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Home Fries and Their Many Possibilities

An easy method for making tasty potato home fries on the stovetop mjskitchen.com

 

Home fries are a wonderful addition to so many meals and in some cases, can be the primary ingredient that you build a dish around.  For example, this Southwestern Pileup uses a skillet of home fries to support a mix of vegetables and proteins, and your choice of red or green chile.

Home fries make a complement side to huevos rancheros, migas or a meat entree’ like green chile cheeseburgers,  pulled pork or smoked brisket.  And if you aren’t a fan of white or yellow potatoes, then never hesitate to make sweet potato home fries. They make a great substitute for the hash browns in this sweet potato and green chile dish.

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Easy Salad with Dino Kale, Cara Cara Orange, and Pepitas

Easy, breezy salad with kale, Cara Cara orange, pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and a light dressing | mjskitchen.com

 

We’ve been making massaged kale salads for several years now, using whatever fruit is in season – peaches, mango, apples, oranges. All are very tasty, but our favorite is this salad made with dino kale, Cara Cara orange, pepitas and a light dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and honey.  This salad is crunchy, tart, sweet, and citrusy, and it’s SO EASY to make…20 minutes or less.

It can be served with just about anything or alone as a meal.  We really like it with spicy foods, like red chile enchiladas, because the sweet citrus helps to dampen the burn.  It’s also a wonderful complement with grilled flank steak, smoked chicken or turkey, pork kabobs, and smoked beef tri-tip.  It’s also a nice salad to take to picnics and potlucks because the kale leaves hold up to the dressing for quite a while.

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Chocolate Tamales with Port Infused Cherries

Chocolate tamales with port infused cherries and toasted pecans | mjskitchen.com

 

When you think of dessert, does “tamale” come to mind?  Well, if not, maybe I can change that with these chocolate tamales with port infused cherries.  Inside of these little corn husk packages are individually sized chocolate cakes, packed with dried cherries that have been re-hydrated in sweet Ruby Port.  The “cakes” or tamales are made with masa (corn flour), cocoa, and a few other choice ingredients.  Served these tamales warm with a small scoop of vanilla bean gelato and you’ll feel like a kid at a birthday party eating chocolate cake and ice cream.

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Green Chile Chicken Noodle Soup with Roasted Garlic

A hearty and healthy green chile chicken noodle soup with roasted garlic and homemade noodles #green #chile #soup #noodles mjskitchen.com

 

January is National Soup month, so this year’s contribution is a hearty and very healthy Green Chile Chicken Noodle Soup with Roasted Garlic. This soup takes the classic chicken noodle soup, spices it up with a bit of green chile, then creates another layer of flavor and stuff that’s good for you with the addition of two heads of roasted garlic.  All of this goodness is poured over cooked noodles – homemade or your favorite store bought.

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Winter Fruit Salad (Pineapple, Persimmon and More)

A winter fruit salad made with pineapple, persimmon, citrus and pomegranate) | mjskitchen.com

 

Even though the winter offers less of a variety of fruit than other seasons, it still provides some wonderful jewels to enjoy as long as they last.  One way to enjoy them is with this Winter Fruit Salad.  It’s a light, sweet and citrusy salad with pineapple, persimmon, orange, and pomegranate all topped with a minted honey ginger vinaigrette.  Lots of flavors and textures to brighten up a cold, gray winter’s day.

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Easy DIY Gifts for Your Family and Friends

An assortment of ideas for DIY gifts from infused oils to vinegars from mjskitchen.com @mjskitchen

Who doesn’t want to receive a little love in a homemade gift?  I know I do!

Here are some of my favorite DIY gifts to share my love with family and friends.  They are all easy to make and versatile in their use.  No kitchen should be without them!

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Fried Green Tomato Tacos

Fried green tomato tacos with cabbage slaw, pickled peppers, and remoulade sauce #tacos #vegetarian @mjskitchen

 

Recently Bobby and I did a road trip through the coastal southern U.S. heading down to the Louisiana coast and ending up on St. George Island, Florida.  As always we ate only at local restaurants and as expected, Bobby always found the best of the best.  For lunch one day we stopped at a little place in Pascagoula, Mississippi, called Jack’s by the Tracks – “a Southern-Sushi-Juke-Joint-Fish-Taqueria-Neighborhood-Pub-Deli”. After pursuing the diverse menu, we both settled in on the tacos.  Bobby got the Shrimp Tacos and I went for the Veggie Taco with bacon. 🙂  The veggie tacos were fried green tomato tacos that were superb! Right then and there I knew I would have to give them a try at home.  And luckily…

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The Easiest Turkey-Chicken Stock You’ll Ever Make

An easy method of making turkey-chicken stock with minimal effort and very little waste #stock #turkey #chicken #broth @mjskitchen

 

How to make a pot of turkey-chicken stock is something that many of us learned from our mothers. My mother taught me that you never, never, never throw out the carcass or any of the inedible parts of poultry before you cook them down into a tasty stock.  All in all making stock is a very simple process and yields a stock so much better than anything you can purchase.

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Spicy Smoked Chicken Tetrazzini

Classic chicken tetrazzini made with smoked chicken and roasted green chile | mjskitchen.com
If you find yourself with leftover chicken or turkey, which we all do at one time or another, then you should make a tetrazzini. It’s such an easy dish to thrown together and is quite versatile.  This particular chicken tetrazzini is made with leftover smoked chicken and a few vegetables.  To give it a little kick, spicy, but not hot, roasted green chile is added.  The roasted chile gives the dish a bit of a spicy bite and is a complementary flavor to the smoked chicken.  We’ll be smoking a turkey on Thanksgiving so I can’t wait to make this with leftover smoked turkey.

Hope you enjoy!

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