wrapped his left hand in blue corn shuck
, anointing a spotted Indian dog
Originally, the tamales were wrapped in corn shucks
bought in bales from California, a five-month supply at a time.
"Depending on the environment, corn shucks
, grain dust or whatever catches in the water and settles down, so sediment builds up and the engine doesn't cool as well," he says.
Jewel Dean McCain is the owner now, and she says that what makes her tamales so good is "the seasoning and using cornmeal and not the traditional masa." They are also hand rolled in corn shucks
. As in most places I tried, there is a popular alternative to ordering the tamales with nothing but hot sauce and crackers, and at Solly's it's called the Fiestas.
Rainey's grandfather began making his own version of this Delta delicacy, using corn shucks
from the fields, in an effort to earn extra money on the weekends.
of peas and backbones in a pot, all the corn shucked
Some things don't freeze well, but the freezer is a great place for berries, flat gallon bags of tomato sauce seeded red and yellow bell peppers, sweet corn shucked
from the cob, okra and parboiled greens.
Remarkable that such frail things as corn shucks
and leaves should last longer than the history of a nation!"
She makes the beef tamales with yellow corn meal and ties them in corn shucks
. They are packaged in plastic foam, frozen and can be shipped anywhere.
She also reported using aloe, asafetida, catnip, garlic, lemon, and turpentine as remedies during the preceding year and recalled previous use of briar root, chinaberry, corn shucks
, and pine as remedies.