• By El Rio
  • Camarero! Camarero! There's a virgin on my tort.

What separates most American home cooks from professionals is often a lack of technique. From proper knife skills to the ability to whip up some pate a choux batter, many from-scratch tasks seem out of reach for we who feed our obliging families at no upcharge.

There's little reason for this timidity, other than a lack of knowledge. Some things, like making a good chicken stock from scratch, are relatively easy, but time consuming. Other things are quick. Like making homemade tortillas.

So I'm going to show you how. Because tacos are the lazy man's sandwich. Make some of these babies ahead of time and put 'em in the fridge, then throw in any sort of grilled meat, veggies and salsa, and people will call you guero in no time.

Quick homemade tortillas

The directions are right on the package, but just to assure you how easy it is make tortillas, I'll give you a brief overview so you actually get to Saraga or Whole Foods on 86th to buy the corn masa flour.

You'll need:

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