I have loved tamales since I was a small child. I was fascinated by the funny paper wrappings around them and wondered how they made it. Years later I realized that the funny paper was really the sheaves from corn husks.
Wifey is making regular meat tamales, but also sweet tamales, with raisins and pineapple and brown sugar. When she isn't looking I swipe a spoonful of the mixed sweet masa and eat it raw. Yum!
She's also making a third kind of tamale, cheese tamales, with Monterey Jack cheese and mild Jalapenos (big Mexican peppers).
We will take a load of these tamales to the family Thanksgiving dinner in San Jose tomorrow. They should be a big hit!