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
Cheer
-Unrivaledkitch

One more before I fly away

I’m getting in a couple of entries because I’m sure I’m not going to have computer access much when I’m in North Carolina which is fine by me but i cooked a lot today and i would like to share a bit more of it before i leave for about 5 days. My bags are packed I’m about to leave for the airport in three hours.

Well now seeing as I cook for my sister and brother in law most of the time, I hate when i leave because i know they go out to eat or eat some weird bagel or just pot stickers and i just don’t like a lot of the choices out there. I’d rather just cook something so i know whats going into it and even more so now my sister doesn’t really set a toe it the kitchen anymore which is fine when I’m here but when I’m not it produces a bit of a problem. So to adjust to that problem i decided to spend about 3 or 4 hours in the kitchen today making food for them for when I’m gone pack up the fridge and leave it to beaver .

Plus for my own sake i had to get in a good amount of cooking or while I’m gone I’ll go crazy…

Eat

Homemade Marinara for pasta (picture taken before blending)

Chicken Parmesan and ricotta

Chicken celery and rice casserole

Meatballs with parsley and red onion

Chopped Chicken tacos

Turkey potato and white corn soup

Colby chicken ranch sandwich

Okonomiyaki
(this is a Japanese style savory pancake that I love my bachan used to make them for me after the holiday. It is one of my favorite things to eat. most serve it with a lot of sauce on top but i like mine with the natural flavors inside. AWESOME)

Sir fried bean sprouts

Hoping everyone has a beautiful weekend ahead of themselves!

Cheers
😀

Latest Meals


Blue Corn tortilla, spanish onion, black olive, and colby jack cheese Chili Roja enchiladas with mashed pinto beans and cilantro onion white Spanish rice

Chili Roja salsa

re-hydrating peppers


Red Cabbage and sweet white corn chowder

simple yum! Chicken with pan gravy and biscuits roasted carrots and mash

Gnocchi

Marinara

Sunomono

Beef, celery, and scallion wontons,potato croquettes, Chicken Katsu, tofu, white rice, and sunomono

Cheers

Unrivaledkitch