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Tamales… a family tradition shown in pictures

December 23, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Normally I miss the annual Tamalada at my mom’s house if it happens the day before Thanksgiving because I have to work. This year, she moved it to today. Since I’m on winter break from work, I was able to actually attend and lend a hand. All told, it took about 5 hours of labor, gossip, laughter, and a few burned digits. Successful outing, I’d say.

Here are some photos from the event. Note: some were consumed and definitely enjoyed.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and is my day to bake cookies. Let’s just say that after this week I’m done with cooking for a while 🙂

The final product. One the left is a bean and cream cheese tamale, and on the right is a chicken/turkey tamale.

The final product. One the left is a bean and cream cheese tamale, and on the right is a chicken/turkey tamale.

Sometimes there's not enough time to make beans from scratch. I buy them from El Pato ready made if needed.

Sometimes there’s not enough time to make beans from scratch. I buy them from El Pato ready made if needed.

Chopped and seasoned chicken and turkey cooking with the secret seasonings.

Chopped chicken and turkey cooking with the secret seasonings.

Masa normally doesn't come pre-seasoned. Gotta put in a little elbow grease to get it ready. Grandma is even there supervising :)

Masa normally doesn’t come pre-seasoned. Gotta put in a little elbow grease to get it ready. Grandma is even there supervising 🙂

My mom is old school, she still uses a molcajete to grind up seasonings. One day I will own this thing. After decades of seasoning it's gone through, it's priceless to me :)

My mom is old school, she still uses a molcajete to grind up seasonings. One day I will own this thing. After decades of seasoning it’s gone through, it’s priceless to me 🙂

Don't forget the corn husks. They have to be softened in water and all stray strands removed.

Don’t forget the corn husks. They have to be softened in water and all stray strands removed.

Kinda blurry, but this one is ready to be rolled.

Kinda blurry, but this chicken and turkey tamale is ready to be rolled.

Extreme close up! There really isn't a lot of cream cheese in the tamale, but the angle makes it look as such.

Extreme close up! There really isn’t a lot of cream cheese in the tamale, but the angle makes it look as such.

Ready to rock and roll on the stove for an hour or so.

Ready to rock and roll on the stove for an hour or so.

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