i remember the first time i saw tamales being made was when i was about 6 years old when my dad was in the air force stationed at brooks in san antonio. we went over to sargent benevides house and made what seemed like a thousand tamales and i ate until i couldn't eat anymore.
i have for years been working on getting the recipe "just right" and really look forward to the information and recipes that come from this thread. i grew up in colorado and really miss having good mexican food readily available. no tamale vendors showing up with their coolers out here in massachusetts!
The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.