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Three Onion Green Chile Soup – Served Cold

Stay cool with this cold Three Onion Green Chile Soup topped with toasted pinon, herbs and sour cream. #greenchile | mjskitchen.com

Green chile season is quickly approaching.  Picking should start within the next couple of weeks, so what better time to begin introducing some new green chile recipes. Last year I started with this Baked Blooming Onion with Hatch Chile, so in keeping with the onion and green chile theme, here is a Cold, Three Onion Green Chile Soup.

Cold soups help us get through the long hot summer, so they are a favorite meal this time of year.  This three onion green chile soup is a tasty cold soup with a richness created from the use of three different types of onion and a little spice from roasted green chile.  For a bit of sweetness and crunch, this soup is topped with a dollop of sour cream and toasted pinons (pine nuts).  Serve with a simple grilled cheese of cheddar and bacon bits or your favorite for a complete meal.

For links to more chilled soups, a couple grilled cheese sandwiches, and a list of New Mexico fresh green chile suppliers, check out the links at this end of the post.

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Grilled Cheese with Urfa Biber Chile

Urfa Biber chile and toasted pinon (pine) nuts make a great grilled cheese sandwich | mjskitchen.com #grilledcheese #urfabiber


Recently, I read an article about grilled cheese sandwiches and after reading the article I skimmed through the comments where it became quickly apparent that there are a number of people that think it’s sacrilege to add anything to a grilled cheese other than cheese.  Well, I’m not one of them. 🙂  Personally, I find a grilled cheese sandwich with ONLY cheese to be rather boring. However, it doesn’t take much to change that. One or two additional ingredients can take a grilled cheese from boring to downright exciting.  And downright exciting is what you get with this grilled cheese with roasted urfa biber chile and toasted pinon nuts.

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Green Beans and Potatoes with Deconstructed Pesto

A hearty bowl of green beans and potatoes with pesto


When Bobby and I got married there were two dishes that he had made for himself quite often in college and brought into our kitchen. One was pinto bean burritos and the other was a pot of fresh green beans and potatoes.  Both dishes are still with us today, but both have been gussied up a bit.  To the green beans and potato dish we’ve added a deconstructed pesto to enhance the original salt and pepper seasoning, and sometimes we’ll top it with a protein to make a full meal.  Usually that protein is …….

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Massaged Kale and Sweet Potato Salad

Massaged Kale with Roasted Sweet Potatoes. #recipe #greens @MJsKitchen


A couple of years ago I came across a Massaged Kale Salad by Aarti Sequeira, one of the Food Network Star winners.  It looked interesting so I made it and loved it, and now I make it all of the time.  Ripe, juicy mango combined with fresh kale massaged with olive oil and lemon, then toasted pepitas is such a unique combination.  Since I first made Aarti’s salad, I have been playing around with massaged kale because, personally – I now prefer it over cooked kale.  I’ve made this salad with oranges, apples, oranges and apples, sweet potatoes, and a few other ingredients – some worked, some didn’t.  Sweet potato and yam definitely worked!

This massaged kale and sweet potato salad uses the same dressing and method for massaging the kale as Aarti’s, but the other salad ingredients are  different.  This particular salad can be a meal or a side.  No matter how you serve it, you’ll love it!

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Strawberry Coconut Salad with Toasted Pinon

Salad with fresh strawberries, toasted coconut and pine nuts

It really doesn’t take much to make a tasty salad and this Strawberry Coconut Salad with Toasted Pinon is one example.  There are a few substitutions you could use, but don’t compromise on the star ingredient – the strawberries.  Use the tastiest strawberries you can find.   The other ingredients add different textures and complementary flavors.

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Swiss Chard Calzone

Swiss chard calzone with pine nuts and raisins mjskitchen.com

Calzones can be made with just about anything that you have in the refrigerator.  One of my favorite calzones uses Swiss Chard, raisins, pine nuts, and a little feta cheese.  For the crust, sometimes I’ll use a pie crust and sometimes a pizza crust.  When I feel lazy or just short on time, I’ll use a ready-made pie crust, but when I have time, I like make a thin crust pizza dough.  Below is the recipe for a quick and easy weekday meal; therefore, it calls a ready-made pie crust.   Be sure to read the Kitchen Notes for other filling ideas and ingredient substitutions.


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