January 6, 2011


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.


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


Jicama for an appetizer


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


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!





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.


They were delicious!



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


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


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.


However it ended up going pretty well with the meal!



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


Two landed right onto my tongue!


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!




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

Tate Resized

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!


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…


3 Kath January 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Nope, you peel them off and eat the inside!


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!!!


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!


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??


7 Kath January 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm

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


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

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


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!


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.


11 [email protected] January 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm

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


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 :)


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

Have fun in Montana!


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!


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!


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!


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

Ah, authentic tamales. I miss those.


18 Char January 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm

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



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


20 Christine January 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Ahh local wine! I 100% approve!


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!


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

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


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!


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


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*


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!


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!
cathy b. @ brightbakes


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


29 L January 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Owning a camera, does not make you a photographer.


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.


31 missy January 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm

commenting anonymously, does not make you worth a reply.


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!


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


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!


35 Hannah January 7, 2011 at 12:02 am

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


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!


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!


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

those tamales look delicious! what a great meal!


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!


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’!


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

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


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! 😀


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!!!


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.


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

Looks like a great night Kath! Dinner looks delicious!


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.


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.


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!


49 Marina January 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

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


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! :)


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.


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!


53 Jess January 7, 2011 at 8:53 am

I LOVE tamales! Have fun on your trip!


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…


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.



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

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


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! :)


58 Camille January 7, 2011 at 9:17 am

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


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!


60 Kath January 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

Ha – appreciated!


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

those tamales look perfect. YUM!!


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!


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! :)


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!


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.


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.


67 Jessica January 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Those tamales look super delish!


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!


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!


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!


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.


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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