Morning everyone!  Wow, school starts in two days.  Where did the break go?  Oh well, the sooner I get back to school, the sooner summer will come (and summer means more cooking! :)


I promised I'd tell you about our New Year's feast and so, behold, tamales!
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Homemade tamales, that is.  Before the little bundle of goodness was unwrapped:
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Have you ever heard that tamales take all day to make?  If so, it isn't a myth, at least not much of one.  Maybe they didn't take all day, but they did take a good four to five hours!  I made the wild mushroom tamales with tomatillo-chipotle sauce (the best sauce/dip ever - aside from hummus and pesto and...... well you get the point - I love a lot of dips :) .  The recipes came from my Mom's Tamales! book by Mark Miller, Stephan Pyles, and John Sedlar.  The tamales came out moist, tender and delicious - just like a tamale should be!
If you want to see some tamale assembly pictures, you're in luck!  (If you don't want to see them, you're going to see them anyway ;)  I have to warn you, though.  The following pictures were taken last time we made tamales (over a year ago), and while my picture taking isn't perfect now, it has definitely improved since the last tamale-making experience. In other words, proceed at you own risk..... dun, dun, dunnnnn............
The masa dough all spread out on the corn husk:
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(So glad I rarely use the flash anymore!)
The filling spread down the middle:
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All covered up: 
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Wrapped and ready to be steamed (by the way, we steamed way more than one; I just thought that the little tamale looked cute sitting in the steamer all by himself :)
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Tamales: very time consuming but completely worth it in the end! (You must remember that last part or you might get so frustrated that you might not make it to the end.  That almost happened this last time, but - positive thinking - it always helps!)


The daily question: Have you ever embarked on the journey of tamale making?
I've done that journey twice.  Like I said before, it's definitely a journey, but your taste buds will thank you! :)
 


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Aunt Myrna
01/02/2011 05:20

Yum, the mushroom filling looks so good! Your mom is lucky to have a cook at her house. But, I know both your parents are excellent cooks also. Happy cooking in 2011! I'm enjoying your blogging! Will have to look every day to see what is new, but will likely slow when school starts again.

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Alexandra
01/02/2011 05:55

Aunt Myrna,

I'm glad you're liking my blog (and, yes, my parents are very excellent cooks :) ! Ya, I probably won't be able to blog as much when school starts, but I will still post as much as possible! Happy cooking to you, too!

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Travis
01/02/2011 13:42

Wow those look so tasty! Nice work. Have a Happy New Year! Travis and Hannah

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Alexandra
01/02/2011 14:21

Travis,

Thanks! Happy New Year to you too :)

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01/06/2011 15:35

haha I keep on telling my parents I want to make tamales and they keep telling me they take ages and I was like "but Alton Brown did a show on them! It looks like it doesn't take that long.."
*sigh* So I guess it DOES take a while..but I think homemade is the way to go with these things

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01/07/2011 03:10

Where are you from if you don't mind me asking? Only reason is because tamales are so popular where I live and nobody I know from any other states make them!

And yes they are hard work! That's why luckily we have friends that share :D LOL

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Alexandra
01/07/2011 10:41

Carlyn,

Ya, they definitely do take some time, but it really is worth it! They're sooooo good :)

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Alexandra
01/07/2011 10:53

April,

I'm from Colorado. So I guess you now know someone from another state who makes tamales :)

You're so lucky to have tamale making (and sharing) friends! Homemade is always better than boughten :)


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01/07/2011 11:27

I'm from New Mexico, so that would make sense! :D

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I have made tamales before -- but they didn't look as good as yours do.

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Alexandra
01/11/2011 01:42

Kathleen,

But I'm sure they tasted just as good (which is really the important part :)

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Many young boy and girls are take the admission in the cooking school for learns the different types of recipes. Cooking is the very necessary for entire girls because after wedding doing the cooking at home.


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