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Cooking with Kids: Tortilla a hot spin on leftover turkey

Monday, November 19, 2001

Name: Eric Hampton
Age: 11
Parents: Rose and Bill Hampton
Sibling: Greg, 15
Community: South Park
School: Fifth grade, South Park Middle School
Hobbies: Building and launching model rockets
Favorite food to cook: These tortillas
Favorite food to eat: Pizza
Favorite subject in school: Science
Favorite movie: "Remember the Titans"
Favorite television show: "Battle Bots"
Favorite books: "Holes"
Favorite sports team: The Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Favorite games: Computer games
Favorite hobby: Riding bikes
Favorite sports: Soccer, golf and roller hockey
Pets: Three Shih Tzu dogs, Scooter, Slinky and Rookie

"With the microwave, the boys have been heating stuff for at least a few years," said Eric's mom, Rose. Eric was putting some cheese between tortillas and melting it for a snack when Rose suggested he add some turkey. He then added the spices and this soon became his favorite snack to make.

"It's easy and fast," he said. That's important to a hungry 11-year-old boy.

-- Tested by Kathleen Ganster

Quick And Easy Turkey Tortilla

2 8-inch flour tortillas
2 thin slices Mexican Velveeta cheese, cut into thin strips, see note
1 slice deli turkey breast or leftover turkey, cut into thin strips
1 pinch ground cumin
1 pinch garlic powder
1 pinch onion powder

On a microwave-safe plate, place one of the tortillas. Place cheese on the tortilla, spacing evenly. Next place the turkey on the tortilla to fill in the cheese gaps. Sprinkle with the cumin, garlic and onion powders. Place second tortilla on top. Microwave for 30 seconds, press down the tortilla and rotate the plate a half turn; microwave for 20 to 30 seconds more. Carefully remove from the microwave oven.

Caution: It will be hot. Cut into quarters and enjoy.

Note: You can also use regular Velveeta for a milder tortilla.

To submit a recipe to Cooking with Kids, please send the recipe, along with the name of the child, a head shot (preferably a school picture), and a telephone number where the child can be contacted to: Cooking with Kids, Kathleen Ganster, 3142 Camberly Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Questions? Call Kathleen at 724-443-1664.

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