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Green Chile Cheese Breakfast Bake – Quick & Easy

A quick and easy Green Chile Cheese Breakfast Bake with the toast baked in. A great use for stale bread or cornbread. | mjskitchen.com

This Green Chile Cheese Breakfast Bake is not only just a quick & easy breakfast dish, but it is also a great way to use up leftover cornbread or pretty much any stale bread you have available.  There are no exact measurements for the ingredients.  It’s basically some green chile and cheese piled on top of stale bread, covered with whisked eggs and spices, and baked.  It’s hearty, spicy, high in protein and a delicious way to start the day.

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Apricot Clafoutis and What To Do With Lots of Apricots

Apricot Clafoutis - A delightful custard type dish with fresh apricots and a touch of sweetness. | mjskitchen.com

 

As you’ll see in the second part of this post, I’ve been dealing with a great crop of apricots this year.  Because of a warm spring with no late frost, the apricot trees in the area produced quite heavily.  Thanks to my gracious neighbor, I was able to gather enough apricots to jam and freeze, plus try out a couple new recipes – one recipe being this Apricot Clafoutis – a light custard with sweet and tasty apricots. Because of the sweetness of the apricots, this Apricot Clafoutis requires very little sweetener – just a little maple syrup and a sprinkle of brown sugar.

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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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Peaches with Fried Grits and Pecans

A breakfast of fried grits, sliced peaches, toasted pecans and mint, topped with maple syrup #breakfast #grits #peaches @mjskitchen

 

Do you find yourself stuck in a rut for breakfast at times, bored with another smoothie or bowl of cereal with fruit?  If so, then I think you’ll find this breakfast – Fried Grits with Peaches and Pecans – quite refreshing. What’s not to love about fresh peaches and grits?  This is a hearty, but light breakfast.  It’s sweet and savory with lots of texture and flavor, and it’s also quite versatile in that you can use just about any fruit you have on hand.  We just really like it with peaches and peaches and grits is a great combo.

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Cranberry Orange Steel Cut Oats

Steet cut oats with cranberries, orange and nuts. It tastes like cranberry bread! | mjskitchen.com

 

These Cranberry Orange steel cut oats were inspired by my favorite Tried and True Cranberry Bread recipe.  Like the bread, three simple ingredients – dried cranberries, orange zest and nuts – transform a boring bowl of oatmeal into a creamy, healthy, nutty, and tasty breakfast.

If you’ve ever made steel cuts, you know they take 30 to 45 minutes to cook, unless, you pre-soak them.  I used to soak them overnight, but since I found myself forgetting most nights, I’ve gone to a pre-soak in the morning.  While I’m steeping my first cup of tea, I boil some water, pour in the oats, cover and let them soak until I get hungry.  It only takes 30 minutes but they can soak as long as you want. Once pre-soaked, the oats only take about 15 minutes to cook up.

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Banana Buttermilk Waffles with Strawberries and Pecans

Banana Buttermilk Waffles #waffles #recipe @MJsKitchen

 

Given the choice between pancakes, waffles or crepes, I’ll take waffles any day! I love a waffle that’s crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, then topped with fresh fruit, nuts and warm maple syrup.  These Banana Buttermilk Waffles have been my “go to” recipe for years, but recently I made a change in the flours that has taken something quite good and made it even better. These banana buttermilk waffles use an overripe banana in place of any oil or butter. They also use buttermilk to add more flavor and texture. A variety of toppings can be used so be sure to read the Kitchen Notes for suggestions.

My first waffle iron was one I inherited from my great aunt back in ’76. It was one of those heavy electric cast-iron waffle irons that produced a PERFECT waffle every single time. Unfortunately, I only had it for 15 years before it bit the dust.  Not bad for a kitchen appliance that was probably purchased in the 50’s! It took me about 5 years and 3 different waffle irons to find another one that came close to the waffles that my aunt’s made, but I finally found one that works. I use a Krups, 4-square Belgian waffle maker and love it! (No, I was not paid to say that. 🙂 )

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Huevos Rancheros with Red Chile

Ranch eggs - Huevos Rancheros with New Mexico Red Chile Sauce

Here in New Mexico Huevos Rancheros are eaten as much as enchiladas, tamales and sopapillas.  One can find them on the menu of any New Mexican restaurant, and can order them any time of the day. In my house I can’t say “huevos rancheros” without having the intention of making them.  They make a great weekend brunch and do get made quite often.

Huevos Rancheros or ranch-style eggs are very easy to make and can be made pretty much any way you want.  Ours are pretty simple: Fried eggs served on top of warm corn tortillas with a side of beans, topped with New Mexico Red Chile Sauce.  If I don’t have beans, I’ll make hashbrowns which we enjoy just as much.  Here is my huevos rancheros recipe. I provide some variations and substitutions in the Kitchen Notes, so be sure to check them out.

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Thanksgiving Granola

A cranberry pecan granola with pumpkin seeds and maple syrup @mjskitchen | mjskitchen.com

When I started making my own granola a couple of years ago this was the first granola I made.  It came together because it was late in the year and I had a freezer full of pecans and huge bag of craisins.  I have to admit that I haven’t made another granola that I enjoy as much as this one.

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Red and Green Chile (aka Christmas)

Christmas Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with green chile, Chorizo with red chile. @MJsKitchen

As mentioned in my previous post – Red or Green?, when you want both red and green chile on your order all you have to say is “Christmas”.  Unless you specify, you’ll get green chile on half of your order and red chile on the other half and the placement is arbitrary.  I like to be specific.  My favorite way to have Christmas is to put red chile on one item and green chile on another and that’s how I prepare  my Christmas breakfast.

My Christmas breakfast consists of scrambled eggs topped with chopped green chile, Mexican chorizo and onion with red chile sauce, and a flour tortilla. Sometimes I’ll add a side of black beans topped with, of course, red chile. It’s a simple breakfast, hardy and packed full of protein. Great for any day of the week, any time of the year.

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