First of all, tortillas are from Aztecs – who knew.  The Spanish conquistadors (in 1519) changed their name to tortilla (from the Nahuatil tlaxcalli) – apparently from the word torta and meaning “small cake”.   Also, in an interesting side note – the reason tortillas have lemon (besides being tasty – I thought that was the only reason) – is that lemon is added to the corn prior to grinding to help remove the husk.  At any rate, with our over 100 degree days in Baltimore – no cook wraps and smoothies make a nice change of pace, taking a little of the heat off (you can always add hot sauce to bring more heat, if you want) and these recipes are (relatively) healthy.  Cabbage and Avocado Wrap: 4 Tomato Tortillas (or whatever tortillas you have) 2 cups bagged cabbage (sliced thin with carrots)…

Please order by Wednesday at noon – or as soon as you know. For $17 a person you get: Dual Colored Soup (Red Lentil and Green Split Pea) Slow roasted brisket in a teriyaki sauce Garlic Mashed Potatoes (homemade) Carrot Souffle For an additional $5: Poached Salmon with a Dill sauce & Daikon and Jerusalem Artichoke Salad For an additional $5: Individual serving of Pavlova (beloved Australian meringue dessert) The Pavlova was created in or around 1926 in honor of Anna Pavlova – a Russian Prima Ballerina who visited both New Zealand and Australia in 1926.  Both New Zealand and Australia claim that they created this dish – it is a meringue/marshmallow creation in the shape of a volcano – which is filled with cream and fresh fruit.  Yum.

This week (July 8/9th) we will have a Cajun special.  There will be: Appetizer: Jalapeno Popper (a jalapeno pepper stuffed with peanut butter, if  you have never tried this, it is delicious, though different – the peanut butter helps mitigate the heat). You are supposed to eat the whole pepper at once, so that the the peanut butter cools down the pepper’s spiciness while you eat it. or Cajun Caviar (a black eyed pea spread for Challah) Fish Course: Fish Gumbo (has okra) Main Course: Chicken and Spicy Sausage Jambalaya (includes rice) or Cajun Chicken Side Dishes (pick 2): Red Beans and Rice (or Corn Bread) Bourbon Sweet Potatoes Smothered Corn (Maque  Choux) Country Smashed Potatoes Dessert for an additional $2 a serving Bourbon Bread Pudding Pecan Pie (with Chocolate) Let’s kick it up a notch…. This week we are doing a $15 Cajun…