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RE: Tamales - Mon, 07/3/06 6:21 PM
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Papa Joe - when did you live here? where did you go to school?

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 07/3/06 6:32 PM
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Originally posted by PapaJoe8

Ok, this brings up the question, who does ship a great Tamale???
If you google there are lots of places that sell and ship them, but does anyone know what is really good and worth having shipped?
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We've been very VERY happy with Pedro's Tamales in Lubbock - http://www.tamale.com. In fact, I'm getting ready to put in our annual order of a dozen dozen in the next week or so (no, I know that's not really enough to last a whole year - we do have to kind of parcel them out - but it's an annual splurge for us.)

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 07/3/06 6:46 PM
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Shoot H&B, I was in the 3rd and 4th greade, I dont member. I should I guess. It was 1955 or so. I swear I saw Elvis at that rodio!!! He sang at one of the rodio entrances.

I do remember sneakin into the zoo w/ a hand line and some bait, and my my mom made fresh fish for dinner.

I know a guy who moved from Dallas to San Antonio named Jim Cullum (spelling?). His familly owns grocery stores. He plays the coronet on the riverwalk, the Hiatt I think. Dixieland jazz stuff, I love it! Mention my step dad Bob McClendon if you run into him. He was a drummer.
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RE: Tamales - Mon, 07/3/06 7:00 PM
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Okay, 1955 predates me, just thought I'd see if maybe we'd gone to the same school, but we're a little over ten years apart. Elvis performed in San Antonio several times in 1956, Oct 14 was at the Bexar County Coliseum, the other times were at Municipal Auditorium, so that's probably the event you are remembering if I had to make a guess.

As far as Jim Cullum, well he's pretty durn famous! Jim Cullum & the Happy Jazz Band at The Landing. The website for his club is http://www.landing.com/ He's been a fixture here for so long I never realized he was from Dallas.

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 07/3/06 7:03 PM
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Charity,

I really do recommend giving Delicious a try too since you are in New England. You may be willing to switch once you taste them! I sure wish Ruben's shipped though for you guys. No one else's melt in your mouth quite the same.

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 07/3/06 7:10 PM
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HNG, It was 1955 or so. I should but don't remember the name of the school.

I do rember sneakin into the zoo w/ some baite and a hand line, my mom cooked fresh fish for dinner that nite. And, I swear I heard Elvis sing at the rodio. He wasn't famous yet.

I know a guy named Jim Cullum. He moved fron Dallas and now pays the Coronett on the Riverwalk, the Haitt I think. Dixieland jazz, I love that stuff! If you run into him mention my step dad Bob McClendon, he was a jazz drummer.
Joe

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 07/3/06 7:26 PM
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I haven't seen Elvis, but a couple of local taquerias have great chicken and pork tamales. Since I left Texas I had been reduced to eating tamales out of a can or jar.

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 07/3/06 9:16 PM
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Out of a can? Eeeeewwwwww you're scaring me

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 07/3/06 9:19 PM
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Out of a can? Eeeeewwwwww you're scaring me


Desperation. Until recently cans or jars were the only way to buy them here.

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 07/3/06 9:20 PM
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where did you live in Texas?

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 07/3/06 9:25 PM
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okay guys - what kinds of tamales do you prefer - beef, pork, chicken, venison, or another combination?

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 07/3/06 9:29 PM
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Originally posted by HankNBugsy

where did you live in Texas?


I lived in Houston. My in-laws live south of Sherman.

I've had some good chicken tamales, but I like pork best. When I make them myself they are usually beef.

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 07/3/06 10:38 PM
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I agree on the pork as the best. I've never made them myself though. Any time a newbie asks me what in it, I just tell them don't ask, just enjoy. And don't forget to remove the corn husk.

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RE: Tamales - Tue, 07/4/06 1:01 AM
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Originally posted by HankNBugsy

Charity,

I really do recommend giving Delicious a try too since you are in New England. You may be willing to switch once you taste them! I sure wish Ruben's shipped though for you guys. No one else's melt in your mouth quite the same.


$76.50 for shipping alone on 6 to 10 dozen tamales? Ouch! Although Pedro's cost twice as much per dozen (9.95 a dozen; Delicious are 4.90 a dozen) so I guess there's some price-balancing there. On the other other hand Pedro's does discount the price for large orders, and is currently running an online special of "buy 4 dozen for the price of three."

However, next time we get a chance for a road trip that hits San Antonio we will definitely give Delicious and Ruben's a try.

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RE: Tamales - Tue, 07/4/06 1:23 AM
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Charity,

I really do recommend giving Delicious a try too since you are in New England. You may be willing to switch once you taste them! I sure wish Ruben's shipped though for you guys. No one else's melt in your mouth quite the same.


Charity and I have another reason for going with Pedro's besides the (extremely high) quality of the tamales, though: I'm from Lubbock (Pedro's home office on the Tahoka highway is about half a mile from where I used to live) and ordering Pedro's tamales once a year helps with the occasional bouts of homesickness. Since you can't ship a Whataburger or a chopped sandwich from Pinkie's, getting Pedro's is the best I can do.

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RE: Tamales - Thu, 07/6/06 4:39 PM
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Forget about ordering them, bite the bullet and make them. After many years of feeling I was simply not up to it, I learned that it's not hard, just time-consuming. I made my first batch about three weeks ago, and they were so good (like, as good as the ones we buy locally during the Christmas season here in west Texas) that I followed them with another batch a week later, and might make more again this weekend. If you can't find husks or masa preparada locally, I'm sure mexgrocer.com will help you out.

I roughly followed the directions found here: http://www.sonofthesouth.net/tamales/Cook_Tamale_Meat.htm

BUT, I spiced my meat differently, and used only pork the first time. (I used "boneless country ribs" with fantastic success.) I cooked the pork with a quartered onion, chilled it and shredded it the next day, and for seasoning;

Seed and remove most of the membranes from about 20-30 red chili peppers (chile japones or chili de arbol- the little bright red ones, about an inch and a half long and very hot - best to use gloves while you're deseeding!) and saute in about 1/4c of oil until the scent rises. Blend with a bit of broth or water until smooth - about 1/2 or 2/3c of broth, maybe. Pour over the shredded meat and warm through. This was irresistible - bright and hot on the tongue, quickly mellowing to a completely painless finish. By the time I reached for a drink after sampling the spice had cooled on my tongue. But of course, be your own judge. (My kids dumped sour cream on their tamales, deciding they were too spicy.)

I used lard in my masa and probably always will, but I'm sure shortening would work alright. Oh, and a friend told me to use a folded bath towel as a cover for my pot while steaming, that it'd let out just enough steam.

They were addictive, and a lot of fun to make, honestly.

We had quite a bit of leftover meat, which I froze and mixed with some shredded chicken in the next batch. Both batches were good - next time I'll try some sort of beef, but the seasoning will definitely remain the same.

The only real trick was keeping the masa at a good working consistency - it was extremely dry here the 2nd time I made them, and I had to periodically add a bit more broth to the mix to keep it workable. Next time I might mix a bit of the chili liquid in the masa for color, but I'm not sure. Oh, and don't spread the masa too thich - which is, granted, easier said than done, but it's also easier done than I thought it'd be!

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RE: Tamales - Thu, 07/6/06 4:40 PM
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green chile chicken tamales..be still my heart

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RE: Tamales - Thu, 07/6/06 4:50 PM
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Most of this has ben about tex mex style tamales. Xannie, that sounds like a New Mexico style tamale. I love those also!
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RE: Tamales - Thu, 07/6/06 4:54 PM
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you'd love them, Papajoe but they are HUGE..we get them frozen straight from the restaurants..dos hermanoes and garcias..they really only sell them around Christmas but boy howdy are they worth the wait. thank goodness we have a big freezer.
and this is hard to admit but after living here for 3 years, i can never go back to tex mex. i have green chile in my blood.

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RE: Tamales - Thu, 07/6/06 5:57 PM
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I was kind of afraid if I made them they'd lose some of their magic - anyone who's had good tamales knows that they're more like a religious experience than anything - so the point definitely isn't to use "my" variation/recipe, but to get in the kitchen and make "yours." It's extremely comforting to know that if/when we get transferred, I'm not outta luck entirely this Christmas!

Does make me wonder what might make mine Tex-Mex, though - surely red chiles are used extensively in "Southwestern Style" cooking, aren't they?

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RE: Tamales - Thu, 07/6/06 7:23 PM
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Tamales can be anything. The Mexican lady who taught me to make them made dessert tamales with sugar and spices.
I like mine with pork and a hot red sauce.

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RE: Tamales - Thu, 07/6/06 11:26 PM
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Yep, tamales dulces. Sweet tamales. My favorites are cinnamon, apples and raisins, and pineapple, mango, and coconut.

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RE: Tamales - Fri, 07/7/06 1:40 PM
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Would the sweet tamales be made using some other type of leaf than a corn husk? You get quite a bit of corn flavor from the husk, and for some reason I can't quite reconcile that with a sweet tamale.

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RE: Tamales - Sat, 07/8/06 4:28 PM
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The very best tamales I have ever eaten were from the tamale factories in El Paso Tx. Huge with flecks of red peppers in the meat. The masa was a light red color very spicy and so very good. They also made their own chips sold in big brown paper bags hot, crisp, and salty. We would sit in the parking lot and eat could not wait to get home. ha Also loved the hot corn tortillas as they were being made just roll them and eat with frioles that were made with (heaven forbid) bacon fat. I lived there five years and I do miss that wonderful Mexican food. Dallas you can not compare , I know as I have been trying to find it here for a long time.

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RE: Tamales - Sat, 07/8/06 9:04 PM
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Would the sweet tamales be made using some other type of leaf than a corn husk? You get quite a bit of corn flavor from the husk, and for some reason I can't quite reconcile that with a sweet tamale.
All the ones I've had were masa and corn husks. I've read that some use banana leaves in tropical Mexico and Central and South America.

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RE: Tamales - Wed, 07/12/06 9:34 AM
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Two authors come to mind about tamales, Rick Bayless and Diane Kennedy.

I am fortunate in that the influx of Latinos into North Carolina has caused huge explosion in the number of outlets for Latino foods. I used to make my own masa but now stop at the local Latino market for fresh tortillas, fresh masa and other goodies. Like Txtwister I use pork country ribs (when I see a package on sale I buy it and toss it in the freezer for later use),onions and a bunch of chilis. I fire roast the chilis on the grill after cooking a steak or whatever and toss them in the freezer also. One thing to remember is that the fillings must be powerful because they will be put into the masa wrap.

I cook the fillings (we usually have chicken, veggie, pork and a sweet pinapple/apple mix) the day before and assemble a hundred or so the day of the feed. If I have fresh corn husks I will use them (our corn is organically grown so I feel safe in using the husks) and make a mango/corn/scotch bonnet salsa.

We've converted a few of the rednecks I call neighbors and relatives w/ these fixens.

"Is this what the beaners eat?"

"Yes Uncle Bill"

"Bit spicey but good"

"Thank you Uncle Bill"

He landed at Normandy and went all the way to Berlin so I cut him just a bit of slack.


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RE: Tamales - Mon, 09/11/06 12:10 PM
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Thanks for the food photos and all this talk makes me hungery.I have made the green corn tamales,just a dozen for myself.I got the recipe from a cookbook,but can't remember the name.I may order some from Angie's mom for Thanksgiving for myself.Eat a couple and freeze the rest.
As kids we usually bought canned ones or sometimes the regular ones in corn husks.
Pedros are pretty good.I have had them before.They also sell Alamo Tamales here like at Walmart.H.E.B.grocery stores sell Rosita,Pedro's and Garcia's.

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RE: Tamales - Sat, 09/23/06 5:32 AM
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Originally posted by oltheimmer

May God have mercy on anyone who has to eat tamales out of a can or jar
Those aren't tamales, they're alien life forms.

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RE: Tamales - Sat, 09/23/06 12:14 PM
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Those look great to me!

They will be selling Pedro's and Ruth's tamales at the State fair of Texas next week. I like Ruth's way beter, sorry Pedro.
Joe

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 09/25/06 4:00 PM
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Never heard of Ruth's tamales.Where are they made? Delicious Tamales in San Antonio gets really packed at the holidays.There are families here still who make their own,but alot of them just buy them nowadays.So much easier.

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 09/25/06 4:04 PM
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Holly, Ruth's are made in Dallas. Not as good as the ones you can get I bet, but I like them better than Pedro's.
Joe

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RE: Tamales - Tue, 09/26/06 9:17 PM
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I don't know if it has changed much but Hodges Restaurant in Downtown St.Louis used to serve tamales 3 in a plate topped with their chili, chese, onions and the fixin's you'd like and they were killer. Anytime you'd go in you would see bank presidents and bums sitting in the same room eating the same great food. Man I could go for a plate of those tamales right now.


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RE: Tamales - Sat, 09/30/06 9:16 AM
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Mary's in Knoxville on Magnolia has very good tamales made Mississippi style. She has been featured on Saucemans list many times. They are very good.

Paul E. Smith
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RE: Tamales - Mon, 10/2/06 4:44 PM
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In Dallas, TX
try:

http://lapopulartamales.com/

La Popular Tamale House
5004 Columbia at Munger, suite 103
Dallas, TX 75214
Phone: 214-824-7617

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 10/2/06 4:52 PM
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Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

Best tamales in the world are from Pedro's Tamales in Lubbock, TX. There is no contest.

www.tamale.com for mail-order, and they're available in many southwestern supermarkets.


I agree... Pedro's is the BEST... used to munch on them at the Texas State Fair among other things... and they are very good from the supermarket...

Goya actually makes a pretty good tamale also...

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 10/2/06 5:04 PM
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i can't wait for the xmas tamales here in NM

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 10/2/06 5:44 PM
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Had a good pineapple tamale once.

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 10/2/06 5:45 PM
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really????
what all was in it?

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 10/2/06 6:30 PM
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Don't torture us Xannie, less you wana mail us some of those tamales!!! But... hearin about em is better than nothin I guess. Oh, maybe some pictures would... make us wantem more. I guess we could come eat some I guess. Oh, mighta ben some pineapple in THP's tamaies?

Joetex, I ben there, whats your favorite kind? They have like 8 flovors.

Kiowa, have you had Ruth's at the fair? 2 stands this year. Try em and tell me I'm wrong.
Joe

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 10/2/06 6:34 PM
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PapaJoe,
you have my word. as soon as those tamales
start becoming available for the holidays, i'm fedexing you a dozen!

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RE: Tamales - Tue, 10/3/06 10:32 AM
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Wow, sounds great Xannie! Hmm, now hat can I send you from Texas?
Joe

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RE: Tamales - Tue, 10/3/06 10:46 AM
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Me too,me,too,Xannie!!!!And tell me what you want from Wisconsin in return...

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RE: Tamales - Wed, 10/4/06 8:51 PM
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Originally posted by HollyDolly

Thanks for the food photos and all this talk makes me hungery.I have made the green corn tamales,just a dozen for myself.I got the recipe from a cookbook,but can't remember the name.I may order some from Angie's mom for Thanksgiving for myself.Eat a couple and freeze the rest.
As kids we usually bought canned ones or sometimes the regular ones in corn husks.
Pedros are pretty good.I have had them before.They also sell Alamo Tamales here like at Walmart.H.E.B.grocery stores sell Rosita,Pedro's and Garcia's.


The Sanchez Family here in Arizona make my favorite Green Corn Tamales. (served in their restaurant called Que Bueno) They took over the place several years ago and have just done an outstanding job on all of their menu items. Their salsa has won first place the last several years at the Great Southwest Salsa Challenge in Scottsdale. top notch stuff!

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RE: Tamales - Wed, 10/4/06 9:05 PM
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papajoe and annpeeples,
just yer undying devotion>>
i want everyone to fall in love with NM

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RE: Tamales - Wed, 10/4/06 10:14 PM
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Of course I am already in love with NM (having an affair with NYC at the same time). Xannie: Have you ever read the poem by New Mexican poet Joan Logghe called "Something Like a Marriage"? She donated a copy to Ranch O Casadas in Espanola which they had on the wall. A very good poem about the complexities of a NM attachment! (maybe I can get a copy...)

Anyway, re: Tamales. I had 2 good one this part weekend (1) Leona's (Chimayo): Veggie (zucchini, green chile, cheese). Leona's also sells in bulk and in freezer section of some NM markets. Yum Yum.
(2) Santo Domingo Pueblo - off I-25 Exit 259 at the gas station where the native americans sell handmade jewelry, boots, etc. Nice tamales with meat. A bit less spicy, a bit bigger and a bit more expensive than Leona's. ($3 vs $1.75)

PS: What is Xmas tamales? (red/green chile?)

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RE: Tamales - Wed, 10/4/06 10:43 PM
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I’m engaged to New Mexico. I’ve been engaged for eighteen years.
I’ve worn its ring of rainbow set with a mica shard.
I’ve given my dowry already, my skin texture, my hair moisture.
I’ve given New Mexico my back-East manners, my eyesight,
The arches of my feet. New Mexico’s a difficult fiancé.
—excerpt from "Something Like Marriage" by Joan Logghe


For NM lovers. Full text in Blessed Resistance: Poems. Mariposa Press. 1999.





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RE: Tamales - Wed, 10/4/06 10:56 PM
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NYNM,
the xmas tamales are special, they're made with white corn , green chiles and chicken.
one talame is as big as your hand. sour cream sauce..delicious. so hot, so spicy so GOOD.

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RE: Tamales - Sat, 12/16/06 9:17 PM
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Does anyone know A GREAT place to mail-order TAMALES -- ones made without lard or unhealthy oils -- that are tied and packaged prettily (it's for a gift)?
Thnx

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RE: Tamales - Sat, 12/16/06 10:22 PM
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This was posted at the begin of this thread....and I just placed an order for 6 doz..

Best tamales in the world are from Pedro's Tamales in Lubbock, TX.
There is no contest.

www.tamale.com for mail-order, and they're available in many southwestern supermarkets.


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RE: Tamales - Sat, 12/16/06 10:50 PM
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Gotta put in a plug for Leona's tamales which many of you know - they are sold in the small cafe just next to the Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico. Made with Chimayo "Holy Chile" They also make chile ristras and sell packs of "Christmas Mix" Chile (red+Green dried chile). There's a gift for ya! They ship and they are GOOD!

http://www.leonasrestaurante.com

From the website:
Vegetarian, Pork, & Chicken Tamales
Served in fine Restaurants and sold in many health food markets. These excellent tamales combine the traditions of yesterday with the dietary preferences of today. The veggie consist of zucchini, corn flower, canola oil, green chile, cheddar cheese, garlic, salt and water. As with all our fine products, no lard or preservatives are used.

Vegetarian, Red, No Cheese, Vegetarian, Green, Traditional Pork Tamales, Red, No Cheese, Traditional Chicken Tamales, Cheese, No Chile, Traditional Chicken Tamales, Green, Cheese $15

CHILE PRODUCTS: Red Chile Powder Hot or Mild, Red Chile Caribe (Crushed) 1 lb, Hot or Mild, Green Chile Powder lb, Green Chile Caribe (Crushed) Hot or Mild, Red Chile Sauce Green Chile, Salsa

Ristras (string chile): 4" Piquin (treated), 12" Piquin, 1- 2-3 ft.

Dried Products - Leona's de Chimayó, Chile Piquin, Salsa Mix, Christmas Mix, Chicos, Blue Corn Atole, White Posole, Blue Corn Posole, Blue Corn Popcorn, Sopaipilla Mix.




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RE: Tamales - Sun, 12/17/06 8:41 AM
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I am in Houston looking for some good tamales. I understand that Texas Tamales are very good but I have been unable to find them except in the grocery store.

I would prefer to find them in a place that sold them hot.

For those that know Houston, I would prefer to find a place close to South Main St.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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RE: Tamales - Sun, 12/17/06 12:16 PM
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Hello Again --

Thnx for the replies. Does anyone know whether any mail-order tamales use HATCH, NM chile?

Does anyone know anything about Corn Maiden Tamales (http://www.cornmaidenfoods.com/)?

Or Hot Damn Tamales (http://www.hotdamntamales.com/?gclid=CNaF54ylmIkCFQGPWAod8kyCTw)?

Or El Merendero (Posa's) Tamales/Santa Fe Tamales (http://www.santafetamales.com/)?

Or Carrillo's Tamales (https://carrillostamales.com/tamales.htm)?

Or Montana Tamale Company?

Thnx,
j

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RE: Tamales - Sun, 12/17/06 4:38 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by jjjj

Hello Again --

Thnx for the replies. Does anyone know whether any mail-order tamales use HATCH, NM chile?

Does anyone know anything about Corn Maiden Tamales (http://www.cornmaidenfoods.com/)?

Or Hot Damn Tamales (http://www.hotdamntamales.com/?gclid=CNaF54ylmIkCFQGPWAod8kyCTw)?

Or El Merendero (Posa's) Tamales/Santa Fe Tamales (http://www.santafetamales.com/)?

Or Carrillo's Tamales (https://carrillostamales.com/tamales.htm)?

Or Montana Tamale Company?

Thnx,
j



Posa's is a sort of "chain" in Santa Fe, a little "downscale" if you will. I'd look around elsewhere. Leona's probably used Chimayo chile which is a second cousin to Hatch, a tad sweeter I think. And good.

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RE: Tamales - Sun, 12/17/06 4:52 PM
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I've got a dozen green chile and pork tamales waiting to be served for dinner tonight. Also a pound of carnitas. Having a sliced avocado, grapefruit salad on the side. Neat twist....slice up the avocados, section out a grapefruit or two, squeeze juice into a serving bowl with avocados and grapefruit. Drizzle with a little EVOO and some coarse black pepper. Try it you'll like it. You can get the tamales from Super La Tienda(here in Madison, WI) every weekend. The best I've ever had!

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 12/18/06 9:44 AM
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I just experienced the single best tamales ever tasted at a company Xmas party. The source: Roberto's in Las Cruces, NM. They are renowned for the world's biggest enchilada. But these tamales are superior to anything else I've had on their menu.

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 12/18/06 10:16 AM
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I am going to bring back an UNANSWERED question from one of the earlier posts. Will one of you Tamale lovers please explain to me what the difference is between the 'Normal' Mexican, or Tex/California-Mex Tamale and the Southern-Style or Mississippi Style tamale one obtains at places like DOES EAT PLACE or other Delta 'Soul-food places.
Paul mentioned them in a post on this page, but I don't understand how the Southern differ from the Mexican?Inquiring Minds NEED to know !!

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 12/18/06 10:20 AM
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Interesting sidenote: Our local tamale place (Lupe's in Sherman, TX) has installed wi-fi! Oh, this place is the real deal alright...I'm guessing there is an assimilated techie relative or something. Nothing is better on the 'ol laptop keyboard than chili!

I would also like to learn about that southern tamale thing....

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 12/18/06 11:32 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

I am in Houston looking for some good tamales. I understand that Texas Tamales are very good but I have been unable to find them except in the grocery store.

I would prefer to find them in a place that sold them hot.

For those that know Houston, I would prefer to find a place close to South Main St.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN


Texas Tamale Co. used to be good but I haven't tried them in several years. They are on Fountainview which is the second exit on 59s just outside the loop, you make a right and it's a couple of blocks on the left. The corp. office is on Knight road around the corner from the Med. Ctr. but I think they are just offices. H.E.B. Mi Tienda sells tamales but I haven't tried them. I will try to do so soon and let you know how it goes. Their menudo is very good.

http://www.texastamale.com/

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 12/18/06 2:10 PM
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Originally posted by Grillmeister


Interesting sidenote: Our local tamale place (Lupe's in Sherman, TX) has installed wi-fi! Oh, this place is the real deal alright...I'm guessing there is an assimilated techie relative or something. Nothing is better on the 'ol laptop keyboard than chili!

I would also like to learn about that southern tamale thing....


Don't know nothin bout them suthun tamales, but did a google and found an entire website devoted to Southern Tamales, with the history, the "trail" and more. Seems like they are same as Mexican tamales but somehow wound up as a Delta food! Read on:

www.tamaletrail.com

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RE: Tamales - Mon, 12/18/06 4:01 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Texianjoe

quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

I am in Houston looking for some good tamales. I understand that Texas Tamales are very good but I have been unable to find them except in the grocery store.

I would prefer to find them in a place that sold them hot.

For those that know Houston, I would prefer to find a place close to South Main St.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN


Texas Tamale Co. used to be good but I haven't tried them in several years. They are on Fountainview which is the second exit on 59s just outside the loop, you make a right and it's a couple of blocks on the left. The corp. office is on Knight road around the corner from the Med. Ctr. but I think they are just offices. H.E.B. Mi Tienda sells tamales but I haven't tried them. I will try to do so soon and let you know how it goes. Their menudo is very good.

http://www.texastamale.com/

joe


Due to this thread on roadfood, I decided to take a short drive over to Fountain View to check out Texas Tamale. I expected it to be a huge place due to the fact that they supply a lot of stores in Houston. It was a small hole in the wall place. Perhaps they make most of their tamales at their corporate location?

I do not have a lot of experience with tamales but their's was tasty served with rice, cheese and some sauce with chips. I got four tamales that were very small for $5.00. They were very spicy.

I also got a beef taco which was very good and served as chunks of beef with some lettuce and sour cream.

As expected, the place was totally Hispanic and the service was very good..

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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