In The Kitchen: Rollups are good treat when rolling out on road trip

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By Robin McDaniel
Blount Today

Fast food on road trips can get tiresome and expensive. Taking along a favorite food or a special dish that is easy to eat in
the car can be a time and money saver.

The two recipes that follow are quick to make and easy to take because they are roll-ups. It’s amazing how much fun kids -- and grown-ups -- have with roll-ups. Take these along on vacation or take the recipe and fix them as a quick and easy lunch while at the beach.

Speaking of the beach, I can never get close to vacation time without remembering my first vacation. It was 1963, and mom and dad decided it was time to take us kids to the beach. None of us had ever been to the beach before, so our parents loaded up our two-door Chevy Belair and headed for Kure Beach, N.C.

Kure Beach was just below Wilmington. There were seven of us in that Belair, which had no air conditioner, of course.

That was okay, however, because our motel unit didn’t have an air conditioner either, but we were in heaven at the beach.
Mother cooked every meal in the motel unit. You just didn’t eat out very often in 1963. I remember there was always sand in our room, not matter how often we swept.

We had a great time and stayed for a whole week. The trip home was an experience, in this time before seat belts and carseats. We started home late one afternoon, so mother made makeshift beds for us in the back of the car. One of us slept in the back window, two in the floor, one in the backseat and Steven, who was the youngest at about 3 years old, stayed in the front seat with mother and daddy.

We’ve made many trips to the beach since 1963, but none were quite as special as that first one.

Ham Wraps

1/4 cup mayonaise or sour cream
1 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. prepared mustard
dash of salt
1/8 tsp. celery seed
1/4 pound thinly sliced deli ham or pre-cooked, grilled chicken strips.
1/2 cup Swiss or mild cheddar cheese
1 cup lettuce, shredded
1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
1 green onion, chopped
2 (10 inch) flour tortillas

Whisk the mayonnaise, milk, sugar, prepared mustard, salt and celery seed together in a small bowl. Spread mixture evenly over each tortilla.

Layer ham and cheese and top with lettuce, tomato and onion. Roll up tightly. This makes 2 medium wraps. Cut them in half for smaller servings and easier handling.

Tortilla Rollups

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
3 green onions chopped
1/4 cup salsa
4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
10 (10 inch.) flour tortillas

In medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, onions, salsa and cheddar cheese. Spread the cream cheese mixture on the tortillas. Roll the tortilla and refrigerate about 4 hours before slicing into 1 inch pieces.

For a heartier rollup, add smoked turkey breast or dried beef slices to the tortilla. Roll and slice.

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