And now for my proactive staff:

Peter Krause as Ben on The Catch:
Question: I've got kids in college. I'm desperate. I may need to "borrow" money from some illegal unconventional places. Can you teach me the art of the con? 

Viola Davis as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away With Murder:
Question: Just in case, of course, no plans at this time, but can you tell me: how do you get away with murder?

All these interviews are just exhausting. 
I need a refuel team:

Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa:
Question: What you got for me?

Steak Fajita Quesadillas: All the flavors of a fajita in a pan fried crunchy quesadilla | Recipe developed by | #recipe #lunch #dinner

Steak Fajita Quesadillas
Steak Fajita Quesadillas: All the flavors of a fajita in a pan fried crunchy quesadilla | Recipe developed by | #recipe #lunch #dinner

Steak Fajita Quesadillas: All the flavors of a fajita in a pan fried crunchy quesadilla | Recipe developed by | #recipe #lunch #dinner

My defense team:

Gabriel Macht as Harvey on Suits:
Question: You'll be on my staff so you'll defend me when I put my newfound con skills to the test, right?

Tea Lione as Elizabeth McCord on Madame Secretary:
Question: Just in case I don't do so well in court, would you put a good word in with POTUS should I need a pardon? Let me know because if I can't count on you, I'm interviewing Kerry Washington (as Olivia Pope on Scandal) next for this job.

And just for fun: 

Any of the men of Nashville. All of the men of Nashville:
Question: Can you guys all just stick around? I don't love country music but I'm a big fan of eye candy. 

Drew and Jonathan Scott of The Property Brothers:
Question: I want kitchen and bathroom remodels. How soon can you get started?

What? That's not too many. I need a lot of personal assistance. I don't know if "it" takes a village, but apparently I take a village . . .

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Steak Fajita Quesadillas

Printable Recipe

1/2 green pepper, sliced thin
1/4# mushrooms, sliced thin
1/4 onion, sliced thin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1# very thinly sliced steak
2 TBSP taco seasoning
8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
8 slices sharp cheddar
8 slices pepper jack
1 recipe Pico de Gallo

OPT for toppings: guacamole, sour cream, sliced green onion, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, pico de gallo and/or salsa

*Spray small skillet with no stick spray. Turn the stove on to medium and add the green pepper, mushrooms, onion and garlic powder. Cook until the vegetables are soft, then remove to a plate.
*Take the skillet off of the heat and spray again. Place it back on the stove and add the steak. Sprinkle with the taco seasoning and cook until the meat is done. remove from the heat, drain and mix the vegetables back into the skillet. Set aside.
*Turn the oven on to the lowest setting. Line a rack with heavy foil.
*Spray a large skillet with no stick spray. Place on the stove and turn the heat on to medium.
*Place a flour tortilla into the skillet. Break up a slice of sharp cheddar so it covers one side of the tortilla. Do the same with the pepper jack on the other side. On one side, spread about 2 TBSP of Pico de Gallo, then top with about 1/4 cup of meat and vegetable mix.
*Cook until the cheese melts. With a spatula, check the bottom as it cooks to be sure that it doesn't get too brown. Turn heat down a bit if it is.
*Once the cheese melts, fold the side with only cheese on it over onto the side with beef on it. Press down with your spatula. Once the bottom is browned, carefully flip over, press again and continue to cook until the bottom is browned. Remove to oven and repeat with the rest of the tortillas. 
*To serve, cut in half or thirds and serve with your favorite toppings.


  1. Oh my quesadilla and carnivore family would love this recipe. Me? I will confess to loving anything involving the rock but more specifically I would ask him: can you please "hit the Quan" for me? :-)

    1. I hope you decide to try this recipe for them. If you do, let me know what they think.

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did! I would have a hard time choosing just one too. I think I would have to combine the team from Brooklyn Nine Nine with the team from Murdoch Mysteries....hilarity will ensue!

  3. My goodness -- what a lot of effort to put your team together. You got me at Harvey from Suits. I want a job there.

  4. Steak quesadilla? Yes please. Now...there are a few too many assistants here but the eye candy? Oh yeah, we all need a little of that around :)

    1. Without a doubt. What would life be without eye candy?

  5. Excellent choices. Hmmm . . . may I join your team as well? :)

  6. I'm fully supportive of interviewing Ben (The Catch) and the Property Bros!!!!! Love your answer!!!!!! I may like to know a couple of the answers.... Ben and Annalise... You know, for educational purposes. I'm not sure you know this, but quesadillas are one of my absolute favorite foods. These look AMAZING. LOVE this entire post!! You never cease to amaze me!! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!

    1. Yes, if you're a Quesadilla fan you must try this one!

  7. Amen to the Nashville men. Must be something in the water there.....

  8. I would have been helpless with that topic, given how little TV I watch except for Shark Tank and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. But your recipe sounded yum, and I pinned it. Another winner - I love almost all of your recipes! Alana

    1. So glad you like the recipes. Hope you let me know when you try them.

  9. Those fajitas are calling my name! Too bad I don't eat meat anymore! I'll take the cheesy version!

    1. I think we're going to have to work out a fish version.

  10. Looks like you've covered all bases.

  11. I don't know many of the people you would like to hire, but that's OK - it means the ones that I want are still available ;-)
    Speaking of wanting... those quesadillas look awfully yummy! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    1. Well, I guess without US tv you'd probably not understand much of this post. Good thing you like the recipe!

  12. I love Nashville! I have to admit I cried last week. The stuff with the daughter is killing me lol. Love your ideas and who says we don't need an entourage?

    1. Yeah, the current story arc is killing me too. But I'm still loving the eye candy.

  13. Phew, Karen! That's a pretty darn good looking village you got there!


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