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We are continuing my monthly cooking classes at Builder's Source in Albuquerque at 308 Menaul NE. We can only take 30 reservations. The next class will be on traditional New Mexican favorites--Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas (great for St. Patrick's Day coming next month), sopaipillas, Perfect Guacamole and Composed Nachos.
With February bringing hearts and flowers and romance…chocolate always seems to be a favorite sweetheart food. And, chocolate always goes so well with chile. Discovered by the Aztecs, chocolate was the warrior’s drink of choice before going to battle.
Their favorite complement for the chocolate was cinnamon, and since it came all the way from China—many times it would not be available, so way back then the Aztecs started substituting chile for the cinnamon in their hot chocolate drinks.
And did you know what the word chocolate means in the Aztec language? It means bitter water. You will agree, if you ever sample hot chocolate without sugar! Chile is so compatible with both cinnamon and chocolate as in the Mexican Moles, desserts and confections.
I thought for this month, it would be great fun to share some sweetheart specials you could have fun making for your special someone for Valentines and enjoying all month long.
All recipes reprinted with permission from Jane Butel’s publishers.
By the way, speaking of Mexican cooking—I have scheduled my very special award winning Mexican Regional full participation cooking school for the weekend of April 20-22—just time to gear up for a very special Cinco de Mayo Celebration once you go home. Be sure to register right away. A deposit of $250.00 holds your place.
We still have openings in our award winning full participation weekend and week long cooking schools.
You will have loads of fun cooking with chiles, learning hints, secrets and tips for Southwestern cooking while making tamales, sopaipillas, chile rellenos, Moles, Tres Leches Cake, Flan and much, much more. The complete menus are on my website under cooking schools, at www.janebutelcooking.com.