Tamales step-by-step: Diagrams, instructions and a bit of history

Tamales, of course, are a traditional favorite this time of year in Mexico, and are served whenever friends and family gather, starting from Dia de La Virgen de Guadalupe all the way through Dia de Los Reyes or Three Kings’ Day on January 6th, and even beyond on Dia de La Candelaria or Candelmas (Feb. 2nd). … Continue reading Tamales step-by-step: Diagrams, instructions and a bit of history

If you know better, you can do better: Are Americans appropriating Day of the Dead 2015?

I write a piece about Day of the Dead every year at this time. It’s what I do, after all. My writing focuses on Mexican culture, traditions and cuisine. What started off as a way to inform my readers about celebrations taking place in Mexico has migrated, quite literally, to reporting on festivities in the … Continue reading If you know better, you can do better: Are Americans appropriating Day of the Dead 2015?

Las Posadas, contraband fruit and warm Mexican Christmas Punch (w/recipe)

(NOTE: The following is an excerpt from my book, Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes, co-authored with Adriana Almazan Lahl.) Las Posadas: December 16-24             December 16 marks the beginning of Las Posadas (a novenario, nine days of religious observance), during which Mexican families participate in nightly Christmas processions that … Continue reading Las Posadas, contraband fruit and warm Mexican Christmas Punch (w/recipe)