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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

IMUSA Tamale and Seafood Steamer Review and Giveaway!

I have always loved Fall. When I was little, fall meant cooler weather and holidays. First comes Halloween. I loved it growing up because my mom used to make our costumes and we would go out with all our friends to get goodies.

Next came Thanksgiving. because my parents were from Costa Rica, we never celebrated Thanksgiving the same way others did. It was one of those special days where we would all dress up and head to Downtown Los Angeles and visit the Clifton Cafeteria. It was so magical as a child because there were endless rows of different foods including turkey and all the fixin's.


But the best part of the holidays was Christmas. besides all the presents and cheer, it meant that my family would make tamales. Sure we had ham and holiday food but the most important part of our holidays was making tamales. In Costa Rica, people make tamales not only to eat but to give away as little presents for family and friends who visit during that time.

I loved those times. My mom and grandmother would start prepping 2 or 3 days before. The day of the tamale making, we would all have jobs to do. Since we were little, we would be in charge of stuffing the tamales with veggies. Once done, my father had a fire made outside and my mom would fill a huge pot full of tamales and they would be cooked outside for at least an hour.


Costa Rican tamales are a labor of love and they are delicious. Unless I go to Costa Rica, I rarely make them because it is a tough job. Plus, you have to have the right equipment. This year might be the year, I continue the family tradition.


I recently received a beautiful IMUSA Tamale and Seafood Steamer from the GlobalKitchen Mexico product line. The pot is aluminum with a steamer insert. You can steam anything and everything from seafood and vegetables to even tamales. It is available at Target.com for $29.99



I love it. I used it as a pasta pot and it was great because spaghetti actually fits and I don’t have to be pushing it in to for my other small pots. I could definitely see using this for a clam bake or to cook up fresh lobsters. It is very well made and sturdy. The steamer insert is great because it allows you to steam or use as a double boiler, if needed. I love he lid and the pot handles. Because they are made with red silicone, they never get too hot to handle. The glass lid allows you to look at what you are cooking.


Luckily, I have one to giveaway as well. So if you want an IMUSA Tamale and Seafood Steamer from the GlobalKitchen Mexico just enter below. And check out this wonderful fall recipe by Chef George Duran.


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Pumpkin Pie Tamales



Ingredients:
  • 40 to 60 dried corn husks
  • 7 cups maseca corn flour
  • 3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 29-ounce cans of pumpkin puree
  • 4 sticks of butter, melted
  • 2 cups of warm milk
  • 2 cups of walnuts, chopped
  • 12 ounces of raisins
Preparation:
  1. Fill a large bowl with warm water and soak corn husks until softened, about 30 minutes.
  2. In an extra-large bowl add Maseca corn flour and the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix together making sure that all of the clumps are broken up with your fingers. Then add all of the wet ingredients and once again, use your hands to mix the corn flour. Add more water as needed until you achieve the consistency of peanut butter. Fold in the walnuts and raisins.
  3. Assemble the tamales by using a rubber spatula to spread 1⁄2 cup to 1 cup of dough mixture onto the corn husk, depending on the size of the corn husk. The spread should cover about two thirds of the husk, away from the pointed end, making sure you leave some space on each side to fold. Gently fold one side of the corn husk to the other end and fold up the pointed end across. Lay each tamale fold-side down. There should be an open end to each tamale.
  4. Once the tamales are folded, fill the IMUSA TAMALE STEAMER with water just below the fill line and place the steam tray on the rack. Carefully place each tamale standing up on the steam tray without overloading it and bring water to a simmer. Steam with the lid on for 90 minutes.
  5. Remove each tamale with tongs and let rest for a few minutes before serving it as a sweet side-dish. MAKES 40-60 TAMALES.






Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

230 comments:

  1. Yes to both questions. Patricia

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  2. I've eaten them, but have never made them!

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  3. https://twitter.com/lilypaddj/status/788429664855453696

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  4. Yes, I make tamales a few times a year.

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  5. I love to eat tamales, but I have never made them.

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  6. https://twitter.com/ReneeWalters2/status/788437641972686848

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  7. I have never made tamales but I love to eat them! I would love to try and make them but I have always assumed they were hard to make

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  8. I have never made them but I love them!

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  10. I have never made tamales, but I sure like eating them.
    Jennifer Rote

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  11. I have eaten lots of tamales but never made them it would be awesome to make them!

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  12. I tweeted https://twitter.com/my4boysand1/status/788453490511052800

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  13. Yes to both. This is Texas. It's not a holiday dinner without tamales. LOL

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  14. I tried that in Costco
    agnesye@hotmail.com

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  15. Tweeted 10/18
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  16. I have had tamales but never made any. I would use the pot for seafood dishes.

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  17. Yes, we love to eat tamales!

    Nancy
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  18. I got REAL brave a few years ago and decided to tackle making tamales for the very first time. I wanted to make "a lot". When i was done (never thought that would happen, either) I had the biggest mess in my kitchen ever! I also had over a hundred tamales. I never wanted to see a corn husk or another tamale again. LOL!!

    However, I started smaller the next time but I had to make-do with a pieced together pot and steamer insert. I sure could have used a set up like this. It's very nice!

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  19. I love to eat tamales but i haven't ever made them.

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  20. tweet link - https://twitter.com/rusthawk/status/788501938107068416

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  21. I haven't eaten tamales in years, but I'd go for some good ones right now!

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  22. Never have had but I love mexican food would love these I think. thankyou, Ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  23. Mmmm, yes, I have eaten tamales, but I've never made them. I've recently begun making my own corn tortillas, and just learned to make enchiladas (yes, I know--what took so long?). So I was thinking if I could get some husks or leaves, I might try my hand at tamales, too. And this lovely pot would help, for sure!

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  25. I've never personally made them but have eaten tamales. Thanks.
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  26. I LOVE tamales! Back home in Texas buying a big batch of homemade tamales from a lady I knew whose whole family got together to make them was a yearly tradition. Since I am no longer there, I made my first batch a few weeks ago. Yum! Now I need to gather the proper tools to make them more often.
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  28. I have eaten tamales, but have never made them.

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  31. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/788799241472897024

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  32. I have never made tamales, but have eaten a lot of them in restaurants. I would love to try making them sometime though!

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  34. Oh yeah, make and eat Tamales.

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  36. tweet - https://twitter.com/rusthawk/status/788904060963295233

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  37. I love tamales. I've made them before but definitely need some more practice!

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  38. https://twitter.com/Joan_1969/status/788951809813417984?lang=en

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  41. tweet - https://twitter.com/rusthawk/status/789211374480044032

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  42. I have eaten tamales but never made them. This would be great to have when my best friend visits. She teaches me how to make authentic Mexican dishes.

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  43. https://twitter.com/mbm218/status/789393178407215104
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  44. I love eating tamales, but I've never made them before.

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  45. tweet - https://twitter.com/rusthawk/status/789594967983259648

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  48. https://twitter.com/mbm218/status/789829472878899204
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  49. I love steamed foods and tamales but I have never made them. I would like to make them soon!
    Thank You for the chance

    Fiona N

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  50. I tweeted this awesome review and giveaway: https://twitter.com/carabao62/status/789921638783524865
    Thank You again

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  52. I've never attempted to make tamales - but yes, I do order them in a restaurant

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  53. https://twitter.com/mbm218/status/790163692226682880
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  54. I have never made tamales, but I love to eat them.

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  55. We love to make and eat tamales.

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  56. I love tamales and made them one time.

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  57. I have eaten tamales but can't even imagine making them.

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  58. https://twitter.com/mbm218/status/790531499820929024
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  59. I love to eat them but I've never tried making them. I would love to give it a try! :)

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  60. My mother in law makes them. They are amazing. I would love to win this for her.

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  61. https://twitter.com/Joan_1969/status/790567254484258816?lang=en

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  62. I do not make tamales but I have eaten them

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  63. I have never made them but just had some on our trip to Mexico and omg they are so good. I wanna try making them myself but don't have anything to steam them in. Awesome giveaway I hope I win Good Luck everyone :)

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  64. https://twitter.com/rusthawk/status/790622342506438656

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  65. I love them!! I've never made them myself yet though..but would love to :)

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  66. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/790675022624980997

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  67. Ive had them, but I've never made them myself before. It would be fun to try

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  68. I have never made tamales but I love to eat them!

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  69. https://twitter.com/crankyyanky1/status/790708812206448641

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  70. I have had tamales, but never made them.

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  71. https://twitter.com/novamommyof2/status/790742230055006208

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  72. I've never made tamales but I've eaten them before. Brittney House

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  73. https://twitter.com/blessed_nc_mom/status/790806266444648448

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  74. Love to eat tamales! The ones at Cafe Rio are my favorite. Haven't ever made them myself.

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  75. https://twitter.com/mbm218/status/790894197796696064
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  76. I love tamales. I tried to make them once...but I haha didn't have a good steam pan ;)

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  77. I eat tamales a lot but I haven't ever made them

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  78. I eat tamales,and have tried making them too.I need a little practice.

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  79. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/790978201552031744

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  80. I have never eaten one but would love to try and make one.

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  81. I've had tamales, but I have not tried to make them yet.

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  82. yes, I have eaten taqmales and I love burritos & chimichangas too!

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  83. daily tweet - https://twitter.com/rusthawk/status/791035696102318080

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  84. I have never made tamales but I love them! They are my favorite mexican food!
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  85. I wish I did know how to make them at home. I am lucky enought to have this little cafe that makes delicious veggie tamales!

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  86. I've never had them
    flyergal82 at (yahoo $dot !com-

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  87. https://twitter.com/novamommyof2/status/791095002046664705

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  88. I eat steamed tamales all the time. I like them with salsa, the spicier, the better.

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  89. I have eaten tamales, but have never made them. I'm excited to try.

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  90. Oh my YES! Make and eat them often!

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  91. My grandma makes them and I eat them! :D

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  92. https://twitter.com/sweettweets24_/status/791136113226293248

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    Mary Beth Elderton

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  94. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/791335998382809088

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  95. I am not a huge fan of tamales but I do eat them. My husband on the other hand....have no idea how many he could eat!!

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  99. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/carabao62/status/791477454003109889
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  101. I used to make tamales with the family every holiday season, but have missed the last few years.

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  102. https://twitter.com/mbm218/status/791595079974608896
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  115. I have never made them, but I love eating them.

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  117. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/carabao62/status/792212855537803264
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  120. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/carabao62/status/792568087417683968
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  129. I have eaten them, and want to try making my own

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  130. Tweeted 11/1 at https://twitter.com/KDFF/status/793439888251187200

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  135. I love tamales but have never made them.

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  143. You know that old saying, "My dog at my homework"? Well, my dog just filled in the "Follow me on You Tube" entry. Seriously. I was about to enter my YouTube name when my dog climbed on me and my laptop and apparently hit some keys, including the Enter key, so I don't know exactly what my entry says. However, it would be a miracle if it said my real YouTube name (NotherAnneOther), the same kind of miracle as a monkey typing one of William Shakespeare's plays. Sorry about that.

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  144. I have never made them but I sure enjoy eating them :)

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  145. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/carabao62/status/794387716645462016
    Fiona N

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  146. We just made them yesterday :) We LOVE tamales!!!

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  150. https://twitter.com/ReneeWalters2/status/794687460579999744

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  151. I've never made them, but I love to eat them.

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  152. I don't make tamales. I love to eat tamales. People sometimes drive through our neighborhood selling them and we once in a while buy some.

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  153. tweet - https://twitter.com/rusthawk/status/794943134262239232

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  154. https://mobile.twitter.com/sweettweets24_/status/794972526958940160

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  155. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/carabao62/status/795011208675987456
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  156. I love tamales! I love to make them and I love to eat them! Great prize! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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  157. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/795090277669212160

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  158. We love tamales. I've never made them before though. These pumpkin pie tamales sound delicious.

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  159. I have only eaten tamales out of a can.

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  163. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/carabao62/status/795458620662104064
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  164. Tweet: https://twitter.com/Mybakersdozen/status/795465570552401920 vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  166. https://twitter.com/Joan_1969/status/795642561402728449?lang=en

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  167. Not a big fan of tamales but I love seafood

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  170. Tweet: https://twitter.com/Mybakersdozen/status/795727327783108608 vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  173. I have eaten them but never made them.

    brat52101 at yahoo dot com

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  174. I have made tamales but I eating them more than making them.

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  175. I have not made tamales but I'd like to.

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  176. I have eaten tamales but have never made them.

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  177. https://twitter.com/carolina_blu_/status/796023775863173120

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  179. https://twitter.com/novamommyof2/status/796100465159184384

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  180. https://twitter.com/ReneeWalters2/status/796113420688900096

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  181. I have never made tamales but I have eaten them! They are probably my favorite Mexican dish!

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  182. I've never made them, but I do enjoy them.

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  183. yes I have and they are so yummy

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  184. I have eaten tamales, but I've never made them myself.

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  185. I have tried them in the past and they are pretty good

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  186. Ive never made tamales before but I love eating them!
    crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

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  187. I have eaten them quite a bit and we were required to make them for my Spanish class in high school

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