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Bourbon Braised Pork Loin with Mushrooms and Apples

A quick and easy meal - Bourbon Braised Pork Loin with apples and mushrooms, served over Israeli couscous #pork #easy #meal |mjskitchen.com


This Bourbon Braised Pork has a fabulous combination of ingredients – apples, mushrooms, aromatics, lots of sage, and a braising liquid of bourbon and apple cider.  It’s hearty, healthy, full of flavor, and, when served over toasted Israeli couscous or brown rice, a complete meal.  And on top of all of that, it takes less than 45 minutes to make.  It’s one of those meals that you’ll be asking – “How soon can I make it again?”.


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One Pot Meal – Navy Beans, Green Chile, and Corn

A hearty one pot meal with navy beans, green chile, corn, tomatoes and a host of other goodness. mjskitchen.com

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It’s green chile time here in New Mexico!!!!  They have started picking chile in Hatch and other parts of southern New Mexico, and soon to be picking further north.  So to celebrate the season, I’m partnering with The Hatch Chile Store to bring you a new recipe that uses a generous amount of roasted Hatch chile.  The recipe below yields a hearty, one pot meal with navy beans, green chile, and corn, tomatoes, and a few other savory ingredients. It’s spicy comfort food.  If you already have the navy beans cooked and the green chile roasted and peeled, then it takes less than 30 minutes to bring this dish together from start to finish.

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Black Bean Chili over Sweet Potato

A vegetarian Black Bean Chili served over sweet potato #chili #vegetarian #blackbean @mjskitchen


This black bean chili recipe is one of my pre-computer recipes that I’ve been playing around with since the early 90’s.  It’s a vegan black bean chili, but if you don’t mind a little cheese, a topping of feta is a great finishing touch.  You can serve this chili over rice (brown rice is best) or polenta, or with buttermilk cornbread or tortillas.  But our favorite way is to serve it over sweet potato.  The sweetness of the sweet potato is the perfect complement for the richness and spiciness of the chili.

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Chorizo and Eggplant Skillet Pie

It's like Frito Pie - Chorizo and eggplant topped off with tortilla chips and cheese | mjskitchen.com


This dish was inspired by an eggplant casserole that my mother used to make when I was a kid.  The recipe, in “A Cook’s Tour of Shreveport (1973)” cookbook, is a simple side dish calling for eggplant, onion, bell pepper and olives, sauteed, then topped with bread crumbs and cheese. I loved this dish, but like many of us, I just can’t leave well enough alone. I have been playing around with this recipe over the years making it more than the original.  This Chorizo and Eggplant Skillet Pie is the result.

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Braised Sausage with Cabbage and Onions

Braised Sausage with cabbage, onions and raisins

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For years, cabbage has been a vegetable that I can just “take it or leave it” – usually leaving it. Coleslaw, sauerkraut, corned beef and cabbage – not on my list of favorite foods. However, Kimchi is an exception, but that’s a story for another day. Since Bobby feels the same way as I do about cabbage, it’s been a struggle through the years coming up with a cabbage dish that we both love, not just like.  Knowing that cabbage is good for us, and it’s one of the few leafy things that I can get fresh in the winter, I had to keep trying.  Today I’m sharing the success of that struggle.  We both LOVE Sausage with Cabbage and Onions and have no problem eating it many, many times a year.  During the cooler months, it’s one of our go-to comfort foods.  I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.

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Southwestern Pork Stir Fry

A quick and easy stir fry dish with spicy pork and a variety of vegetables mjskitchen.com


“MMMMM, this is good!” is the common response to this meal.  It’s a response like this that ensures that I make again and again. 🙂  This Southwestern Pork Stir Fry can’t be any easier to make.  One can literally be ready to start eating in 30 minutes, making it a perfect weekday meal.  It’s got everything – protein, several vegetables, spice, and lots and lots of flavor.  For a really hearty meal, you can serve it with a carbohydrate of your choice.  I’ve served it with tortillas (flour or corn), cornbread, rice, and our favorite – creamy polenta (recipe below).

The following recipe serves two with a nice serving leftover for lunch the next day. To serve 4 to 5, just double the recipe and use a bigger skillet.  The cook times should remain pretty much the same. It’s that easy!

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Mafe’ – A West African Stew

This version of Mafe is a stew with beef, tomatoes, peppers, and peanut butter. #mafe @mjskitchen |mjskitchen.com

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I love eating peanut butter straight from the jar.  I’m not a big PB & J eater, but I do love sticking my finger spoon in the PB jar and scooping up a mouth full of peanut butter. So what does peanut butter have to do with Mafe’?  Mafe’ is a west African stew with a peanut butter sauce as the base.

German Mama of Arepas to Zwetschgen, the host of Cook Around the Globe selected West African cuisine for October, another region of the world with a cuisine I am totally unfamiliar with – until now.  While surfing several sites I kept coming across recipes called mafé, groundnut stew, and chickennat.  All of the the dishes were stewlike, one pot meals that used at least 1 cup of peanut butter in the sauce.  Most used a meat such as beef or chicken, and the recipe I selected mentioned a vegetarian version.  Since I’ve never really cooked with peanut butter, I decided to go for it.

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Braised Italian Sausage with Vegetables

One pot meal with Italian sausage and vegetables

A quick and easy one pot meal with lots of flavors.  Just throw all of the ingredients into the pot, cover, simmer for 30 minutes, and then sit down and eat.   Serve with crusty bread like Farmer’s bread or serve over rice or grilled polenta.

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