I think those of you who have been visiting MJ's Kitchen for a while know that I love cooking up dried beans and putting them in all sorts of dishes. You've had my black beans and bolita beans, but you haven't had my pinto beans. In fact, I haven't had my pinto beans for years because I've been eating so many black beans. However, that's about to change.
Last week I received a package from Di
For those of you who have wanted to try my Grits and Green Chile but have no access to New Mexico's wonderful green chile, here's an alternative - Chipotle Grits with Feta Cheese. Of course the flavor is completely different because there is a huge difference between green chile and chipotle; however, like green chile and cheddar, chipotle and feta raises a simple bowl of grits to a whole new leve
It is well into strawberry season here and really warming up. What better time to start throwing in a few refreshing strawberries to sweeten up those summer salads. I've shared a couple of strawberry salads with you in the past, but thought you might like some more. In this post, you'll find several delicious strawberry salads and I believe the inspiration for many more.
If somewhere in the human genome there is a gene for a sweet tooth, then my family has it! We always had desserts and sweets to nibble on when I was growing up, but one that I remember and still love today is taking a piece of apple pie, topping it with a big slice of cheddar cheese, and putting it under the broiler until the cheese melted all over the pie. My mother's apple pies were already del
Who doesn't love carrots? Carrots are one of those vegetables that are as good raw as they are cooked, and when cooked, the possibilities are endless. The market where I shop has some of the tastiest organic carrots. They are fresh, large, and so sweet. Needless to say, I buy them a lot; therefore, I have a number of carrot recipes. Bourbon carrots with a little oil or butter then topped off w
I love making jam one jar at a time with seasonal fruit. With this recipe I'm sharing my mixed berry jam, a delicious jam that can be made in less than 30 minutes.
Today I'm cooking up a southwestern classic in a dear friend's kitchen. Swathi of the Zesty South Indian Kitchen invited me over to share one of my southwestern dishes, so I decided to take this Southwestern Pileup, a deliciously spicy and hearty dish. You'll find it on the menus of many New Mexican restaurants, but I love making it at home. It's an easy dish to make and so versatile that you ca
If you have never made an infused oil, I truly believe that this recipe will change that. This Red Chile Infused Oil only takes about 15 minutes to make and captures all of the flavors of a red chile sauce. You can use it for fried eggs, sauteed vegetables or as the oil in [...]
For weeks I've been working on the abundance of frozen apricots in the freezer. One of the treats I've been making is this delicious Thai Tea Apricot Smoothie. It's a great way to get your vitamins and morning caffeine in one drink.
If you like spicy, you'll love this green chile cheese spread! New Mexico green chile and toasted pecans are combined with cream cheese to make a spicy snack.
This spread is made with capricho de cabra, a Spanish goat cheese, and roasted bell pepper. Serve with pita chips or apple slices for lunch or as a snack, or party dip.
This chicken and vegetable recipe uses New Mexico red chile powder and strained tomatoes to create a rich, sweet and spicy sauce. Serve over rice for a complete meal.
This delicious macaroni and cheese makes a perfect meal when combined with a few spears of steamed asparagus tossed with a touch of butter or bacon drippings. It's also a great side for just about any entree'.
I’ve been tied up for a couple of weeks, so my wonderful sister Nadalyn, has graciously stepped in and made us a chicken pot pie. Before I turn this over to her, I have to say that this recipe is SO Nadalyn. I cook meals with a lot of leftovers because I learned not to [...]
This sherbet had the right balance of sweetness and tartness, and the flavor - more fruity and tropical than the tart citrusy flavor of regular lemon sherbet.
This recipe is for a refreshing citrus salad made with orange and avocado, and a touch of lime. Enjoy it for brunch or lunch, or as a side for just about any entree.
Mexican chorizo is an easy sausage to make from scratch. All you need is ground pork, some good quality red chile powders, a few herbs, and you're ready to go.
There is nothing more comforting than mashed potatoes. Want to make them even more comforting? Add roasted garlic and fresh herbs. You won't be able to stop eating them!
This tart has it all. A delicate pistachio crust is filled with a light, sweet, brown butter custard and topped with sliced oranges, brushed with a Grand Marnier glaze.
This recipe combines asparagus with chorizo, and a soft-boiled egg to make a quick and delicious dish. Replace the chorizo with bacon or cheese for a little change.
Steel cut oats normally take 40 minutes to cook; however there are ways to reduce the cooking time. Add some fruit and nuts while cooking for a delicious breakfast.
This recipe combines the flavors of the south and southwest in a southern favorite. In less than 45 minutes you'll have a dinner bursting with flavor.
This recipe makes 4 to 6 small cups of a creamy chocolate treat that only takes 10 minutes to make. The hardest part is waiting for it to cool. A chocolate lover's dream!
A wonderful side dish of sauteed mushrooms, onions and bell peppers, seasoned with a touch of red chile powder and paprika. Great served over rice or creamy polenta.
Quiche doesn't have to be fattening. Just cut back on the heavy cream and cheese, and use fresh vegetables like Swiss chard and leeks. It's easy to make and oh so good!
This recipe yields a fantastic little dip made with black-eyed peas, chipotle, roasted garlic and lime, and best of all - it only takes 15 minutes to make!
This recipe uses sirloin, tomatoes, potatoes and an abundance of roasted and chopped New Mexico green chile for a hearty and healthy bowl of stew.
Cushaw is a pumpkin-like squash with a yellow buttery flesh that can be served as a vegetable side or incorporated into sweet treats like this delicious coffee cake.
This Hoppin' John recipe is made with black-eyed peas, ham hock, vegetables, and ham or andouille served over rice. Buttermilk cornbread completes the meal.
I'd like to thank all of my visitors and followers for their continue support and to wish you all a very happy and safe holiday season!
Kabocha is a winter squash sweet enough and creamy enough to make a great pudding. This recipe uses a little maple syrup and a touch of spice to enhance the flavor of the squash.
This recipe keeps the traditional layers of meat and mashed potatoes found in most Shepherd's Pies, but is spiced up with chorizo and red chile. Mushrooms, corn, and feta are added for a complete meal. December 2012 Daring Cook's Challenge.
This coconut rice includes diced vegetables and rice cook in coconut milk and finished off with pickled peppers. A perfect side dish for a variety of proteins.
A muffin recipe was adapted to make this moist and delicious quick bread. Ingredients include Cointreau, lemon, buttermilk, and orange marmalade.
Grits and green chile is the ultimate fusion of southern and New Mexico cuisine. It's creamy, spicy, and cheesy, and warms you up inside and out.
Here is a little taste of why New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment. Enjoy the colors of the Rio Grande valley in the fall.
This recipe makes a spicy and hearty soup with andouille, black beans, chile peppers, and potatoes. Serve with crackers, cornbread or tortillas for a meal.
These enchiladas are made with black beans, shiitake mushrooms, feta, and red chile sauce. You could make a batch or a single serving; either way, they're delicious.
This recipe takes the classic southern fruit cobbler, reduces the fat, the sugar and the quantity, but leaves the flavor alone. It's moist, crispy, and delicious!
A few before and after pictures of my kitchen and a HUGE thanks for all of your support and comments over the past 7 weeks!
Giulia from Alterkitchen teaches us how to make pizza (pizza crust) the Italian way! Once you see this pizza, it's the only pizza you'll ever want to make.
Rather than throw away the watermelon rind, turn it into little pieces of watermelon rind candy - crisp and sweet with a touch of spice. Very addicting!
A salad of grilled peaches, figs and okra with your choice of grilled meat or leftover meat. This salad has all of the ingredients for a tasty meal!
These simple spring rolls are one of those rare vegetarian (and vegan) snacks in which, even an avowed carni-/ piscivore, doesn't mind the absence of meat or fish. A recipe presented by Sissi of With a glass.
A kitchen remodel update and meal ideas when you find yourself without a kitchen.
What we are making today is one of my favorite flavors of Filipino ice cream, and that is “Ube Ice Cream with coconut sports.” Ube is the Filipino term for purple yam. A post by my friend Ray.
A simple and delicious salad of strawberries, tomato, radish, cheese, and a touch of preserved lemons and mint. A beautiful salad for any meal!
Who doesn't love a nice salty snack to munch on while watching TV? Here is a fun fusion snack with the spicy delights and the flavors of Indo-Asian foods. A guest post by Ramona of Curry and Comfort.
Here are some easy recipes from my archives that will allow you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying family and friends!
Cool, quick, ridiculously easy and delicious, this cucumber salad with smoked salmon is one of our favorite summer meals.