One of the things I miss from back home (Modesto, CA) is homemade tamales. It was normal for people to knock on your door selling tamales. We would always buy tons! There is nothing like a good tamale. Well, I miss those. We found someone out here who sold some and they were HORRIBLE! It was a devastating blow. The other day I decided I'm going to make my own tamales. This is going to be a daunting task. I have never worked with lard before and making the masa seems tricky. If its not the perfect consistancy your tamale will be like a rock. Its going to be trial and error today in my house. Wish Me Luck!!