Olive Brine Hot Pepper Sauce

Pepper sauce made with Pimenta Reaper Peppers and olive brine #hot #Sauce @mjskitchen

 

Last fall my friends from Fords Fiery Foods and Plants sent me some antep aci dolma peppers and Pimenta Reaper Peppers.  If you remember, I made red chile cheese tamales with the antep aci dolmas, but kept you hanging on the reapers. The reapers were smokin’ HOT making them ideal for either a hot sauce or a pepper sauce.  I tried both.  With half of them, I attempted to make a fermented hot sauce like Tabasco.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work.  However, with the other half of the peppers, I made an olive brine hot pepper sauce which, was not only remarkably easy to make, but uniquely delicious! This hot pepper sauce has the heat and the flavor from the pimenta reapers complemented by the salty flavor of green olive brine.  However, as with most hot pepper sauces, any smokin’ hot chile pepper that you like would work.

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Herb Crepes with Roasted Chile

Herb crepes with roasted chile (red and green), pinon nuts and cheese #chile #crepes @mjskitchen | mjskitchen.com

These Herb Crepes with Roasted Chile are a modified and simplified version of the green chile pathiri that I introduced a couple of years ago.  Last weekend I was planning to make the pathiri, but got started late and decided to take a shortcut.  Instead of dipping and stacking the crepes, I made individual crepes using roasted chile, pinon nuts (pine nuts), cheddar cheese, ricotta, and a secret ingredient.  Even though many of the same flavors were there, these crepes were quite different from the pathiri.  They were lighter, quicker to make, had a different texture, and some added flavors.

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Readers’ Favorites of Five Years

Readers' Favorites Recipes from MJ's Kitchen #chile #recipes @mjskitchen

It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since I started MJ’s Kitchen.  Originally, I thought I would share some of my favorite recipes for a couple of years then move on.  However, once  I started, it was hard to stop. And why stop when I’m having so much fun!

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Savory Navy Beans with a Touch of Heat

Navy beans cooked with vegetables, herbs and a toiuch of spice. #beans #navy @mjskitchen

 

When it comes to white beans, navy beans are our favorite.  In comparison to the Great Northern and Cannellini, navy beans cook faster, have a creamier texture (IMO), and work with a lot of different flavors. Navy beans are normally used in baked beans, but for this recipe, I went for a more savory navy bean with hint of heat.

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Smoked Salmon Appetizer – Four Ingredients

A quick & easy appetizer of smoked salmon, capers and onion mjskitchen.com

 

This smoked salmon appetizer is a delicious bite that will make everyone happy, and that honestly takes no more than 15 minutes to make, provided you don’t smoke the salmon yourself.  You’ll love hearing your guests going “YUM” with the first bite.  So if you enjoy smoked salmon and want to celebrate its flavor, not hide it, this is a great little appetizer.  Four ingredients are all you need – salmon, capers, onion and just a touch of mayo. Crackers or crispy toasts (o.k. that’s five) are used to serve it. Apples can be used in place of crackers or just added to the plate as a sweet crispy accompaniment.

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Quick & Easy Spiced Apple Breakfast

A quick & easy breakfast of spiced 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 another hot breakfast has been added to our repertoire – these stewed, spiced apples with granola and crème fraîche.  They are so easy to make and take 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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Chicken Mole

Chicken Mole- Chicken smothered in New Mexico red mole sauce. #mole #chicken | mjskitchen.com

 

Back in June you were introduced to my New Mexico Red Mole, a spicy, rich sauce made with three types of chiles, pecans, pistachios, several different spices, chocolate, and a few other interesting ingredients.  The mole recipe makes over 12 cups; therefore, much of it can be frozen in 2-cup containers for future dishes like this succulent chicken mole – pieces of chicken smothered and simmered in mole sauce.

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Wishing You All a Happy Holiday Season!

Luminarias on Christmas Eve

A Huge Thanks

to all of the friends and visitors of

MJ’s Kitchen

for your continued support, comments and emails.

 

Wishing you all a very Joyous and Safe Holiday Season

and looking forward to seeing you again in 2016!

 

Picture – Luminarias on Christmas Eve. 

If you are ever in New Mexico on Christmas Eve, plan to take an evening stroll among the luminarias or farolitos.  You’ll find them in every city, town, and village and even on the roof of a lone house out in the middle of nowhere.

 

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