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Flour Tortillas – Recipe


Flour Tortillas

A good friend taught me how to make these when I was a teenager, he'd learned from his mother. Thanks, Jimmy!


  • 6 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup Vegetable shortening — cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups Warm water (about — you may need a little more or less)


  • Place the flour in the bowl of a mixer. Add baking powder and salt. Mix well. Add shortening. Mix on low while slowly adding water. Mix on low for 90 seconds or until well mixed.
  • Scrape the dough out of the bowl and onto a floured surface. knead for about 1 min – just enough to make sure it’s a ball of dough and not bits and pieces. Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Cover with plastic wrap, set aside at room temperature for 10-20 minutes. Divide each half into 8 equal portions. Lightly flour a work surface and rolling pin. Roll each ball into an 8-inch round. Stack rounds on baking sheet with plastic wrap between each tortilla. Let set for 10 minutes.
  • To cook, grill in a dry frying pan until lightly brown and slightly bubbly. (No butter or grease!) Let cool and use or freeze.
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    Day 9 – AYGC

    I finally did some shopping today! Spent $14.35, mostly on perishables like bread, milk, eggs and meat (steak again, into the freezer). And ice cream. Generic. And two 2-liter bottles of generic diet cola.  There were other items, but they were freebies with coupons.

    The french bread was free with a survey code. About every 4th or 5th trip to Farm Fresh I get a survey form. Call the 800#, take the survey over the phone and they give you a code for a free loaf of bread.

    The reason for the french bread was to go with our dinner of spaghetti and meatballs. We also had a nice tossed salad. All from stuff we had on hand. I even nabbed a tomato from the garden. They’re FINALLY starting to get ripe. Looks like I’ll get mostly zebra tomatoes.

    I also exchanged my expired Fuel Express tickets for a new one, since I needed gas. I’d been told by someone at the store that they would do that and decided to give it a try. Pleasantly surprised. However a good friend of mine tried it also and two different people told her it couldn’t be done. Go figure.

    Even better… there was a nice older man overseeing the gas station and he cleaned my windshield for me. Too cool.

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