Family, Latino culture, Latino Family Traditions, Parenting

How Tamales Make My World A Better Place

Every December, I write about making tamales, and this year is no different.  Our mother has made tamales for over seventy years, longer than her children have been alive. And her mother made tamales before she was born. And her mother, back to the days of maize and metates. Something is wrong with my universe… Continue reading How Tamales Make My World A Better Place

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20 Ways to Celebrate Before Christmas

  We haven't put up one Christmas bulb or decoration yet, but I am thinking of how to make Christmas more special this year. When I say special, I mean remembering that "Christ," is in the word "Christmas." The wheels began turning last night when I wandered through department stores looking for Christmas cards that… Continue reading 20 Ways to Celebrate Before Christmas


A Twist to Traditional Tamales

Last weeks tamale making party (la tamalada) included nieces, nephews, grandkids, and great grandkids. We made the traditional (Mexican) red chile with pork, green tomatillo sauce with pork, and Anaheim chiles and cheese. We added a couple of twists to the tradition this year. This is the first time I made my own masa (dough)… Continue reading A Twist to Traditional Tamales

Family, Parenting

Tamales and Traditions

Christmas just isn't Christmas without making tamales. Tamale making or the tamalada (tamale making session which turns into a gossip fest and/or party) took place at my mom's house for at least 40 years. Ten years ago the location moved to my house. This year it's back to my mom's home. Holiday traditions rarely follow a straight line.… Continue reading Tamales and Traditions