Dora Diaz’s spinach chicken tamales recently earned her a second-place trophy in a spinach cook-off.
The Nov. 15 contest was one of many activities that took place during the 34th-annual Spinach Festival in Crystal City.
First-place winner was the team of Jessie and Diana Guerrero of Crystal City. They prepared spinach enchiladas.
Diaz said she developed her chicken tamale recipe five years ago and recently began incorporating spinach into the recipe.
Her recipe calls for one whole chicken, one pound of fresh raw spinach, five red chili pods, two teaspoons of cumin seeds, half a head of fresh garlic, one and a half teaspoons of salt, white or yellow masa, cleaned and soaked corn husks, a blender and a tamalera pot.
Students at Dalton Early Childhood Center gathered in the circular drive Wednesday to honor military personnel on Veterans Day. Over 30 veterans, including employees at Dalton and relatives of an employee or student at Dalton, were recognized.