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Just Being Jana

June 3rd, 2013 Comments off
Jana20-150x150I was showing a home to a couple yesterday on her lunch hour. The owner was pointing out how he was going to finish this and that and they were discussing colors, appliances they preferred, etc. We were in the basement about to head out the door to see where a good spot for a fence would be. The potential buyer went to step out the back door and the home owner grabbed her arm and pulled her back in. She was about to step on a black snake and he said he was afraid it would scare her. I would say “scared” would be an understatement but alas she didn’t step on it so we stood there and watched it slither off. While she was standing there I whispered… “He saved your life, you gotta buy the house now.” Well….They are buying the house!! On a side note…I have a new marketing idea. I haven’t worked out all the details but I may have an opening for a snake handler. Please apply below…

Jana Caldwell can be found on FB; Sales Associate with Carter City and County Realty;  and janascaldwell@yahoo.com

 

Homemade Tortillas

June 3rd, 2013 Comments off
  • Ingredients:
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus a little extra for rolling the tortillashomemade-tortillas-vert
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup very warm tap water

Measure out your flour into a medium bowl. Make sure to fluff up the flour before putting it in the cup measure to ensure that it is not packed down in the cup. Stir in the salt.

Place the shortening into the bowl and use your hands to squeeze and work all of it into the flour. There should be no large pieces of shortening visible when you are done.

Pour 3/4 Cup of very warm water  and work it into the flour with a fork until it starts to form a dough.

Turn the dough out onto a counter  and knead until it has started to smooth out. This will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Roll or squeeze the dough into a log and cut into 12 equal pieces.

Place in a zip-closed bag and leave it for at least 20 minutes and up to 2 hours. This lets the dough rest and makes it easier to roll out. You can use this time to prep all the yummy fillings for the tortillas.

Roll out the tortillas into 7-inch circles. Start by flattening the dough with your hand, and then flip and turn the tortillas as you roll it to make an even circle.

Preheat a frying pan to medium high. The tortilla should sizzle when it touches the pan. Use a timer (like the one on your phone) to time 30 seconds for each side of the tortilla. The tortilla should bubble up a bit during the first 30 seconds. Flip it and use the spatula to gently press it down during the next 30 seconds to help it cook.

As you cook the tortillas, keep the finished ones stacked in an aluminum foil package. This keeps them warm and creates steam which makes them soft.

 Once you’ve cooked them all, load them up with your favorite toppings.
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