Our house is aflutter this week. Pete pinned on a new rank, finished with one job, and moved to a new unit. We’re both having trouble believing we’re “old enough” for his new position – it seems like only a few years ago his friends gave me the “welcome to the Air Force” with a sabre arch. We’ve looked at each other in amazement many times. We are so blessed.
In the Air Force, when one gets promoted they hold a pin-on ceremony and afterwards friends and family congregate to celebrate. Naturally, I wanted to honor Pete with a feast for everyone – Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas Bar, Fresh Guacamole and Salsa, Mixed Green Salad, Blue Chips and Margarita Cheesecake.
It was a great time to hang out with friends and to reflect on our many years as an Air Force Family. As a pilot, when it’s your last time to fly in a squadron, they have what’s called a “fini-flight”. Friends and family come out to the flight line and spray the pilot with water and champagne when he steps out of the plane. It’s great fun and the kids love drenching dad.
My cookbook features this chicken and black bean quesadilla recipe – Pete’s absolute favorite meal. When I leave town, I make sure to have plenty of the ingredients readily available since he’ll live off them for days (maybe weeks). They’re great for parties because you can assemble them the day before, then throw them on the skillet or grill right before. I’ve also been known to eat some for breakfast. They’re pretty much the perfect meal.
Quesadilla photograph from Deliciously Organic © Helene Dujardin – Posted with permission.