Mar. 29, 2011 10:19 pm
Updated: Apr. 18, 2011 5:34 pm
There'sa reason that Tamales are party food - they're a lot of work. So, when youra goin to assemble them it's good to have lots of hands to help.
Amanda's lovely daughters and her son helped us to assemble them - we made 4 dozen tamales (and, toa be honest . . . I…
Ready to Assemble - All We Need is More Hands!
Spreading the Masa
Spread the Meat . . .
Husk Overhang if Necessary to Seal the Tamale
Mar. 27, 2011 9:04 pm
Updated: Mar. 29, 2011 5:46 am
The tricky part to tamales is making the Masa.
Now, there is one important thing to remember in making the masa for Tamales. Tamales ARE NOT low fat. If you area lookin for a low fat dish, makea yourself a taco. DO NOT try to make tamales and substitute or…
Mixin the Dry Ingredients First
Add the Oil all at Once
Add Broth 1 Cup at at Time
Mar. 27, 2011 8:55 pm
Updated: Mar. 29, 2011 5:48 am
Cool the meat down.
Defat, and debone (if you'rea usin chicken, remove the skin, too).
Shred the meat, cutting if necessary so the shreds are not longer than about 3/4".
If the meat looks dry add broth, 1 Tablespoon at a time, to make it moist . . . but not wet! Cover and…
Take the Extra Fat offa the Pork
Shred the Meat
Set the Broth on Low
Mar. 27, 2011 1:29 pm
Updated: Mar. 29, 2011 5:50 am
Or, maybe not!
We just got the corn husks onto soak:
Fill a large container or pot with warm water. Gently seperate a 16 oz bag of corn husks into the water. Try not to tear them, you'll need them whole wrapping.
Now, some people prefer parchment paper or foil. Amanda…
Corn Husk and Warm Water
Seperate the Husks Carfefully
Use a Colander or Steamer to Submerge the Husks
Mar. 26, 2011 7:30 pm
Updated: Mar. 27, 2011 1:12 pm
Soo! We're finally gettin started!
I was a little concerned, with the loss in the family, that maybe we wouldn't be gettin to the Tamale action on this trip. Not that I'd complain, y'know! It's been quite a week. I've been so glad I was here to help out with alla this…
Cast of Characters
Making the Spice Rub
Rubbing the spices into the meat.
Gettin in on the action!
Mar. 23, 2011 12:40 pm
Updated: Apr. 27, 2011 11:07 am
You maka lemonade, of course! Amanda's lemon tree was threatening to take over the back yard. But with some direction from Yours Truly, The Boy was able to get that sucker trimmed and harvested!
So whadda do when you have more lemons than an L.A. fruit…
Whatta do when life hands you lemons?
Mar. 19, 2011 10:44 am
Updated: Mar. 21, 2011 11:05 am
We got the sad news that Amanda's MIL died during the night last night. I heard that she was quite sick for a longa time; the family is glad that she went peacefully.
Family was coming in from all over the country, and wea had some comfort food to cook!
With some suggestions from…
Goldie's (In)famous Fruit Crisp
Putting it all together . . .
So, wherea do ya keep the ice cream?!?
Mar. 18, 2011 11:25 am
Updated: Mar. 19, 2011 8:15 am
I-a-arrived at Amanda's place yesterday. I was a little early, so I took a little nap on her porch with the cats and waitied for her to get home.
Sophia and Lily got home first, and graciously brought me in to help get dinner ready. Nothing-a makes the time fly like spending it…
I've arrived in Long Beach!
Mar. 13, 2011 2:36 pm
Updated: Apr. 27, 2011 11:04 am
I canna not believe my time is up here with Avon ana her familia and friends. I hadda sucha good time. I can only hope I can come back to here again some-a time and see more of a dis a nice city.
Da other night Avon she say to me, she wanna take me out for a nice dessert after…
Chef Carlo froma back home in Naples!
Chef Carlo's Strawberry Champagne Cake
Candice da COW...her husband he's a so jealous ova me!
I learn how to make da bunny cake!
Mar. 10, 2011 7:10 pm
Updated: Apr. 13, 2011 4:35 pm
Hallo to everybody. Eet has been several days seence I last write ina my journal. Dat Avon she has a kept me going. I first tell to you what we do lasta weekend. Avon she has 3 girls. Da middle girl she is AR member Zvon. She go to a university andda she
play some kinna game call softball. I…
Dis isa Rvon making chicken fajitas. Dat's a thumbs up froma me!
chicken fajitas. Many tanks to Swchef ana Valley Girl for teaching me!
I make-a many chopped veggies fora da stir-fry
Me ana da birtday girl, Ivon
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