I was so blessed to grow up surrounded by wonderful women who were passionate about food. Their kitchens were always well stocked and they would spend whatever spare time they had preparing wonderful meals for their families.
When I was a young girl, my family would routinely make the six hour drive from Houston, Texas to Laredo, Texas to visit my grandparents; my Ula and Papa Grande.
My grandmother was a big influence on my love for home cooking. She routinely prepared three hot meals a day and always set a perfect table including table linens and her light blue Fiestware dinner plates. At the time, I was too young to understand or appreciate the effort and work involved in providing those meals. Fifty years later, I have a very different perspective and appreciation for all the meals she, along with my own Mom, so lovingly prepared for her family. One of her kitchen staples, and that of many Hispanic families, was tortillas de harina.
Now days, tortillas are served everywhere. Packaged tortillas are found in any supermarket or corner store. While you can find a decent packaged tortilla, I find most packaged tortillas are spongy, chewy, rubbery and have little flavor. It is quite easy to make fresh tortillas at home and with a little practice you’ll be quickly rolling out fresh tortillas in no time.