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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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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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Apple Clafoutis – A Delightful Apple Custard Treat

Apple clafoutis is a light apple dessert with chopped apples and a semi-sweet custard | mjskitchen.com

October is National Apple Month and what a month it’s been for great apples! Wanting to give a new apple recipe a try, I decided on an apple clafoutis.  I chose the clafoutis because Bobby and I both love custard type dishes and fruit, and, it’s a dish I’ve never made.

This apple clafoutis is not a traditional French clafoutis which, from what I found, is made with cream and sugar.  It’s a bit lighter in that it’s made with 2% milk, a little brown sugar to coat the apples, and maple syrup in place of sugar for the egg mixture.

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Collection of Sweet and Savory Apple Recipes

A scrumptious collection of sweet and savory apple recipes #apples #savory #recipes #sweet @mjskitchen

 

This year’s apple crop is in and it’s so nice to finally bite into a fresh crisp apple again.  Because it is the best time of the year to buy apples and there are so many ways to enjoy them, I put together a Collection of Sweet & Savory Apple Recipes for you.

All of the recipes from MJ’s Kitchen are tried and true dishes that we make at least once during the fall.  Several of them, like the steel cuts, crepes, snack and slaw, we make year round.  The recipes from other websites have all been tried and thoroughly enjoyed, with one exception – the chimichangas.  I keep drooling over them but haven’t made them yet.

I hope you enjoy these sweet and savory apple recipes as much as we do.

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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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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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Quick & Easy Spiced Apple Breakfast

Spiced Apple Breakfast is a quick & easy breakfast of stewed apples, granola, and creme fraiche | mjskitchen.com

 

When it’s cold outside, I need to be warm on the inside.  That’s why, during the winter months, cold cereal stays in the pantry and hot dishes like eggs, grits and steel cut oats become our main stay breakfasts.  This winter this Spiced Apple Breakfast has been added to our repertoire – stewed, spiced apples with granola and crème fraîche.  It is so easy to make and takes no time at all.  The hot spiced apples, with the crunchy granola and creamy crème fraîche yield an enjoyable breakfast that is so warm and satisfying.  And if you really want to spice things up, add some of those bourbon infused cranberries from that old-fashioned you made last night. 🙂

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Cranberry Old-Fashioned Cocktail

An Old Fashioned Cocktail enhanced with a dash of orange bitters and cranberries #cocktail #old-fashioned | mjskitchen.com

 

During the holidays we met some friends at a local Irish pub, Two Fools Tavern.  While the rest of the party ordered local brews, I ordered the seasonal Old-Fashioned which, because it was December, was a cranberry flavored old-fashioned. For me it was the perfect cocktail – slightly sweet, use of a good bourbon, and a little fruity.  I liked it so much that I made it a goal to recreate it for the new year. Here’s my version of a Cranberry Old-Fashioned Cocktail.

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Sage Pumpkin Soup with Apple and Andouille

A robust pumpkin soup seasoned with sage and enhanced with apples and sausage for flavor and texture #soup #pumpkin mjskitchen.com

 

Sage is a perennial herb that makes a gorgeous plant for any herb garden and supplies its grower with an abundance of dried sage that is a thousand times better than anything you can buy off the shelf. Each year I dry enough sage for a year’s worth of recipes and then some.  One such recipe is this Sage Pumpkin Soup with Apples and Andouille which uses a generous amount of crushed dried sage to complement its other ingredients.

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