Add a new tradition to your holidays and benefit the area's Hispanic population by ordering tamales this week from the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama.
Tamales are a holiday tradition among Mexican families that has been adopted by many non-Hispanics in the Southwest. Because tamales are a time-consuming, assembly-line task, the whole family often gets involved. Many families make them on Christmas Eve, and swap different varieties with friends and neighbors. But thanks to HICA, you can enjoy authentic tamales this holiday without all the work.
HICA's fifth annual holiday tamale sale is going on through this Friday, Dec. 14. HICA uses the money to teach English to Hispanics in the area, to help victims of domestic violence, as well as mental health counseling.
You can order by phone or online, and pick up the tamales Dec. 19 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the HICA office at 260 West Valley Ave. in Homewood. You get a half dozen for $12 or a dozen for $20 with your choice of chicken, pork, or pepper fillings. You can freeze them for later use. To order, go to www.hispanicinterest.org or call 942-5505.