Tagged: ‘tortillas’

The Baker: Hominy Tortillas

Any serious cook or baker eventually tackles making homemade tortillas. I was lucky as one of the staff in my bakery was from Mexico and was happy to show me how to make them. But even she had problems when the dough wasn’t just right.

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Crackers, Toasts, and Chips–The Ultimate Collection

Once you start making your own crackers, chips, and crostini crackers for snacks, you won’t stop. You will be able to serve a tasty treat for the most discriminating of guests. They are easy to make and perfect for dipping in fondue, salsas, hummus, vegetable dips, and eggplant spreads.

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Flatbread Revolution

Blame it on the pita. Or maybe it was the tortillas. Certainly focaccia had something to do with it. Flat breads have become the new darlings of the bread world. Breads once considered exclusively ethnic or regional foods and eaten on holiday, have crossed all borders and become international. Flat breads can be leavened with yeast or baking powder, or unleavened, akin to the oldest breads made, patted out and cooked on hot rocks in the sun. They can be chewy and crisp, soft and melt in your mouth, plain or embellished.

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M’s Turkey Taco Salad

Taco salads are a variation on tostadas, but with the base tortilla shaped into a bowl, and began to sprout on Mexican restaurant menus in the 1960s. Its all the ingredients you would eat in a hand held taco, but with lots more lettuce on a plate, so dieters like the taco salad. Taco salads are so everyday, but with fresh ground turkey meat and all delicious add ons, it is a fantastic all-weather meal.

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Cooking for A Crowd: Zucchini and Olive Enchiladas

People adore enchiladas on the buffet. There are many variations, maybe one for every cook who makes them, but here is one of the most delightfully unique–the filling is shredded zucchini and mellow California olives. My mother has been making this to satisfying vegetarians as long as I can remember and it is an often requested dish.

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Chipotle and Orange Pork Ribs

There is something elusive and downright deliciously satisfying about the combination of chiles and pork; they are a natural flavor match. This is a recipe from prolific food writer Leslie Mansfield, of the Napa Valley in California, adapted for the slow cooker. She serves these earthy ribs with cold brut Champagne. We add fresh corn tortillas and a black bean chili.

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