THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT DONATED, YOU KEEP US MOVING TOWARD VICTORY!!!
TAMALES WILL BE DELIVERED THE WEEK OF MARCH 7TH TO THOSE THAT LIVE WITHIN 10 MILES OF CARPENTERSVILLE, ALL OTHER ORDERS WILL BE CONTACTED WITH PICKUP OPTIONS.
READ THE FAMILY TAMALE MAKING HISTORY BELOW!
Tamales are one of the deepest Hispanic traditions. Families pass down their recipes for generations, and each family does their tamales a little differently. Our recipe has been passed down for more than 50 years and comes from my grandmother, Ophelia Ramirez Sanchez, and she got it from her mother. Because of my grandmother, almost everyone in our family can cook well; including my mom, Diane, who is the one passing down the knowledge now.
I remember being little when we had our first big tamale-making party. It was crowded in my grandparent's small Carpentersville home. Everyone was busy doing something, and all I wanted to do was eat the meat sitting on the table in front of me. I don't know how many times I heard, "Jarett, cut that out, it's for the tamales!" I hated the masa, it was so bland to me then. The thing I remember most is the smell. There's nothing like the smell of a home that has been preparing and cooking tamales for two days.
Now, we have a tamale party every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We usually make around 100 dozen. Some we cook right away and eat that night, but the rest are placed in bags by the dozen and kept in our freezers so that we have fresh tamales throughout the year. When you're not sure what to bring to a party you can always count on tamales being an instant hit.
For those of you contributing to this fundraiser, we are making a brand new batch. Using the Sanchez family recipe, a small group of us will be preparing the chiles, masa, hojas, and puerco with the same ingredients* and love that we put into our own tamales. Your donations will help ensure that my campaign for County Board is successful, and as a thank you we want to share our family treasure with you.
I have had a lot of different tamales from different families, so I won't say that ours are the best around, but there is no doubt in my mind that our's are among the best. Many Americans put ketchup on their tamales, but I think they are best served with a little Tapatio and nothing else. The flavor alone will do you good.
Thank you from my campaign and from the Sanchez family!