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2012-12-25 01:46:06 AM  
Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list.  I just don't like the damn things.
 
2012-12-25 02:01:01 AM  

Elvis_Bogart: Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list.  I just don't like the damn things.


Then you haven't tried enough authentic Mexican food. At least tamales are normal ingredients, just poorly arranged.
 
2012-12-25 02:32:54 AM  
For Christmas, Central and Mexican-American families don't crave a holiday turkey; they want a plate of steaming hot tamales.

'Tis true. We also like tortas. My familiy prefers bolillos (rolls) stuffed with beef, chicken, or pork.

/finished shredding 10 lbs. of chuck roast for Xmas dinner about an hour ago
//making tamales is a biiiig job...Older Brother is buying them this year
 
2012-12-25 02:47:28 AM  
i877.photobucket.com

Señore Clause
 
2012-12-25 02:51:22 AM  

DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]

Señore Clause


Those people hang out in grocery store parking lots in Messican neighborhoods (I was approched by one this afternoon). I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.
 
2012-12-25 03:20:55 AM  

Lorelle: DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]

Señore Clause

Those people hang out in grocery store parking lots in Messican neighborhoods (I was approched by one this afternoon). I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.


Never seen them myself. But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.
I have always, mostly always, found that its the small hole-in the-wall places have the best, most authentic foods. Goes for the carts and trucks to.
Give em a try, you may spend an uncomfortable night in the bathroom here an there, doubt you'll die, but you may be happily suprised.
 
2012-12-25 03:30:54 AM  

DownDaRiver: But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.


same here. They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.
 
2012-12-25 03:53:06 AM  

Lorelle: I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.


Food poisoning is one of those risks you can take when you're on vacation. No one dies from it, really. No one who isn't at risk already, anyway. Unless it's botulism.

Don't get botulism.
 
2012-12-25 05:09:19 AM  
Subby sounds Caucasian.
 
2012-12-25 05:20:50 AM  

doglover: Lorelle: I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.

Food poisoning is one of those risks you can take when you're on vacation. No one dies from it, really. No one who isn't at risk already, anyway. Unless it's botulism.

Don't get botulism.


Good advice. Stay away from botulism.
 
2012-12-25 05:31:15 AM  

DownDaRiver: Lorelle: DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]

Señore Clause

Those people hang out in grocery store parking lots in Messican neighborhoods (I was approched by one this afternoon). I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.

Never seen them myself. But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.
I have always, mostly always, found that its the small hole-in the-wall places have the best, most authentic foods. Goes for the carts and trucks to.
Give em a try, you may spend an uncomfortable night in the bathroom here an there, doubt you'll die, but you may be happily suprised.


What's a little bloody diarrhea when there's the potential for a tasty morsel?
 
2012-12-25 06:12:54 AM  

DownDaRiver: I have always, mostly always, found that its the small hole-in the-wall places have the best, most authentic foods. Goes for the carts and trucks to.


So very true.  Also, if the place if full of Mexicans, you know they have good Mexican food.
 
2012-12-25 06:24:44 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: doglover: Lorelle: I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.

Food poisoning is one of those risks you can take when you're on vacation. No one dies from it, really. No one who isn't at risk already, anyway. Unless it's botulism.

Don't get botulism.

Good advice. Stay away from botulism.


Sensible, practical, keeps folk away from botox as well.
 
2012-12-25 06:48:16 AM  
We'll be having tamales and eggs in a very short while.   Subby has no idea what he's missing.
 
2012-12-25 06:51:22 AM  
And menudo @ christmas. That's some good stew. (hold the tripe)
 
2012-12-25 07:02:12 AM  

ReapTheChaos: DownDaRiver: I have always, mostly always, found that its the small hole-in the-wall places have the best, most authentic foods. Goes for the carts and trucks to.

So very true.  Also, if the place if full of Mexicans, you know they have good Mexican food.


So pretty much any restaurant kitchen then?

/health inspector for 6+ years
 
2012-12-25 08:16:46 AM  
We always have mexican food on xmas eve and listen to loud mariachi music. I ate cheese and chili tamales last night and they were so good!
 
2012-12-25 08:22:58 AM  
How the hell does one NOT like tamales???

Some of you farkers take the whole contrarian too damned far.
 
2012-12-25 08:24:30 AM  
I can see it. Tamales are great. Beats the sh*t out of turkey.
 
2012-12-25 08:26:18 AM  
Tamales über alles.

Pain in the ass to make.


/learned by watching YouTube
 
2012-12-25 08:27:47 AM  

log_jammin: DownDaRiver: But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.

same here. They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.


Me too. If buy tamales and breakfast burritos in parking lots when I lived in AZ and NM. Never had a bad experience.

Must be my iron constitution.
 
2012-12-25 08:28:08 AM  
I'm doing baked spaghetti for XMas dinner, at the request of the Baroness. Was going to smoke a turkey, but forgot to take it out to defrost in time.

/mmmmm, spaghetti
 
2012-12-25 08:28:16 AM  
Tasty mush in husks? Yeah, I can dig them, but not to the point of OMG TAMALES.
 
2012-12-25 08:28:59 AM  

PreMortem: And menudo @ christmas. That's some good stew. (hold the tripe)


No tripe means it isn't menudo.

Menudo is gross. Tripitas in a taco, however, melt in your mouth.
 
2012-12-25 08:31:12 AM  

IntertubeUser: How the hell does one NOT like tamales???

Some of you farkers take the whole contrarian too damned far.


RAmen.
 
2012-12-25 08:34:49 AM  
I made Chiles en Nogada (Chilies in Walnut Sauce) mostly because of the Christmasy colors. A lot of work, but good. Also made a beef tedenderloin for a more traditional fare with usual sides, desserts, etc.
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-25 08:35:13 AM  
Tamales are probably the only Mexican food that just doesn't appeal to me. I've tried them, thought meh, and went back to whatever else was available. Put me at a Mexican buffet, and I might eat one or two, but I will devour everything else. But, I will eat tamales over most stuff from the British Isles.
 
2012-12-25 08:37:52 AM  
I definitely associate tamales with Christmas and I'm not of any Mexican/Latin descent (as far as I know) but ate them pretty much every year at a friend's house who made her own until I moved to a different city. I had vowed to make tamales this year for Christmas. Ran out of time and still don't have a steamer. I've never made them all by myself, but have helped make them so I understand the basic mechanics of the assembly and prep, I just need to find some good recipes now. And boy, is it a ton of work, but no more than making butterballs, a traditional German type of dumpling that goes into soup. A batch of those take me upwards of 3 hours to complete on my own. Or Eggplant Parmesan which is also a 2.5-3 hour process.
 
2012-12-25 08:38:50 AM  
Tamales are delicious. So are:

mundochapin.com
Chuchitos

25.media.tumblr.com
Paches
 
2012-12-25 08:39:23 AM  
Later today at the mad_mans house it will be a turkey dinner and tamales for supper. I had to let the soon to be mrs have one Mexican dish. I think it would kill my grandparents if they came over and it was just Mexican dishes
 
2012-12-25 08:39:45 AM  
I first had Tamales about 10 years ago when visiting a friend whose family is from south Texas. They were amazing and one of the most delicious foods ever! Each year, that is what I wanted (and a honeybaked ham) for Christmas. This year I just got the ham.
 
2012-12-25 08:39:51 AM  

Elvis_Bogart: Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list.  I just don't like the damn things.


Those are for the bad boys and girls for Christams. Maybe if my parents were the type to have tamales around I would have been a better kid .
 
2012-12-25 08:39:53 AM  

Rufus Lee King: Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes, she got 'em for sale,

Got two for a nickel, four for a dime,

I would sell you more, but they ain't none of mine,

Hot tamales, and they're red hot,

The girl, she got 'em for sale!


Just great, now I'm hungry and need to change my play list. Nothing like a little Christmas morning blues.
 
2012-12-25 08:41:25 AM  
Remember: real tamales don't' come from a can people!!! Just have to have a good one to know what you're missing :)
 
2012-12-25 08:45:10 AM  
My grandmother is 92 and still makes the best goddamn tamales in all of Ohio. She can't keep up with the demand for them any longer, especially since there's so much work involved to make them, but she still makes them for our Christmas feast.

/No bullshiat. Everyone who has tried one wanted more.
//She doesn't make them like the fellow in TFA. They're not supposed to blister one's mouth.
///They're just motherfarking awesome.
//Slashies rule.
/Happy HoHo day everyone. i am going to smash on some Tamales!
 
2012-12-25 08:46:18 AM  

log_jammin: They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.


AMEN!

/we don't need no regulation...
//No, really.  This is why onerous regulation is bad...
 
2012-12-25 08:46:40 AM  
 
2012-12-25 08:48:13 AM  

Smackledorfer: PreMortem: And menudo @ christmas. That's some good stew. (hold the tripe)

No tripe means it isn't menudo.

Menudo is gross. Tripitas in a taco, however, melt in your mouth.


You might want to try Pazole.
 
2012-12-25 08:48:23 AM  
Mmmm, that takes me back.
Every Sunday night I'd go down to the square, get me some banana leaf wrapped tamales, a cup of sopa de elote, and sit back and listen to music while watching the beautiful señoritas walk by.
Now I'm homesick.
 
2012-12-25 08:48:23 AM  
For our traditional Christmas dinner, we switched from ham to enchiladas a few years ago.  Enchiladas are much easier to make than tamales.
 
2012-12-25 08:50:47 AM  

Lorelle: DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]

Señore Clause

Those people hang out in grocery store parking lots in Messican neighborhoods (I was approched by one this afternoon). I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.


Use good judgement and you'll always be safe. If they're cooking food in a galvanized container (which I've seen), stay the HELL away! If they're someone whose well established and keeps a clean work area, there is no harm in giving them a try. Although somehow I'd wager that if there was a Twitter account written with some flashy graphics on the side of the very same carts that you slam, you wouldn't stop yapping and babbling on and on like some deprived hipster about how great they are. I just love how everyone used to call taco trucks "Roach Coach" or "Maggot Wagon". But as soon as suburbanite folks suddenly saw that the Food Network was endorsing them, they suddenly became OK to eat out of.

I guess that a Twitter account means the difference between " Random Dirty Messican peddling unsafe food in a parking lot with", and "Artisan Crafted Food Cart appearing in a prime location."

I'd rather eat out of a Mexican food cart or truck than any pot luck you could put together.

Speaking of tamales, if you can't get freshly made ones, these will always do...

www.yummy.com
 
2012-12-25 08:52:44 AM  

XplodedSynapses: My grandmother is 92 and still makes the best goddamn tamales in all of Ohio. She can't keep up with the demand for them any longer, especially since there's so much work involved to make them, but she still makes them for our Christmas feast.

/No bullshiat. Everyone who has tried one wanted more.
//She doesn't make them like the fellow in TFA. They're not supposed to blister one's mouth.
///They're just motherfarking awesome.
//Slashies rule.
/Happy HoHo day everyone. i am going to smash on some Tamales!


My wife worked with this Mexican woman who used to make huge batches with her family (it was a thing with them) and she'd give the wife a bunch to take home for me. Those were the best thing. chicken and pork deliciousness from heaven.
 
2012-12-25 08:53:52 AM  
That's odd. I just this past week thought about tamales for the first time in over a decade, and had a sudden craving. But there's no place around here to buy any, and I'm not going to make some.
 
2012-12-25 08:54:43 AM  
Subs you really don't know what your missing:

www.itsalldirect2u.com
 
2012-12-25 08:55:40 AM  

EyeBallStu: Smackledorfer: PreMortem: And menudo @ christmas. That's some good stew. (hold the tripe)

No tripe means it isn't menudo.

Menudo is gross. Tripitas in a taco, however, melt in your mouth.

You might want to try Pazole.


Just googled it. Looks awesome. I've made a mental note to cook it.
 
2012-12-25 08:56:10 AM  
My guatemalen ex's mom made tamales from scratch for thanksgiving, until he started bringing the gringa (me) - then she switched to turkey. I swore I loved both tamales and turkey (both were untrue, even though she's a damn good cook), but to his disappointment, no tamales. Here's hoping he's unwrapping a banana leaf now.
 
2012-12-25 08:56:21 AM  
Where I live, tamales are just part of the holiday landscape. I'm not a big fan but when they're good, they're damn good! When they're bad, they're pretty bad. Not too much masa please!
 
2012-12-25 08:59:25 AM  
Only in the author's diseased, asshole mind it is.

Everyone else is having turkey & ham.
 
2012-12-25 09:01:23 AM  

log_jammin: DownDaRiver: But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.

same here. They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.


And they would have a more permanent location if their food didn't poison people.

Mexican food makes people shiat geysers even if it IS safe! Imagine what the unsafe stuff would do to your guts.
 
2012-12-25 09:01:36 AM  
One of the things I really miss about LA is getting some awesome Christmas tamales.
 
2012-12-25 09:04:42 AM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: One of the things I really miss about LA is getting some awesome Christmas tamales.


That explains everything! Christmas is a concept completely wasted on S. Californians. The very climate itself is anti-Holly Jolly.
 
2012-12-25 09:09:49 AM  
It's currently snowing and I'm smoking 2 racks of short ribs and a rack of deer ribs. Also deer tenderloins wrapped in bacon.
Follow the smell...
 
2012-12-25 09:10:26 AM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: One of the things I really miss about LA is getting some awesome Christmas tamales.


it's one of the few things i miss about san diego.

/live in marin now.
 
2012-12-25 09:10:45 AM  
Why hasn't anyone posted a pic of the book 'Too Many Tamales'? I read that Christmas story in grade school.
 
2012-12-25 09:14:12 AM  

TV's Vinnie: log_jammin: DownDaRiver: But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.

same here. They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.

And they would have a more permanent location if their food didn't poison people.

Mexican food makes people shiat geysers even if it IS safe! Imagine what the unsafe stuff would do to your guts.


The problem may be you. Luckily, treatment options are available; ask your doctor.
 
2012-12-25 09:20:20 AM  

ReapTheChaos:
So very true.  Also, if the place if full of Mexicans, you know they have good Mexican food.


This is utter bullshiat. You can find all kinds of people patronizing crappy restaurants. Cheap and fast gets you customers just as effectively as quality.
 
2012-12-25 09:22:50 AM  
Mmmmm tamales! You will be hard pressed to find better tamales than Luna's here in Dallas. I used to work with a Luna family member and he would bring a couple of boxes in for everybody. There wasn't even a scrap left after 20min.
 
2012-12-25 09:23:53 AM  

The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: Tamales über alles.


As a full blooded German who made tamales with his mostly German wife on Thursday, I approve of this post.
 
2012-12-25 09:25:31 AM  
Tamales are big here in San Antonio, but also were when I lived in Mississippi. So, old news is old?
 
2012-12-25 09:27:57 AM  
Mrs. Fool is Mexican. X-mas eve is time for her homemade tamales. She makes 2 types: one sweet with beans and then another with beef and chile.

/Sonoran style!
 
2012-12-25 09:30:30 AM  
our tradition began with our pastor growing up, who was from San Antonio, and introduced the tradition to us. Forty years later, and it just wouldn't be Christmas Eve at our house without tamales.

/and Beef Tenderloin
//and baked venison tenders
///and my homemade eggnog
////and my wife's eclair cake
//I'm so full from last night
//Tamales for Breakfast!
 
2012-12-25 09:32:30 AM  

The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: Tamales über alles.

Pain in the ass to make.


/learned by watching YouTube


There are alternative methods...
...Depending on your gustatory intrepidness.
 
2012-12-25 09:34:56 AM  
Uh, tamales Pretty much ARE a Christmas staple you whitebread gringo. Where the hell are you from? Fargo or Moorehead? Both?
 
2012-12-25 09:37:31 AM  

Claude Ballse: Lorelle: DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]
I'd rather eat out of a Mexican food cart or truck than any pot luck you could put together.


This.  Most of the best meals I've had have been from roadside vendors on dirt roads in rural mexico.  Tamales, tacos al pastor, pazole, roast pollo, you name it.  I've got sick from food at an all-inclusive in Mexico, but never from Mexican street food.

In short, don't let the modest preparation or serving situations dissuade you from trying good food.
 
2012-12-25 09:38:00 AM  
Christmas tamales were a favorite of mine since Mrs Urbano made them for a party my family attended in 1977.
How can one not love tamales with red and green salsa?
 
2012-12-25 09:38:45 AM  

NOVanHelsing: log_jammin: They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.

AMEN!

/we don't need no regulation...
//No, really.  This is why onerous regulation is bad...


Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-25 09:38:53 AM  

equusdc: Uh, tamales Pretty much ARE a Christmas staple you whitebread gringo. Where the hell are you from? Fargo or Moorehead? Both?


My money says submitter is a certain self-loathing Mexican.
 
2012-12-25 09:39:41 AM  

kwame: equusdc: Uh, tamales Pretty much ARE a Christmas staple you whitebread gringo. Where the hell are you from? Fargo or Moorehead? Both?

My money says submitter is a certain self-loathing Mexican.


Is that like a self-hating Jew? Or Carlos Mencia?
 
2012-12-25 09:40:01 AM  

equusdc: Uh, tamales Pretty much ARE a Christmas staple you whitebread gringo. Where the hell are you from? Fargo or Moorehead? Both?


Never had a tamale for christmas, and I live in New York. Perhaps US culture doesn't revolve around whatever backwater county you're from?

/not subby
 
2012-12-25 09:40:48 AM  
Tamales were a Christmas staple when I was a kid (30 years ago). I don't think anything has changed.

Couple years ago I ordered 2 pounds from a coworker who makes them to order for the holidays. Was very disappointed. They used GRITS! Should have sampled.

/Don't get me wrong, I love grits, just not in a tamale.
 
2012-12-25 09:41:09 AM  
There's nothing better than a good tamale. Tamales have been a Christmas thing since forever 'round these parts.

/chili today
/hot tamale
 
2012-12-25 09:42:39 AM  
I had hard tacos for dinner, soft tacos for breakfast. Im too lazy to make tamales.

/gringo
 
2012-12-25 09:42:54 AM  
Last night we (my huge Chinese family) had a Christmas dinner of tamales, green chile, posole, chile relleno, and beans & rice. Subby's a fool.

/I sound fat
 
2012-12-25 09:45:40 AM  

equusdc: Uh, tamales Pretty much ARE a Christmas staple you whitebread gringo. Where the hell are you from? Fargo or Moorehead? Both?


What a christmas staple might look like in my corner of the world:

upload.wikimedia.org

God jul, alle sammen.

/had ribbe yesterday
//just finished a serving of julekake with sausage and home-made mustard sauce
 
2012-12-25 09:49:23 AM  
This is a repeat from 1517.
 
2012-12-25 09:49:56 AM  

ReapTheChaos: DownDaRiver: I have always, mostly always, found that its the small hole-in the-wall places have the best, most authentic foods. Goes for the carts and trucks to.

So very true.  Also, if the place if full of Mexicans, you know they have good Mexican food.


The Chinese buffet near here is always full of Mexicans. (Although the food's better than average, I'm pretty sure they're not making mexican food.)

Could it be lower-income working class folks are just looking for cheap eats?

Also, McDonald's full of Americans; that doesn't make the McRib good barbecue.
 
2012-12-25 09:52:07 AM  

Uncle Tractor: equusdc: Uh, tamales Pretty much ARE a Christmas staple you whitebread gringo. Where the hell are you from? Fargo or Moorehead? Both?

What a christmas staple might look like in my corner of the world:



God jul, alle sammen.

/had ribbe yesterday
//just finished a serving of julekake with sausage and home-made mustard sauce


The julekake sounds awesome. However, I've tried lutefisk-that's a war crime right there.
 
2012-12-25 09:54:28 AM  
wildlifer

It's currently snowing and I'm smoking 2 racks of short ribs and a rack of deer ribs. Also deer tenderloins wrapped in bacon.
Follow t . . .


Just getting ready to smoke a bunch of fish, some salmon, beer brats, a chicken and maybe a meat loaf. Yeah, snowing lightly here, sending it your way.

As for the tamales, I bought 5 dozen saturday. Freeze 3 dozen. Eat on the rest the past 2 days. They go for $10 to $12 a dozen. Lady I bought them from comes to my shop about once a month.

My wife makes them perfectly but it does take all day and a lot of work.

Merry Christmas all farkers!
 
2012-12-25 09:55:56 AM  

Uncle Tractor: equusdc: Uh, tamales Pretty much ARE a Christmas staple you whitebread gringo. Where the hell are you from? Fargo or Moorehead? Both?

What a christmas staple might look like in my corner of the world:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 450x600]

God jul, alle sammen.

/had ribbe yesterday
//just finished a serving of julekake with sausage and home-made mustard sauce


notice how they put it next to the salmon?
and the monkfish head?
 
2012-12-25 09:57:10 AM  

Uncle Tractor: What a christmas staple might look like in my corner of the world:


I have had both real tamales (TX), real bratwurst (WI) and real lutefisk (MN) while on choir tours in college. I could live on just brats and tamales the rest of my life if it meant never being in the same room as lutefisk again.
 
2012-12-25 09:59:58 AM  

Uncle Tractor: equusdc: Uh, tamales Pretty much ARE a Christmas staple you whitebread gringo. Where the hell are you from? Fargo or Moorehead? Both?

What a christmas staple might look like in my corner of the world:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 450x600]

God jul, alle sammen.

/had ribbe yesterday
//just finished a serving of julekake with sausage and home-made mustard sauce


Was just going to mention lutefisk. My mom and  gran are both straight outta Norway. I usually do all the cooking for the entire family (I cook for a living, too) but mom insisted on making Jul dinner for us this year. I did see a ham involved, but my mom hates cooking, so I am suspicious. Lutefisk isn't  easy to get in California, but if mom asks me to make a cream or butter sauce and some lefse or I see her making  some - oh, blessed Skadi's Skis. She found lutefisk somewhere. That would be the only explanation, as she is on a diet. I don't hate the stuff, but I don't like it, either.

Oh, and God Jul, dude!

/native Californian
//throws tamalados once in a while and attends them a couple times a year
///I wanna tamale!
 
2012-12-25 10:01:16 AM  

TV's Vinnie: Everyone else is having turkey & ham.


PFFT! You can keep your bird and swine, I'm making a bacon and rosemary wrapped rib roast, tyvm.
 
2012-12-25 10:12:28 AM  
I"m whiter than white; grew up on the west side of Denver and tamales have been part of Christmas for as long as I can remember. Again, get them from some abuelita pulling a cart. It's the only way to buy them.
 
2012-12-25 10:14:33 AM  

Anderson's Pooper: Uncle Tractor: What a christmas staple might look like in my corner of the world:

I have had both real tamales (TX), real bratwurst (WI) and real lutefisk (MN) while on choir tours in college. I could live on just brats and tamales the rest of my life if it meant never being in the same room as lutefisk again.


yeah....lutefisk is terrible
 
2012-12-25 10:15:27 AM  

Lorelle: DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]

Señore Clause

Those people hang out in grocery store parking lots in Messican neighborhoods (I was approched by one this afternoon). I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.


Worry more about what's sold inside that grocery store than what's sold out in the parking lot.
 
2012-12-25 10:19:32 AM  
Landscaper (also a family friend) brought them over last night, with a surprise batch of champurado. We're in heaven!

Tamales have to wait until tomorrow though, prime rib (USDA Prime) coming up today.

Happy Holidays to all!
 
2012-12-25 10:19:44 AM  
Dammit, now I want some tamales. Wonder what a Christmas ham tamale would be like.
 
2012-12-25 10:25:24 AM  
"Illegals selling Tamales are quickly becoming a Christmas staple for some ungodly reason."

If your on your way to the families home and think oh shiat I didn't bring anything what is on every corner being sold? This is why, well I live in California.
 
2012-12-25 10:27:46 AM  

StrikitRich: Dammit, now I want some tamales. Wonder what a Christmas ham tamale would be like.


Like ham and  grits, wrapped in corn husks and steamed? Just a guess. I have made baked cheesy grits with ham before and it was nommylicious.
 
2012-12-25 10:29:49 AM  
Had homemade bean/jalapeno tamales for breakfast - chicken and pork for later. Prepared to be as healthy as possible. But there is always lard involved...so, once a year is enough.
 
2012-12-25 10:30:43 AM  
I had a tamale once but that wrapper was too chewy.
 
2012-12-25 10:31:59 AM  
A Mexican friend told me it's traditional for Mexican families to serve tamales on Christmas Day, to make sure the children have something to unwrap.

/old joke is old
/racist joke is racist
 
2012-12-25 10:32:34 AM  

TV's Vinnie: Only in the author's diseased, asshole mind it is.

Everyone else is having turkey & ham.


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2012-12-25 10:34:33 AM  

tweek46420: Anderson's Pooper: Uncle Tractor: What a christmas staple might look like in my corner of the world:

I have had both real tamales (TX), real bratwurst (WI) and real lutefisk (MN) while on choir tours in college. I could live on just brats and tamales the rest of my life if it meant never being in the same room as lutefisk again.

yeah....lutefisk is terrible


Lutefisk thread!

/vomits
 
2012-12-25 10:36:06 AM  
Got plenty of great red chile tamales thanks to a good friend of mine. Made posole last night. Also made biscochitos. Feliz Navidad, all ya Farkers.
 
2012-12-25 10:36:59 AM  
I'm tempted to start making the Reddit Easy Carnitas a thing for Christmas.
 
2012-12-25 10:38:08 AM  
I prefer my corn to not endure Nixtamalization
 
2012-12-25 10:42:52 AM  
Had 'em every Christmas growing up in California. Pork, Chicken, and Sweet.
Need to find someone around here that makes sweet tamales. Haven't had one of 3 or 4 years.
 
2012-12-25 10:48:27 AM  

Abox: I had a tamale once but that wrapper was too chewy.


Gerald Ford?
 
2012-12-25 10:49:48 AM  

Anderson's Pooper: Uncle Tractor: What a christmas staple might look like in my corner of the world:

I have had both real tamales (TX), real bratwurst (WI) and real lutefisk (MN) while on choir tours in college. I could live on just brats and tamales the rest of my life if it meant never being in the same room as lutefisk again.


You get your tamales from Tx, but not your brats!?

My family makes a couple hundred tamales every year and we get our brats right down the street after.
 
2012-12-25 10:54:11 AM  
Tamales have been a traditional winter meal for hundreds of years in the Southwest. In this area, there were not only Mexicans eating tamales (these states used to be part of Mexico), but many Southwestern Indian tribes also make their own versions.
 
2012-12-25 10:55:25 AM  

tweek46420: Anderson's Pooper: Uncle Tractor: What a christmas staple might look like in my corner of the world:

I have had both real tamales (TX), real bratwurst (WI) and real lutefisk (MN) while on choir tours in college. I could live on just brats and tamales the rest of my life if it meant never being in the same room as lutefisk again.

yeah....lutefisk is terrible


If you could only find a place where German culture and Mexican culture intersect.

/San Antonio!
//Never had Christmas Tamales until I moved here... Never associated the two. It's awesome!!!
 
2012-12-25 11:00:09 AM  

Elvis_Bogart: Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list. I just don't like the damn things.




Stay away from Taco bell. Go out and find the real thing.
 
2012-12-25 11:04:35 AM  

penthesilea: Had 'em every Christmas growing up in California. Pork, Chicken, and Sweet.
Need to find someone around here that makes sweet tamales. Haven't had one of 3 or 4 years.


Next time we make tamales, I'm going to have to make some sweet tamales as well the other types we make. I also haven't had one of those in years. I still live in California, so that is inexcusable! Especially since I do make tamales once or twice a year, depending on how many are still in the freezer.

/loves her some CalMex food
 
2012-12-25 11:18:17 AM  

rockforever: You get your tamales from Tx, but not your brats!?

My family makes a couple hundred tamales every year and we get our brats right down the street after.

 
2012-12-25 11:20:01 AM  
I'll tamale you right in the face, subby.
 
2012-12-25 11:22:57 AM  
Mama Marquez's Famous Tamales?!?!

0.tqn.com

CINNAMON!


/ours are in the fridge and ready to bake
//only they're enchiladas
 
2012-12-25 11:23:47 AM  

Izunbacol: If you could only find a place where German culture and Mexican culture intersect.


rockforever: You get your tamales from Tx, but not your brats!?

My family makes a couple hundred tamales every year and we get our brats right down the street after.


Let's try that again. Brats and lutefisk were on our northern tour during senior year. Tamales were during the first year of law school. Everything was made by host families at the churches we sang at. Nothing like a Lutheran potluck to pack on the pounds. First time having biscuits and gravy was on the same tour as the tamales. I couldn't tell you a blasted thing about the music we did but the food is remembered in minute detail!
 
2012-12-25 11:26:11 AM  
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Christmas dinner!
 
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2012-12-25 11:26:57 AM  
I love tamales, but this is the first I've heard about it being a Christmas thing.
//Michigan boy
//may have to start a new family tradition
//I ain't makin the damn things though
 
2012-12-25 11:27:43 AM  
Also, Praise Alvis!

fc05.deviantart.net

"Now drink with me deeply of the bourbon, scotch, and rye, until such time as we are fighting drunk. Then we shall find, and beat the asses of, the non-believers who ruined my feast!"
 
2012-12-25 11:39:28 AM  
I wish my wife had made tamales for Christmas this year, but between being busy and having a hystoorectomy, no such luck

any tamales the english major passes by I'm willing to take
 
2012-12-25 11:40:37 AM  

Hobodeluxe: XplodedSynapses: My grandmother is 92 and still makes the best goddamn tamales in all of Ohio. She can't keep up with the demand for them any longer, especially since there's so much work involved to make them, but she still makes them for our Christmas feast.

/No bullshiat. Everyone who has tried one wanted more.
//She doesn't make them like the fellow in TFA. They're not supposed to blister one's mouth.
///They're just motherfarking awesome.
//Slashies rule.
/Happy HoHo day everyone. i am going to smash on some Tamales!

My wife worked with this Mexican woman who used to make huge batches with her family (it was a thing with them) and she'd give the wife a bunch to take home for me. Those were the best thing. chicken and pork deliciousness from heaven.


Indeed.
My grandmother sticks with the pork variety. i never complain- to me, it's just the way they're supposed to be because that's how i've enjoyed them all my life.
 
2012-12-25 11:40:40 AM  

SnarfVader: Subby sounds Caucasian.


I'm late but my guess is that submitter was the English Major
 
2012-12-25 11:41:46 AM  

Molavian: tweek46420: Anderson's Pooper:
college. I could live on just brats and tamales the rest of my life if it meant never being in the same room as lutefisk again.

yeah....lutefisk is terrible

Lutefisk thread!

/vomits


I honestly do not understand why some people hate lutefisk so much. Oh well.
 
2012-12-25 11:41:47 AM  

dryknife: I made Chiles en Nogada (Chilies in Walnut Sauce) mostly because of the Christmasy colors. A lot of work, but good. Also made a beef tedenderloin for a more traditional fare with usual sides, desserts, etc.
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oooooh want
 
2012-12-25 11:41:54 AM  
My BFF that is Mexican is wanting to know WTF you Gringos are talking about.
 
Ehh
2012-12-25 11:45:28 AM  

CreamFilling: Elvis_Bogart: Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list.  I just don't like the damn things.

Then you haven't tried enough authentic Mexican food. At least tamales are normal ingredients, just poorly arranged.


Done in two.

Tamales > Turkey
 
2012-12-25 11:49:42 AM  

Oldiron_79: My BFF that is Mexican is wanting to know WTF you Gringos are talking about.


Tamales, which is a most delicious addition to the christmas day meals

tamales for breakfast, tamales for lunch, ham fer dinner

/wife uses hatch chili's when she makes hers
 
2012-12-25 11:56:36 AM  
It's pretty understood here in my neck of the woods that if someone who can barely speak English comes in to your place of work and offers you some Tamales, you damn well buy them. They are delicious.
 
2012-12-25 11:57:49 AM  

BronyMedic: kwame: equusdc: Uh, tamales Pretty much ARE a Christmas staple you whitebread gringo. Where the hell are you from? Fargo or Moorehead? Both?

My money says submitter is a certain self-loathing Mexican.

Is that like a self-hating Jew? Or Carlos Mencia?


Ouch! ( that is pretty funny, however)

/ I have a "meh" reaction to Christmas hams, turkey, and Mexican tamales...
// would rather eat BBQ, or a well-made Pizza...
 
2012-12-25 12:08:46 PM  
tamale goodness

simple

timeless

tasty
 
2012-12-25 12:11:08 PM  
I suspect I know who submitter is.

I freaking love tamales. Now I want some! I'll take a chile/cheese, a red pork, and a chicken verde please.
 
2012-12-25 12:16:32 PM  
Ungodly? They're made by Jesus himself.
 
2012-12-25 12:24:26 PM  
Here in Utah, if you don't buy Tamales from the illegal tamale lady, she'll drive over your baby in the front yard and bail back to Mehico to avoid the homicide charges.
YAY for illegal tamale people.
 
2012-12-25 12:30:35 PM  

wademh: Christmas tamales were a favorite of mine since Mrs Urbano made them for a party my family attended in 1977.
How can one not love tamales with red and green salsa?


Are we related? Don't see too many Urbanos around...
 
2012-12-25 12:32:49 PM  
Hmm tamales. I will be having those later.
 
2012-12-25 12:35:17 PM  
How is this new? Been doing this for 33 years
 
2012-12-25 12:38:33 PM  

Uncle Tractor: Molavian: tweek46420: Anderson's Pooper:
college. I could live on just brats and tamales the rest of my life if it meant never being in the same room as lutefisk again.

yeah....lutefisk is terrible

Lutefisk thread!

/vomits

I honestly do not understand why some people hate lutefisk so much. Oh well.


have you actually had lutefisk
 
2012-12-25 12:39:50 PM  
We'll be tearing into the tamales in about 3 hours.
 
2012-12-25 12:40:10 PM  

wildlifer: It's currently snowing and I'm smoking 2 racks of short ribs and a rack of deer ribs. Also deer tenderloins wrapped in bacon.
Follow the smell...


Woah! When is food-time?? Also, where did you get the beast?
 
2012-12-25 12:43:31 PM  

CreamFilling: Elvis_Bogart: Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list.  I just don't like the damn things.

Then you haven't tried enough authentic Mexican food. At least tamales are normal ingredients, just poorly arranged.


Agreed, tamales come in more styles than you can shake a stick at: mole, dulce, pollo, salsa verde, puerco, de res it's like the freaking shrimp in the Forrest Gump movie.

Unfortunately it's damn difficult to find real Mexican food unless there are a bunch of real Mexicans around since it is a very labor-intensive process and whitey and cholo can't get off the couch long enough to grind away with the molcajete all day long.
 
2012-12-25 12:46:48 PM  
Subby is a gringo.

/Ham? We don't need no stinking ham!!
 
2012-12-25 12:47:43 PM  

Turbo Cojones: CreamFilling: Elvis_Bogart: Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list.  I just don't like the damn things.

Then you haven't tried enough authentic Mexican food. At least tamales are normal ingredients, just poorly arranged.

Agreed, tamales come in more styles than you can shake a stick at: mole, dulce, pollo, salsa verde, puerco, de res it's like the freaking shrimp in the Forrest Gump movie.

Unfortunately it's damn difficult to find real Mexican food unless there are a bunch of real Mexicans around since it is a very labor-intensive process and whitey and cholo can't get off the couch long enough to grind away with the molcajete all day long.


Sad but true. But when grandma comes around, watch out! She will blow you away with goodness...and for the record, listen to her and WRITE DOWN THE RECIPE!!! My grandmother made the best sausage ever and now it's gone because as a kid I thought cooking was 'for ladies'....
 
2012-12-25 12:48:49 PM  

jakrabit: Tamales were a Christmas staple when I was a kid (30 years ago). I don't think anything has changed.

Couple years ago I ordered 2 pounds from a coworker who makes them to order for the holidays. Was very disappointed. They used GRITS! Should have sampled.

/Don't get me wrong, I love grits, just not in a tamale.


That's how they make 'em in central America. The sacrilege is when they wrap the with banana leaves like in Puerto Rico.
 
2012-12-25 12:51:12 PM  
Green?!? Golly gee.

DownDaRiver: Never seen them myself. But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.
I have always, mostly always, found that its the small hole-in the-wall places have the best, most authentic foods. Goes for the carts and trucks to.
Give em a try, you may spend an uncomfortable night in the bathroom here an there, doubt you'll die, but you may be happily suprised.


Nah. I'd rather go to one of those ubiquitous hole-in-the-wall places that has a sign with a large "A" prominently displayed in the window (if you're in SoCal, try La Mascota or Liliana's in Este Los. Crappy neighborhood that you definitely don't want to be in at night, but oh-so-awesome tamales).

Smackledorfer: PreMortem: And menudo @ christmas. That's some good stew. (hold the tripe)

No tripe means it isn't menudo.

Menudo is gross. Tripitas in a taco, however, melt in your mouth.


I love menudo, but sheets of raw tripe gross me out. Yuck.
 
2012-12-25 12:51:16 PM  

dryknife: I made Chiles en Nogada (Chilies in Walnut Sauce) mostly because of the Christmasy colors. A lot of work, but good. Also made a beef tedenderloin for a more traditional fare with usual sides, desserts, etc.
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OH SNAP!
 
2012-12-25 12:54:16 PM  
Hell yeah! I look forward to tamales every year. The best ones are homemade by someone's abuela... I'll buy a dozen and they last me maybe a week. I didn't know they were a holiday food until I moved to the Southwest but now it's something I've added to my list of holiday traditions.
 
2012-12-25 12:56:49 PM  
Moved from Ohio to Texas, and learned of the HIspanic Christmas Tamale tradition.  Loved it.  Last year while visiting in Ohio, I made Tamales and Green Chili for everyone.  My cousins and the younger bunch were excited.  My Uncles just joked about butthurt and were glad the regular Xmas foods were still there to chose from.  Uncle Eddie, the biggest basher of the Tamale mistakenly dumped Green Chili all over his mashed taters thinking it was regular gravy.  When he sat, he saw his mistake and was so bummed out.  Then, he tried it.  His second helping was Taters, Green Chili, and Tamale.. and I've been asked to make it every time I visit.

CSS
 
2012-12-25 12:59:54 PM  

Lorelle: DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]

Señore Clause

Those people hang out in grocery store parking lots in Messican neighborhoods (I was approched by one this afternoon). I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.


I only buy from those guys, and the ones in the wagons.  Never gotten ill from one of those vendors.  On the other hand, the lasts time I ate at a "american" eatery, I got food poisoning.. from Pizza.  It's all a crap shoot.
 
2012-12-25 01:01:02 PM  
Fried Pork tamales with eggs is a little bit of heaven.
 
2012-12-25 01:01:36 PM  

Uncle Tractor: equusdc: Uh, tamales Pretty much ARE a Christmas staple you whitebread gringo. Where the hell are you from? Fargo or Moorehead? Both?

What a christmas staple might look like in my corner of the world:



God jul, alle sammen.

/had ribbe yesterday
//just finished a serving of julekake with sausage and home-made mustard sauce


What in the hell is the purple toothy thing to the left of the lutefisk? It looks like deflated Martian heads.
 
2012-12-25 01:11:49 PM  
Shoot, when I lived in San Antonio, one of the things I always looked forward to this time of year was the Mexican women bringing in loads and loads of tamales. I could eat dozens of them.
 
2012-12-25 01:13:52 PM  

dryknife: I made Chiles en Nogada (Chilies in Walnut Sauce) mostly because of the Christmasy colors. A lot of work, but good. Also made a beef tedenderloin for a more traditional fare with usual sides, desserts, etc.
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 850x603]


Wow. Recipe, plz.
 
2012-12-25 01:15:23 PM  
I had shredded pork/corn tamales with traditional roast pork, refried beans and rice, with HOT salsa verde for christmas breakfast about 5 hours ago. If you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go into a christmas coma, wake up in a couple of hours and singe my asshairs with the upcoming reckoning.
 
2012-12-25 01:16:19 PM  
I just tried a pineapple tamale the other day; surprisingly tasty. Sort of like a steamed empanada.
 
2012-12-25 01:18:01 PM  

SnarfVader: Subby sounds Caucasian gringo.


FTFY.  Most Central and Mexican-Americans are Caucasian.  Hispanicity is independent of race.  I'm hoping you missed the Martin/Zimmerman threads from earlier this year, because we only went over this point a thousand times.
 
2012-12-25 01:19:33 PM  
Anyone up for a delicious guajolota?

i.imgur.com

Accompanied with hot champurrado, of course... :9

/Hay tamales...
 
2012-12-25 01:21:15 PM  

UNC_Samurai: I'm tempted to start making the Reddit Easy Carnitas a thing for Christmas.


I read that Reddit recipe, it is wanting. You want the real deal? Egullet, the woman's name is Jaymes. This rocks.

Egullet Carnitas Recipe
 
2012-12-25 01:24:50 PM  

Bonzo_1116: Uncle Tractor: equusdc: Uh, tamales Pretty much ARE a Christmas staple you whitebread gringo. Where the hell are you from? Fargo or Moorehead? Both?

What a christmas staple might look like in my corner of the world:

God jul, alle sammen.

/had ribbe yesterday
//just finished a serving of julekake with sausage and home-made mustard sauce

What in the hell is the purple toothy thing to the left of the lutefisk? It looks like deflated Martian heads.


Those are the heads of the people who actually ATE the lutefisk.
 
2012-12-25 01:33:06 PM  

TV's Vinnie: log_jammin: DownDaRiver: But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.

same here. They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.

And they would have a more permanent location if their food didn't poison people.

Mexican food makes people shiat geysers even if it IS safe! Imagine what the unsafe stuff would do to your guts.


Yawn.

Tamales not a Christmas thing for me (pierogi aka another filling focused ethnic food that takes forever to make but still totally worth it).

But they had some extra from holiday orders at the place down the street from me. It's *always* hit or miss if they have any prepared - usually miss - and I don't know if they brought in extra grandma help for holiday rush but they were *divine*.

/done with Christmas by midnight mass
//chilling
 
2012-12-25 01:42:05 PM  

log_jammin: DownDaRiver: But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.

same here. They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.


This. Also while travelling on the carnival in the Los Angeles area, I've discovered that these guys tend to have the BEST dime bags of  mota!
 
2012-12-25 01:44:04 PM  
loonatic112358: Oldiron_79: My BFF that is Mexican is wanting to know WTF you Gringos are talking about.

Tamales, which is a most delicious addition to the christmas day meals

tamales for breakfast, tamales for lunch, ham fer dinner

/wife uses hatch chili's when she makes hers


Tamales are like everyday type food, Smoked cow head is like a holiday feast type meal(and delicious)
 
2012-12-25 01:51:22 PM  

dryknife: I made Chiles en Nogada (Chilies in Walnut Sauce) mostly because of the Christmasy colors. A lot of work, but good. Also made a beef tedenderloin for a more traditional fare with usual sides, desserts, etc.
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 850x603]


I've made these before, after reading a recipe for them in "Like Water For Chocolate". They're great, but damn, they take a lot of time and effort. You have to roast and skin the poblano peppers, blanch and skin the walnuts (or the sauce will be bitter), and get the arils out of the pomegranates. I've seen pomegranate arils sold in cups, so that's one less thing to worry about. Now if I could only find pre-skinned walnuts...
 
2012-12-25 01:55:03 PM  

TV's Vinnie: log_jammin: DownDaRiver: But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.

same here. They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.

And they would have a more permanent location if their food didn't poison people.

Mexican food makes people shiat geysers even if it IS safe! Imagine what the unsafe stuff would do to your guts.


Looks like somebody's poor widdle gringo stomach can't handle anything hotter than cinnamon Tic-Tacs. 8^)

/Enjoying homemade tamales and salsa tonight.
//Made by me and my family this morning
///You no can haz none.
 
2012-12-25 02:00:24 PM  

desertfool: Mrs. Fool is Mexican. X-mas eve is time for her homemade tamales. She makes 2 types: one sweet with beans and then another with beef and chile.

/Sonoran style!


Never had a "sweet" tamale, but I have had tamales with raisins in the meat filling. Those are damn good with some green olives, IMO.
 
2012-12-25 02:04:08 PM  

FuryOfFirestorm: ///You no can haz none.


Don't want none. Enjoy your non-Christmassy toilet food.
 
2012-12-25 02:04:42 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Only in the author's diseased, asshole mind it is.

Everyone else is having turkey & ham.


My family doesn't eat meat on Christmas (/Eve), so meh to you.

/Polish
//Fish doesn't count as meat, because the Pope owns Long John Silvers
 
2012-12-25 02:05:49 PM  

EyeBallStu: Smackledorfer: PreMortem: And menudo @ christmas. That's some good stew. (hold the tripe)

No tripe means it isn't menudo.

Menudo is gross. Tripitas in a taco, however, melt in your mouth.

You might want to try Pazole.


Pozole?
 
2012-12-25 02:06:55 PM  

Godscrack: Elvis_Bogart: Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list. I just don't like the damn things.

Stay away from Taco bell. Go out and find the real thing.


I tried the Taco Bell version , and the canned version . Couldn't tell the difference from the real thing .Ugggh
 
2012-12-25 02:10:04 PM  

tweek46420: have you actually had lutefisk


I most certainly have, and this thread has given me a want for more. Gonna look for lutefisk when the stores open again.
 
2012-12-25 02:10:24 PM  
We love tamales, but it takes a long weekend for us to make them. We love pork the best, and we cook it all day (either smoked or roasted) and then pull it that night. Then the next day, we set up an assembly line for tamale-making. The best part is that you can make a ton of them and then freeze what you don't eat...then just take those out and steam them for a delicious meal. We get at least 4 meals out of them. I haven't done it for Christmas, though...not that I wouldn't, we just found a capon that I wanted to roast this year. Tamales might be on my list in the future.
 
2012-12-25 02:12:02 PM  
Subby has both poor taste AND cultural unawareness.
Not only are tamales farking delicious, they've been a Christmas staple of Mexican families for ages.


riverwalk barfly: Had homemade bean/jalapeno tamales for breakfast - chicken and pork for later. Prepared to be as healthy as possible. But there is always lard involved...so, once a year is enough.


Lard has a bad rap. It's healthier than butter; it has a higher proportion of monounsaturated fat. Yet people think nothing of smearing butter on toast or making sauces out of it, but putting a couple tablespoons of lard in a dough? Awful!
 
2012-12-25 02:12:50 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Enjoy your non-Christmassy toilet food.


Toilet food? What are you, 8 years old?
 
2012-12-25 02:14:21 PM  
I love tamales, but to me it's all about the salsa.  A place I used to go to in DE had amazing Tamale sauce, and they'd serve up a dozen tamales for about $10.  I'd get together with some buddies and we'd order a bunch of tamales and beer for a cheap but great dinner.  The sauce they had was red, served warm, smooth, and on the thinner side, with just a little bit of spice-heat but a really full meaty flavor.

Down here in FL most places seem to serve tamales with either a green tomatillo sauce or a red sauce that's very dark, between burgundy and black, and usually cool, and rather bitter.  It's good, but I miss that other type of sauce.

There are a bunch of Latin and Caribbean restaurants around here, and they all have there own different types of tamales.  It's cool to try them all out - Peruvian, Cuban, Salvadoran, Dominican, Puerto Rican, etc, all have little variations.
 
2012-12-25 02:16:54 PM  

Gawdzila: TV's Vinnie: Enjoy your non-Christmassy toilet food.

Toilet food? What are you, 8 years old?


No shiate. Who is this turd? One who is clearly in the wrong thread.....
 
2012-12-25 02:18:24 PM  
Tamales are a fundamental Christmas staple on Texas. There's a family in south fort worth that I call up and make an order you then meet them somewhere like a store or mall when they're ready. I think it's a pretty big deal financially for the poor Hispanic community too.
 
2012-12-25 02:21:03 PM  

Turbo Cojones: CreamFilling: Elvis_Bogart: Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list.  I just don't like the damn things.

Then you haven't tried enough authentic Mexican food. At least tamales are normal ingredients, just poorly arranged.

Agreed, tamales come in more styles than you can shake a stick at: mole, dulce, pollo, salsa verde, puerco, de res it's like the freaking shrimp in the Forrest Gump movie.

Unfortunately it's damn difficult to find real Mexican food unless there are a bunch of real Mexicans around since it is a very labor-intensive process and whitey and cholo can't get off the couch long enough to grind away with the molcajete all day long.


I'm fortunate enough to have a Grandmother that's willing to spend all morning hand-mixing the masa and grinding toasted cumin seeds and crushing the garlic on her molcajete, which is made from volcano rock and handed down from her great-grandmother.
 
2012-12-25 02:23:43 PM  

Lorelle: I NEVER buy tamales from them.


Tamales are easily reheated without damage; if you're worried about them just nuke them when you get home to get them up to a safe temperature.
 
2012-12-25 02:33:08 PM  
Are they on the menu at Taco Bell? If so, I'll give them a try. Mother served me some years ago, but they were froom a can. I didn't like them.
 
2012-12-25 02:33:41 PM  

"Hallo, my fine fellow!"

"Hallo!" returned the boy.

"Do you know the Tamalero's, in the next street but one, at the corner?" Scrooge inquired.

"I should hope I did," replied the lad.

"An intelligent boy!" said Scrooge. "A remarkable boy! Do you know whether they"ve sold the prize Tamale that was hanging up there -- Not the little prize Tamale: the big one?"

"What, the one as big as me?" returned the boy.

"What a delightful boy!" said Scrooge. "It's a pleasure to talk to him. Yes, my buck."

"It's hanging there now," replied the boy.

"Is it?" said Scrooge. "Go and buy it."

Because nothing says "traditional Victorian holiday" quite like tamales.
 
2012-12-25 02:42:12 PM  
There used to be an old Mexican lady in my old neighborhood that would go door-to-door selling tamales.

Curiously, all the neighborhood stray cats started going missing about the time she showed up.

When she got evicted, they found all the strays. Locked in a storage locker... with a bloody butcher block and cleaver.

True CSB. Happy holidays.
 
2012-12-25 02:47:54 PM  
wonkette.com

Made with real hobos!!
 
2012-12-25 02:52:49 PM  
OMG this thread is making me sooo hungry. I've had great tamales in Cancun, at La Destileria IIRC, but I don't recall ever having a good one in the US. Even when I had several Mexican American friends when I lived in Detroit. In fact I don't recall any of them even ordering tamales. Menudo however... I have had some delicious menudo.

Anyhow I just wanted to add that my "make only at Christmas because it's a PITA" dish is apple strudel.
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I haven't made that in years but home made strudel is THE Christmas dish as far as I am concerned.
 
2012-12-25 02:53:29 PM  

JonnyBGoode: There used to be an old Mexican lady in my old neighborhood that would go door-to-door selling tamales.

Curiously, all the neighborhood stray cats started going missing about the time she showed up.

When she got evicted, they found all the strays. Locked in a storage locker... with a bloody butcher block and cleaver.

True CSB. Happy holidays.


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2012-12-25 03:18:04 PM  
Being from the Midwest, we generally never heard of having Mexican food for the holidays.

Imagine that.

Different regions have different holiday food.

An amazing though, I know.
 
2012-12-25 03:18:56 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: I love tamales, but to me it's all about the salsa.  A place I used to go to in DE had amazing Tamale sauce, and they'd serve up a dozen tamales for about $10.  I'd get together with some buddies and we'd order a bunch of tamales and beer for a cheap but great dinner.  The sauce they had was red, served warm, smooth, and on the thinner side, with just a little bit of spice-heat but a really full meaty flavor.

Down here in FL most places seem to serve tamales with either a green tomatillo sauce or a red sauce that's very dark, between burgundy and black, and usually cool, and rather bitter.  It's good, but I miss that other type of sauce.


Like a mole' sauce?
 
2012-12-25 03:21:57 PM  

Elvis_Bogart: Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list.  I just don't like the damn things.


This. Mexican food is my favourite but I just can't with tamales.
 
2012-12-25 03:32:43 PM  
Here in NM, i frequent the mexican meat market frequently.One thing I saw this year were strawberry a pineapple tamales for sale.Strange, huh? Huevos a la mexicano burritos, FTW!Having xmas in NM this year, not going to Texas, too much driving.Last year, too much snow and ice.
 
2012-12-25 03:36:59 PM  
I was about to go all WHAT THE FARK IS WRONG WITH YOU on all of the people in this thread that not only don't already know this, but actually profess that they don't like tamales. Then I remembered that a lot of you maybe didn't grow up in the west or southwest.

Here's the thing about tamales: they are really, really hard to get right. They are my favorite Mexican food, and I've never really liked any tamal I've ever had from a restaurant. As in, legitimate taquerias that do killer al pastor and serve pozole on weekends somehow make middling-to-poor tamales, in my experience thus far.

The abuelita in the parking lot of the supermercado, or going door to door with a Rubbermaid, on the other hand? The ones where you pay a few bucks for a foil-wrapped pack, and sit down to play a game of Russian Roulette with the god of gastroenteritis? Those are absolutely the ones you want to try.
 
2012-12-25 03:46:12 PM  

Lorelle: DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]

Señore Clause

Those people hang out in grocery store parking lots in Messican neighborhoods (I was approched by one this afternoon). I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.


I often buy tamales on the street-always great and inexepensive
 
2012-12-25 03:48:52 PM  

I_Love_Cheesecake: Tamales are delicious. So are:

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Chuchitos

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Paches


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I don' have to show you any stinking paches!
 
2012-12-25 04:11:16 PM  
I wonder how the taste compares with Mississippi tamales? I believe the delta ones are simmered, use corn meal, and are spicier.
 
2012-12-25 04:11:45 PM  
The Mexican ladies where I work bring them in to sell every day. 3 for $1 'murican. Them phuqers are waaaaay better than the Hormel tamales in a can.

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2012-12-25 04:14:03 PM  

Lorelle: DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]

Señore Clause

Those people hang out in grocery store parking lots in Messican neighborhoods (I was approched by one this afternoon). I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.


You're missing out. Those are the best. No less safe than the gas station sushi, or that beef you just finished shredding.
 
2012-12-25 04:25:27 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: TV's Vinnie: Only in the author's diseased, asshole mind it is.

Everyone else is having turkey & ham.

My family doesn't eat meat on Christmas (/Eve), so meh to you.

/Polish
//Fish doesn't count as meat, because the Pope owns Long John Silvers


Cream of mushroom soup at the Wigilia, too? Ours was made with prawdziwek mushrooms, which grow in the region my father's family was from.
i'll take the Mexican feast over the Wigilia any day... except the mushroom soup. That was fantastic.

/Yea, that's right. i'm Polican.
 
2012-12-25 04:31:25 PM  

Uncle Tractor: equusdc: Uh, tamales Pretty much ARE a Christmas staple you whitebread gringo. Where the hell are you from? Fargo or Moorehead? Both?

What a christmas staple might look like in my corner of the world:

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God jul, alle sammen.

/had ribbe yesterday
//just finished a serving of julekake with sausage and home-made mustard sauce


I heard that stuff tastes like Stevie Nicks' wormy snatch.
 
2012-12-25 04:40:40 PM  

Tumunga: The Mexican ladies where I work bring them in to sell every day. 3 for $1 'murican. Them phuqers are waaaaay better than the Hormel tamales in a can.

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I love Hormel tamales. their my one overprocessed sodium laden guilty pleasure. I throw them in a small casserole dish, top them with cheese and bake them. I live in Palm Beach county, FL. I've got no shortage of places to go for the "real deal". most of them just don't impress me.
 
2012-12-25 04:46:32 PM  

PreMortem: And menudo @ christmas. That's some good stew. (hold the tripe)


in east LA in the mid 60s menudo was the go to hangover cure.
 
2012-12-25 04:48:58 PM  

Tumunga: The Mexican ladies where I work bring them in to sell every day. 3 for $1 'murican. Them phuqers are waaaaay better than the Hormel tamales in a can.


Went out on a date the other night with a woman I just met. During dinner she said she liked tamales in the can.
I said, Hey, sweety, I barely know you, beside my name is Mike.
 
2012-12-25 04:50:38 PM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: ReapTheChaos:
So very true.  Also, if the place if full of Mexicans, you know they have good Mexican food.

This is utter bullshiat. You can find all kinds of people patronizing crappy restaurants. Cheap and fast gets you customers just as effectively as quality.


dv-ous: ReapTheChaos: DownDaRiver: I have always, mostly always, found that its the small hole-in the-wall places have the best, most authentic foods. Goes for the carts and trucks to.

So very true.  Also, if the place if full of Mexicans, you know they have good Mexican food.

The Chinese buffet near here is always full of Mexicans. (Although the food's better than average, I'm pretty sure they're not making mexican food.)

Could it be lower-income working class folks are just looking for cheap eats?

Also, McDonald's full of Americans; that doesn't make the McRib good barbecue.



Think what you want, but if you want the best authentic Mexican food, odds are it's going to be some hole in the wall place you never noticed and in a part of town you rarely go to. It will be owned and staffed by Mexicans and 95% of the customers are Mexican.

Is this true 100% of the time?  Of course not, its just a good rule of thumb.
 
2012-12-25 04:58:29 PM  
Tamales are the traditional Mexican Christmas food, among others.

Considering our burgeoning Mexican population, its really no wonder this has happened.
 
2012-12-25 05:00:20 PM  

ReapTheChaos:  Also, if the place if full of Mexicans, you know they have good Mexican food.


That isn't always true. It might just be really cheap food.
 
2012-12-25 05:04:29 PM  

FuryOfFirestorm: Turbo Cojones: CreamFilling: Elvis_Bogart: Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list.  I just don't like the damn things.

Then you haven't tried enough authentic Mexican food. At least tamales are normal ingredients, just poorly arranged.

Agreed, tamales come in more styles than you can shake a stick at: mole, dulce, pollo, salsa verde, puerco, de res it's like the freaking shrimp in the Forrest Gump movie.

Unfortunately it's damn difficult to find real Mexican food unless there are a bunch of real Mexicans around since it is a very labor-intensive process and whitey and cholo can't get off the couch long enough to grind away with the molcajete all day long.

I'm fortunate enough to have a Grandmother that's willing to spend all morning hand-mixing the masa and grinding toasted cumin seeds and crushing the garlic on her molcajete, which is made from volcano rock and handed down from her great-grandmother.


Wanna be my friend? Better yet, is your GrandMa married?
 
2012-12-25 05:35:18 PM  

Krieghund: ReapTheChaos:  Also, if the place if full of Mexicans, you know they have good Mexican food.

That isn't always true. It might just be really cheap food.


Maybe, but, I worked for a company that traded beans, they are a commodity just like most other things. Anyway, while I worked there I learned that the best quality beans go to Mexico and South America. They wouldn't buy the lower grades that the US usually bought.
They may like cheap food, who doesn't, they (not all of course) work low paying jobs. So they want the most they can get for their buck. But that doesn't mean they are cheap. If it isn't good, they're not buying it. Also, word spreads fast. If one vendor is selling crap, you can believe they won't be around long because there are plenty others willing to step in and take the business away.
 
2012-12-25 06:04:35 PM  

dryknife: I made Chiles en Nogada (Chilies in Walnut Sauce) mostly because of the Christmasy colors. A lot of work, but good. Also made a beef tedenderloin for a more traditional fare with usual sides, desserts, etc.
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Been to Puebla?

That dish is the staple for the city. Which is an amazing city. Very impressive execution of the dish btw...
 
2012-12-25 06:09:47 PM  

equusdc: Fargo


Most likely some armpit of America.

Best tamales I've ever had was in san jose del cabo, street vendor, the family had 1 table and 2 chairs.
The brought their own plates and forks from their home.
We sat and ate their amazing homemade tamales for about 2 hours while chatting with them.
Wash down a raisin and cinnamon with a cup of atole.... mmm
 
2012-12-25 06:36:26 PM  
This is a sign of the end of America as we knew it.
 
2012-12-25 06:46:02 PM  
When I lived in SoCal, people would drag carts full of tamales around selling them. Never bought any, because I don't like them.
 
2012-12-25 06:49:45 PM  
Making (heating) crab legs for Christmas dinner. Would KILL for a few good tamales to munch on. Say what you will about Messicans. They got some AWESOME vittles!
 
2012-12-25 07:08:13 PM  
The racist version of this story goes:

Q: Why do mexicans eat tamales on Christmas?

A: So the kids have something to open Christmas morning.

(Personally, I love tamales)
 
2012-12-25 07:35:36 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: TV's Vinnie: Only in the author's diseased, asshole mind it is.

Everyone else is having turkey & ham.

My family doesn't eat meat on Christmas (/Eve), so meh to you.

/Polish
//Fish doesn't count as meat, because the Pope owns Long John Silvers


Hey SITG, what are your favorite Polish dishes? My grandmother (not Polish) used to make golumpki (sp?) which, I did not know until I worked with a Pole, is Polish for pigeon. I was never sure if she picked the name up from the large Polish population of Detroit or if the name is just similar to her native language (Croatian). Anyhow based upon my visits to Polish restaurants in Detroit and Chicago it seems like she cooked a lot of dishes common to Poles (and a few German dishes as well).

/favorite "Mexican" restaurant in Detroit was Armando's but the best dishes there were Cuban IMHO.
 
2012-12-25 08:04:57 PM  

litespeed74: dryknife: I made Chiles en Nogada (Chilies in Walnut Sauce) mostly because of the Christmasy colors. A lot of work, but good.

Been to Puebla?

That dish is the staple for the city. Which is an amazing city. Very impressive execution of the dish btw...


Have not been to Puebla; got the recipe and history for the dish in "The Cuisines of Mexico - Diana Kennedy." The picture is a GIS but my attempt looked the same (Mrs Dryknife took a couple of pics but they're in her phone.)
 
2012-12-25 08:11:41 PM  
Hopefully I'm not hijacking this thread too much but it gave me a nostalgia for "ethnic" dishes. Any Minneapolis farkers here? I used to live within walking distance of Kramaczuk's in NE Minneapolis. Loved that place. Unfortunately I was paying for college myself so I hardly could afford to buy anything. I used go in a couple times a week for the free samples and I would buy a single item. Usually what ever sausage was on sale.
 
2012-12-25 08:16:58 PM  

rwfan: Hopefully I'm not hijacking this thread too much but it gave me a nostalgia for "ethnic" dishes. Any Minneapolis farkers here? I used to live within walking distance of Kramaczuk's in NE Minneapolis. Loved that place. Unfortunately I was paying for college myself so I hardly could afford to buy anything. I used go in a couple times a week for the free samples and I would buy a single item. Usually what ever sausage was on sale.


that
place
IS
AWESOME
 
2012-12-25 08:17:49 PM  
BECAUSE THEY ARE DELICIOUS FAILMITTER!!!!
 
2012-12-25 08:26:58 PM  

tweek46420: rwfan: Hopefully I'm not hijacking this thread too much but it gave me a nostalgia for "ethnic" dishes. Any Minneapolis farkers here? I used to live within walking distance of Kramaczuk's in NE Minneapolis. Loved that place. Unfortunately I was paying for college myself so I hardly could afford to buy anything. I used go in a couple times a week for the free samples and I would buy a single item. Usually what ever sausage was on sale.

that
place
IS
AWESOME


I took a lot of my friends there for the first time (this was a long time ago, their popularity seems to have risen quite a bit since then). Hopefully I made up for all the free samples I ate. Lord knows I did not spend a lot of money there.
 
2012-12-25 08:28:01 PM  

Queen Amy: A Mexican friend told me it's traditional for Mexican families to serve tamales on Christmas Day, to make sure the children have something to unwrap.

/old joke is old
/racist joke is racist


That's what my spare Mexican Mom used to tell me too. Was never sure if she was being serious since they grew up SERIOUSLY poor, or just took the old racist joke and made it her own.

Seriously awesome tamales that lady made. Sure do miss her and her "When you gonna get a haircut, whiteboy"
 
2012-12-25 08:43:26 PM  

XplodedSynapses: StreetlightInTheGhetto: TV's Vinnie: Only in the author's diseased, asshole mind it is.

Everyone else is having turkey & ham.

My family doesn't eat meat on Christmas (/Eve), so meh to you.

/Polish
//Fish doesn't count as meat, because the Pope owns Long John Silvers

Cream of mushroom soup at the Wigilia, too? Ours was made with prawdziwek mushrooms, which grow in the region my father's family was from.
i'll take the Mexican feast over the Wigilia any day... except the mushroom soup. That was fantastic.

/Yea, that's right. i'm Polican.


We make potato and farmer's cheese pierogi from scratch (Takes multiple people an entire day of work... I still refuse to believe my grandma used to do that entirely on her own for a family of six holy crap), baked whitefish, and now for some reason I'm on the hook to make a spinach pie entree for every family party.  Stupidly I make them really well.  We used to do mushroom soup on Christmas but now we just do it for Easter, with farmer's cheese/egg/kielbalsa and fresh rye bread... damn is that good.  Almost better than pierogi, but I can make the cheese/egg/kielbalsa breakfast a few times a year.  Pierogi is most assuredly a once-a-year deal.

I think I'm gonna place a tamale order into the place down the street next year, though.  Since I'm just chilling at home on Christmas Day anyhow.

/all my relatives were aghast that the SO has to work today and offered condolences
//I was like "well... he got Christmas Eve and Thanksgiving off, and, you know, we don't *do* anything on Christmas..." (used to visit grandmas, but better place etc.)
 
2012-12-25 08:46:44 PM  

XplodedSynapses: StreetlightInTheGhetto: TV's Vinnie: Only in the author's diseased, asshole mind it is.

Everyone else is having turkey & ham.

My family doesn't eat meat on Christmas (/Eve), so meh to you.

/Polish
//Fish doesn't count as meat, because the Pope owns Long John Silvers

Cream of mushroom soup at the Wigilia, too? Ours was made with prawdziwek mushrooms, which grow in the region my father's family was from.
i'll take the Mexican feast over the Wigilia any day... except the mushroom soup. That was fantastic.

/Yea, that's right. i'm Polican.


Speaking of awesome mushrooms, my grandma smuggled a bunch of dry ones back the last time she visited her hometown in Poland.  So delicious.  And pretty hardcore of my grandma, I was impressed, but no pathetic little customs agent was gonna stop her from having those mushrooms.

Ours is cream of mushroom technically but really, really light on the cream.  And I think we use kielbalsa for the broth somehow, although it's not in the soup itself.

/mmm mushroom soup
 
2012-12-25 09:04:42 PM  

rwfan: StreetlightInTheGhetto: TV's Vinnie: Only in the author's diseased, asshole mind it is.

Everyone else is having turkey & ham.

My family doesn't eat meat on Christmas (/Eve), so meh to you.

/Polish
//Fish doesn't count as meat, because the Pope owns Long John Silvers

Hey SITG, what are your favorite Polish dishes? My grandmother (not Polish) used to make golumpki (sp?) which, I did not know until I worked with a Pole, is Polish for pigeon. I was never sure if she picked the name up from the large Polish population of Detroit or if the name is just similar to her native language (Croatian). Anyhow based upon my visits to Polish restaurants in Detroit and Chicago it seems like she cooked a lot of dishes common to Poles (and a few German dishes as well).

/favorite "Mexican" restaurant in Detroit was Armando's but the best dishes there were Cuban IMHO.


Gołąbki, yep.  There's apparently a lot of crossover - like, the dish my mom made growing up when she didn't have time to really cook was egg noodles with cream cheese on top and kielbalsa on the side.  Apparently that's Hungarian, IIRC.

My favorite dishes in general are any of the zillions of Polish soups that exist (dill pickle - I used to dislike pickles growing up til I had that, wild mushroom, barley, sorrell, rosół (really simple chicken broth with thin noodle soup), cold berry soups in the summer, sauerkraut/kielbalsa, etc...),  Cucumbers in sour cream and dill, herring various ways, salad with fresh cream herb dressing, and *fresh* rye bread.

I love golabki, my grandma's pierogi is a once a year thing for me but I'll order it from time to time if I'm in Hamtramck, potato pancakes, crepes - especially with savory filling.  Goulash either over egg noodles or potato pancake (again, Hungarian but somehow ended up Polish-y to me).  Bigos but I haven't had it in years and years.  Dill/herb grilled chicken too.

I actually don't eat main dishes as often (so much work), but make different soups on a pretty frequent clip.  Actually about that time of year for me to break out dill pickle again... but now I kinda want to make wild mushroom for some odd reason.

Ha, my family used to go to Armando's.  "Mexican" indeed, but it's still pretty good when you want something filling.
 
2012-12-25 09:46:33 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Gołąbki, yep.  There's apparently a lot of crossover - like, the dish my mom made growing up when she didn't have time to really cook was egg noodles with cream cheese on top and kielbalsa on the side.  Apparently that's Hungarian, IIRC.

My favorite dishes in general are any of the zillions of Polish soups that exist (dill pickle - I used to dislike pickles growing up til I had that, wild mushroom, barley, sorrell, rosół (really simple chicken broth with thin noodle soup), cold berry soups in the summer, sauerkraut/kielbalsa, etc...),  Cucumbers in sour cream and dill, herring various ways, salad with fresh cream herb dressing, and *fresh* rye bread.

I love golabki, my grandma's pierogi is a once a year thing for me but I'll order it from time to time if I'm in Hamtramck, potato pancakes, crepes - especially with savory filling.  Goulash either over egg noodles or potato pancake (again, Hungarian but somehow ended up Polish-y to me).  Bigos but I haven't had it in years and years.  Dill/herb grilled chicken too.

I actually don't eat main dishes as often (so much work), but make different soups on a pretty frequent clip. Actually about that time of year for me to break out dill pickle again... but now I kinda want to make wild mushroom for some odd reason.

Ha, my family used to go to Armando's. "Mexican" indeed, but it's still pretty good when you want something filling.


When I was going to Armando's the neighborhood was pretty rough. It was normal for hookers and dealers to be on the street in front of the place. Hopefully it's in better shape.

Dill and herring sounds more like Scandinavian to me (which is my father's side). Sounds like your family is from northern Poland. My idea of Polish cooking lies more with the Austrian and Hungarian side. I like kielbasa but I have not had good quality sausage since I left Minneapolis (Kramaczuk's). I really miss that place. I can't imagine why I never came across a similar place in Detroit or Chicago.
 
2012-12-25 10:02:16 PM  

rwfan: Dill and herring sounds more like Scandinavian to me (which is my father's side). Sounds like your family is from northern Poland. My idea of Polish cooking lies more with the Austrian and Hungarian side. I like kielbasa but I have not had good quality sausage since I left Minneapolis (Kramaczuk's). I really miss that place. I can't imagine why I never came across a similar place in Detroit or Chicago.


Actually, my grandma's from a village outside of Krakow but I'm pretty sure my grandpa was from the north.  He came to the states as a preteen and pretty much turned around and ended up in Europe during WWII, and my grandma came back with him.  They met in either Hungary somehow and were married in Austria IIRC... I didn't know that until her funeral + my aunt doing genealogy research.

We didn't have herring all that often at family meals - I remember that and aspic pigs feet as stuff I steadfastly avoided as a little kid - but somehow it started coming around again in the past few years.  Just the herring (have some in the fridge from Christmas Eve, whee), although the aspic made an appearance a few years ago.  Mom + brothers and sisters were all stupid excited, myself + brother + cousins still refused (to their hilarious chagrin).

Dill, though... dill in everything.  Somehow I've managed to win over my Irish/Italian SO on how awesome dill is.  My Polish uncle has a garden where the only two herbs he grows are huge amounts of dill and basil (my Aunt is Italian but works in a Polish restaurant, and kicks ass at making both).
 
2012-12-25 10:05:22 PM  

rwfan: StreetlightInTheGhetto: Gołąbki, yep.  There's apparently a lot of crossover - like, the dish my mom made growing up when she didn't have time to really cook was egg noodles with cream cheese on top and kielbalsa on the side.  Apparently that's Hungarian, IIRC.

My favorite dishes in general are any of the zillions of Polish soups that exist (dill pickle - I used to dislike pickles growing up til I had that, wild mushroom, barley, sorrell, rosół (really simple chicken broth with thin noodle soup), cold berry soups in the summer, sauerkraut/kielbalsa, etc...),  Cucumbers in sour cream and dill, herring various ways, salad with fresh cream herb dressing, and *fresh* rye bread.

I love golabki, my grandma's pierogi is a once a year thing for me but I'll order it from time to time if I'm in Hamtramck, potato pancakes, crepes - especially with savory filling.  Goulash either over egg noodles or potato pancake (again, Hungarian but somehow ended up Polish-y to me).  Bigos but I haven't had it in years and years.  Dill/herb grilled chicken too.

I actually don't eat main dishes as often (so much work), but make different soups on a pretty frequent clip. Actually about that time of year for me to break out dill pickle again... but now I kinda want to make wild mushroom for some odd reason.

Ha, my family used to go to Armando's. "Mexican" indeed, but it's still pretty good when you want something filling.

When I was going to Armando's the neighborhood was pretty rough. It was normal for hookers and dealers to be on the street in front of the place. Hopefully it's in better shape.

Dill and herring sounds more like Scandinavian to me (which is my father's side). Sounds like your family is from northern Poland. My idea of Polish cooking lies more with the Austrian and Hungarian side. I like kielbasa but I have not had good quality sausage since I left Minneapolis (Kramaczuk's). I really miss that place. I can't imagine why I never came across a similar place in Detr ...


Oh, and as for the kielbalsa... man.  Other than Kiewalski (which is everywhere) the Polish market by my Mom's house has like 30 different varieties.  The Polish place in Ann Arbor has a respectable selection, but I buy it sparingly because if I come home with that, fresh rye, mustard and horseradish the SO will eat it breakfast, lunch, and dinner til it's gone.

Oddly enough, the Russian place (which is just down the street and *not* all the way across town like the Polish place is) kinda sucks.
 
2012-12-25 10:16:27 PM  

FuryOfFirestorm: desertfool: Mrs. Fool is Mexican. X-mas eve is time for her homemade tamales. She makes 2 types: one sweet with beans and then another with beef and chile.

/Sonoran style!

Never had a "sweet" tamale, but I have had tamales with raisins in the meat filling. Those are damn good with some green olives, IMO.


Beans with brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, raisins. I think it is her family recipe, not something traditional from Sonora. The beef with chiles is more Sonora style. I can eat a bunch of the sweet bean tamales.
 
2012-12-25 10:35:44 PM  
Not one picture of George at little Jerry's fight. I am disappoint.

Tamaleeeee
 
2012-12-26 12:53:24 AM  

billybobtoo: Are they on the menu at Taco Bell? If so, I'll give them a try.


ಠ_ಠ
 
2012-12-26 01:51:11 AM  
So mexican kids will have something to open on Christmas morning.
 
2012-12-26 02:34:42 AM  
Tamales are proof that the Universe loves you and wants you to have nice things.
 
2012-12-26 09:17:12 AM  

ReapTheChaos: Think what you want, but if you want the best authentic Mexican food, odds are it's going to be some hole in the wall place you never noticed and in a part of town you rarely go to. It will be owned and staffed by Mexicans and 95% of the customers are Mexican.


"The best Mexican restaurants tend to be a hole in the wall with primarily Mexican patrons and customers" is not the same as "If it's a hole in the wall with primarily Mexican patrons and customers it will be good Mexican food". All widgets are not woozles.
 
2012-12-27 03:05:41 AM  

DownDaRiver: Tumunga: The Mexican ladies where I work bring them in to sell every day. 3 for $1 'murican. Them phuqers are waaaaay better than the Hormel tamales in a can.

Went out on a date the other night with a woman I just met. During dinner she said she liked tamales in the can.
I said, Hey, sweety, I barely know you, beside my name is Mike.


WHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!1! HowboutchEEE!!!
 
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