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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

National Tortilla Question Mark Day

Error, error! It seems last Cabbage Day, I may have made a teeny tiny mistake. It didn’t have anything to do with the Cabbage Day info I shared. It had to do with my closing “statement.” ”I’ll be back next Wednesday to celebrate National Tortilla Day.” Well, I was almost right. You see, today is National Tortilla Chip Day and not so much National Tortilla Day, that’s according to google search returns anyway:) Does it matter? Not to me, at least I got it correct on the calendar, lol…It may have mattered if I didn’t have my heart set on sharing this yummy sounding tortilla dessert with you today!

I don’t know about you “guys” but when I think of tortillas, I think of savory fillings or things like burritos, tacos, even chimichangas (which by the way I LOVE:) Lemon Cheese Quesadillas with Mango Sauce is not usually the first thing I think of when it comes to celebrating the tortilla.

Lemon Cheese Quesadillas

As some of you might know, (Gloria:) I’m not fond of mangoes but, I might be willing to try them with minced jalapeño.

Lemon Cheese Quesadillas

I know for sure I wouldn’t have any problem with this recipe from The Well Filled Tortilla. Ice Cream, Caramel, Coffee all wrapped up in a Crunchy Tostado Cup, I’m all in even if it is the middle of February and pretty darn chilly out there!!!

Tostada Sundae with Coffee Caramel Sauce | The Well Filled Tortilla

I suppose it just wouldn’t be right to mosey along with the day and not at least pay homage to the celebration at hand, National Tortilla Chip Day. Let’s crisp up the everyday tortilla. I found this recipe for Crispy Tostados and Panchos in Peg Hein’s New Tastes of Texas ©1996.

New Tastes of Texas

To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure how long this cookbook has been inconspicuously sitting on my shelf. I sure wish I would have remembered it sooner. It may be a bit outdated considering it was originally published in 1994 however, the premise of the book is “Lighter, Leaner Recipes Flavored with Tales from the Lone Star State.” The author wrote the book because her husband’s heart problems made it necessary to lower the amount of fat in his diet. Her goal was to make sure her hubby could still eat that Texas food he loved while making it acceptable to his growling belly. To my mind this book accomplishes those goals. Now, as regular visitors will note, I don’t usually recommend books so I won’t now. But, if you happen to spy this book at a yard sale or thrift store, you might want to give it a look whether you are watching your diet or not.

Crispy Tostados | New Tastes of Texas ©1994

I guess the purpose of the day is to enjoy the tortilla. Go forth and dip…I’ll be back next Tuesday to post the Calendar for March, join Pam for Garden Tuesday and a mystery of sorts:) Don’t forget tomorrow is National Chili Day, followed by World Pistachio Day AND, my very best favorite, National Kahlúa Day on Saturday. Cheers, Louise:)




38 comments:

  1. I'm not sure about those dessert recipes, Louise -- each one would be good with a tortilla but could also be good with vanilla wafers or lady fingers or other crunchy base. On the other hand, maybe you could substitute toasted tortillas for the vanilla wafers etc. in OTHER desserts. Opens a range of possibilities! I just got back from Florida (waiting for a snowstorm now), so my next dessert experiment if I have the nerve will be key lime pie. I bet I could use tortillas instead of graham cracker crust, but it's not going to happen.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. That's just what I was attempting Mae, highlighting those possibilities:) I hope you go for that Key Lime Pie, and share:)

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  2. Never think of using tortillas in sweet dishes! But I'm a lemon freak, so you know this appeals to me. Plus I do happen to like mangoes! And anything with a bit of heat gets my attention. Fun stuff. Now I need to go get some tortilla chips so I can celebrate the day properly!

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    1. As you know, John, I'm a lemon "freak" too! I hope you enjoyed Tortilla Day. I sure did!!!

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  3. I too think of savory when I think of tortillas however, I do love sweets made with them, too. I have a feeling my kids would love the lemon cheese quesadillas with mango sauce. YUM!

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    1. I have a feeling the kids would enjoy the quesadillas too, Pam. Keep us posted:)

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  4. Hellooooooo Louise , love Quesadillas , think I will make some to surprise the kids , diced jalapeno would be good in the salad .
    Love your post as usual always learn something new , I will be here Tuesday to see March calendar , hope your weather will get better soon and we can take a stroll in your garden in the spring . Hugs to you and Marion ... thanks for sharing . :) Nee

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    1. I hope the kiddies were pleasantly surprised Nee:) Actually, our weather has been pretty good and Spring is right around the corner!

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  5. PS : Louise your icon looks so cute in the right hand corner of the recipes , like it Nee

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  6. No matter whether it's national tortilla or tortilla chip day, I'd be happy to celebrate with a tostada sundae :)

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  7. I've never tried a sweet-filled tortilla. That could be pretty tasty!

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  8. Oh this is utter torture! I know we're here to celebrate all things tortilla chip but my mind automatically associates this with Mexican food and thus leads to sheer torture because I am all the way over on the other side of the world, so far removed from the States where there is SUCH AN ABUNDANCE of gloriously delicious Mexican food! I can't even right now! I've been craving Mexican since I got back and there is nothing my way remotely as good as the food over there. I have to wait for another trip back to the USA. :o(

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. No one should live in such torture, Sonia, lol...Why don't you cook yourself up some Mexican food to hold you over until your next trip here!!!

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  9. Crispy tortillas? Wow, that must be delicious! To be honest, I've never tried a crispy version. One more recipe to keep ^_^

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  10. Dear Louise, National Tortilla Chip Day goes perfectly with today, 25th, which is National Chili Day! I would enjoy the mango with jalapeno very much. I really like the sweet with the spicy.
    Please give my very best to Marion and be well. xoxo Catherine

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    1. Hi Catherine,
      Just gives us double days to celebrate all things tortilla and Chili, lol...I'd be willing to try the mango jalepeno at least once:)
      Thanks for dropping by Catherine...

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  11. i've never used tortillas in a sweet application--they have such a distinct flavor, i'm afraid it would take away from the good stuff (and by that, i mean THE SUGAR!). i might give it a try though!

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    1. I considered that "distinct flavor" Grace but thought it was worth the try. We'll see:)

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  12. Re: the "lighter" cookbook from 1994: Don't you think that reducing fat from recipes is largely a commonsense factor? Often, I'll just replace a whole egg with 2 egg whites in a recipe. Bam! Lowfat done! (Emblematic of either great attitude toward life, or bad attitude toward direction, or both.) I think your lemon cheese quesadilla recipe sounds terrific! And tortilla, tortilla chips, sorta the same, right? Great post, Louise.

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    1. I do think common sense is a factor in most recipes Marjie especially when it comes to reducing fat. I replace whole eggs with egg whites too. It works best I think for one or two eggs but after that I think it doesn't work as well sometimes.

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  13. Hi Louise I love tortillas! This type of cuisine is so interesting and sometimes I go out to a local Mexican restaurant around here to have tortillas. I have never had the sweet version though they must be fab! Hope all is well with you and Marion.
    Ciao!

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    1. I bet you wouldn't have any problems making your own tortilla, Alida. You're a whiz in the kitchen and they are pretty easy to make. Marion is doing very well, thank you. She has a birthday coming in March:)

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  14. Hi, Louise!
    Hurrah!! Tortillas!! More Mexican treats!
    There seems to be a theme here. (Great minds think alike?)
    Enjoy with a Margarita
    http://imturning60help.blogspot.ca/2016/02/a-winnipeg-staycation-by-margaret.html

    We’ve been having a few sprinkles of snow. Hope we won’t get more in March.
    Party hearty with Marion xoxo Marg

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    1. Never anything wrong with a Mexican theme Margaret not in my kitchen, lol..!

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  15. This is a great idea, never tried anything similar so will have to remember this!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Caroline. Delighted to enjoyed your visit. Pop by anytime:)

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  16. Hi Louise!
    I love tortillas and tortilla chips, so either will do for me! Fun idea to use a sweet filling....must try that.

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    1. I think it might be fun to try a sweet filling at least once Barbara, hey what the heck!!!

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  17. Hi Louise, I'm a big fan, love them both. My friend makes something like this but uses nutella, never tried it though. Now chili and tortilla chips go together so perfectly........

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  18. Ah, whatever. Tortilla, tomato. Or something like that. As you know, I can't even keep track that it is cabbage day right when I am making cabbage roll soup! I did link you in--seemed like kismet!

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  19. Haha, I don't mind what day it is, this looks delicious! Even though I just had breakfast, I would love to have this right now!

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  20. Hi Louise, I'm so sorry to come to your blog so late...I do thank you for your kind and comforting words re: my sister's passing, and your input so wisely expressed! Your blog has to be one of my very favorites...it's like reading a great and interesting novel; better yet, a cookbook that I could just sit, and devour all the amazing recipes, history and educational information! When I clicked on to your blog...which is on my blog list, and it led me to your list that you follow...sadly, you stopped following me...(1 of 100 that stopped)...sigh! I love all the Tortilla recipes you posted, especially Tortilla chips made with tortillas, just not sure about the dessert one; I prefer the savory ones! Take care my dear friend...Hugs, Elisabeth

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  21. Yummy. Crispy Tostados look amazing. I can go for some right now. Thanks for sharing the great recipe.

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  22. I never really thought of using tortillas as a dessert, but I like the recipes for the dessert ones. Yummy!

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  23. Hats of to your idea of using tortillas in dessert recipe.... Since this is over family bread recipe and we used to it everyday... We sometimes feels bored with tortillas.. I am gonna try this for suree

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