Tea

It’s no secret that the NW loves it’s coffee- but believe it or not, tea has been giving it a run for its “brew”. Lemon-Turmeric, Hibiscus, Chamomile – there are so many delicious varieties. And to sweeten the deal- many teas are chock full of healthy properties. Just look at Turmeric tea – popping up in cups everywhere – it’s great as an anti-inflammatory.


Iced Tea Cube Photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen

How about switching up your tea routine by making fun tea ice cubes? You can use them in lemonade, sparkling water or even a cocktail. Just brew your favorite tea, chill then pour into large silicone ice molds and freeze. I love to brew a fruity tea like hibiscus or berry and use the flavorful cubes in a gin and tonic! You can even use tea in place of water next time you make rice for a unique d’lish flavor. If you’re feeling extra creative, use dried tea leaves as a smoking agent for poultry, meat or fish.

And for all you tea enthusiasts- listen up! On September 30th and October 1st you’re invited to explore the world of tea at The Northwest Tea Festival, held at the Seattle Center. Guests can mingle with industry experts, buyers, retailers, artists, and more! It’s a true tea-lover’s paradise.

-Kathy

Posted by Kathy on September 14th, 2017  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Foodie News, Tasty Travels, My Seattle, spices

Avocados

Avocados! The mighty superfood that’s SUPER delicious. Their creamy, rich flavor certainly feels indulgent but, surprise! There’s nothing to feel guilty about here.

These lovely little fruits- that’s right, I said FRUIT! – have stolen the hearts of health fanatics everywhere. Packed full of essential vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats- they are the MVP of almost every diet trend. Paleo, Whole 30, Keto, and even low-carb enthusiasts welcome avocados into their kitchens with open arms.


Photo from Kathy Casey’s D’Lish Deviled Eggs Cookbook

Instead of using butter or oil in your next dish, why not use avocado oil! Or make a delicious pesto by pureeing a ripe avocado with lots of garlic, fresh herbs and a touch of olive oil. Then just toss with your favorite pasta for an easy weeknight meal. You can even go gluten or carb free by using zucchini noodles- also known as zoodles.

Mash up an avocado and spread on a d’lish sandwich- it’s the perfect replacement for mayonnaise. Or try using them in a fun new way, like in my Green Goddess Deviled Eggs!

Healthy, satisfying, and sooo versatile. Three cheers for Avocados!
-Kathy

Green Goddess Deviled Eggs
Tarragon and avocado are the stars of these garden-fresh deviled eggs. Tarragon’s anise notes and bright, green personality bring an herbaceous attitude to the recipe. For a truly classic Green Goddess flavor, replace the salt with 1 to 2 teaspoons of anchovy paste.

Makes 24

1 dozen hard-cooked eggs (recipe follows)

Filling
1/2 ripe avocado
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Topping
24 fresh tarragon leaves
Fresh-cracked black pepper

Halve the eggs lengthwise and transfer the yolks to a small bowl. Set the egg white halves on a platter, cover, and refrigerate.

In a mixing bowl, mash the avocado well with a fork, then add the yolks and mash to a smooth consistency. Add the mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, tarragon, and salt, and mix until smooth. (You can also do this in a mixing bowl with a whip attachment.)

Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a plain or large star tip, then pipe the mixture evenly into the egg white halves. Or fill the eggs with a spoon, dividing the filling evenly.

Top each egg half with a tarragon leaf and a grind of fresh-cracked black pepper.

Hard-Cooked Eggs

1 dozen large chicken eggs

Place the eggs in a large nonreactive saucepan and add cold water to 1 inch above the eggs. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn off the heat and let the eggs sit for 10 minutes. Remove from the stove and run cool water over the eggs in the pan until they are cooled. When cool, carefully peel them under running water.

Recipe from D’Lish Deviled Eggs by Kathy Casey

Posted by Kathy on September 13th, 2017  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Recent Posts

Pears

Here in the Northwest, we are lucky to have so many varieties of scrumptious pears! Red Bartlett’s, Bosc, Seckel, Concorde…each one different and oh-so-delicious!

Pears are known to be sweet and juicy, but did you know they can shine in savory dishes too? I love to cut them into thick wedges and toss with a little olive oil, balsamic, and seasoning. Then roast on a sheet pan in a HOT oven until they are golden delicious. The smoky, sweet flavor pairs perfectly with roast chicken or on a crostini with some gorgonzola for an easy appetizer.

But my favorite way to use roasted pears is in my Endive Salad with Roasted Pears, Hazelnuts, Blue Cheese & D’Lish Cranberry Vinaigrette! It’s always a crowd pleaser at my dinner table.

I also love to use them in a quick and easy fresh relish. Simply mix together diced pears, shallot, a touch of honey and a splash of red wine vinegar. Toss it with fresh mint and just like that- you have an amazing addition to curry dishes or grilled lamb.

Grilled pears are also tasty as a base to a sophisticated sundae- topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a drizzle of salted caramel, red wine syrup and some toasted hazelnuts. Yum- that’s my kind of dessert!

So next time you’re at the grocery store, grab some pears and get creative in your kitchen!
–Kathy

Endive Salad with Roasted Pears, Hazelnuts, Blue Cheese & D’Lish Cranberry Vinaigrette
Makes 4 to 6 servings

Pears
2 unpeeled ripe but firm pears
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 head baby frisée
2 heads Belgian endive
1 small head radicchio, sliced (about 2 cups)
4 cups baby arugula
D’Lish Cranberry Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted, skinned, and coarsely chopped

To roast the pears, preheat an oven to 500°F. Cut the pears into eighths lengthwise. Core, then cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces. Whisk the remaining ingredients in a large bowl, then gently toss the pears in the mixture.

Spread the pears on a rimmed baking sheet lightly sprayed with vegetable-oil cooking spray and roast for 7 to 10 minutes, or until lightly caramelized. You can make the pears up to 1 day in advance. If you do, cool them thoroughly before refrigerating, then bring to room temperature about 1 hour before serving.

To finish the salad, cut the root end and about 1 inch of the top off the frisée. Rinse the frisée thoroughly, separate the head into leaves, and spin dry. Cut the stem ends off the endive, halve the heads lengthwise, then cut lengthwise into thin strips. Toss the frisée and endive in a large, deep bowl with the remaining greens and about 1/2 cup of the vinaigrette.

Divide the greens among large dinner plates. Top each salad with pears, cheese, cranberries, and hazelnuts, dividing evenly. Pass additional dressing.

D’Lish Cranberry Vinaigrette
Makes 1 1/2 cups

2/3 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup white wine vinegar or distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup vegetable oil or very light olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Combine the cranberries, sugar, and vinegar in a small nonreactive saucepan and cook over medium heat until the cranberries pop, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
Purée the mixture in a blender, then blend in the mustard and orange juice. With the machine running, gradually drizzle in the oil. The dressing should become smooth and emulsified. Blend in the salt and pepper. Refrigerate until needed.

Chef’s Note: If you are having a big dinner party during the holidays, the entire recipe can easily be doubled. And, if you are tight on time, you can substitute sliced fresh pears or apples for the roasted pears.

Recipe from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table Cookbook

Posted by Kathy on September 7th, 2017  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Kathy Casey, appetizers, herbs, roasted, salads, seasonings, sides, vegetables

There’s Nothing Better Than Corn!

Ahhh, sweet summer corn. Is there anything better? Fresh, crunchy corn is so delicious and versatile. Personally, I love my corn with just a bit of seasoning, but a little smear of butter is the perfect complement to hot corn on the cob. You can get creative with your butter by whipping in a bit of local honey, chili powder, fresh basil, roasted garlic…the combinations are endless!


Photo courtesy of Pablo y Pablo

Traditionally boiled or steamed, corn is also amazing done on the grill. If you’ve already got your grill turned on for a sizzling summer barbeque, why not throw your corn on as well?

Leave the stem on for an easy handle and roll it along the grill to heat it through and add some great color. Serve it just like that, or cut off the kernels and add them to fresh salsa, folded into whipped potatoes, or sprinkle on a salad- like my d’lish Summer Corn, Roasted Pepper, and Arugula Salad garnished with Goat Cheese Crostini!

Not a fan of eating corn right off the cob? No problem- I have a great trick to share with you! Take a bundt pan, insert the corn into the center hole and carefully cut downwards as close to the cob as you can, without cutting into the cob. The bundt pan will catch the kernels for you! If you don’t have one, just hold the corn vertically, making sure the tip is firmly in place and cut downwards.

And if you’re lucky enough to live in Seattle- I highly recommend checking out Pablo y Pablo. Located near Gas Works Park, this Mexican restaurant and bar knows how to treat corn right! Their Grilled Street Corn with chipotle aioli, cotija, green onion, cilantro, and lime is simply amazing. They even highlight corn in a totally different way with their Fried Hominy with chipotle salt. YUM!

So go enjoy one of the best tastes of summer while you can– fresh picked, local corn!

-Kathy

Summer Corn, Roasted Pepper, and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese Crostini
Makes 6 servings

3 mixed colorful bell peppers
3 ears fresh corn, husked
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
12 thin slices (1/4-inch) of French bread baguette, lightly toasted
6 ounces soft chevre goat cheese
4 to 6 cups tightly packed, washed and torn arugula or baby arugula

Roast peppers over a hot grill or coals or under the broiler, turning often until skin is totally blistered. Peel, seed and thinly slice peppers. Set aside.

Grill corn, turning when each side is marked and lightly roasted. Cut corn from cob, and add to peppers.

In a large bowl, whisk mustard, garlic, vinegar and lemon juice together. Slowly whisk in oil. Season with salt and pepper, and toss in basil, roasted peppers, and corn. Set aside.

Meanwhile, spread toasted French bread slices with goat cheese, and place under a broiler for one minute or pop into a hot, 400-degree oven until cheese is warm.

Add arugula to roasted pepper mixture. Toss well. Divide among individual salad plates and garnish with the warm goat cheese crostini.

Copyright 2017© by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

Posted by Kathy on August 31st, 2017  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Kathy Casey, chipotle, garlic, herbs, peppers, spices, vegetables

Savor and Sip Summer

Summer is coming to an end soon, so why not preserve some of the season’s delicious flavors before they’re gone? I like to make fruit and herb syrups to use in cocktails and homemade sodas or lemonade. You won’t believe how easy they are to make!

Simply combine equal parts sugar (or honey!) and water in a saucepan. Add in some fresh chopped fruits, like peaches or blackberries, and throw in a few sprigs of herbs. I love to use mint or thyme. Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove from the heat and let it infuse for an hour. Yum! Are your taste buds watering yet? Once the mixture has cooled, pour it through a fine mesh strainer and into sealable bottles. You can store the simple syrup, refrigerated, for about 6 weeks.

And when you’re ready to use your d’lish syrup, simply mix it with fresh lemon or lime soda water for the perfect refreshing sipper. You can also use it to sweeten ice tea! Or why not shake up some cocktails and use your fresh fruit syrups in drinks such as mojitos, whiskey sours, margaritas, or one of my personal favorites- my Honey Lavender Peach Fizz!

Get creative and preserve the flavor of summer as long as you can!

-Kathy

Honey Lavender Peach Fizz

If the peach is super shiny when you cut it open, you know the brix (sugar level) is high and your peach is going to be sweet! Pick peaches that are heavy with a nice blush on them. This delicious drink is great to enjoy as a non-alcoholic refresher, or add a splash of your favorite local vodka or gin.

1 1/2 oz lavender honey syrup (recipe follows)
1 1/2 oz fresh peach puree (recipe follows)
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
4 oz sparkling water

Garnish: fresh lavender and/or rosemary

In a small pitcher or large measuring cup combine the juice and sparkling water. Stir. Pour into glasses filled with ice, garnish and enjoy! Makes one large or two small drinks.

Lavender Honey Syrup
Makes 1 cup

Honey syrup is easy to make and great to have on hand. I love it used in cocktails, homemade lemonade or non-alcoholic refreshers.

1/2 cup Golden Harvest Bee Ranch Lavender Infused Honey
1/2 cup warm water

Mix together ingredients until well combined. Store refrigerated for up to 10 days.

Fresh Peach Puree
Makes about 3 cups

Seasonal fruit puree can be made with any ripe fresh fruit. It will keep for about 3-4 days refrigerated, or place in small freezer containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Be sure to leave an inch of room at the top of the container for expansion during freezing.

For a fun brunch ideas try adding two tablespoons of puree to a champagne flute and top with a local hard cider for a delicious twist on the traditional Bellini.

3 cups diced fresh very ripe peaches
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. honey or sugar
2 tbsp. water

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Pulse for a few seconds then blend on high till nicely pureed. Strain and then refrigerate or freeze.

Recipes courtesy of Kathy Casey Food Studios-Liquid Kitchen®

Posted by Kathy on August 24th, 2017  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Recent Posts

Flavor 2017: 12 Trends that Spell Opportunity

Want to know the biggest trends happening in the Food & Beverage industry right now? The Flavor Experience conference was the place to be this summer to get the delicious scoop!

Chefs, mixologists and industry gurus came together to share ideas, techniques and all things flavorful!

For the 2nd year in a row, Kathy Casey teamed up with industry heavy hitters: Data trend guru and menu consultant, Maeve Webster of Menu Matters and Cathy Holley, Editor-in-Chief of Flavor & the Menu to present “The Next Dozen” 12 Trends That Spell Opportunity.

See what is on the horizon in the world of trending Flavors, and how to incorporate these dynamic combinations into your menus. Check out the presentation below:

 

Posted by Kathy on August 22nd, 2017  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Cocktails, Foodie News, Newsletter, Tasty Travels, Recent Posts, Conferences

Okie Dokie Poke!

It’s no secret that the poke trend is taking Seattle- and the entire country- by storm. And while it seems this hot craze is new to the scene, traditional Hawaiian poke has actually been around for centuries. Seriously- centuries!

So what makes poke so popular? Well it’s healthy, delicious, and so customizable! The raw fish salad is traditionally made with cubed ahi tuna, seaweed, onions, and an Asian inspired dressing made of soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. But these days poke shops offer much, much more- allowing YOU to tailor your experience! And living in the Northwest we also love our salmon poke. Just be sure to use Alaska Salmon that has been previously frozen for safety purposes.


Alaska Salmon Korean BBQ Poke
Here are some fun Poke recipes that we worked on!

And lucky for us- Seattle has some amazing poke restaurants that are a must-try! My go-to spot is Poke To The Max, created by the Hawaiian poke legend Chef Sam Choy. With locations in Tacoma, Hillman City, and 3 mobile food trucks that travel throughout the Seattle area- it’s easy to become a regular.

On August 21st you can really get your poke on at Chef Choy’s Seattle Poke Contest where dozens of local chefs will come together to prove that their take on the dish is the best. Expect live music, delicious food and drinks, and of course- lots and lots of POKE! And if that’s not enough to convince you- each ticket purchase benefits The Bennett Foundation, founded by Seattle Seahawk’s beloved Michael Bennett! So get out there and enjoy great food, for a great cause.

For more information and tickets to The Seattle Poke Contest, visit their facebook page! or get tickets here! -Kathy

Posted by Kathy on August 17th, 2017  |  Add Comment |  Posted in KOMO Radio, Kathy Casey, appetizers, salads, salmon, seafood, seafood, seasonings

Blackberries

Ahhh blackberries…the glorious summer berry. Growing in backyards, parks, and hiking trails, the Northwest is bursting with them. These juicy berries are definitely worth the fight with the prickly bushes they grow on!

Not only are blackberries delicious, they’re good for you too! With one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any fruit- these berries are also a wonderful source of vitamin C and fiber. Healthy food that naturally tastes d’lish- what could be better than that?


Photo from Driscoll’s Berries
And if you don’t have time for picking – Driscoll’s has some pretty d’lish berries for “picking” up at the grocery store. I visited their farms a few years ago and got to try a blackberry unlike anything I’ve ever had before. They were HUGE and super sweet. They were a variety that you can randomly find during the season. I now look for these whenever I can 

So, whether you pick them or buy them- to me, blackberries really are a taste summer. And they’re the perfect addition to a refreshing summer cocktail! Muddle a few berries in a shaker tin with some fresh mint, 3/4 ounce lime juice, 3/4 ounce simple syrup and 1 1/2 ounces rum – shake it up and finish with a splash of soda – and voila – you have an amazing Blackberry Mojito!

Gone blackberry picking and now have a big bowl in the fridge? Throw some in your pancake batter and start the morning off with some Blackberry Pancakes topped with Citrusy Syrup. Or make a berry’licious summer sundae with strawberry ice cream, lemon curd and fresh blackberries – yum!

Or try my recipe for Blackberry Honey Vinaigrette, perfect tossed with local greens and finished with a sprinkling of toasted hazelnuts and goat cheese- a great start to any summer meal.
-Kathy

Summer Greens with Blackberry–Honey Vinaigrette, Toasted Hazelnuts & Chevre
Makes 4 servings

Vinaigrette
1/4 cup fresh blackberries
2 tablespoons red wine or balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon local honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons olive oil
Pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Salad
8 cups mixed summer greens
1/2 – 3/4 cup fresh blackberries
1/4 cup (1 ounce) chopped, toasted hazelnuts
2 ounces chèvre-style goat cheese, crumbled

Combine all the vinaigrette ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Strain. Refrigerate until needed. The vinaigrette can be made up to 3 days in advance.

To serve the salad: Toss the greens with Blackberry–Honey Vinaigrette and divide among 4 plates. Scatter with berries, hazelnuts, and goat cheese. Serve immediately.

Recipe© Kathy Casey Food Studios®

Posted by Kathy on August 10th, 2017  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Recent Posts
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