Seca Tamale Dough
con Pollo Tamales
Beef Tamales with Barbecue-Onion Marmalade
will you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?
Readers submitted their favorite Mexican and Southwestern
recipes and winners received Tamales,
a cookbook by Mark Miller, Stephan Pyles and John Sedlar,
from Wiley Publishers.
The events of May 5th are a source of national pride: after
an embattled history including fighting imperialism and colonization
from many European countries, the stunning victory of the
impoverished Mexican citizens over the French army finally
provided the Mexican people with their own independent identity
– they could finally call themselves Mexicans.
On Cinco de Mayo Mexicans north and
south of the border celebrate their culture and heritage.
Mariachi music, colorful parades, and folklorica dancing are
common celebratory activites, but the real anchor of the day
is the enormous native feast! Foods like tortillas and tamales,
sopas and mole poblano are much more traditional than the
burritos and tacos found at northern American celebrations.
For the children, sweets from a cracked piñata!