tamales

You’re not going to believe this,
but I was born sitting at the kitchen
table with a tamale already in hand.
Of course, some say, that I was born
on a pool table, but that’s another
story.

I still remember the hogs head
simmering in a pot as my uncle
Louie and his buddies sat listening
respectfully as my grandfather
spoke about times gone by. [Mas…]

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POCHO’s Subcommandanta del Ñews, Sara Inés Calderón, shares everything you need to know about Sansgiven, the Mexican Thanksgiving. She’s @SaraChicaD on the Twitter.

Happy holidays to all.

Turkey, ham, tamales, eggnog y todo, this is the time of the year where you put a lot of stuff “on hold” till next year, while we get together with familia and friends. It’s a beautiful time of the year, where putting something on the back burner for awhile isn’t such a bad idea.

Some things, however, can’t be procrastinated upon, lest other problems be incurred. Keeping oneself in clean clothes is one of them. [Mas…]

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Evenuelto en Hojas in Quintana Roo specializes in tamales made with amor, and atole. How can you go wrong? [Video by Mariana de la Rosa.]

(PNS reporting from HUNTINGTON BEACH) Area sales manager Rick Miller is happy to share his new-found Spanish vocabulary with co-workers, buds from the office disclosed Tuesday.

Miller (photo), who explained that he went to a barbecue Sunday over at his new Mexican-American neighbors’ house, informed early arrivals at yesterday’s quarterly sales meeting that a limon is actually what we call a lime in English, and lemons are limas in Spanish. [Mas…]

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Student Video: ‘Making tamales with Yamelith’ (and her mom)

by JEFE BOYARDEE December 2, 2016 Cultura
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We bet this looks familiar! Yamelith made tamales with her mom over the Thanksgiving weekend and shared her experience in this student video, uploaded by the Charles W. Harris School in Phoenix, AZ.

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POCHO’s @SaraChicaD wishes you a Happy Mexican Sansgiven (video)

by Sara Inés Calderón November 22, 2016 Cultura
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POCHO’s Subcommandanta del Ñews, Sara Inés Calderón, shares everything you need to know about Sansgiven, the Mexican Thanksgiving. She’s @SaraChicaD on the Twitter.

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Tamaleros on every corner are a good idea, too (videos)

by Comic Saenz September 15, 2016 Cultura
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See the guy with the tamales in the hot box on wheels? He’s well-known in San Pedro, home of the Port of Los Angeles, on the south side of the City of Angels. This vato — The Tamale Guy — even has his own reviews (good ones!) on Yelp: Legalizing street vendors like the Tamale […]

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Mexican food without those Mexicans: Tamales, $110, delivered

by EresNerd August 22, 2016 Cultura
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Got a hankerin’ for authentic Mexican tamales made with stone ground corn, top quality meats, lard, spices and natural flavoring? How would you like those little “Mexican power bars” delivered to your door all frozen and stuff? Got $110? There are three colors to choose from, all for just under $20 a pound! Here’s your […]

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All about the ‘Maiz’ (video)

by Barney Asada August 9, 2016 Cultura
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Corn — Maiz — is central in the Mexican food culture and was first cultivated over 100 centuries ago. Here is a short tribute to maiz, the golden gift of Mother Nature. [Video by Marysol.]

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La Cucaracha: Another July 4, another all-American cookout (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz July 5, 2016 Cartoons
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De Alba Bakery makes tamales, donuts y rosca de reyes (videos)

by JEFE BOYARDEE June 22, 2016 Cultura
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How do the three Texas locations (McAllen, Mission, Pharr) of De Alba Bakery de La Familia make tamales, donuts and rosca de reyes? Glad you asked!  We’ve got (three) videos: Tamales (two kinds:)

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Cooking students in Tabasco make world’s longest tamal (videos)

by MOSCA MEXICAN May 9, 2016 Cultura
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Gastronomy students at the Tabasco campus of the Autonomous University of Guadalajara broke a Guinness world record Saturday with the world’s longest tamal — a tamal wrapped in Yucatan-style banana leaves instead of the corn husks used in other parts of Mexico. And remember, kids, there is NO SUCH THING AS A “TAMALE:”

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Happy Mexican Thanksgiving – Sansgiven – from @SaraChicaD (video)

by Comic Saenz November 26, 2015 Cultura
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POCHO’s Subcommandanta del Ñews, Sara Inés Calderón, shares everything you need to know about Sansgiven, the Mexican Thanksgiving. She’s @SaraChicaD on the Twitter.

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Pocho Ocho best ways to tell if your tamales are illegal

by Especial Correspondents November 19, 2015 Cultura
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After the Border Patrol at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) confiscated and incinerated 450 “illegal tamales” flown in from Mexico (photo), we asked tamale experts how law-abiding citizens could determine if their tamales were also illegal. After all, when tamales are illegal, only illegals will have tamales. Here are the Pocho Ocho Best Ways to […]

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When life hands you a blob of masa, make tamales!

by Estefania Zavala November 16, 2015 Cultura
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When I arrived at Northgate Gonzalez market and was immediately handed a free apron that read I ❤️ Tamales and several blobs of uncooked masa, I knew immediately I had made the right decision for a Friday night. Even my mother, who invited herself along after her favorite novela was cancelled due to soccer, looked […]

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No underground oven? Try animated DDLM tamales (video)

by Barney Asada November 9, 2015 Cartoons
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Looking for a Yucatan oven-baked tamales for Dia de Los Muertos? It’s easy when have a magical animation kitchen. Video creator Mariel Buenfil explains:

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Pocho Ocho Important Facts for Mexicans about El Ocho de Mayo

by Especial Correspondents May 8, 2015 Cultura
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Our Mexican friends have many misconceptions about today’s American celebration of El Ocho de Mayo. It is NOT the day the British burned the White House, for example, and it is NOT the day Gerry Rivers became Geraldo Rivera. Help a hermano out with the Pocho Ocho Top Facts Mexicans Should Know about El Ocho […]

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Pocho Ocho top reasons Obama’s State of the Union gave us a sad

by ERES NERD Y PROFESSOR EQUIS January 22, 2015 El Now
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Despite the his many significant accomplishments and chingon new proposals, we were disappointed by what President Obama didn’t say at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. Here are the Pocho Ocho top reasons Obama’s SOTU gave us a sad: 8. Still no federal funding for Flying Trocas research. 7. Didn’t announce plan to make […]

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It’s the time of the season — got tamales? (photo gallery)

by JEFE BOYARDEE December 19, 2014 Cultura
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Ask A Mexican: Why do Mexicans eat tamales during Christmas? (video)

by Comic Saenz December 11, 2014 Cultura
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♫ ♬ Masa roasting by an open fire… ♫ ♬ Wait; that masa thing doesn’t sound right. Dear Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano: Why do Mexicans eat tamales during Christmas? Previously on tamales:

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The Gay 90s: Hot tamales on Broadway, New York City, 1894 (toon)

by MOSCA MEXICAN August 4, 2014 Cartoons
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This cartoon, from 1894, is by Archie Dunn. The tamalero seems to be wearing a chef’s hat (?) and using a charcoal burner to keep the tamales hot. What do you think his medallion signifies? And aren’t the “Gay Nineties” couple elegant? Are they daredevils eating exotic street food or just another drunk couple with […]

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Public Service Announcement: No such thing as a ‘tamale’ (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN December 13, 2013 Cultura
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As POCHO Subcommandanta del Ñews Sara Inés Calderón (she’s @SaraChicaD on the Twitter) noted the other day, there is no such thing as a “tamale.” There is one TAMAL and and there are plural TAMALES. Thanks in advance for your cooperation in getting this distinction across. PREVIOUSLY ON TAMALES:

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