As far back as I can remember, my holiday memories consist of my mom preparing days ahead for the big chore of making several dozens of her famous tamales. The washing of the "hojas", the preparation of her made-from-scratch "chile", and of course the arduous preparation of the "masa. The flavor was always perfect, and the memories we have of standing around that pot of masa, spreading it on the leaves and laughing up a storm, followed by sitting down with the family to enjoy them, are invaluable. These are memories of my mom, especially now since she is almost 76, that I will treasure because I don't think she will be making them much longer. But her tamale holiday recipe will always live on, and luckily my sisters are both able to make the same tamales so even when my mom can no longer make them, she will still be able to enjoy them.
Do you have a favorite holiday recipe that is cherished by your family or that just really stands out above the rest? Well this year Winn-Dixie stores are giving all of us a chance to put that favorite recipe in the spotlight and share it with others. Submit your recipes and get a chance to be featured in the Winn-Dixie Recipes to Impress E-cookbook that is being featured in the Winn-Dixie Facebook page. You can also browse the site for recipes for anything from appetizers to desserts. What a great way to get new ideas for delicious plates to serve the familia this holiday season.
Be sure and join the Winn-Dixie Twitter party on December 18 at 9 p.m. EST to discover more great recipes and ideas of how creating local food flavors in your home this holiday season. There are also some great prizes to be won including a $500 gift card! Make sure to RSVP for the Twitter party at http://twtvite.com/WDLocalHoliday