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No time for tamales? Order now for Christmas

Don’t have time for a Christmas tamalada, the gathering of the clan to make 100s of tamales for the holiday season? Not to fear, Linda is here.

That would be Linda Illsley of Linda’s Local Food Cafe, she of Mexican birth and upholder of the delicious tradition of preparing tamales from ancient heirloom varieties of corn, locally sourced meat and fresh vegetables. Tamales were a staple as early as pre-Columbian times and became part of the festivities of the holiday season for many Latin families. Women would gather to work their magic with the corn-based masa, prepare the long-cooked meats for filling and cook the sauce.

The time-consuming process is becoming something of a lost art, but Illsley is determined to keep it alive in Durango this Christmas and New Year season. You can order the savory treats by calling 259-6729 or stopping by her cafe in the Albertsons parking lot from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

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