How to Throw a Simple Tamale Party

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For many Mexican families, a tamalada (the Spanish word for “tamale party”) is synonymous with the holidays. Multiple generations gather around the kitchen to make a ridiculous amount of tamales, oftentimes in the hundreds. The tamales are shared and enjoyed with family and friends throughout the season, sometimes given as a gift (I accept!). Traditional rituals include the Grandma’s prayer to the tamales and Spanish guitar music in the background, to name a few.

To me, a tamalada is an excellent excuse to gather your crew for a memorable dinner party. The whole point of a tamalada is to enjoy the company of your friends while you prepare the tamales together. But, if hundreds of tamales seem a little much, rest assured you can host a simple tamale party on a more doable scale. I’m talking about a dinner party for 4-8 people to make 18-36 tamales. And you don’t have to be a tamale expert, and it doesn’t have to take all day. How’s how…

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October 07, 2016

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Tamale Kit Comeback (and filling ideas!)

 

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My love of tamales prompted me to create the DIY Tamale Kit when Global Grub launched back in 2012. I know I might be a little biased but I still think it’s one of the coolest kits… I mean, how many people can say they’ve made their own tamales from scratch!? I was so bummed when I had to discontinue the DIY Tamale Kit in 2014, but it didn’t make sense to keep it “on the menu,” mainly because of some production issues with those pesky little cornhusks (examining each husk to ensure the dirt, bugs and imperfections that are so natural to produce weren’t passed on as a yucky surprise in the kit; it accounted for too much time and waste).

To my delight, my super awesome customers have expressed a longing for the return of the DIY Tamale Kit. They’ve said things like, “the tamales are absolutely delicious,” “the flavors are so authentic,” and “I would’ve never tried making tamales, if it weren’t for your kit”...

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August 18, 2016

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The Jerk Kit is Baaack (and special offer)

Jerk Kit Returns

Summer is flying by, but there's still plenty of time to fire up the grill. So, I'm happy to report that Global Grub is up and running at our new facility in NorCal, and our delicious DIY Jerk Kit is back in stock! Since you’ve been so patient, I have a special offer for my loyal Jerk Fans...

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September 20, 2015

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How to break your cooking routine/rut

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We’ve all been there. Your 5-7 go-to recipes are on rotation and they’re getting real boring! But they’re tried-and-true. I get it. I can be a victim to the dreaded rut too, especially when life is extra hectic (have I mentioned I recently sold my house? Moving is the worst!). However, I’m here to remind us all that there’s too many wonderful foods in this world to be cooking the same ol’ things.

Here are 7 easy ways to mix things up:

  1. Easy Goal: Make it your goal to cook at least one new recipe per week. It’s a doable goal.
  2. Seasonality: Let the season guide you! Head to the... 
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September 16, 2015

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How to keep your grilling game strong and unique!

Labor Day might have come and gone already (seriously, where does time go!?), but thankfully there’s still plenty of time to fire up the grill.

Here are 7 of my favorite recipes. Don’t be a victim to the dreaded “cooking rut” (more on that topic next week)!

Korean Barbeque Short Ribs: These are...

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September 12, 2015

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How to make Korean BBQ Short Ribs aka Kalbi

Take your BBQ to the next level with Kalbi, a popular Korean dish (Kalbi or Galbi means “rib” in Korean). The marinade is a balance between sweet and savory, and kinda tastes like teriyaki but waaay better. While Kalbi traditionally equates to fine dining, you may have had the fun experience of grilling it yourself at a Korean restaurant where the grill is a part of the table (um, I need one of those tables for my house!).

If you’ve never had it, you’re missing out...

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September 06, 2015

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How to Create the Best Meatloaf Sliders

Meatloaf… love it or hate it? My hubs is not a fan, so I never make it, or so he thinks! I’ve actually evolved my mom’s “oldie but goodie” meatloaf recipe into our go-to slide recipe. If you love burgers, meatloaf or anything mini (like me), then you need to make these pronto! And they’re fun to eat! They’re small, so you can eat a couple, stick to your diet or save room for the sides.

The patties are bursting with flavor...

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      July 26, 2015

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      For the Love of Food Blogs

      Do you remember the days when blogs didn't exist? It's crazy to think about how many creative and inspiring people didn't have an easy outlet to share with the world. Almost as crazy as me going anywhere without my phone and maps app! We've come a long way, people! 

      I'm constantly inspired by the plethora of delicious food blogs that encourage me to cook something new, something different. The writing, the photos, the recipes... all so beautifully and tastefully done. Food blogs help push my cooking boundaries, feeding my passion for cooking, eating and Global Grub. But there's so many out there and one only has so much time! So, I compiled a list of my faves that I hope you'll check out. Here's to you and cooking (and/or drinking) something new! 

      Cheers, Carley

      My Top 10 Food Blogs (in no particular order):

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      June 09, 2015

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      Mompreneur: The Ultimate Balancing Act

      "You know, if you want to get something done, give it to a busy mom." This is a quote from the recent article, "Kevin O'Leary of 'Shark Tank' invests in 27 companies and says the only ones making money have female CEOs." I'm obsessed with Shark Tank and this article makes me smile ear-to-ear. 

      I'm certainly proud of my self proclaimed title, "Mompreneur." But the truth is, the struggle to fit in being a mom and business owner is real! Prior to being a new Mom, I naively thought I could maintain "business as usual," at least to an extend. But then my baby boy arrived and turned my world upside down... He melted my entire heart and stole it for eternity.

      That said, being a Mom became my priority and Global Grub went from "my baby" to "my business" which was a difficult adjustment for us all (well, not for my newborn, he was living the good life of getting milk drunk, sleeping, and ya know). In the beginning, I beat myself up for not being able to get something done or put in the time that I had promised to my business. It took me a couple months to realize that that wasn't helping anyone or anything. Now, my outlook is to...

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      Gnocchi Recipe, straight from Florence

      The best day of our "eat our way through Europe" trip was when we rolled up our sleeves and made homemade Italian food in an authentic Florentine kitchen. If you ever go to Florence, please take this private cooking class, Let's Cook with Jacopo (it has all 5-star reviews for a reason).

      In the meantime, bring Italy to you with this gnocchi recipe straight from Jacopo's kitchen. If pasta and potatoes had a baby, it would definitely be gnocchi! Follow my easy-to-follow adapted cooking instructions and let the tender pillows melt in your mouth. 

      global grub gnocchi recipe

      As you can see, we literally couldn't wait to try our homemade gnocchi, hence this half eaten platter of tender pillows in this photo. 

      Gnocchi Ingredients

      • 1 kg potatoes (2.2 Ibs potatoes, such as russet potatoes)
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