8.06.2011

Gone in Wyoming... Guest Post: Ashley of Confessions of a Hopeless Romantic

Today I am hanging out with: aunts, uncles, cousins, cousin's babies, grandparents...the whole deal! And Katinka! Yep we brought her and did not leave her in the kennel! So another family day!

But today I am SUPER stoked to introduce Ashley Michelle from Confessions of a Hopeless Romantic (blog HERE).  I met Ashley in January of this year at BYU in an Intro. to Cooking class my last semester. She was 1 of 2 other girls (other than me) in our little kitchen unit so I got to know her well! We cooked for a few hours each week together and I was super jealous of her cooking skills! She was a natural and I was...very un-natural haha. So I thought her sharing a recipe with my food lacking blog would be PERFECT! Heads up, I literally laughed out loud when I read her post, she is hilarious...So here is Ashley Michelle!

Why hello there!
My name is Ashley and I am hecka excited to be guest posting today! I am new to the world of blogging, so I am sooo honored to be on Sloanbook.
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I met Ashley S. in a cooking class last semester at BYU and am so glad that I did! She is funny, stylish, and supa-dupa sweet…which you guys obviously already know, or you wouldn’t be such loyal followers :)

Today, Ash and I thought it would be fun to make something delicious together! You should all know that I am probably one of the most domestic 20 year-olds you will ever meet. I love to cook and entertain…and my friends love to eat! Now, I do not know about you guys, but I love me some Cafe Rio. The tortillas are sooo dang good and cause me to drool in anticipation of eating them….not a pretty sight….So, I went on the internet in search of a way to make the heavenly tortillas. I came across a recipe here for some that are a pretty decent match for Cafe Rio’s.

{WARNING: MAKING THESE TORTILLAS MAY RESULT IN YOU STUFFING YOUR FACE EXCESSIVELY}

So, if you could stand to gain a few more lbs……please continue. If not, you were warned :)

You will need:

3 cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup very hot water
a large bowl
a rolling pin
a pan

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Let’s do it! 
1. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together. Cut in the shortening with your fingers, or a fork until the flour is crumbly. (I use my fingers because it is easier…plus, cooking is supposed to be messy….. right?)
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2. Add the water and mix until the dough comes together. Place on a lightly floured surface and knead for a few minutes until smooth and elastic. Woohoo! You are doing great! 
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 (Please ignore my chipped nails...it's been a long week haha)

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3. Place the dough in a bowl and cover with a slightly damp dishtowel and let the dough sit for an hour.
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While you’re waiting….do what I do. Put on an episode of Gossip Girl and develop a girl crush on Blair Waldorf/Leighton Meester. Seriously, why can’t I be that stylish?

4. Ok! By now your dough should be ready…..so preheat a large pan on medium-high heat. You don’t need to worry about greasing it..the tortillas won’t stick…promise :)

5. Grab your rolling pin and cover it in flour. Make a dough ball in your hand and roll it out with your rolling pin into a thin, round tortilla. If you want it to be a perfect circle, you can take a round plate, flip it upside down on the dough, and cut out a circle.

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Got the tortilla ready to cook? Great!

6. Place your tortilla in the hot pan and cook until bubbly, golden-colored, and non-doughy….about 1 minute. (Make sure you don’t overcook it..we want them nice and soft…channel your inner Cafe Rio) Then, flip it over and cook it until it is golden brown on the other side.
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7. Place your cooked tortillas on a plate and cover them with a slightly damp cloth to keep them moist and yummy.

Do you know what is next?…..mmmmmmmmm

Fill the tortillas with chicken, beef, cheese, guac, and whatever else your little heart desires and dig in! :)
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I hope you enjoy your Mexican fiesta! If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. My contact info can be found on my blog on my “About me” page HERE. Also, puh-leaze stop by my blog (HERE) to read my confessions, hear about my awkward life, and enjoy mushiness at its best....temping huh?

Isn't she hilarious?! She is such a talented cook and I was and still am super jealous of her cooking skills! I so need to make these ASAP because I also love Cafe Rio! So please go check out her cute blog HERE and say hi! She is a newbie in the blogging world so leave her some lovin!!!

4 comments:

  1. So I LOVE homemade tortillas, but mine never turn out nice. I'll have to try this!

    As a BYU student, you've probably been to Cafe Rio at some point in your life? I took a trip to Utah recently, and had my first experience there. Their tortillas are to. die. for! Loved it!

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  2. Never tried homemade tortillas, though we LOVE uncooked tortillas. will have to try

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  3. love it :) love the hecka excited!

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  4. This is the last ingredient I need to master for an awesome Cafe Rio/Costa Vida salad! Yummmmm!

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