Tra­di­tion lives on in Mar­ket Square

Gen­er­a­tions stay con­nected with Gran Ta­mal­ada

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - Metro - By Liz Teitz STAFF WRITER

Chef Car­iño Cortez has fond mem­o­ries of tamal­adas with her fam­ily, fol­low­ing her grand­mother’s in­struc­tions to taste the masa to test the sea­son­ing and putting a heads-up penny in the bot­tom of the pot.

“It’s heads up for good luck,” she said. If the penny rat­tles, it means there’s no wa­ter left in the pot, and you need to make sure they aren’t burn­ing.

Her grand­mother taught her to float a piece of masa, too, to make sure it’s the right tex­ture, Cortez said. Years later, even as she ex­per­i­ments with the fill­ing of tamales, she still fol­lows those three rules, she said.

Mem­o­ries and tra­di­tions of fam­ily tamal­adas are what fuel La Gran Ta­mal­ada, held Satur­day in

Matthew Busch / Con­trib­u­tor

He­len Martinez shows her neph­ews, Si­mon, 10, cen­ter, and Adam Zu­niga, 6, how to make tamales at a work­shop dur­ing Mar­ket Square’s an­nual Gran Ta­mal­ada on Satur­day.

Matthew Busch / Con­trib­u­tor

Along with the Gran Ta­mal­ada, mem­bers of the Bal­let Folk­lórico Fes­ti­val per­form in­side the Farmer’s Mar­ket.

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