Chile de Arbol Pecan Sauce

A spicy and nutty sauce made with chile de arbol peppers, pecans and pumpkin seeds mjskitchen.com

 

Ever since I ate my first chile de arbol pepper I have been in love with the flavor of this pepper. It is totally different from the traditional New Mexico red chiles and quite a bit hotter. You’ll find them in my Chile de Arbol Salsa and Red Chile Paste, and many times I throw a couple of peppers in a pot of beans or soup. Last year I came up with this Chile de Arbol Pecan Sauce which is completely different from the salsa and paste, but just as tasty.  This sauce is similar to a Mexican molé or pipián sauce which are puréed seed/nut/chile sauces used for a variety of dishes.

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Beans and Rice with Sausage – An Easy One Pot Meal

A quick and easy beans and rice dish. Prep to service - less than 45 minutes! mjskitchen.com

 

Beans and Rice is one of those meals that can be time-consuming and dirty up a lot of dishes, or it can be quick and easy.  This Beans and Rice recipe made with pinto beans and sausage is quick and easy to make, delicious and a quick cleanup.  You can change it up every time you make it, switching out the type of beans or sausage, or even making it meatless.  Or you can hit on that one combination that you love and make it over and over again.  Either way – it makes a very easy and delicious meal when it’s one of those nights that you don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen but you want something hearty to eat.  Start to service, this dish is less than 45 minutes!

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Spicy Orange Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes roasted in ghee and tossed with orange juice and chile powder mjskitchen.com

 

Who doesn’t like roasted sweet potatoes?  There are probably a few people that don’t, but I’d bet the majority of you do.  We certainly love them and have them quite often.   During the colder months, I roast them in the oven, and during the warmer months, on the stovetop.  My usual preparation is pretty much the same as what I use for Roasted Fingerling Potatoes – an infused oil, salt and pepper, and some type of chile powder. However, I changed it up a bit with this Spicy Orange Sweet Potato dish.  Ghee (a type of clarified butter) is used in place of olive oil, and after roasting, the potatoes are tossed with orange juice and then sprinkled with chile powder.  For this batch I used a new chile pepper from my friends at Ford’s Fiery Foods and Plants – murupi amerela.  This is a completely different pepper than the urfa biber I introduced in the Fiery Chocolate Shots – quite a bit hotter and more of a citrus flavor than that of dates. To learn more about murupi amerela or to see alternative chile powders you could use, be sure read my Kitchen Notes.

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Green Chile Chicken Mushroom Soup

Green chile chicken soup with mushrooms and corn mjskitchen.com

 

A while back a friend asked me to come up with a relatively healthy recipe for a Green Chile Chicken and Mushroom Soup.  She had just had a it at a local restaurant and loved it.  However, when she asked how they made it, she was told that they used Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup as the base.  Being a very healthy eater, she was a little disappointed.  Not that there is anything really wrong with canned Cream of Mushroom soup (I’ve eaten enough of it in my lifetime), but fats make up 50% of the calories in one serving and the sodium content @ 870 mg/serving is pretty high. This is based on the FDA recommendation of no more than 2400 mg of salt / day and the American Heart Association recommendation of 1500 mg/day.  But getting back to my friend’s request, did I accept it?  You betcha! And last week everything came together to make it happen.

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Apple, Carrot, and Pecan Slaw with Curry Dressing

Slaw with apples, cabbage, carrots, toasted pecans seasoned with masala spice. mjskitchen.com

 

Whenever I buy a head a cabbage, I can usually get 2 to 3 meals from it, making a head of cabbage a very economical little vegetable.  Last week’s cabbage was used for my Sausage with Cabbage and Onion and two different side salads, one of the salads being this Apple, Carrot, and Pecan Slaw with a light dressing seasoned with a curry spice blend.  It’s a nice side for a pork or chicken entree or alone as a light lunch.  It has just a few ingredients and comes together in less than 20 minutes.

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Spice it up with Fiery Chocolate Shots

Chocolate shots with ginger, chile, and Baileys Irish Cream mjskitchen.com

 

Chocolate “shots” might not be the best name for this chocolate delight, because “shots” are normally drank all at once, in one shot.  That’s not what you’ll want to do here.  This sweet and spicy, chocolatey beverage is best sipped so you can enjoy all of its goodness several times over.  These Fiery Chocolate Shots are made with chocolate, milk and cream, a bit of ginger, urfa biber chile powder, and Baileys Irish Cream.  A great after dinner delight for date night.

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30+ Recipes Using Preserved Lemons

A host of recipes that used preserved lemons mjskitchen.com

 

Do you have a jar of preserved lemons sitting in the refrigerator feeling ignored?  Well, it’s time to quit ignoring it and put those lemons to use.  If you don’t have any preserved lemons, do not fret – one of the following recipes tells you how to make a small batch in just 24 hours.  Following are at least 30 luscious recipes that take advantage of the unique and absolutely divine flavor of preserved lemons.

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Antipasto Style Hors d’oeuvres

An easy antipasto can be made using a lot of what you already have in the pantry and refrigerator. mjskitchen.com

 

The other day I was going through the first recipe book that I started back in the 80′s and found this recipe for an antipasto type hors d’oeuvre.  I remembered making it all of the time for dinner parties and summer backyard parties and it was always a big hit; therefore, I decided to bring it back.  These Antipasto Style Hors d’oeuvres can be served as an antipasto (the first course of a formal meal) or as hors d’oeuvres for a stand-up party.  It has a lot of delicious little bites that can be enjoyed by meat eaters, vegetarians and even vegans.  Just keep the meat and the cheese out of the marinated vegetables and off to the side or even on another plate. That way every one can enjoy them.

What makes this dish special is the dressing. It’s pack with herb deliciousness!  If you have tarragon vinegar, this is a great use for it.  At the house that we lived in during the 80′s I had an tarragon bed with plants 4 feet tall!  Needless to say, I made A LOT of herb vinegar. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make some this summer if my tarragon does well.  If you don’t have tarragon vinegar, white wine vinegar is a nice substitute.
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Stovetop Smoked Beef Tri-Tip with Bourbon Sauce

A flavorful and tender beef tri-tip smoked on the stovetop in less than 30 minutes. mjskitchen.com

 

Don’t let the word “smoked” scare you away from this recipe.  With the right equipment, beef tri-tip can be smoked on the stovetop in less than 30 minutes!  All you need is a good dry rub and a stovetop smoker with a few mesquite “chips”.  The stovetop smoker that we use is the Cameron Smoker. As you can see in the pictures below, ours has had a lot of use over the years.  We’ve had it for about 30 years and it’s been a great little smoker for year round smoking of proteins such as beef, duck, turkey, pork, and fish.  This Smoked Beef Tri-Tip with Bourbon Sauce is my favorite thing to smoke but only just a little ahead of alder smoked wild salmon.

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