Chocolate with The Key Chocolate Class

We had a cooking class with teenagers from The Key, a youth-run community-based organization.
champurrado The common ingredient was Mexican chocolate — which we prepared as Champurrado, a hot drink, slightly thickened with corn masa. Here is the Champurrado recipe.
and a luscious chile sauce called Red Mole. In the picture, it is served with roast turkey. Here is the Red Mole recipe.
Traditionally, the meat is slowly cooked (braised) in the mole for about 1 1/2 hours. But to fit into our 2-hour class schedule, we roasted free-range chickens instead. Here is the Roast Chicken recipe.
Unfortunately, we ran out of time to prepare a Hot Fudge Pudding Cake, a fun dessert with a brownie-like layer that floats on a pudding-like chocolate sauce. Here is the Hot Fudge Pudding Cake recipe.
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Home-Rendered Lard (Manteca Hecho En Casa)

I received a gift from my neighborhood butcher — pork fat.
It was rendered into lard that will be used for Mexican dishes. Here is the Lard recipe.

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Basic Waffles

Sweet Lou, a new waffle shop just opened in our town. Predictably, Andi, Alyssa and their friends have taken an interest in waffles. For the times that we can’t hang out in the new cool shop, we make them at home. Pictured is a topping of blackberry preserves and crème fraîche.

Here is the recipe.

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Apple Galette

Here is Apple Galette, a pastry treat for the holidays.

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Muffins

An officemate asked me “How do you make muffins rise?” I consulted the reliable Cooks Illustrated and found the following advice: “Make enough batter to fill up the cups for big, shapely muffins.” Here is a Lemon Blueberry Muffins recipe that shows the trick.

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Cream of Potato Soup

  Here is Cream of Potato Soup, a comfort food for the cold Minnesota winter, from MFK Fischer, a comforting food writer.

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Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings prepared with free-range chicken make compelling appetizers.

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