Loaded Blue Corn Turkey Nachos [RECIPE]

Loaded Blue Corn Turkey Nachos

Loaded Blue Corn Turkey Nachos are great for lunch, dinner, or even a midnight snack. But be forewarned: They’re addictive! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

For those of you who know how much we love to cook, I have a confession to make. There are plenty of times we just feel like munching. With busy schedules, making full-blown dinners for just the two of us can be a bit of a chore. There are lots of nights we just want something fast, easy, and yummy that we can nosh on while watching the latest episode of our favorite crime dramas. In those cases, we whip up one of our favorite nacho recipes, like these loaded blue corn turkey nachos. Read more of this post

Spatchcock Chicken with Tomatoes and White Wine Sauce [RECIPE]

Spatchcock Chicken with Tomatoes

Feed the family in about 30 minutes by spatchcocking a chicken tonight. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

One of my favorite ways to prepare poultry of late is to spatchcock it, which means we remove the bird’s backbone and roast it flattened out in a large cast iron skillet. It cuts the time from oven to table in half (at least), and cooks the bird much more thoroughly. It also delivers a juicy, succulent chicken instead of the tough, dry ones traditional roasting methods sometimes create. The addition of chardonnay and tomatoes adds a new dimension to the flavor profile that is simply yummy.  Read more of this post

Topsy-Turvy Nacho Pie [RECIPE]

Topsy-Turvy Nacho Pie

Quick, delicious, and easy to prepare, our Topsy-Turvy Nacho Pie might just be your latest addiction.
(Photos by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Our life stays so busy, we’re always looking for recipes that allow us to get dinner on the table in a hurry. This one definitely qualifies, and it as yummy as it is easy to prepare. Best of all, your family will ask for more! Just one note of caution: remember that all jalapenos are not created equal. Some are definitely hotter than others! So sample a slice before chowing down on them with abandon. They may be much spicier than they appear! Read more of this post

Moroccan Pork Loin with Blackberry Glaze [RECIPE]

Moroccan Pork Loin with Blackberry Glaze

Quick to make but incredibly delicious, our Moroccan Pork Loin with Blackberry Glaze is a fast way to make a memorable dinner. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)


Pork tenderloin is the leanest part of the pig, and therefore one of my favorite cuts to serve my family since we’re watching our fat intake. On its own, however, the meat doesn’t have a lot of flavor, so the seasonings used in this recipe really give it the burst of flavor it needs. The best part about this dish is that it tastes like you worked on it for hours, yet it’s one of the simplest stove-to-table suppers around. Enjoy! Read more of this post

Chicken two ways

Chicken is one of the easiest, inexpensive and most convenient dishes in a family’s culinary repertoire.   Roasted, baked, sautéed, broiled, grilled or fried, you likely already have a favorite chicken recipe or two up your sleeve. Perhaps you’re one of the lucky ones who learned how to make these simple poultry classics from your mom or grandmother, or even an uncle or father who happened to know his way around the kitchen. But in case you’re not, or even if you are but you still like to try new variations on these recipes, today we’re going to teach you how to prepare two of our favorites.

With Our Favorite Southern Fried Chicken you’ll sink your teeth into flavor filled drumsticks that are as juicy as they are crispy. And with our Southern Grilled Chicken, you’ll savor rich pepper glazed poultry that cooks up great on the grill or on the stove. We’re making chicken two ways, today on Jathan & Heather!  

Buying chicken

Before we get started, we’re going to tell you a little tip that saves us time and money every time we make chicken. We love dark meat when we eat poultry, and if you do too, you should know that your butcher probably sells thighs and drumsticks already packaged together. If so, you’ll want to get a 5-pound bag or carton (and if you want the whole chicken, just buy the 5-pound equivalent, whole or cut up). Now that you have that handy, we’re going to brine the poultry.

Kosher Salt

Kosher salt dissolves easily in water to make a basic brine that creates succulent poultry.

Brining poultry

In case you don’t know, brining is an important step in preparing truly fabulous poultry. Brining changes the consistency of your poultry, making it more fibrous and porous, which is a good thing. This allows your chicken to retain moisture as it cooks so by the time you serve it on the table, it is still juicy and oh-so-delicious! So let’s begin. Now for those of you who have brined poultry before, you may have seen a more complex method than what we’ll use here, but you really don’t have to. Our method is quick and simple, and has the same effect as other recipes that tell you to use multiple herbs.

PREP: 10 minutes
REFRIGERATE: 8 hours or overnight

6 quarts water
2 tablespoons kosher salt
5 pounds chicken, cut up

  1. In a large stock pot, combine 6 quarts water and 2 tablespoons salt; add chicken. Cover and chill for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain chicken; rinse with cold water, and pat dry.
  3. Step three? There is no step three. Brining is that simple!
Our favorite Southern Fried Chicken

Our Favorite Southern Fried Chicken is juicy, zesty, crispy and delicious. Here we've served it with sides of Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Golden Raisins and Sautéed Green Beans.

Our Favorite Southern Fried Chicken

PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
STAND: 5 minutes

2 1/2-pounds chicken, already cut up and brined
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups vegetable oil
1/4 cup bacon drippings

  1. Combine salt, pepper, cayenne and flour in a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Place 2 pieces of chicken in bag; seal. Shake to coat. Remove chicken; repeat procedure with remaining chicken, 2 pieces at a time.
  2. Combine oil and bacon drippings in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, heat to 360° or until a few water droplets dance on the oil when shaken from your fingertips into the pan. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, skin side down. Cover and cook 6 minutes; uncover and cook 9 minutes.
  3. Turn pieces; cover and cook 6 minutes. Uncover and cook 9 minutes, turning pieces during the last 3 minutes for even browning, if necessary. Drain on paper towels; keep warm.

TIP: For best results, keep the oil temperature between 300° to 325°.

YIELDS: 4 servings.

Southern Barbecued Chicken

Pepper glazed Southern Barbecued Chicken is great off the grill or cooked atop the stove. Try serving it with Baked Beans, Cole Slaw and Corn Bread.

Southern Barbecued Chicken

PREP: 25 minutes + marinating
GRILL: 40 minutes

2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 cup canola oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce (We use Chipotle Chicks Hot Flash Habanero Sauce.)
1 tablespoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 1/2-pounds chicken, already cut up and brined

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first eight ingredients. Bring to a boil; stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring often. Cool.
  2. Pour 1-2/3 cups marinade into a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; add the chicken.
  3. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade for basting.
  4. If cooking on a grill, prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Drain and discard marinade from chicken. Place skin side down over pan. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 20 – 25 minutes on each side or until juices run clear, basting occasionally with reserved marinade.
  5. If cooking on the stove, heat a cast-iron grill pan until pan is hot and water droplets sizzle on the surface. Drain and discard marinade from chicken. Place skin side down over pan. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 20 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Do not baste as bottom of pan will fill juices from the poultry.

YIELDS: 4 servings.

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