"Tamalada" by Carmen Lomas Garza

The Tamalada: Tamales and Community

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Earlier this week we explored the holiday tamal tradition, tracking down possible explanations for the connection between these tasty steamed masa cakes and the holiday season. Of course no discussion of tamal customs and tradition would be complete without mention of the tamalada, a grand fiesta in which families gather to catch up, laugh, share stories and memories, and oh …


Tracing the Holiday Tamal Tradition

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In Texas, the holidays mean tamales. Along with Christmas trees, sparkling lights, and sweet treats, I will forever associate the abundance of tamales—making them, craving them, seeing them, eating them, buying them—with the holiday season. As the wonderful aromas of warm masa, stewing chiles and tamales de dulce emerge once again this year, I found myself wondering where tamales’ holiday …


Grilled Cashew Butter and Banana Sammy

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Take a break from PB&J with this little spin, which combines bananas (peanut butter’s other best friend) with the sweet, creaminess of cashews and a bit of honey on crisp, toasted bread. Yield: Makes 1 sandwich Cook time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 1 teaspoon local honey 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 banana, sliced 2 slices sandwich bread of choice 1 tablespoon cashew …


Get Your Kiddos in the Kitchen

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A couple of weeks ago we talked about the “undercover veggie” strategy, and how disguising vegetables within dishes your picky eater loves can help open up their nutritional profile and, gradually, palate. Letting down that old taboo and letting your kids into the kitchen is another great way to indirectly warm them up to new foods and flavors and get …


Top Secret Cheese Pizza

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This may look like your everyday cheese pizza. Your little eater will happily scarf it down like their favorite cheese pizza. But its big secret is the cleverly disguised serving of veggies hidden in the sauce. We’ve had great success with “hidden veggie” recipes here at Whisked Foodie, and this one is no exception. It’s even been tested and approved …


Undercover Veggies

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I think I’m onto something. And that something is answering the call of parents near and far who struggle to work a nutritious amount of veggies into their young’n’s diets. I’m going undercover, finding creative and tasty ways to hide a serving of veggies where your little one would never expect it. Poor vegetables. They get such a bad rap. Remember that …


Goldman Family Potato Latkes

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These are my mom’s self-proclaimed, undisputed world’s best potato latkes, like big cakes of crispy hash brown served hot with applesauce and sour cream. The onion and potatoes weep quite a bit after you shred them, so be sure to squeeze out all of the excess liquid before you fry. Yield: Makes 2-3 dozen Cook time: 90 minutes Ingredients: 3 …


Traditional Slavic Kolachis

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These little filled, fold-over cookies have been in my family for a long time, and they’re much different than the Czech kolaches popular in Texas. This recipe is a combination of my Great Aunt Clara’s and one taken from “The Original Cookbook of Favorite Slavic Recipes,” a vintage cookbook of my grandmother’s. You can use any pre- or homemade filling …


Kolachis, Cookies and Brittle: Holiday Baking with Nana

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It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas. After whipping up some ginger candied nuts last week, I spent a few days with my grandma in Georgetown, baking our family’s traditional fold-over kolachi cookies as well as a couple of newer goodies. Much like my mama’s potato latkes, my Nana’s kolachis were passed down from my great- and probably great-great-grandmother. …