Vintage

January 6, 2011

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Faith and Tate make any occasion fancy! Tonight we gathered to make homemade tamales and watch Vintage: The Winemaker’s Year, which was on PBS last night and all about Virginia wine.

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The tamales were so easy despite their process and were so much fun – and delicious!

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Jicama for an appetizer

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Faith picked up the ingredients at a local Latin store – corn husks and masa cornmeal dough

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In the mix:

  • 4 cups cornmeal
  • 3.5 cups broth (mushroom)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

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Stuffing flavors!

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Assembly!

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We stacked the tamales into a metal colander (because we don’t have a steamer basket!) and steamed them over boiling water in a large pot for 30 minutes.

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They were delicious!

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On the side we sauteed the rest of the collards from the stuffing

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And made a big green salad with the leftover black bean filling and Garlic Gold vinaigrette and goat cheese!

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Given our choice of movie, it only felt right to have a little Virginia wine. Sadly all we had in stock was a Rose from Jefferson Vineyards.

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However it ended up going pretty well with the meal!

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For dessert, Faith made these coconut oil truffles – the recipe is on her blog!

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Two landed right onto my tongue!

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Vintage was beautifully made and certainly made me appreciate the effort that goes into a bottle of wine. We all agreed we couldn’t WAIT for springtime when we can go out on wine picnics and all of the outdoor events start up again!

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Goofballs!

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Check out the headshots I did for Dr. Tate today for his business!

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Tomorrow is super-duper packing day. Our flight leaves at 6AM on Saturday, so we have to pack it all in – literally! – tomorrow.

Montana [and snow and ice and bears and Moose Drool], here we come!

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I’ve never had a tamale and every time I see one, I am reminded how deprived I am!

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2 Paige @Running Around Normal January 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I feel very ignorant asking this…but do you actually eat those corn husk things? The actual tamales (skins?) themselves? I’ve no idea. I’m a bad Mexican food eater…

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3 Kath January 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Nope, you peel them off and eat the inside!

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4 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm

My host family fed me so many tamales when I was in Mexico studying abroad. I liked the sweet ones, o’course.

Nice head shots, Kath!!!

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5 Maryann January 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Dinner looks so fresh and delicious! Dessert too. I actually saw Jicama at the store and contemplating buying it but didnt know what to do with it!

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6 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat January 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I had a tamale for lunch today! Granted, it was from the frozen section of Trader Joe’s, but just this afternoon, I was wondering how to make one from scratch. Is there a recipe or website you looked to for guidance on how to make them??

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7 Kath January 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Faith did the research – but they really were as easy as they seem here

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8 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I’ve never seen tamales made until now. Interesting!

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9 Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm

after seeing the tamales on your blog and on the fitnessista’s recently i am challenging myself to make them at some point this year. they look so good!

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10 Dorry January 6, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I love homemade tamales! Being from Texas, my husband got used to making his own Mexican food when he lived in London several years ago, so masa is a staple in our kitchen. He makes the best homemade tortillas.

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11 Christin@purplebirdblog January 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Tamales rock. I love having a Hispanic roommate because her mom hooks it UP! :)

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12 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I grew up on tamales. There a tradition in my culture. I love them :)

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13 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Have fun in Montana!

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14 Vanessa January 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I frickin’ LOVE tamales!!!! Those look SO good. At work some of the latin ladies bring homemade tamales sometimes.. heaven!! Love jicama too.. So good as a slaw!

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15 The Peanut Butter Addict January 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Those tamales look delicious! :) It’s funny because I was teaching my ESL class about cooking recipes today and we went through the process of tamales, although I love the substitutions you guys made for yours!

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16 Lauren January 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I’m having a serious craving for mexican food now! I never really like tamales but yours look delicious!

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17 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama January 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Ah, authentic tamales. I miss those.

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18 Char January 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm

That’s such a pretty label on the wine bottle.

xoxo

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19 carlee January 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I LOVE TAMALES! I have never attempted to try them though bc people always tell me how hard they are to make!
Forget them! LOL

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20 Christine January 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Ahh local wine! I 100% approve!

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21 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm

I love the husks on tamales! Awesome photos. The head shots look great!

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22 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 6, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I’ve never had a tamale but they look AMAZING! :D

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23 Madeline January 6, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I have only had tamales once – at the Farmers Market, soo good! Would love to make them sometime soon!

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24 Kat January 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Wow those tamales look tasty. I’ve never had tamales but now I really want to try them

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25 Erin @ Shortcut to Bliss January 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Those tamales are making me super home sick for Texas!!! I am going to have to do some research and make them*

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26 Gina January 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Mmmm, never had a tamale. I always thought you ate the corn husk and the thought was so unappealing!

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27 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes January 6, 2011 at 11:22 pm

grew up with tamale-making “aunts”…and I’ve been longing to tackle them myself…love the new twist you put on the filling for these!
love,
cathy b. @ brightbakes

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28 Heidi - apples under my bed January 6, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I’ve never had tamales! I’ve only heard of the saying “hot tamale” :) looks delicious!
Heidi xo

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29 L January 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Owning a camera, does not make you a photographer.

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30 Jessica January 7, 2011 at 10:17 am

Being on the internet, is the only way you would be impolite/brave enough to say something like this. No one forces you to look at her photographs.

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31 missy January 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm

commenting anonymously, does not make you worth a reply.

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32 Alaina January 6, 2011 at 11:47 pm

I love tamales!! I bought some at Target and they taste just like what I had in Mexico. Definitely a favorite dish. :-)

I’m going to have to check out those truffles that Faith made!

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33 Ashley January 6, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Tamales are one of my favorite things everrrrr. I just LOVE the flavor + texture of them….mmmmm

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34 Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) January 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I must see this!!!! I adore Virginia and love that our wines are getting the recognition they deserve!

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35 Hannah January 7, 2011 at 12:02 am

Oh wow, I’ve never had tamales! They look amazing!

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36 megan January 7, 2011 at 12:07 am

So envious of your Great Harvest affiliation! I visit the one close to me a few times a week. SO DELICIOUS and the nicest people!

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37 Megan January 7, 2011 at 12:11 am

I may not have made tamales, but I made a fantastic and super easy potato soup — recipe on my blog!

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38 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 7, 2011 at 1:18 am

those tamales look delicious! what a great meal!

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39 The Robertsons of Mumbai January 7, 2011 at 2:35 am

I am just beside myself over how easy this looks! I would sell a kidney for some tamales right now! Been years! Thank you for showing us how it is done! Now, how do I score an invite to Tamales Night, Part II?!

Safe travels!

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40 Gill (snaxandthecity) January 7, 2011 at 3:51 am

Woah tamales look really good – I’ve seen them on a few blogs recently but had no idea what they actually are! There is pretty much no Sth American restaurants in London at all :(
I’ll have to get cookin’!

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41 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 7, 2011 at 4:10 am

I’ve never had a tamale! They look delish.

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42 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 7, 2011 at 5:58 am

Mmm…tamales. I’ve never had one, but they sound (and look) delish! :D

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43 Katie January 7, 2011 at 6:46 am

LOVE HOW YOU SHOWED THE STEPS ON THIS RECIPE WITH THE WORDS ON THE PICS! I think you should do that more! I like the way it looks! The meal looks amazing, the wine does even more, I can never pass up a bottle of good wine : )

Hope you have a great Friday and safe trip to Montana tomorrow morning! How exciting the trip will be!!!

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44 stacey-healthylife January 7, 2011 at 6:53 am

Nice dinner idea and something totally different. The tamales look so good. I’ve never had them before. But yours look healthy and delicious.

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45 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 7, 2011 at 7:31 am

Looks like a great night Kath! Dinner looks delicious!

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46 Stephanie @cookinfanatic January 7, 2011 at 7:42 am

I made tamales for the first time on Sunday and they were so good!! Love your filling ideas too. I made my masa w/ veg broth and butter then topped with cheese & roasted poblano. Mmmm.

http://cookinfanatic.wordpress.com/2011/01/02/total-tamale-success/

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47 Meagan January 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

For some reason I never knew that you could eat the corn husk part of a tamale. I don’t know why. Maybe because it seems so tough and indigestible? Hmm.

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48 Hope January 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

I love Mexican food so those tamales look delicious! Have a safe flight! I can’t wait to see pictures from Montana!

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49 Marina January 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

Tamales intrigue me, it all looks really delicious!
Have a safe trip!

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50 Kara January 7, 2011 at 8:39 am

The only time I’ve ever had a tamale, I peeled off the outside and just ate the stuffing. I didn’t know the outside was edible! :)

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51 MaryBe January 7, 2011 at 8:49 am

Ha I’ve never had a tamale either because I wasn’t sure of the whole ‘do you eat the outside’! Glad I’m not alone! They look great.

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52 Erica January 7, 2011 at 8:51 am

I was glad to see others ask about eating the outside of a tamale, not I don’t feel so doofus-y! Haha! Have a great trip!

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53 Jess January 7, 2011 at 8:53 am

I LOVE tamales! Have fun on your trip!

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54 alana (at) the food January 7, 2011 at 8:57 am

in mexico a few weeks back i was on a SEARCH for tamales…i found em…wasn’t dissapointed! the texture is like nothing else…

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55 sami January 7, 2011 at 9:11 am

that looks totally intimidating to me…cooking those tamales! does that make me a loser of a foodie? haha.

ps- is dr. tate single?! lol.

xo.

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56 faith @ gracefulfitness January 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Nope, he’s married…to me!
(Yep, I got myself a HOT husband :))

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57 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate January 7, 2011 at 9:14 am

Looks like a fab dinner!
And safe travels to Montana! Can’t wait to see what you guys get into there! :)

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58 Camille January 7, 2011 at 9:17 am

Tamales seem to a blogger thing of late! I have been craving them like mad :)

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59 Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! January 7, 2011 at 9:18 am

Safe travels! I look forward to reading about your snow-filled journey :)

And I know this is unsolicited, but I am offering my opinion anyway lol My favourite Dr. Tate head shot is the middle one in the bottom row. Very professional!

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60 Kath January 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

Ha – appreciated!

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61 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day January 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

those tamales look perfect. YUM!!

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62 Dee January 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

Oh my gosh! These tamales look incredible! Actually the whole meal looks so good! Happy Packing!

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63 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf January 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

Wow, I must really take for granted my location. We can get masa (which is technically what you have there. Masa is corn that’s been treated with lime and then ground into a meal, so it’s technically not cornmeal, which isn’t treated with lime) at any ol’ supermarket here. In fact, just about every Texas supermarket chain has a latin supermarket under its name (H-E-B has Fiesta, United has Amigos…). I guess I’ll need to adjust to less latin food access when I move out of the southwest someday!

Oh, and I LOVE tamales! They’re my favorite Mexican food EVER! Yours look pretty good! :)

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64 Cait @ A Bicycle Built for Two January 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

LOVE that you made tamales! My family is Mexican and ever since I was a little girl we get together every Christmas and make hundreds of tamales. We always make pork & chicken, using a secret family recipe that only my aunt holds right now. Hoping that one day it will get passed down to me!

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65 Nicci January 7, 2011 at 10:49 am

I love tamales, I think I have one every other week. Your recipe looks so delicious, the best tamale I ate was a spinach and chicken.

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66 Sof January 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I’m Mexican and I had no idea making tamales was so easy, thanks for showing us! Dinner looks so good, have a safe trip.

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67 Jessica January 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Those tamales look super delish!

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68 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I’ve never had tamales, but after seeing them on your blog and on Gina’s blog this week, I want to try them!

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69 Anna @ ciaotochow January 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I’ve never tried tamales — but these look fantastic! Good lucking packing everything up for your trip!

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70 Susan Mc January 7, 2011 at 7:54 pm

It’s official, I’m now making tamales this weekend, you’ve made me homesick for Arizona!
Ever had green corn tamales? OMG… amazing! White corn, green chile and cheese filling, must-find-recipe…
Have a great trip, can wait to follow along!

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71 The Healthy Apple January 7, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Yum. That’s all I have to say… Wow, I’m lovin’ your eats, Kath.

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72 Mrs. Life January 8, 2011 at 7:39 am

I LOVE tamales! I’ve always been too intimidated to try and make them myself, but your directions don’t seem as difficult as I imagined. Can I make a tamales made of fish?

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