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Green Chile Home Fries with Leeks and Carrots

A spicy stovetop winner with country fried potatoes, leeks, carrots and New Mexico green chile. mjskitchen.com @MJsKitchen


It is personally a challenge for me to make a potato dish without adding green chile especially during green chile season, and a challenge for which I gladly accept failure.  Potatoes and green chile are two ingredients that are just meant for each other and that’s all there is to it.

This time of year, our Sunday brunch hash browns and home fries always get piled with green chile.  One of my favorite versions of home fries is this Green Chile Home Fries with Leeks and Carrots dish.  This dish makes a hearty brunch and is a great way to get your vegetables, carbs and protein.  It is similar to the Southwestern Pileup, but the leeks and carrots provide a different flavor profile than the onion and bell pepper in the pileup, and still match up nicely with the chile.  Once it’s ready to serve, top each serving with a fried egg and squeeze a little lime juice on top. And, if you still have some fresh, homegrown tomatoes, slice one up as a side or chop it up as another topping.

It’s not a very pretty dish, but it sure is good.  I hope you enjoy!


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Kitchen Remodel – Before & After

Welcome to MJ’s new kitchen!


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Cooking without a kitchen and an Update


I’ve had many comments asking how the kitchen remodel is going so I thought I would catch you up on the progress (and thank you so much for asking!).  Well, we’re getting there.  My kitchen was torn out on August 20 and it looks like we’ll be able to move back in around September 27. Not soon enough for me!  All of the old wiring and plumbing has been replaced and brought up to code, the floor was torn out through the subfloor which has been replaced and prepped for the marmoleum flooring, the plaster walls have been repaired and painted, and, as you can see, the cabinets have been installed (almost).  The template has been made for the countertops which are a quartz composite product but we haven’t heard when they will be installed. Hopefully, they’ll be installed along with the backsplash before the 24th because that’s when the flooring is going down. Appliances on the 26th and we’re done!

When we looked at this house 14 years ago, one of the things that sold ME on the house was the size of the kitchen and that it was open to the den. My kitchen at the time (and for the previous 21 years) was a one person kitchen with so little countertop and space that my prep was done at the kitchen table. When I saw this kitchen, I didn’t care that it was a 50′s kitchen with 38 inch counter heights (not a good height for a 5′ 2″ cook) – it had counter space and lots of possibility! So fast forward 14 years later and in less than 3 weeks, those possibilities will be realized.

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What’s missing?

Whoops!  I seem to be missing my kitchen!  It’s been here for almost 60 years so it was time for it to go.

While I’m waiting to get a kitchen back, some friends will be stopping by with some of their fabulous food!  Be sure to come over, say Hello and grab a bite to eat.

Cooking without a kitchen


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