Part 1 of this article was published in last week's newsletter. It was the nail-biting adventure in which I rescued a teeny spider that was floating in my toilet. Thankfully, it lived! I put it outside, turned off the bathroom light, washed my hands, and returned to the project at hand: making beef tamales, with lard as the base for the masa dough.
It was a cozy, but busy, morning a few days ago, and I thankfully had the energy to get things done. I’d been up since 5am, and was in the midst of my annual tamale making project (which usually occurs in December before Christmas, but somehow slipped over the threshold of the New year).