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Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken with Black Mole Sauce |

Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken in Black Mole Sauce

I love mole, Mexico’s complex sauce of dried chili peppers, seeds, and spices – always including a little chocolate. I went to Oaxaca to take cooking classes, specifically to learn how to make the real thing – Oaxaca’s black mole, Mole Negro. We spent the whole afternoon making it – grinding seeds, toasting chili peppers, and so, so much simmering. Real deal mole is amazing, but I cheat on weeknights, and buy buy pre-made mole paste at my local Mexican mercado. But it is Authentic Cheating – home cooks in Mexico also buy pre-made mole paste at their local market. (The Mole stalls in Oaxaca were impressive – piles of mole paste, as tall as I am, shaped into pyramids or domes.) My favorite mole paste is from Seasons of my Heart in Oaxaca – the aforementioned school I went to – but the tubs of mole at my local market work just fine. I went with the Mole Negro paste, so I could revisit my trip, but any mole paste will work with this technique. …

Pressure Cooker Pork and Cider Stew |

Pressure Cooker Pork and Cider Stew

Fall is apple season here in Northeastern Ohio, and apple season brings apple cider. I grew up drinking regular apple cider, so hard cider was a revelation. My favorite is Normandy style, from Northern France, bone-dry and sparkling. Unfortunately, even with the explosion of hard ciders at the grocery store, a true, dry cider is hard to find. Normandy cider led me to Normandy pork, their long-simmered stew with pork, cider, and onions. (Normandy cider also led me to Calvados, their apple brandy…but that’s another story.) Now, which cider should you use for cooking? My preference is for a dry cider – look for something with Dry, Crisp, or Brut in the name. That said, whatever hard cider you find will probably work. We need a little alcohol for complexity, and apple flavor for depth. I also try to get a straight apple cider – mixing in honey, maple, pear, or ginger is good for drinking, but I worry it will mess with the flavors of the recipe. If you can find a bottle of …