Creamy Potato Sausage Soup

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creamy potato sausage soup. This soup is easy to make and the base is made with chicken broth and milk. Ideal for a cold day or a taste of comfort.

So many things are rolling around in my head right now, as I ask myself what will make me happier in 2015? Life has been terrific lately and a lot of exciting stuff is happening to me and all around me. My family is tight and full of love. Work is plentiful and opening many doors to new paths. My son is growing by leaps and bounds and doing a fantastic job in school.  It seems like the little things are having a big effect on me, like eating more family dinners here at home would make me happier. We go out to eat a lot, so it’s really nice when we all eat the same meal in house. My son is a bit picky so coming up with things that he’ll eat can be problematic. He does’t like this and he doesn’t like that. I don’t think he really knows for sure what he likes so why not just sneak the things he doesn’t think he likes into food I know he likes.  I started with this creamy potato sausage soup, and it was a huge hit. I made the base with chicken broth and milk. I know milk fuels a better future, so I made sure to work that it into this dish for a creamy velvety texture and in hopes of making it so tasty my boy would ask for it again and again. The potato lent it that touch of comfort we are all looking for and the bacon took it over that top. This soup is happiness in a bowl and when I can enjoy it with my family it is simply divine. Maybe it’s so good it made me want to have more family dinners, because the combo of good food and the closeness of the people I love most in this world is the only happiness I’d ever chase after.

The ingredients needed for potato sausage soup. The milk adds a velvety texture to the soup and a tasty broth.

Ingredients for creamy potato sausage soup:

  • 1/2 – pound bacon
  • 1 – tablespoon bacon grease
  • 1 – pound ground pork sausage
  • 1/2 – teaspoon chile flakes
  • 1 -onion (sliced)
  • 2 – teaspoons minced garlic
  • 6 – cups chicken broth
  • 4 – medium sized russet potatoes (peeled, and cut into 1/4 inch slices)
  • 1 – cup milk
  • 1/2 – cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 – cup sliced kale
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pan over a medium flame fry bacon until crisp and fully cooked. Remove bacon from pan, and drain on paper towel lined plate until cooled. Reserve one tablespoon of bacon grease. frying bacon in a pan prior to making potato sausage soup. Drain bacon and crumble it for the soup.
  2. In a large pot over a medium flame, add one tablespoon of bacon grease and allow it to get hot. Add in the ground pork sausage. Cook until browned and still slightly pink. fry ground pork in pot to start the base of the potato sausage soup.
  3. Sprinkle chile flakes into sausage, and mix well.
  4. Add in onion and garlic, mix to combine. Let cook for 5 minutes.sausage and onions frying in a pot for creamy potato sausage soup.
  5. Add in chicken broth and bring to a slight boil. chicken broth
  6. Add in potatoes and cook until fork tender about 10 minutes.
  7. Lower flame and add in bacon. Let simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. bacon crumbles add a beautiful flavor to this tasty soup.
  8. Pour in milk, and whipping cream. Mix well to combine. pour the milk into the boiling soup for a creamy velvety texture. Milk  fuels a better future
  9. Add in kale and continue to cook for another 10 minutes.
  10. Salt and pepper to taste. enjoy this lovely creamy potato sausage soup with bread when you want a bowl of happiness
  11. Enjoy!



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Three Kings Day At Disney’s California Adventure: The Spirit Of Navidad

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Disneyland Resorts gave me a park hopper for the day to aid this post. All opinions and thoughts are 100% my own!


The final days of Christmas are almost here. Jan. 6th marks Three Kings Day, and it wouldn’t be complete without a Disney celebration. From Jan. 2nd to Jan. 6th Disney’s California Adventure is celebrating Dia De Los Reyes in a whole new way. DCA is providing guests with a culturally rich experience through Viva Navidad! Now is your last chance to experience the magic of Three Kings Day ala Disney with the new “Spirit Of Navidad,” a joyful storytelling performance. A bilingual story through song performed so beautifully, it might make you cry. It made me tear up a bit… I was at DCA on the 2nd to kick off the celebration. In addition to all the wonderful food (rosca de reyes), the amazing Viva Navidad street party, the Mariachi Divas, The spirit of Navidad, and folklorico dancers…. I had the opportunity to make buñuelos (recipe ingredients below) with Chef Toby, chat with Carlos Martinez (Lead host of the Disneyland Resort), and caught a glimpse of all there performances on video. Watch the video below to learn to make buñuelos and rush over to Disney’s California Adventure and celebrate Three Kings Day!

Recipe courtesy of Disneyland:

Ingredients for buñuelos navideños:

  •  Vegetable oil
  • 6 – flour tortillas
  • 1 – cup sugar
  • 1/2 – teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of clove


  1. Fill a pan with vegetable oil enough to reach 1 inch up the side. Allow the oil to get hot and reach a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a plate with paper towels. Set to the side.
  3. Combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a small dish.
  4. Pierce the tortilla several times with the tines of a fork to keep bubbles from forming when frying.
  5. Using tongs, lower the tortilla into the hot vegetable oil. Fry on each side for 45 seconds or until golden brown.
  6. Using tongs, remove tortilla from hot oil an drain on paper towel lined plate. Let cool for 45 seconds.
  7. Dip tortilla into sugar cinnamon mixture until well coated. Shaking off excess.
  8. Place buñuelos on a plate and serve.
  9. Enjoy!

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Manwich Lasagna Rolls

make manwich lasagna rolls on a night when you are looking to make a fast and easy meal. I got all my ingredients at Walmart.

Who’s looking for fast ways to get dinner on the table? Me- I raise my hand quickly. It can be very challenging to get dinner served fast when you have requests that take a long time to make. I was recently asked by the kind folks over at Walmart if I could create a recipe using Manwich and Hunt’s pasta sauce? What kind of question is that? Of course, I can.

My son is a fan of noodles, and most recently has come to love sloppy joes. I thought of combining the two and making Manwich lasagna rolls. The preparation for this meal was so easy to make, my son LOVED it, and I was able to grab all the ingredients I needed at Walmart. Don’t you love when things come together so easily, and for a reason? I do.

ingredients for manwich lasagna rolls. Very easy to make. The pasta sauce is made for you with Hunts pasta sauce, and manwich add the perfect spice to ground beef making these lasagna rolls unforgettable.

Ingredients for manwich lasagna rolls:

  • 1- tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 – cup mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 – pound ground beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 – can Manwich
  • 10 – lasagna noodles (boiled)
  • 1 – cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 – cup mozzarella cheese (grated)
  • 1 – cup cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 – cup fresh basil cut pieces
  • a teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 – can Hunt’s pasta sauce


  1. In a large pan over a medium flame add in butter and allow to melt. Pour in mushrooms, and sauté for 5 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef to mushrooms and break it up with a spatula. Cook ground beef until cooked through about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Then add in a can of manwich. Mix it in completely and let it heat through. Set to the side. pour Manwich sauce into cooked ground beef. this makes the perfect filling for lasagna rolls. Pick up all the ingredients at Walmart
  4. Boil lasagna noodles according to package then drain from water. Lay flat on a clean work surface.
  5. Take one heaping tablespoon of ricotta cheese and spread it along the entire lasagna noodle. Do the same to the next one till all noodles are done. Then sprinkle each noodle  with a little bit of chili flakes, and a healthy pinch of mozzarella cheese and cheddar cheese. Place a few pieces of basil along the noodle, then top the cheese with a nice portion of Manwich down the middle. All noodles laying flat, and gradually filled with the ingredients needed to make manwich lasagna rolls. get the ingredients at Walmart.
  6. Next take the edge of the lasagna noodle and roll it into a roll. Like the photo posted below. An easy way on how to roll a lasagna roll. Start with noodles laying flat fill the center with cheese and manwich, then roll one end toward the other end. Get all the ingredients you need at Walmart.
  7. In a baking dish pour half the Hunt’s pasta sauce into the bottom, then place your rolled lasagna rolls in the dish. Make sure it’s a snug fit. Top with remaining Hunt’s pasta sauce. Then sprinkle the top with remaining grated cheese. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden on top. Place all manwich lasagna rolls in baking dish. Make sure all lasagna rolls are snug, and pour Hunt's pasta sauce over the top. Top with cheese and bake at 375 Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
  8. Serve hot! Enjoy!



Manwich for lasagna rolls.   Hunt's pasta sauce makes the perfect base for manwich lasagna rolls. Get all the ingredients at Walmart.

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Chocolate Caliente Hecho Con Agua Video

This chocolate caliente is made with a water base which really allows you to taste the melted chocolate, a little milk is added after.

Growing up we were never allowed to take down any of the Christmas decorations until Three Kings Day/Dia De Los Reyes (January 6th)… the tail end of the 12 days of Christmas. My grandfather would tell us we had to wait for the Three Kings to arrive bearing gifts. I would look forward to the day by placing my shoes outside my front door to be filled with a gift, and in the evening we would cut into the rosca.  This year will be no different in the fact that the decorations will stay up till Jan.6th, I will make a rosca de reyes with a few toy babies in the middle, and call a few friends over to celebrate Dia de Los Reyes with me and my family. Usually the highlight of the evening is cutting the rosca to see who gets the baby (who ever gets a baby in their slice of rosca has to make a tamale dinner on Feb. 2nd for the group), but it can’t fully be enjoyed without a cup of hot chocolate. Chocolate caliente hecho con agua is my ideal type of hot chocolate. It is made with a water base that really allows you to fully taste the divine Mexican chocolate, and at the very end milk is added, but not a lot in comparison to the water. It’s really special and should be made anytime a cold day drops it’s temperatures down and you want warm comfort in a cup.

I decided this Three Kings Day I am going to go simple and make it easy on myself by picking up everything I need at Walmart. They have all the ingredients for my rosca and my chocolate caliente. It’s a win win…. now all I have to worry about is not getting the baby. :) I made this recipe really easy for you too….. watch the video below to see exactly how to make it.

Ingredients for chocolate caliente hecho con agua:

  • 7 – cups water
  • 2 – cinnamon sticks
  • 1 – teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 – Mexican chocolate tablets (I used Abuelita)
  • 2 – cans evaporated milk


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Raisin Pear Ponche: The Perfect Drink When It’s Cold

This raisin pear ponche is perfect for a cold night.

I just looked at the weather and the next couple of days are about to be “Brrrrrrrrrr” status COLD! The lows are scheduled to be 36 degrees Wednesday night. That’s super cold for us folks here in Los Angeles. Thank the stars I’m staying in New Years Eve, because this California girl likes to stay warm and toasty. There are a couple of things I’ve been doing to make sure I’m consistent with keeping heated during these frosty times. I got the pilot on my heater turned on, invested in a cute beanie, been rocking some thick wool socks, and constantly have a batch of ponche on the stove top.

I’m a ponche fanatic during this time of year, and especially with temperatures dropping fast. I make several variations ( to mix it up) throughout the season and am super partial to Raisin Pear Ponche right about now. I use an abundance of CA Raisins in this recipe for several reasons: They work as a great natural sweetener (which means I don’t have to use as much piloncillo). Raisins have 9% of your daily fiber and potassium, and 6% of your daily iron – per 1/4 cup. Plus CA Raisins dry naturally in the warm California sun and it’s my way of reminding myself that warm days will be upon us again soon. In the meantime Raisin Pear Ponche is the ideal way to keep warm.

I’m not the only one who is crazy for this ponche. I made a big pot of it the other night for all my friends and family who had come over for a holiday celebration that my fiancé and I had and people went nuts for it. The kids drank some, the adults spiked theirs, and some people were even serving it in bowls with a fork to eat the fruit out of it.

Just a handful of ingredients are needed for this raisin pear ponche.

Ingredients for Raisin Pear Ponche:

  • 2- bassett pears (sliced in disks)
  • caña de azúcar (I used a handful of 2 inch cane pieces)
  • 3/4 – cup CA Raisin medley
  • 1 – 3 ounce piloncillo cone
  • 2 – cinnamon sticks
  • 4 – tamarindo pods (break outer hard shell off, and devein, just use pulpy inside)
  • 10 – cups water


  1. Place all ingredients in a pot, and add water.All ingredients for raisin pear ponche in pot ready to be put over a flame.
  2. Place over a medium high flame. Bring to a boil.
  3. Then lower the flame down to a simmer
  4. Cover pot and simmer for 2 to 3 hours.
  5. Then serve hot. Fresh off the stove, raisin pear ponche served hot.
  6. Enjoy and Pin the photo below! All the ingredients needed for raisin pear ponche. What it looks like going into the pot and what it looks like coming out. Absolutely delicious and soothing on a cold day or night.

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Raisin Red Chile Enchilada Sauce

Cheese enchiladas in a raisin red chile enchilada sauce

I wasn’t always a sugar freak. In fact as a young girl I would lean toward the savory side always buying chips and pickles instead of candy. When I did want sugar I grabbed for a piece of fruit, and it was always special of I could get some raisins. My Mom use to buy me little boxes of raisins, brown or golden, I just adored eating them.

A bowl of California raisinsAs I got older I was fascinated when I found out raisins were part of a recipe. It could be cookies, arroz con leche, but what really made my head spin was the fact that people used raisins in mole as a way to naturally sweeten the recipe.

There is a Mexican restaurant here in Los Angeles that I absolutely love, and when you first arrive they serve this little bowl of red chile that has a slight sweet taste after the chile kick. It took me a long time to figure out what that special little sweetness was. Finally I asked the chef of the restaurant what that special after taste was, and he said raisins. Just raisins.

A few weeks ago I craved enchiladas with a slight sweetness in the chile, the way they serve it at that Mexican restaurant I love. I started to play with different combos til I got exactly what I was craving. What I found was if I used a combo of golden and brown raisins it made the perfect sweet taste in my chile.  Once the sauce was made, I prepared a simple batch of cheese enchiladas with queso quesadilla. I poured my raisin red chile enchilada sauce over the top, then topped it off with a nice variety of California raisins. This was one of the best sauces I had ever had on enchiladas. I will make it again and again.

ingredients for raisin red chile enchilada sauce

Ingredients for raisin red chile enchilada sauce:

  • 3 – dried ancho chiles
  • 2 – dried California chiles
  • 2 – dried New Mexico chiles
  • 1 – tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 – onion
  • 1 – tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/3 – cup mixed California raisins
  • 4 – garlic cloves
  • 2 – cups chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place all dried chiles in a pot filled halfway with water over a medium flame. Bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 30 minutes or until soft. Set to the side. Reserve the water chiles were boiled in. Ancho, new mexico and california chiles boiling to soften
  2. In a small frying pan over a medium flame add vegetable oil and allow it to get hot. Fry the onion until browned on all sides. an onion browned on all sides by frying
  3. Remove stems from chile and place in a blender along with onion, sesame seeds, raisins, garlic cloves, 1 cup of water chiles were boiled in, and salt and pepper to taste. Blend until smooth. all ingredients for raisin red chile sauce in blender
  4. Pour sauce through strainer and pour chicken broth on top to help strain the chile. strain blended enchilada sauce through sieve
  5. Make a simple batch of cheese enchiladas. cheese enchiladas about to go in the oven
  6. Pour raisin red chile enchilada sauce on top of cheese enchiladas.
  7. Enjoy!

A batch of cheese enchiladas topped raisin red chile sauce

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Sweet Potato Chorizo Pancakes

Sweet potato chorizo pancakes for a wonderful holiday appetizer

I’m all about entertaining for the holidays , and this past week really got me thinking about my upbringing and how it all seems to meld together as an adult. You see…. my dad’s side of the family is from the south, and makes a seriously delicious sweet potato pie. I went to an all Jewish elementary school in Brentwood as a young girl, and learned about jewish traditions and foods. Being born a Latin girl afforded me the privilege of growing up eating spicy foods like chorizo and chipotle among many other flavors….

Last week when Walmart asked me to make something with sweet potato,  I thought “what could I make that really ties in all the flavor combos I love?”  We were coming up on Hanukkah at the time, and all I kept thinking of were delicious latkes topped with sour cream. This put my thought process in motion…. I would start with sweet potato pancakes. Then I thought chorizo goes so well with sweet potato, but it’s not spicy enough to give it that kick I’m looking for. I decided to add in a chipotle pepper and adobo sauce. Spiked the batter with some green onion and it was on and popping with sweet potato chorizo pancakes. They make the perfect holiday appetizer.

Let me share my secret weapon with you…. I used Princella Sweet Potatoes. The product is picked and packed within hours, and using a can saves time because there is no peeling or steaming. I just love sweet potatoes plus they’re an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and phosphorus. There are no preservatives because the canning process is the magic that preserves the yams. I used those as my base and added my touches of Latin spice. The best part is I was able to buy it all at Walmart and feel confident that they have a little (or a lot) of everything I need.

ingredients for sweet potato chorizo pancakes

Ingredients for sweet potato chorizo pancakes:

  • 1 – 29 oz. can princella sweet potatoes
  • 8 – ounces chorizo (cooked)
  • 1 – egg (beaten)
  • 1 – heaping tablespoon chipotle pepper and adobo sauce  (minced)
  • 2 – tablespoons green onion ( minced )
  • vegetable oil
  • sour cream


  1. Open can of sweet potatoes and drain out liquid.
  2. Place sweet potatoes in a bowl and mash with a potato smasher.mashing princella sweet potatoes
  3. Mix in chorizo, egg, chipotle pepper, and green onion. sweet potato chorizo mixture
  4. In a frying pan over a medium flame add a tablespoon of vegetable oil, and allow to get hot.
  5. Scoop mixture by heaping tablespoon into frying pan. Sweet potato chorizo pancakes frying
  6. Cook on each side for 5 to 7 minutes or until crisp.
  7. Place on a plate and top with sour cream, green onion, and a tiny strip of chipotle pepper.
  8. Enjoy!


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Cacique Cheese Toast Recipe

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Ingredients for cheese toast; Cacique Oaxaca cheese, olives, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms, basil, and prosciutto

My man has been over seas for the last 7 weeks, and every day that he was gone we would chat on the phone, skype, and what apps. I found that one of the reoccuring themes of our conversations revolved around cheese. He would tell me what cheese he had that day or a new cheese he discovered, and how he absolutely loves eating bread and cheese. Bread and cheese is an old love of mine, but I was happy to hear the joy of his new found obsession in his voice and indulge his explanations. He said “When I get home all I want to do is hang out at home for a few days in our pj’s, watch good movies, and eat bread and cheese.” Duly noted.

He got home yesterday and I had the house well supplied with a variety of cheese and bread, and a bunch of good movies ready to go. I told him he could eat his bread and cheese however he liked or I could make him a Cacique Oaxaca cheese sourdough bread toast topped with olives, basil, prosciutto, mushrooms, and sun dried tomatoes. What do you think he went for? It was the perfect movie night. Our little family was back together and we celebrated over my cheese toast recipe. It is so super simple to make and I adopted the European style of buttering the bread first before topping it with cheese. I cut up all fresh ingredients and once the cheese was melted on the toast I carefully topped it with my ingredients and a touch of olive oil. A toast to you and your family movie night from my cheese and bread loving family.

Cacique cheese toast recipe made with Oaxaca cheese, mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, basil, olives and prosciutto

Ingredients for Cacique Cheese Toast:

  • sourdough bread
  • butter (room temperature)
  • Cacique Oaxaca cheese (grated)
  • olives (sliced)
  • sun dried tomatoes (julianne)
  • mushrooms (sliced)
  • basil
  • prosciutto
  • a little olive oil


  1. Spread a smear of butter on one side of sourdough bread.
  2. Top with a generous mound of Oaxaca cheese. Grated Cacique Oaxaca cheese on bread
  3. Place toast in a toaster oven and toast until cheese melts, then switch to broiler mode, and broil toast until tops of cheese brown.  melted cheese toast
  4. Sprinkle on the olives, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms, basil, prosciutto, and drizzle in a light drops of olive oil.
  5. Enjoy!Gourmet cheese toast made on sourdough bread with Cacique Oaxaca cheese

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Turn A Plain White Cake Into A Festive Treat With These Holiday Cake Ideas

Turn a plain white cake into a gorgeous festive dessert with these holiday cake ideas.

I love spending my time in the kitchen, but during the holiday season I have a million things to do, so anyway I could take a short-cut I do. The other day I needed a festive cake for a party I was attending. I didn’t have time to bake a cake, so I bought a plain white cake from Walmart, and thought I would just decorate it myself to give it that special touch I was looking for. While I was there, I found some super cute little candy flowers, green candy balls, meringues, and some sugar cones. I knew once I found the sugar cones that I would be making them into trees. Holiday cake ideas are so easy to come up with, and adding that little special touch really goes a long way, even if it is store bought then decorated at home.

I made the afternoon into a project for me and my son. We made a big batch of royal icing, and colored it red and green. I took the sugar cones and smeared them in the green royal icing, then piped on the red royal icing, and decorated the trees in little candies. I topped the trees off with candy flowers and stuck them on with the green royal icing. These trees make incredible cake toppers. I lined the entire top of the cake in the green candy balls, and placed the meringues around the sides. I found an old fashioned Santa Claus cake decoration and stuck it right in the center. The cake was so adorbs…. it was almost too precious to cut. But then again nothing is to precious when it comes to a delicious cake. If you don’t have time this holiday season this is a great way to impress your guests and still have time to shop.

supplies for festive cake

Holiday cake ideas:


  1. Start with plain white frosted cake.
  2. Make royal icing. Divide the icing into two parts. Dye one part green and the other part red.
  3. Spread the green royal icing onto a sugar cone to make trees, and allow to dry for 40 minutes. Make trees out of sugar cones and green royal icing.
  4. Pipe the red royal icing around the green cones to look like garland. Then decorate red lines with various candy sprinkles. Top the tree with a candy flower, by spreading a wad of green royal icing to the base of the decoration and pressing it into the point of the top. Allow to dry for an hour. Christamas Trees made of sugar cones to be used as cake toppers
  5. Line the top and the bottom of the cake with green candy balls. Then place the meringues around the edge of the candy balls line this cake beautifully
  6. Place the christmas trees on top of the cake. Easy holiday cake ideas for a festive season.
  7. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!


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The Tamalada Kit

the basic supplies you need for a tamalada

It seems more and more of my close friends are wanting to make homemade tamales this year, and have come to me to ask what exactly they need to make this serious labor of love happen. I start by asking them exactly how many dozens are they wanting to make? You see the preparation alone is  labor intensive, you have to make the chile, and prepare the meat, soak the husks, and chop all the other ingredients. It’s a job not recommended for the weak or tired. If someone tells me 2 to 5 dozen …. I scoff and say “you’re better off buying them already made.”  It’s only really worth it if you are going to make dozens in the double digits. This year I went light and only made 15 dozen, compared to my previous years of 27 to 30 dozen, but that’s a different story for another time. What I’m trying to say is if you’re going to commit yourself, you might as well go for the gusto.

Every year I like to make my life as simple as possible by choosing a few things to buy as gifts, and staying with that theme. One year all my friends got tea sets, and another year everyone got engraved stationary and ink/ feather pens…. not the same exact gift but variations to suite their personalities. I few weeks ago I went to Walmart to grab my tamale supplies, and a wall of tamale steamers caught my eye. I thought of my friends that are just starting to continue the tamale making tradition, and are not sure what they need. I decided that group of friends were all going to get the tamalada kit for Christmas this year,  but I’d have to give it to them a little early. These are the very basics of what is needed to get started, and lucky for me… Walmart had it all. A few minutes later I was out of the store and had 5 people knocked off my list just like that.

Corn husks and chile is part of the tamale kita steamer for the tamale kit is the foundation of the kitThe basic tools for tamale making

The basics for a tamale making kit:

  • tamale steamer: a large pot with and elevated plate inside that has holes.
  • tea towels: tea towels are used to cover the tamales once they are steaming.
  • strainer: is used to strain seeds out of chile, and to drain the corn husks after soaking.
  • tongs: needed to remove tamales from steamer.
  • corn husks: the wrapper to the tamale
  • chile: the base of your flavor, it is used to both flavor the masa and spice the meat.



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