Mock Strawberry Fig Preserves

Strawberry Fig Preserves made with figs, sugar and strawberry jello. So easy and so good! mjskitchen.com

 

Figs seem to be one of those fruits that people love or they don’t like at all.  At the house where I grew up, there was a huge fig tree in the back yard that was quite prolific and produced almost every year.  During the summer we had an abundance of fresh figs which a few members of the family enjoyed right off the tree and the other could leave them be.  My mother and I were a couple of the ones that loved figs and could eat them by the bowl full.  However, we had more figs than we could eat so in order to not waste a single fig, my mother made these Strawberry Fig Preserves with JELL-O.  Everyone loved these preserves!  They are a great compromise for those who love figs and those who don’t.

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One Pot Meal – Navy Beans, Green Chile, and Corn

A hearty one pot meal with navy beans, green chile, corn, tomatoes and a host of other goodness. mjskitchen.com

 

It’s green chile time here in New Mexico!!!!  They have started picking chile in Hatch and other parts of southern New Mexico, and soon to be picking further north.  So to celebrate the season, I’m partnering with The Hatch Chile Store to bring you a new recipe that uses a generous amount of roasted Hatch chile.  The recipe below yields a hearty, one pot meal with navy beans, green chile, and corn, tomatoes, and a few other savory ingredients. It’s spicy comfort food.  If you already have the navy beans cooked and the green chile roasted and peeled, then it takes less than 30 minutes to bring this dish together from start to finish.

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Pineapple Coconut Popsicle (only 3 ingredients)

Coconut Pineapple Popsicle with fresh cherries - just 3 ingredients. mjskitchen.com

 

For those of you experiencing a hot summer or not, let me introduce you to a cold and refreshing, guilt-free Pineapple Coconut Popsicle with a few fresh cherries thrown in for your enjoyment. This is a tasty treat to help you stay cool while the temperatures around you soar.

To make this mouthwatering treat you only need three ingredients, a blender and six popsicle molds. The most difficult part of the process is having to wait for them to freeze.

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Roasted Chile Cheese

Roasted chile cheese is a mix of roasted New Mexico chile, 3 cheeses, lime, and a few other ingredients. Makes a spicy party dip or filling for a grilled cheese. mjskitchen.com

 

Roasted Chile Cheese is a twist on the traditional pimento cheese.  However, instead of roasted pimento peppers, roasted chile cheese is a mix of roasted New Mexico red and/or green chile, three cheeses, green olives, and a bit of this and a bit of that.  It has no mayonnaise or salad dressing as a pimento cheese might have making it a pure celebration of the marriage of roasted chile and cheese.  It’s sweet.  It’s spicy.  And it’s darn good!!!

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Quick Easy Jams (No pectin / Small Batch)

A roundup of quick easy jams recipes that yield 1 to 2 jars of jam, take less than an hour to make and require no storebought pectin. #jams @mjskitchen

For the next few months there will be an abundance of fresh fruit and it would be a shame to let the season pass without making a few jars of jam. So to celebrate the bounty of fruit now available, let’s do a little jammin.

The only ingredients you need for a jar of quick easy jam are 1 – 2 pounds of fruit, some sugar or honey, and a little lemon juice or other source of natural pectin.  No need to go to the store and buy a bunch of jars, boxes of pectin, and special tools. If you have a sauce pan, something to stir with, and a pint container or two, you can have a jar of jam in no time at all.

Below are some of my favorite quick easy jam recipes that can be made in an hour or less, yield one to two jars of jam, use a relatively small amount of fruit, require no sealing lids, water baths, and no store bought pectin.  I’m sure you’ll find at least one jam you’ll want to make soon.  I made a jar of the apricot jam this morning and can’t wait for toast and jam in morning!

Be sure to check out the Kitchen Notes for tips on how to make quick easy jams.

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Gochujang (Korean Chili Paste) Deviled Eggs

A spicy deviled egg seasoned with gochujang, Korean chili paste | mjskitchen.com

 

These gochujang deviled eggs were greatly influenced by my European chile sister. Last year my chile sister – Sissi from With a Glass – introduced me to aji panca chile.  This year she has introduced me to gochujang, a Korean Chili Paste.  I’d heard of gochujang many times and have seen it used in several recipes, but never sought it out. Upon receiving a generous sized tub of gochujang along with some Korean chili powder, what choice did I have but to start using it.  It is chile afterall. 🙂

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Smoked Chicken with Herb and Chile Rubs

Hickory smoked chickens with two types of dry rubs | mjskitchen.com

 

It’s the time of year for grilling and smoking, long weekends, holidays, outdoor family gatherings and all those events that scream outdoor cooking. So in celebration of being able to cook outdoors it’s time to introduce Bobby’s smoking, new toy – a Pit Barrel Cooker.  For years he has used his gas grill as a smoker, but, even though the results have been great, the process is rather cumbersome.  The pit barrel cooker has simplified the setup, the cleanup, the overall process, and the results…fabulous.  It’s hard to say what I’ve enjoyed most – the pulled pork, pork ribs, or these smoked chickens.  Everything that comes out of the barrel is mouthwatering, but the herb smoked chicken is the epitome of smoked chicken.

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Pasta with Broccolini, Leeks and Preserved Lemon

A quick, easy, healthy pasta dish with fresh broccoli, leek, herbs and preserved lemon | mjskitchen.com

 

Looking for a seriously quick pasta dish bursting with flavor?  Here it is!  This Pasta with Broccolini, Leeks and Preserved Lemon is so simple, healthy, tasty, aromatic, and pleasing to the palate that you’ll want to have it every week.  Whenever I see young broccoli or broccolini at the market, I make this dish.  It’s just too easy and too good to pass up.  This past dish has a light sauce consisting of olive oil, water from the pasta pot, and a bit of preserved lemon juice. The ingredients are simple and few, and the pasta can be whatever you have in the pantry.  And if you don’t happen to have a jar of preserved lemons in the refrigerator, you can always make a quick small batch in about 24 hours.  Hope you enjoy!!!

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Spicy Smashed Potato Salad

Smashed potato salad made with creamy mashed potatoes and smashed, along with a few savory, sweet and spicy ingredients. | mjskitchen.com

 

Whenever Bobby and I drive through Texas, our route usually takes us through Post, Texas, a one – stoplight town, about an hour south of Lubbock.  If we arrive around breakfast or lunch we usually eat at George’s Family Restaurant, a little cafe’ with good food, service, and prices.  The last time we stopped it was for a late lunch.  We each ordered barbecue which came with a side of potato salad, a creamy potato salad made with a combination of mashed and chunky potatoes, a minimal amount of mayonnaise and other ingredients, and lots and lots of flavor.  We both loved it so much, I just had to give it a go.  This Spicy Smashed Potato Salad isn’t exactly like George’s, but it sure is GOOOOOOOOD, and it’s got a bit of a kick to it, something not included in the original.

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