Turkey Chili [RECIPE]

Turkey chili

Want the chili but not the beef? Try cooking up this yummy bowl of red using ground turkey instead. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

If you’re trying to reduce your intake of beef for one reason or another, but still get a hankering for warm chili on a cold day, try this recipe which takes the moo out of the comfort food favorite and replaces it with a gobble. It’s equally delicious and cooks up in no time. Read more of this post


Pork Medallions with Roasted Root Vegetables and Grapes [RECIPE]

Pork tenderloin with roasted root vegetables and grapes

Pork tenderloin with roasted root vegetables and grapes is a low calorie, low fat way to enjoy the bounty of the harvest season. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Few things say autumn to me like a huge platter of roasted veggies served alongside one of my favorite cuts of meat, pork tenderloin. I love it because it is a tasty cut that cooks quickly, but it also has great health benefits. If you’re watching your figure, tenderloin has only 93 calories per 3-ounce serving and is very lean. It is also rich in selenium which helps regulate your metabolism and protects the cells that line your blood vessels from damage. The addition of grapes lends moisture and a touch of natural sweetness to the meal. The best thing about this fall feast is that it looks simply gorgeous on your plate. Enjoy! Read more of this post

Spicy Homemade Pickles [RECIPE]

Spicy Homemade Pickles

Beware the pickle! These bad boys are so delicious, you may develop a serious pickle addiction. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Why purchase ready-made pickles at the grocer when they are so easy to make yourself? These are crisp, delicious and packed with flavor. If you’re craving a tart dill pickle, pass on this recipe, as these come out more closely resembling a sweeter (but spicier) bread and butter pickle. However, I promise if you give these babies a chance, you might begin to wonder if you’re pregnant, because you may just develop a pickle addiction. Enjoy! Read more of this post

Seared Spicy Fajitas

Seared Spicy Fajitas

Our Seared Spicy Fajitas are a quick and easy way to get the South-of-the-border flavor you crave.

One of the fastest, easiest and tastiest ways to get that South-of-the-border flavor you crave is to make up a batch of our spicy fajitas. Here crisp veggies and spice-rubbed meat are wrapped in a warm tortilla. Top with a dollop of sour cream, guacamole or pico de gallo to complete the meal.

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound skirt steak or flank steak, cut crosswise into 2 equal parts (if too large for skillet, cut into smaller parts)
  • 2 bell peppers (ribs and seeds removed), very thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 jalapeno or serrano peppers (ribs and seeds removed), very thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 8 flour tortillas (6-inch)
  • Sour cream, lime wedges, guacamole and pico de gallo, for serving


  1. If meat is refrigerated, temper meat (bring it to room temperature) for 30 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cumin, coriander, 2 teaspoons kosher salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Rub steaks all over with spice mixture.
  3. Heat a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat; add meat (if crowded, cook in two batches). Cook 2 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board. Tent steaks with aluminum foil; let rest at least 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, reduce heat to medium; add bell peppers, onion and jalapenos or serrano peppers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add lime juice and stir, scraping up browned bits in skillet. Transfer vegetables to a serving bowl.
  5. Stack tortillas and wrap in a damp paper towel or kitchen towel. Microwave on high 1 minute. Thinly slice steaks crosswise. If steaks are too rare, place back in skillet and cook until desired result is achieved. Remove from heat, transfer to a serving bowl.
  6. Place steak strips, vegetable medley, tortillas, sour cream, lime wedges, guacamole and pico de gallo on table so guests can assemble fajitas as desired.

TIP: While any bell peppers or onions can be used, try using red and yellow bell peppers and a red onion for bold color and richer flavor.

YIELDS: 8 servings

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Slow-Cooked Baked Bean Medley

Slow-Cooked BAked Bean Medley

Bacon, garlic and onion give our slow-cooked baked beans a rich smokey flavor perfect for hamburger night or your weekend barbecue.

A delightful accompaniment to your weekend barbecue, this sweet-and-sassy blend of beans garners its rich flavor from smoky bacon, garlic and a touch of hot sauce. The long cook time breaks down the beans until they are soft and creamy, but still retain their shape.

PREP: 10 minutes + 8 or more hours soak time
COOK: 3 hours or more

  • 1/2 pound dried great northern beans
  • 1/2 pound dried lima beans
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 strips thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, if desired
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Rinse and drain beans. Cover with water in a large pot, and bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand overnight.
  2. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and add vegetable oil. Add bacon, onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and fats rendered from bacon, 8 to 10 minutes. (Reduce heat to medium if onion and garlic start to brown.)
  3. Raise heat to high, stir in cider vinegar, and let simmer until reduced slightly, about 1 minute. Stir in barbecue sauce, light-brown sugar, mustard, salt and hot sauce, if desired.
  4. Drain beans and add to onion mixture. Stir in water, and bring to a boil. Cover, and reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender, about 3 hours (more if necessary, depending on age of beans). Season with salt and pepper if desired. Beans can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Reheat, and serve warm.

YIELDS: 8 servings

© 2011 Jadeworks Entertainment.