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On Sunday, I decided to make tacos for dinner.  Except, we didn’t have any tortillas.  Fortunately, Jess of The Tale of Two Kitchens has a flour tortilla recipe, and I decided to try it.  After all, it’s not like tortillas are a common staple here in Amish country, and I figured that Jess, being New Mexican, would have a good tortilla recipe (and Alan was on his way to pick up the boys, so I couldn’t ask him).

Mine turned out a bit puffier than Jess’, so they look a bit like naan (in which case, I’ll add some garlic and herbs next time!), but my dad has declared them “excellent” and I tried them with some of my mom’s taco soup.  If that’s not a perfect combination, I don’t know what is.  The saltiness of the tortilla really brings out the flavors in the soup.  It’s like MSG in a little dough circle.

Taco Soup

  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 3/4 T. garlic powder*
  • 1/2 T. onion powder*
  • 3/4 T. cumin*
  • 1/4 T. paprika*
  • 1/2 T. oregano*
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 2 15 oz. cans whole kernel corn, undrained
  • 2 15 oz. cans ranch-style or chili beans, undrained
  • 2 14 1/2 oz. cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • crushed tortilla chips and shredded cheddar cheese

In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, brown beef on medium heat; drain.  Stir in seasonings and vegetables; cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

*These ingredients were not included in the original recipe, but I usually add them (though the measurements listed are approximate, as I don’t measure when I cook) to meat when I make tacos.


I rather like rainy days.  If it weren’t for the rain yesterday, the boys and I wouldn’t have had need to find something to entertain us in the afternoon.  I settled on a recipe for homemade marshmallows (we added homemade vanilla to ours), which we made to accompany some store-bought hot chocolate and a homemade mix for hot cocoa.

M – southwestern scallops with spanish rice and vegetables
T – portobello burgers with pear-walnut mayonnaise and oven-baked parmesan-seasoned fries
W – grilled pork chops with fettuccine alfredo
T – all-american loaded burgers with grilled vegetables
F- taco skillet