Chicken tortillas are made for 'Survivor' night

February 11, 2004|EMILY TOADVINE

On "Survivor" nights, Jane and Andy Rice hold their own tribal council. They invite another couple over for dinner at their Danville home and confer on who deserves to win the challenging game.

"It's just a silly diversion. It's something we can do in the winter," says Jane.

They're pretty dedicated to the show.

"We don't plan anything else for Thursday night. People know not to call us."

With the latest show featuring "All-Stars" from previous series, they're familiar with the cast of characters and can root for their favorites.

Jane adds to the intrigue by printing biographies of the cast and letting everyone draw from a treasure chest. Small wagers are made. She places the treasure chest next to a Tiki idol that one of her sons brought from his honeymoon in Hawaii.


"I decorated the statue with some feathers so he's like the immunity idol and I put these tea lights around it.

Jane did not draw the names of her favorite contestants. She rates Rob Cesternino of the Amazon challenge as her top choice for the current show.

"He was just so innocently evil," she says. "He would tell these horrendous lies, but he would warn us that he was going to do it. He would just giggle like a child."

Rupert Boneham from "Survivor: Pearl Islands" is her second favorite. He is described as having the manner of a cuddly bear.

Another "Survivor" junkie favors Ethan, the curly-haired winner of "Surivor: Africa." And it's pretty much unanimous that everyone in the group dislikes the other Rob, Rob Mariano, who is known for his thick, nasal "Bah-sten" accent. Then there's Richard Hatch, winner of "Survivor: Pulau Tiga," who gets naked at the drop of a hat during every show. Views are mixed on Hatch at this point.

Everyone is glad that no one has turned out to be another Osten from "Survivor: Pearl Islands." Osten Taylor was the only contestant to ever quit the game.

Andy favors Jenna, whose trademark is the pink bikini, but none of the women have impressed Jane.

"They're too whiny or use their feminine ways to achieve their goals. That's not fair."

As a die-hard fan, Jane has investigated going on the show. She went online and read about the process.

"I don't think I could get through the application," she says, noting that she would need a complete physical, a mental evaluation and a lot of time off from work.

Since she and her husband run Ace Printing on Main Street, she might get the time off.

"I could call in sick for a long time," she says.

As someone who takes vacations by motorcycle with her husband, she has proven that she has the spirit for the show.

"Last year we rode through a tornado. We went through extreme heat - 105 degrees - one day."

Jane thinks she would excel mentally if she did make the cut.

"I would just worry the rest of them to death and they would leave willingly," she says.

This strategy works for many of the survivors, she says.

"The final two or three, they're just so obnoxious that the others want to go away."

Her loyalty to the show stems from what she witnesses in real life.

"You meet people in every day life that are so similar to these people. In real life you can't talk mean and say bad things about them, but on the show you can."

Although a meal is part of the weekly "Survivor" viewing, Jane says hasn't gotten a lot of inspiration from the show. The all-stars received only a canteen of water. They also don't have any way to make fire to boil any other water, which hasn't stopped a couple of hardy - or foolhardy - souls from drinking up anyway. So far, no casualties.

"They're very thirsty right now."

When they watched the group in Thailand, the group gathering at the Rices ate its share of shrimp and crab cakes. The show set in the Pearl Island had the survivors subsisting on some pretty gross fare.

"There are just flies everywhere. They were supplied with rice as a staple, but it was molded or buggy."

For the all-star show's premiere, Jane prepared chicken tortillas. The recipe came from her stepdaughter.

Unless it's a festive get-together, Jane says she is well known for hating to cook.

"After my boys grew up and moved away, I hung up my skillet," she says, noting that sons Billy and Todd Hargis live in Lexington.

Every night but Thursday, her husband can predict the menu.

"I usually give Andy grilled cheese and soup for dinner, but on Thursday ..."

Chicken Tortillas

1 tablespoon garlic

1/2 cup onion

4 boneless chicken breasts

1 can green chilis

1 tablespoon ground coriander

1 can chicken broth

1 package tortillas

8 ounces sour cream

2 tablespoons flour

Monterey Jack cheese to taste. Another type, such as Mexican mix, may be used.

Finely chop onion. Boil chicken and cut into bite-sized pieces. Drain green chilis.

Mix flour into sour cream. Put tortillas in oven on 350 degrees.

In saucepan, on medium heat, put 2 tablespoons butter, the onion, garlic and coriander. Saut until onion is translucent. Add sour cream and mix thoroughly.

Heat a couple of minutes. Stir constantly. Add chicken broth and green chilis. Heat and stir until thickened. Add handful of cheese and stir. Add 1 ladle of sauce to chicken and mix it up.

Pull tortillas out of oven and grease a pan. Add about 2 tablespoons of chicken to each tortilla, then wrap and set in pan. When pan is full, pour sauce on top.

Put in oven for 35 to 45 minutes. Top with remaining cheese and put back in oven for 5 minutes until melted and brown.

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