My 3 Monsters: Oh, How I Love a Good Meal!

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11.15.2009

Oh, How I Love a Good Meal!

I attended a Relief Society mini-class at church this week taught by one of the best cooks I know, Kris Ortega.  (Her daughter, Alina, does my hair.  The talent in that gene pool is ridiculous.)  She makes fabulously delicious Mexican food and it is all I have been able to think about since Thursday night.  There were no written recipes -- OK, one for Sopapillas which I'll share when and if I get up the energy to try them myself -- just a demonstration and sampling.  She has been cooking these dishes for years and shared with us ways to cut time without sacrificing the flavor.  Those are the best "recipes" anyway, the ones you just know and perfect over time.  The secret seems to be in the deep frying.  Go figure.  I didn't know until pretty recently that you can't just use corn tortillas straight out of the package.  They need to be flash-fried or else they crack and break into a giant mess.  Who knew?!  It doesn't say anything about that on the package and I've been making crumbly, yucky enchiladas for years as a result!  Help a gringo out, why don'tcha.

Anyway . . . I made tostadas after church today and we, as a family, inhaled them.  It was to-die-for-delicious.  I'm going to have to make Kris's flautas soon because, even after this calorie fest today, I just can't stop thinking about them.  IF they are really as easy as she made them look, AND I am capable of reproducing their deliciosity here in my home, I'll share the recipe.  Look forward to it!

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