This Christmas, I decided to follow-up with TAMALES. I find it very interesting that many families have their famility traditions during Christmas holidays to bake Cuccidatti or make Tamales together. While living in Cholon /Saigon, S. Viet-Nam our family tradition was to hold a large Christmas Dancing Party. In-spite of the fact that there is war going on and curfews enforced, we get this "permit" to hold the party. But not anymore, after we left Viet-Nam, we have a "Good Eats" party. While we decided on CIOPPINO for Christmas eve dinner, I got busy and made 60 TAMALES to bring down from Sacramento in my sleigh to San Jose... well, in my mini-van. We had a good eats of TAMALES for lunch on the Christmas Day.
I will post the detail recipe later, but here is my photo journal of BEEF and PORK TAMALES (Click on the photo to read annotation on the image better):