With all the recent DALLAS promos everywhere, I feel like I’m a kid again. Every Friday evening, without fail, I knew that at 9 p.m. my parents would be tuning in to see what was the latest happenings over at Southfork. I would quietly sneak out of my room and position myself behind the couch where I could peek around and watch the antics of J.R., Sue Ellen, Bobby and the rest of the Ewing clan. Sue Ellen could rock a stiletto even when tipsy, the drama was scandalous and, c’mon – who can forget who shot J.R. Now that I am much older, I found out that I was not as stealthy as I thought when I was younger, my hiding place was not so secret, but, thankfully, the memories of those iconic episodes remain.
TNT is bring DALLAS back to Southfork this Wednesday night with J.R., Sue Ellen, Bobby, Lucy, Ray and the whole Ewing lot with new storylines, lots of drama and, hopefully, some seriously killer stilettos. I am not always a fan of a rebooted show. I have seen some of my favorite shows rebooted that do a serious injustice to the original (*cough cough* Melrose Place *cough cough*), or take the original to new heights (Hawaii 5-0 anyone?). However, I was thrilled to hear that TNT isn’t rehashing the old storylines from this iconic series – it’s a continuation 20 years later complete with Bobby running Southfork, J.R. in a nursing home (who knew) and Sue Ellen being a survivor and not a victim. I just want to know – where is Cliff Barnes in all this – you can’t have J.R. up to his dastardly self and not have Cliff around to keep him in check.
In honor of DALLAS, I decided to whip up some Tex-Mex recipes from some of my favorite cookbooks with, of course, a bit of stiletto spin. I mean, after all, these are dishes that, while comforting, would have to be “Miss Ellie” worthy – able to grace the Southfork dining room table and be classy enough to come from Miss Ellie’s kitchen.