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Sep '11

Tamalada Y’all

Yesterday we hosted a neighborhood tamale making party – otherwise known as a Tamalada. Traditionally, Tamaladas are held during the Christmas season when large Mexican families get together with everyone chipping in to make dozens and dozens of tamales. Although it’s not the holidays, yet, we decided with winter coming that this would be a great way for all of us to stock up our freezers with something easy to heat-and-serve when we’re snowed in up here on Town Mountain.

We discovered that not everyone knows what a tamale is even though most everyone has heard or used the term “hot tamale” before. If you don’t know, here’s the wikipedia definition: “a tamale is a traditional Latin American dish made of masa (a starchy dough, usually corn-based), which is steamed or boiled in a leaf corn wrapper. The wrapping is discarded before eating. Tamales can themselves be filled with meats, cheese, vegetables, chilies or any preparation according to taste, and both the filling and the cooking liquid may be seasoned.”

Valerie spent the last couple days preparing all the ingredients, making the masa and several fillings and sauces. Everyone who came brought something, too. Marco Garcia, Shelle’s friend and neighbor, and owner of the recently closed upscale Mexican restaurant, Curras, showed us Gringos exactly how to assemble the tamales. By the end of the night, after much beer, margaritas, and tequila shots were consumed, we had the process down. We all ate very well and everyone took home bags of leftover tamales to freeze. Next up, Pizza night!


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