I KNOW THE HOLIDAYS HAVE ARRIVED WHEN
The cool fall weather and all the lovely fall colors of food in the produce section at the grocery store or farmers market. I especially love making pumpkin anything, and pumpkin empanadas are my favorite. ~ VERONICA ~
process. Everyone gets to take home two dozen tamales to steam and enjoy with their families. Every year it’s been a little different. One year it was just the woman and Dakota, the next year it was my girlfriends and their daughters or mothers, and last year it was my girlfriends and their kids, boys and girls, being that my son enjoys this too. Dakota was a big help. We set up a kids’ table in the garage and the kids each had their own place setting with a bowl of masa, a pile of corn husks and a festive masa spreader. The kids got to make the sweet tamales which were filled with pineapple and coconut. This year, because of my move, I will be taking this on in Germany. Wish me luck! Vangie, you made biscochos with your mother and your Christmas was steeped in tradition. What is your tradition with the children in your family? Vangie: When Veronica, Michael, and Yvette were young I would make the dough, roll it out and they would cut out the biscochos using a paring knife. As soon as they came out of the oven the kids would roll them in the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Today I use a heavy duty mixer and a cookie shooter to make the biscochos. However, when the kids were young I didn’t own a large mixer or a cookie shooter so everything was done by hand; we used to have a lot of fun. Last year
when I was in Colorado with Yvette and Veronica and their children, I made biscochos with my granddaughters Dakota and Maya the way I once did with my kids. It was our time together and we had a great time. It brought back great memories for me. I shared with Dakota and Maya how Veronica, Michael, and Yvette used to help me make the same cookies which I gave away as Christmas gifts. I think they enjoyed listening to stories of their moms when they were young. I try to emphasize the importance of doing things together as a family. Do you carry on with your grandmother’s tradition of giving bisochos as gifts for the holidays? Veronica: Last year while at home in El Paso with mom, I helped her package dozens of them into these cute festive boxes I found at a specialty shop. It quickly reminded me of the importance of maintaining family traditions, especially this one. You can be sure I will take the time to make some this year with my two kids. Yvette: I make savory gifts such as homemade salsas and sauces. I’m a fulltime graphic designer, and I designed some very cute Muy Bueno labels that I use as gift tags. I make salsa casera, salsa verde, and enchilada sauce in mason jars wrapped with raffia ribbon. My friends and neighbors really look forward to my spicy gifts ever year.
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