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Bringing back tamale contest

December 30, 2001

QUESTION: The guy complaining about biting into an olive pit should use some common sense. Not all Mexican food should be eaten with the hands. There is a simple solution to your problem. Eat your tamal slowly with a fork. If you eat it slowly, and not like a barbarian, you won't have to worry about the pit. When you get to the olive, take it out. A simple solution. Without the olives, tamales wouldn't be the same! — Smart Diner, Brawley

Sorry, tamales eaten with a fork are not tamales, the primo finger food. But you can have tamales stuffed with olives while maintaining your dental work …

SAFE AND TASTY — You've been writing about tooth damage from biting into an olive pit. Try these beef tamales. They won't damage your teeth. We used pitted black olives. We put green olives with pits and pieces of jalapeño in pork tamales. — Tamale Cook, Holtville

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Oooh, doggie, these are good tamales! Now, about those tamales with whole green olives with pits. … We can't say these are just as good unless we sample a few made with unpitted green tamales. Although, we've been writing about them, nobody gave us any samples.

This takes us back a few years to Bret Kofford's con game when he announced in his column a tamale contest in which he would be the sole judge. Kofford's tamale festival had some curious rules.

If we recall correctly, the contestants had to be attractive single women over 18 to qualify. Not a lot of entries came in but the contest did produce some plates of fat, steaming tamales.

A BIG MEAN DOG — I hope your reader didn't take seriously your suggestion to get a big mean dog to keep cable employees out of his yard.

I think calling the cable company would be a safer solution, or asking the cable company to call when it needs to trespass on his property.

We don't need any more big mean dogs on the planet. This cultural shift toward big, mean dogs has caused pain, fear and even death to some people. I think people need to relax.

There are all kinds of people who need access to our private property. Most are just nice, normal people trying to do their jobs. — Shrink, El Centro

We thought our reader would know we were kidding when we warned that if the big mean dog bit someone, the homeowner would be responsible.

A MISSING RABBIT — My niece's 4-H rabbit project bunny disappeared three weeks ago in the Westmoreland area. He is white with black rings around his eyes and weighs about 2 pounds. He was supposed to be her showmanship rabbit.

Do you suppose your readers might have some information about this missing rabbit? His name is Snowball. — Magnolia 4-H Rabbit Project Leader, Westmorland

OK, readers, if you see Snowball, call Terrie Sullivan at 344-8492 or Carla Bellenfant at 344-8699 or 351-1417.

Happy New Year!

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