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Christmastime is tamale
time across the USA

Reuters, by Jim Forsyth

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/19/2012 11:30:47 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- Christmastime is tamale time in South Texas, and Valerie Gonzalez is in the middle of another busy day at Delicious Tamales, the business she has owned for 30 years on San Antonio´s largely Latino west side. Moving quickly between answering the phone and greeting customers in English and in Spanish, she says that December is her busiest month when it comes to the steamed Mexican delicacy that is a holiday tradition among Hispanic families. Customer Jesse Villanueva, 54, of San Antonio, came to buy some for his family.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bearcat, 12/19/2012 11:48:18 AM     (No. 9074409)

Any time is tamale time!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: shepsmum, 12/19/2012 11:57:09 AM     (No. 9074426)

Totally agree with #1. Yum! And I can´t imagine making my own; talk about work intensive.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: addicted_to_coffee, 12/19/2012 12:01:24 PM     (No. 9074431)

my aunt used to make special "Christmas tamales" with something similar to mincemeat filling. Sadly for us she has gone to meet the Maker and taken her tamale magic with her.

feliz navidad

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 12/19/2012 12:02:08 PM     (No. 9074434)

Initially a lot of work maybe, but when you check your freezer and see the ´gold´ there, and know that you can take some and cook them up fresh, oooooh baby! It is so worth it. #1 is right, anytime is tamale time.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: pizzaman, 12/19/2012 12:09:34 PM     (No. 9074450)

I´m a gringo, and have made tamales several times over the past few years - always around Christmas. They´re yummy and good fun for the whole family. Lots of work though.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 12/19/2012 12:10:17 PM     (No. 9074454)

In Texas, you will often times find families of Hispanic heritage in the kitchen making tamales. Three, or even four, generations of women will be running the show, with the the Machismo men and children gladly taking orders for all the menial tasks involved -- knowing darn well what the ultimate reward will be.

And those tamales coming from those kitchens are the best in the world!!!

My mouth is watering...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/19/2012 12:10:39 PM     (No. 9074455)

I have been eating tamales all my life, so they will be on my Christmas table, too. Three "flavors". #3, I have eaten the small sweet tamales and loved them.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: NYBruin, 12/19/2012 12:15:18 PM     (No. 9074467)

. . . accompanied by a Noche Buena beer! Que sabroso! (translation: Mmm, mmm!)

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Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/19/2012 12:44:56 PM     (No. 9074522)

There is nothing like a homemade tamale made by an experienced Mexican cook. Wonderful.

They bear no relationship to the clumps of dry dough with a little tasteless or gravy-filled stuffing that characterize commercial tamales.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 12/19/2012 12:46:32 PM     (No. 9074528)

My granddaughter in Central California made 2000+ tamales with her high school band mates to finance their trip to march in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on New Years Day a few years ago.

She cannot look at a tamale now!

(just kidding)

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Ouachita, 12/19/2012 1:23:30 PM     (No. 9074579)

Growing up in San Antonio, a friend´s older female relatives would gather at his home and make tamales for a week. Literally thousands of tamales. Come New Years, they would move out of the house for three days. Then all of the friends and family would decend on the home and for those three days you couldn´t park your car within two blocks of the house.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 12/19/2012 1:39:45 PM     (No. 9074612)

Tourtiére pie for me.
"pâté à la viande"

And a tasty Sam Adams seasonal to go with it.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: AltaD, 12/19/2012 1:44:53 PM     (No. 9074628)

Just as popular in Chicago as in Texas! I worked with a woman whose family must have spent all of December making tamales. She was among the few who worked the last week of the year and our lunches featured her family´s leftover tamales. I miss those tamales, and those coworkers (company folded years ago).

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 12/19/2012 2:25:56 PM     (No. 9074716)

After being stationed in San Antonio off and on for 28+ years, I have spent the last fourteen searching and trying gringo tamales. I have almost given up and now I make King Ranch Chicken for Christmas Eve. I am going to order Delicious Tamales from San Antonio next year.

During those 28 years I worked (off and on) at the National Bank of Fort Sam Houston. For our in-house Christmas party the bank ordered and brought in probably 300 dozen beef and pork tamales for employees and any customers who happened in that day right before Christmas. I look back on those years with warm, fond memories.

Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año y Felicidad!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: BadgerBill, 12/19/2012 7:21:01 PM     (No. 9075165)

These must be what our employees want for their Chrismas Party each year--but only from some restaurant/bakery? 10 miles away!

They are good--the boss orders extras so everyone goes home with leftovers.

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