Christmas Tamales and Morning Traditions

I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. This whole holiday season has been the most amazing, honest experience I’ve had in a long time. I love Christmas! It truly does bring out the best (and the worst) in people, but I think that it’s not necessarily Christmas that brings about the worst, it’s our misunderstanding of what is really important: togetherness, happiness, tenderness, contentment and compassion. I hope you carry these things with you always, through theses sometimes strenuous times, and into the new beautiful year of 2012.

This year I decided to offer my “tamale services” to my friends and family. I was both lucky and fortunate to share these amazing tasty morsels with others this year. It’s a new tradition that I decided to take on because the prices, quality and distance I had to travel to buy decent tamales, seemed to not be worth the hassle in the last couple of years. I love being able to decide what to put in  my tamales, from the beautiful homemade sauces: slowly simmered broths from roasted bones, vegetables and lots of toasted coriander and cumin, to the freshly braised varieties of meats, roasted chilies and luscious cheese, which all combine to make the perfect melding of flavor and freshness.  This year I exceeded my previous year’s number by over 100, making around 250 tamales of several varieties for friends and family. It was one of those things where I was able to create without recipes, but with just feelings and intuition: my favorite type of cooking.
Here’s a little photo journey of my cooking adventure.

I also made traditional pozole (you can find that recipe here) for my family for Christmas morning and tested out a new idea for menudo; both were a smashing success.  I want to thank my sister and brother-in-law for allowing me to proceed with my madness in our home through all hours of the night and my little niece for bringing a smile to my face even when I was thinking at 4:00 a.m., “What did I get myself into?” But it was all worth it! I hope you put some of your favorite traditions on the plates of your loved ones this joyous season.
Happy holidays to you and yours and a wonderful 2012!
Love Kimberly

8 thoughts on “Christmas Tamales and Morning Traditions

  1. I have heard of Christmas tamales, but unfortunately not had a chance to try them.
    In Germany, we split between presents etc. on Christmas Eve, and a huge lunch (goose, mostly) on Christmas day.
    Hope you have recovered!

  2. Thank you so much Kimberly! Your tamales were fabulous!
    Can’t wait till next Christmas to have them again :)
    Love your food
    Love your blog
    Love you!

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    • tamales can be made vegetarian but are mostly made with pig fat in the masa for extra flavor. thanks!

  4. Oh you are hardcore girl! All of that work was well worth it though, I’m sure! Look at all those goodies – what a lucky family you’ve got! Hope you’re having a great New Year so far Kimberly =)

  5. Tamales are on my list of things to take on this year. Being in my neck of the woods, they aren’t a very common dish, but I love them. 250 is a liiiittle much for a new comer though, so I’m going to leave that up to you. 😉

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