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 …

Cinnamon Sticks and Fortunetelling: Stove-Brewed Coffee

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A couple of years ago, my dad took my sister and I out for Turkish coffee in Houston. We happily sipped tiny mugs of the thick, foamy, potent brew all the way down to the bottom, where a layer of thick dregs stuck to the cup. “Now flip it over onto your saucer, quick,” my dad instructed, demonstrating with a …