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You Say "Tamale," They Say "Tamal"... I Can't Say Anything with My Mouth Full

Upon November's approach, the kitchen of la Señora Rosa makes its seasonal transformation: Relatives & friends patiently take their turns in the arduous task of making tamales, enveloping the house with scents of chiles & masa as batches of chicken, pork & cheese tamales emerge from the tamalera -- glorious.

Fall Fests, Halloween & Other Excuses to Eat

Darn these autumn festivals! It's not even Thanksgiving, yet I've already stocked-up on enough antacids and H2 blockers to soothe a horse - especially since I'm eating like one.

All Gourded Out for Fall

In a fit of Fall Fever, yours truly went buck-wild on autumn decorations for everything from the front porch to the kitchen table.

Destination: Autumn -- Are We There Yet?

After Labor Day, summer doesn't officially end for another three weeks, but we Texans generally ignore the meaningless semantics of the calendar. Summer knows that it wears the crown in this neck of the woods, and the darn tyrant isn't going anywhere 'til well into October.

Resting on Labor Day Is Hard Work

During a recent family birthday party, my brother-in-law's aunt, an empty nester who travels extensively for work, mentioned that she makes plans for her down time. When I say "plans for her down time," I don't mean weekend getaways or family occasions, per se; she actually has to reserve her own hang-out-in-pajamas, not-doing-squat moments.