Sunday, October 02, 2005

Tamale Pie

Back to more cooking with the family. My husband loves making tamale pie. He and I tend to putter around in the kitchen together for about an hour or so, preparing it, chopping, dicing, sauteeing and baking. It's always been very enjoyable. Now with Roo's new interest in cooking, we decided to make it a family affair. She did well with everything until the onions, but even then, she chopped through her tears.

Here it is, cooling off after coming out of the oven. We use a roasted corn meal for that dark color and the taste is amazing.

We modify the recipe more than a little, adjusting it to our heat levels. American cookbooks tend to be on the lower end of the heat scale and that just doesn't work for our family. What most consider hot, my husband doesn't even notice.

After years of making this, I think we've gotten the mix down pretty well, but we're still always changing this, that or the other thing. It's never quite the same, and that is part of the fun.

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