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Got masa?

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Dry masa mix on the shelf in a Westlake grocery store, November 2010

Now that the turkey thing is behind us, it's officially tamales season, the time of year when bags of dry masa mix begin flying off grocery shelves. Ready for your tamaleadas?

I'm not, but I'll be hitting the grocery store this weekend for my Maseca and hojas.

See you back here Monday. In the meantime, I've tracked down a couple of good tamal-making videos, one for Mexican-style tamales (starring a hip hop-loving chef), and one for Central American-style tamales. No language comprehension necessary - the demonstrations are easy to follow.

A good holiday weekend to all.

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