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Sunday, the feast included breakfast tacos, biscuits with gravy and other good food in addition to the traditional tamales.
Besides fresh produce for your holiday table, this large farmers market features baked goods, cheese, jams, jellies, preserves, coffees, teas, flowers, plants, olive oil, nuts, soaps, tamales and more.
The cinnamony-sweet corn drink is sold at nearly every tamale cart in the CDMX.
Plantains are difficult to find, as are pasteles, a type of tamale made with traditional ingredients.
For many of us, plates full of tamales and repeating bowls of salsa signify the holidays.
The kani miso of tamale, roe and egg is really good.
The new year includes bacon, crepes, tamales, pierogi and more.
This is the time of year when recipes handed down from generation to generation are pulled out and families gather together to make the ethnic foods of their ancestors — Slavic kolache, Mexican tamales, Italian baccala, Polish pierogi.
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tamale Has Origins in South America
Hot tamale is sometimes used figuratively, as in our second example, to suggest sexual attractiveness, but it's the word's literal use that puts it in an interesting category. How many English food words can you name that derive from Nahuatl, a group of languages spoken by native peoples of Mexico and Central America? You've probably guessed that "tamale" gives you one; it came to us (by way of Mexican Spanish) from the Nahuatl "tamalli," a word for steamed cornmeal dough. Add to the menu "chili" (from "chīlli," identifying all those fiery peppers); "chocolate" (from "chocolātl," first used for a beverage made from chocolate and water); "guacamole" (from āhuacatl, meaning "avocado," plus mōlli, meaning "sauce"); and "tomato" (from "tomatl"). Top it all off with "chipotle" (a smoked and dried pepper), from "chīlli" and "pōctli" (meaning "something smoked").
Origin and Etymology of tamale
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