Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Break Specials: Butternut Squash...Tamales?

I'm a picky squash eater. Typically I prefer it cut into thin slices, breaded, and lightly fried in EVOO. Squash is indigenous to America, having been around several thousand years and originally grown in Guatemala and Mexico. Today, butternut squash in particular is a popular ingredient thanks to its thick, buttery orange skin and sweet taste.

As you can probably tell, I love the idea of using traditional Thanksgiving ingredients in non-traditional dishes. So second on our list for this week is this incredible dish by Carolyn Swaney at the Hispanic Kitchen...


Butternut Squash Tamales...Putting your Turkey to Shame!
by Carolyn Swaney

The air is getting cooler. Halloween has come and gone. Fall is shaping up, which only means one thing: Thanksgiving is coming!

However, being that I come from such a large family, I don't always have the privelage of hosting the holiday at my house, and this is one of those years. Not to be outdone, my side dish contributions are usually elaborate and standout. Confession: I'm a culinary show-off. You probably are, too. That's why I like you.

Either way, these tamales will definitely outshine even the most delicious bird that shows up on your table, so make with caution: You may not even need the turkey! I love them, also, because they provide a truly delicious and sophisticated option for non-meat eaters, instead of the usual scoop of mashed potatoes and pile of green beans. These tamales are a big, wrapped up gift of YUM...




1 comment:

  1. Dear Monica,

    Please pardon my comment on your blog instead of writing to you directly but I could not find any method to contact you via email.

    Your website is such a fun way to celebrate homeschooling! I noticed that your focus is on the Hispanic culture which is why I’m writing to you.

    I’m the marketing director for the non-profit initiative RaceBridgesForSchools.com. We have over 29 lesson plans/resources and 64 videos (with more being added all the time) which are available for free download. Some that you may be specifically interested in are as follows:

    Looking for Papito featuring Cuban American Storyteller Antonio Sacre. Includes video and discussion guide.
    http://www.racebridgesforschools.com/wp/?p=582

    Faster than Sooner featuring Cuban American Storyteller Antonio Sacre. Includes video and discussion guide.
    http://www.racebridgesforschools.com/wp/?p=586

    Dreaming of Cuba: Stories that Bind featuring Cuban American Storyteller Antonio Sacre. Lesson plan with audio story excerpts. http://www.racebridgesforschools.com/?p=279

    Being Mexican American: Caught Between Two Worlds – Nepantla featuring Mexican American Storyteller Olga Loya. Lesson plan with audio story excerpt. http://www.racebridgesforschools.com/?p=161#more-161


    There are also some short story videos which may also be helpful on this subject from RaceBridgesVideos.com

    A SECOND LANGUAGE: A TIME TO LAUGH, A TIME TO UNDERSTAND
    by Storyteller Antonio Rocha -- http://www.racebridgesforschools.com/videos/?p=508

    THE AMERICAN VISA : A SAGA IN 3 ACTS
    by Storyteller Antonio Rocha -- http://www.racebridgesforschools.com/videos/?p=510

    WHAT’S A MEXICAN ?
    By Storyteller Olga Loya -- http://www.racebridgesforschools.com/videos/?p=525

    WHY DO YOU WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE ?
    By Storyteller Olga Loya -- http://www.racebridgesforschools.com/videos/?p=527

    BETWEEN WORLDS
    By Storyteller Olga Loya -- http://www.racebridgesforschools.com/videos/?p=541

    CASTRO DOLLS AND FAMILIA
    By Storyteller LEENY DEL SEAMONDS -- http://www.racebridgesforschools.com/videos/?p=561

    ALEGRIA:WE ARE ONE
    A song
    By Storyteller LEENY DEL SEAMONDS -- http://www.racebridgesforschools.com/videos/?p=563


    Thanks so much for the good work that you do for homeschoolers.

    Warmly,

    Kris Evenson
    Marketing Director – RaceBridgesForSchools.com

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