Thursday, August 27, 2009

Save the Tortillas ~ Woman Owned Business needs our help!

Calling all woman, there is a business owner that needs our help in Florida.  Her name is Tammy Young.  She started the company La Bonita Ole with $13,000 of her own money 17 years ago. She makes up less than 1% of the woman-owned businesses in the U.S. However, she is in jeapordy of losing her company to the bank even though she has done everything by the book.

Tammy has striven over the years to make the best tortillas outside of Mexico. In 2008, her company was forced into Chapter 11 bankruptcy to satisfy lenders in the current credit climate. The move allowed La Bonita Ole to reorganize, continue paying its bills, meeting the payroll, and producing tortillas for you to enjoy. In fact, they are among a small percentage of viable companies in bankruptcy that are successful. However, the situation has become critical. SunTrust Bank may move to sell the company. We are a solid and profitable business in a growing industry. Under the present management. La Bonita Ole should continue making the best tortillas you have ever tasted.

So, how can you help Tammy out?  Well, just sign this petition & support her company by buying her tortillas.  

La Bonita Ole was kind enough to send me a sampling of their tortillas to try out and consider writing about her cause.  I was sent a few different varieties.  We already ate through them all, so I'm not 100% sure of the exact names.  I was sent a basic tortilla, wheat, tomato & corn. 

Let me tell you, they are SO good.  I think these were our biggest taste test, I tried them, both my girls, my dad & even my brother tried them.  My tween and dad liked the tomato flavor the best.  I liked the regular the best, but they were all quite good.

My kids, dad & brother ate a chicken wrap.  They used breaded frozen chicken strips cut up, lettuce, tomato, cheese & dressing.  My tween loved it so much, she ate them for several days in a row in both the tomato flavor and the wheat.  My dad also ate several, and I believe my youngest daughter ate a few as well.  They also used the wheat for tacos/burritos.  I was impressed because my kids barely ever eat tacos, but they were begging for more that night & we actually ran out of food (normally have left overs).

The great thing about tortillas is there are so many things you can do with them.  They aren't just for tacos and burritos.  You can do chicken wraps like we did or other meats.  They are also great for kids school lunches!

Here are some recipes from the website ~

Curry and Chutney Chicken Wraps

3 split (1 1/2 whole) chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
Olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups of low-fat mayonnaise
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup chutney (recommended: Major Gray’s or Spicy Major Gray’s)
3.5 tablespoons indian curry powder
1 cup medium-diced celery (2 stalks)
1 red onion julienned or chopped finely
1/4 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts (2 scallions)
1/4 cup raisins
1 cup whole roasted, salted cashews, chopped
1 bunch fresh cilantro chopped finely
6 Tamxicos Whole Wheat tortillas
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the chicken breasts on a sheet pan and rub the skin with olive oil. Scatter julienned red onions on and around the chicken. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is just cooked. Set aside until slightly cooled. Remove the meat from the bones, discard the skin, and shred the chicken in pieces.
For the dressing, combine the mayonnaise, wine, chutney, curry powder, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a food processor. Process until smooth.
Combine the chicken with dressing enough to moisten. Add the celery, scallions, and raisins, and mix well. Refrigerate for two hours to allow the flavors to blend. Add the cashews and the chopped cilantro to the chicken.
Fill the center of each tortilla with the chicken mixture. Fold the 2 sides of the tortilla over the filling so that the sides overlap. Roll the tortilla from bottom to top, and cut in half diagonally

Basil-Tomato Tortilla Pizza

* 1 Tamxicos flour tortilla (any flavor works here)
* Preheat oven to 400 degrees
* Brush 1tsp olive oil evenly on top of the tortilla
* Spread 1/4 cup of fresh grated mozzarella cheese evenly onto tortilla
* Sprinkle 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese (reggiano preferably)
* Place circular slices of fresh tomato onto pizza
* Place on sheet pan and bake until golden brown on top for 8 minutes
* Allow to cool for 1 minute, tear two large fresh basil leaves on top of tomatoes, cut into triangles and serve
Feel free to use your imagination for toppings. These make amazing appetizers!

Be sure to take a moment to sign the petition.  You can also follow Save the Tortilla on twitter and facebook.

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