What a great tutorial, Kevin. I also was only lukewarm on tamales until I went to a cooking course in Puerto Moreles. They had Mexican Chefs teaching and two local mothers "helping out". When it got to tamales, I listened to the mothers and now they are one of my favourite dishes too but I haven't made any in years. I do believe you have inspired me.
Than you sir.
Well your ideas are always welcome. This is my second time, the first time was off the chart, this time is Ok, but I'll be trying to mimic that first batch from here on out!