Holiday Sides

Okay, I know that for holiday dinners it’s hard to break away from the tried and true accompaniments – the infamous green bean casserole topped with crispy fried onions, marshmallow-y brown sugar yams, and sage-y stuffing. I’m not saying to forget making your faves, but just suggesting that this year, maybe try something new!

Take for example, my Maple Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Sage: sliced sweet potatoes, drizzled with maple syrup, cream, a touch of fresh sage, and topped with a few bread crumbs for texture. Baked till bubbly good (recipe follows).

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All the goodies for whipping up a batch of Angostura Savory Island Relish

Forget the traditional store-bought cranberry sauce this year and go fresh! Whip up an inspired Savory Island Relish recipe combining; fresh cranberries, pecans, pineapple, orange, a touch of honey, AND a few big dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters! That’s right – a touch of bitters adds a great layer of flavor!

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Ready to process … be sure to leave some texture.

Just whiz it up in your food processor and voila – a tasty condiment to your holiday ham or turkey! #Yum #CookingWithBitters #QuickAndEasyEntertaining

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The Relish is ready!

So get out of your side dish rut, and try something new for your next holiday get-together. –Kathy

Angostura Savory Island Relish
Switch things up at your next holiday dinner and serve this island inspired fresh cranberry sauce made with fresh pineapple, toasty pecans and tangy cranberries – spiced with the aromatic flavors of Angostura bitters. Great with turkey, ham, roast chicken or even in a baked yam! For a spiced version add a dash of cinnamon, or allspice.

Makes about 3 cups

2 Tbsp. ANGOSTORA® Aromatic Bitters
2 cups fresh cranberries (or frozen cranberries, defrosted)
1 orange, rinsed, ends cut off, and cut into chunks with rind
1 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple
1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
1/2 cup pecan pieces, lightly toasted
1/3 – 1/2 cup sugar depending on how sweet you like it (or substitute 1/4 cup honey)
1/4 tsp. chili flakes (optional)
Pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse the mixture, (scraping down the sides often), until the mixture is chopped fine but still has some nice texture. Place the relish into a jar and store refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios® for ANGOSTURA – www.KathyCasey.com

Maple Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Sage
Serves about 10 – 12.

8 cups peeled and thinly sliced (1/4 inch) sweet potatoes (about 2 1/2 – 3 pounds)

Maple Cream
3 cups cream
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tsp. minced fresh thyme
1 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh sage leaves
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Topping
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
3 Tbsp. high-quality grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp. minced fresh thyme
1 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley
2 tsp. finely chopped fresh sage leaves

fresh sage leaves for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 3-quart casserole with pan spray or lightly butter it. Then arrange sliced sweet potatoes in an even layer. In a large bowl whisk together the maple cream ingredients until well combined. Pour the maple cream over sweet potatoes and push them down a bit to be sure they are coated in liquid.

In a small bowl combine topping ingredients and set aside.
Bake casserole for 35 minutes and then sprinkle with topping and bake another 25 – 35 minutes or until topping is browned, potatoes are tender and liquid is thickened.

Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh sage leaves.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios® – www.KathyCasey.com

Posted by Kathy on November 15th, 2018  |  Comments Off on Holiday Sides |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Kathy Casey, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, sides, vegetables

Cider Craze

It was not long ago that ciders were far and few between, but now, ciders are popping up everywhere across the country. From dry tiny bubble-style (like a fine French Champagne) to bold and sassy, spiced (chai cider – yes please) and fruit-forward (think pear and raspberry). There’s something for everyone’s tastes.

Here in the northwest, we love our ciders! From restaurant menus to pubs to the shelves lined at your favorite grocer, ciders are everywhere!


A Rhuby Rum Cider Cocktail featuring dark rum,
grapefruit and pomegranate juices, and chai cider!
Photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®

And with Thanksgiving coming, why not consider serving a hard cider with your holiday bird. Think a dryer style apple cider; it’s a great alternative to white wine.

Hosting a party? Mix up a batch of my Pear & Blackberry Sangria – sure to be a crowd favorite! Or how about putting together a cider tasting! Ask your guests to each bring a different cider. Put a brown bag over each one and tie at the top. Then give each guest 3 ribbons to hang around the top of their favorites, taste, unveil, and crown the cider winners. How fun is that!

So cheers to sipping some ciders! –Kathy

Pear & Blackberry Sangria
Blackberries can be switched out for raspberries or strawberries depending upon what’s peak of season at your local market.

Makes about 4-6 servings

1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup blackberries
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1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons blackberry honey
2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
2 Tbsp. brandy or cognac
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1 (22 oz) bottles Crispin Natural Hard Pear Cider Lion Belge
Garnish: fresh blackberries and sliced pear

In a blender cup combine the water, lemon juice and blackberries. Process until smooth. Then strain through a fine mesh strainer and discard solids. Add the honey, orange juice and brandy and stir until honey is dissolved. Refrigerate for up to 2 days.

When ready to serve combine the blackberry mixture with the chilled cider in a large container. Add the berries and pear. Serve over ice

Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen® – www.LiquidKitchen.com

Posted by Kathy on November 8th, 2018  |  Comments Off on Cider Craze |  Posted in Cocktails, Fruit, Kathy Casey, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes

Aquavit Week

#AquavitWeek is upon us and for those of you that have never tried this delicious Scandinavian spirit – it’s time! I suggest for your first bottle to get Linie, a Norwegian-style aquavit, which means it’s made from a neutral potato base spirit and barrel aged, giving it a slightly nutty back note. Linie is distilled with caraway (the classic flavor note – just like juniper is to gin), star anise, and other botanicals. It’s aged for a year in sherry barrels in Norway, then takes a four month journey at sea from Oslo to Australia and back.

Being a Scandi myself I have enjoyed aquavit for many years, as a slow sipper– but also these days I love its unique flavor notes shaken or stirred into a cocktail like the Katerina – perfect for a brisk fall evening. – Kathy

The seventh annual Aquavit Week returns for a celebration of the signature spirit of the Nordics from November 4th to 10th. To learn more and to find out where to sip on an inspired Aquavit cocktail go to www.AquavitWeek.com.

Katarina Cocktail
Toast to Aquavit Week with a Katerina cocktail!

Katerina
The Katerina cocktail is a spirit forward drink that mixes so many of my favorite potables; botanical gin, the delicious aged and spice notes of Linie aquavit, the slight bitter and sweet of the vermouth – sparked with an aromatic citrus punch from Angostura orange bitters and the bright finish of lemon peel oil.

Makes 1 cocktail

3/4 oz. Linie Aquavit
1 oz. Sipsmith Gin
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostora Orange Bitters
Fat lemon peel

Measure the Linie Aquavit, Sipsmith Gin, and sweet vermouth into a mixing glass. Dash in the Angostura bitters. Fill mixing glass three-quarters with ice and stir with a cocktail spoon for about 20-30 seconds.

Strain into a rocks glass over a large block ice cube. Express lemon oil over cocktail, twist and add to drink. And raise your glass to #AquavitWeek!

Cocktail and photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen® – www.LiquidKitchen.com

Posted by Kathy on November 6th, 2018  |  Comments Off on Aquavit Week |  Posted in Cocktails, Kathy Casey, Recent Posts, Recipes

Mac & Cheese….Yes, Please!!!

When I think of comfort food, one of the first things that come to mind is mac & cheese. Gooey, warm, and of course, cheesy delicious!

One of my favorite recipes is a 4 Cheese Penne Bake – penne pasta, garlic and parmesan white sauce – tossed with loads of shredded cheese: cheddar, mozzarella, jack and parmesan. Cover the whole thing with some fresh, herby bread crumbs for a nice crunch.


Gooey, melted cheese bake – yum!
Photo from Dishing with Kathy Casey.

Mac & Cheese is perfect to customize. You can add so many flavorful sauce additions like salsa, roasted garlic, fresh herbs, or switch up the cheese combinations with your favorites.

For a fun party idea how about serving a pan of house made mac & cheese. Then set out a variety of toppings for guests to build their own bowl. Think pulled pork, crab or shrimp, BBQ chicken, roasted red peppers, green onions, corn salsa, roasted artichokes, sautéed mushrooms, sausage, green chilies… Nothing is off limits!

So get creative and dish up some cheesy goodness! –Kathy

4 Cheese Penne Bake With Herb Bread Crumbs
Generously serves 6 – 8

Herb Bread Crumbs (recipe follows)
4 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
4 1/2 Tbsp. flour
4 cups milk*
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup grated high-quality Parmesan cheese
1 pound dry penne pasta
2 cups (8 oz. wt.) grated four-cheese blend**
2 cups (8 oz. wt.) grated Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Make the Herb Bread Crumbs and set aside.

In a large heavy-bottom sauce pan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and stir around for about 20 seconds — do not let garlic brown. Stir in the flour and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly.

While stirring vigorously with a whisk, add the milk. Whisk well. Bring to a simmer and whisk occasionally until sauce is thickened, about 3 – 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in salt, pepper, sour cream and Parmesan cheese, and set aside.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook penne pasta per package directions until done. Drain well.

In a very large bowl mix together the pasta and sauce, then fold in the grated cheeses until well combined. Place mixture into a lightly buttered, 13-inch x 9-inch baking pan.

Sprinkle with Herb Bread Crumbs and bake in a 375-degree oven for about 30 minutes or until pasta is heated through, sides are slightly bubbling and top is golden brown.

Chef’s Notes:
*For an even richer macaroni and cheese substitute half & half for the milk.

**Four-, five- and six-cheese blends are available in most grocers’ dairy sections. If you wish to make your own grated cheese blend, try using a mixture of any of the following: Jack, mozzarella, Gouda, Swiss, Havarti.

Herb Bread Crumbs
Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

3 cups packed, 1-inch French bread chunks
4 Tbsp. butter
pinch salt and pepper
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp. dry basil leaves
1/2 tsp. dry thyme leaves

Place bread crumb ingredients in a food processor, and pulse processor on and off until the bread becomes chopped into a fine crumb and is well mixed with the other ingredients.

Bread crumbs should be refrigerated until used and can be kept frozen for up to 1 month.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios® – www.KathyCasey.com

Posted by Kathy on November 1st, 2018  |  Comments Off on Mac & Cheese….Yes, Please!!! |  Posted in Amazon, Books to Cook, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, garlic, herbs, Kathy Casey, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes

Halloween Cocktails & Party Ideas

Halloween is coming up and it’s not just for kids. It’s also a chance for adults to indulge in the fun – haunted houses, spooky costumes, and of course, parties! And what’s a Halloween party without something spooky to sip on?

To get you in the spirit, try a fun cocktail like the Blood Sucker – vodka, BLOOD orange juice or syrup, and fresh lemon sour, shaken, and then topped with splash of wine. And to stick with the vampire theme, go to a costume store or check out Amazon for glow-in-the-dark fangs – -whaa haa haa!

For a monster mash, make a batch of my Cauldron Punch. It mixes rum, blackberry puree, fresh juices, and is topped with sparkling berry water. For an added fun, top with a float of blue curacao and stick in a skeleton arm swizzle stick – perfect for a ghoulish good time.


Black Cat Old Fashioned
Photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®

Don’t think of it as bad luck if my Black Cat Old Fashioned crosses your path. No, this spin on a classic Old Fashioned cocktail mixes bourbon, mescal, homemade Orange & Black Coffee Syrup, and a few dashes of chocolate bitters.

So cheers to a devilishly fun Halloween bash! –Kathy

Blood Sucker
Makes 1 cocktail

1 1/2 oz vodka
1 oz blood orange juice or 1/2 ounce blood orange syrup
1 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Elixir (recipe follows)
3/4 oz red wine – FLOAT

Garnish: plastic fangs hanging on the side of glass

Measure vodka, blood orange, and Fresh Lemon Elixir into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, cap, and shake vigorously. Pour into a tall glass, adding more ice if necessary. Float red wine. Garnish.

Fresh Lemon Elixir
2 cups fresh lemon juice
2 cups simple syrup*

Combine ingredients in a pitcher and stir. Store refrigerated for up to 7 days

Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen – www.LiquidKitchen.com

Cauldron Punch
Makes about 8 servings

1 1/2 cups silver rum
1/2 cup blackberry puree
1 cup orange juice
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup simple syrup*
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1 can LaCroix Berry Sparkling water

Garnish: blue curacao for floating, plastic skeleton arm swizzle stick

Measure rum, puree, juices, lemon and simple syrup into a pitcher. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Right before serving, add LaCroix Berry Sparkling Water to the punch. Serve over ice in goblets. Float with a splash of blue curacao. Garnish with skeleton arm.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen – www.LiquidKitchen.com

Black Cat Old Fashioned
Makes 1 cocktail

1 1/2 oz bourbon
1/2 oz mezcal
1/4 oz Orange & Black Coffee Syrup (recipe follows)
1-2 dashes chocolate bitters
Garnish: fat orange peel

Measure the bourbon, mezcal, syrup and bitters into a mixing glass. Fill three-quarters full with ice. Stir with a bar spoon until well chilled. Serve strained over a large ice cube in an old fashioned glass. Express the orange peel over the drink to release the oils, twist, and add to the drink.

Orange & Black Coffee Syrup
Makes about 12 ounces

1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 Tbsp. finely minced orange zest
24 coffee beans
3/4 cup water
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2 cups sugar

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan. On medium-high heat, bring liquid to a boil, once it has boiled add the sugar and stir to combine well, continue to boil for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and steep for 1 hour. Strain and store refrigerated for up to 30 days.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen – www.LiquidKitchen.com

*To make Simple Syrup: combine 1 cup boiling water with 1 cup sugar. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Cool and store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Posted by Kathy on October 25th, 2018  |  Comments Off on Halloween Cocktails & Party Ideas |  Posted in Cocktails, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Kathy Casey, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes

Falling for Chili

When the days grow shorter and the weather begins to cool off, I start thinking about making some chili. It’s a protein-packed, warm and filling dish – especially good for those weekend game days. The key to a good chili is in the spices and sautéing your chili spices ahead of time really helps bring out the flavors.

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This Yummy Chili Photo is from SimplyRecipes.

October is also National Chili Month (who knew?) and as you can imagine, there are a ton of chili recipes out there to choose from because it is a great base to add a signature spin or secret ingredient. From white bean and chicken, to a 4 bean bonanza, some with meat, some without, mild spiced or smokin’ hot, the sky is the limit.

I love making batches of my Stadium Apple Chili during this time of year. It starts with chunks of tender pork, lots of spices, onions, a bottle of NW brew, tomatoes and kidney beans. I then add in a chopped apple for a touch of sweetness and let that slowly simmer on the stovetop or in a crockpot until it is ready to serve. I am always sure to make a lot because YOU KNOW it’s always better the next day.

You can definitely serve it with lots of tasty toppings too. My top choices are always sour cream, grated Northwest cheeses like Tillamook Cheddar, crisp white onions, and spicy jalapeños. I also like to crush up corn chips to add some crunch too!

So don’t let the chilly weather get you down – warm up with some chili! –Kathy

Stadium Apple Chili

Fuji apples are incredible. Not only do they have a wonderfully clean, sweet flavor, but their cooked texture is amazingly firm. A great shape-holder! You’ll be a true Fuji fan when you try this recipe!

Makes 7 cups.

2 Fuji apples or other firm cooking apple
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
8 oz wt. (1/2 lb) coarse ground beef (chili grind)
4 oz wt. (1/4 lb) hot pork sausage
12 oz wt. boneless pork butt, cut in 3/4″ – 1″ cubes
1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic
1/4 cup chili powder
1 Tbsp. dry whole oregano
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 – 1/4 tsp. red chili flakes, (optional)
1 cup beef broth
1 cup beer
1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes in puree
2 cans (15 oz ea.) pinto beans, drained
1 cans (15 oz) kidney beans, drained
1/2 – 1 tsp. salt, more or less to taste

Chili Toppers
grated apple
grated cheddar cheese
sour cream
thinly sliced green onion

Peel, core and dice the apples into 1/2″ cubes. Set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high to high heat. Add the meats, stir occasionally and cook till meats are browned and no juice remains.

Add onions, peppers, garlic, chili powder and spices. Stir in well, and cook stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes, being careful not to scorch chili powder.

Add beef broth, beer and tomatoes. Combine well and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes.

Add apples and beans and return to a simmer, cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until meat and apples are tender. Season with salt to taste.

(Note: If chili gets too thick, add water as needed during cooking.)

Serve with Chili Toppers of your choice.

Vegetarian option: Substitute 1 pound peeled, 1″ cubed winter squash (such as Hubbard or pumpkin) for meats and an apple juice and vegetable broth mixture for beef broth.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

Posted by Kathy on October 18th, 2018  |  Comments Off on Falling for Chili |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Foodie News, Kathy Casey, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, meats, pork, Recent Posts, Recipes, soups

Coffee Lovers

Ahh, coffee! That first cup o’ joe can usually set the tone for the rest of the day. And certainly the Pacific Northwest is known as THE mecca for coffee drinkers and connoisseurs alike.

We definitely love our coffee just as much as our wine with many local independent coffee shops offering coffee “cuppings” – imagine a wine tasting, but for coffee!

We all know coffee is so d’lish paired with dark chocolate, but why not get a bit savory and cook with it? Take for example my Rain City Seasoning: ground Caffe Umbria espresso and Theo Chocolate’s cocoa nibs adds a deep rich flavor to spice rubs. Great on steaks or Alaskan salmon!


Photo by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

Or how about adding a cup of coffee to your next slow cooked beef stew or chili recipe, it will add a super-rich flavor to the dish.

Have you ever heard of Red Eye Gravy – this was what cowboys made by tossing a cup of cold coffee into their pan gravy. I’ve given it a comfort food spin in my recipe below Red Eye BBQ Sauce – great on everything!

On the sweeter side of things, try a little ground espresso added to chocolate cupcake batter for a mocha-licious twist.

And for your next brunch try working in a little strong brewed coffee or espresso into your next “Coffee Cake” – for a true COFFEE cake experience! –Kathy

Red Eye Barbecue Sauce
This BBQ has a lot of ingredients, but that’s what gives it a rich and layered flavor. Double or triple the recipe and store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Makes 2 1/4 cups

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/3 cup 1/4-inch-chopped yellow onion
1/2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. celery seed (optional)
1/4 tsp. ground coriander
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
3/4 tsp. dry mustard
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup brewed coffee
1/4 cup Worcestershire
3 Tbsp. molasses
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
3/4 tsp. Tabasco
1 1/2 tsp. soy sauce
1/8 tsp. salt

Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sprinkle the black pepper and other dry spices on top. Stir and sauté until the onions are glossy, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sauté about 1 more minute.

When the onions are translucent, whisk in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a low boil, then reduce the heat and simmer 20 – 30 minutes or until thickened nicely, stir frequently to prevent scorching. If not using the sauce right away, cool and store, refrigerated.

Recipe Copyright © 2017 by Kathy Casey Food Studios® – www.KathyCasey.com

Spaghetti Squash Is More Than Just A Pasta Plant

 

Most people have had a hand at cooking spaghetti squash, and there are a lot of ways to prepare this tasty vegetable.

This winter squash starts getting popular at the farmers market and grocery store in early fall. The cooked stringy flesh is delicious, but there are a few cooking tricks to know.

 

Cut the squash in half length-wise. Make sure to use a good knife and a little muscle – this is a sturdy squash! Once you have the squash in half, scrape out the seeds and pulp the same way you would with any other winter squash.

Turn the halves cut-side down in a baking dish. Add a little water and roast in a 350 degree oven

for about an hour. You’ll know it’s done when a fork slides in and out of the flesh easily. If you’re in a hurry you can quick cook it the same way in the microwave in a glass dish – just blast on high until fork tender.

 

Now to get those noodle-like strands out of the shell. Turn the squash up and gently scrape the flesh with a fork along the grain and loosen it up. Then scoop the squash into a bowl and finish how you like.

 

 

 

It’s a great low-calorie and gluten-free option to traditional pasta for topping with marinara. Or toss it with maple syrup or honey, a little butter or olive oil, some minced fresh herbs and some sea salt for a great side dish to any entrée. –Kathy

Posted by Kathy Casey on October 4th, 2018  |  Comments Off on Spaghetti Squash Is More Than Just A Pasta Plant |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Foodie News, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Recent Posts
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