Posts from November, 2011

Savory Slow Cooking

With autumn arriving and the weather turning cooler, it instinctively feels like the right time to dust off the crock pot and start enjoying some delicious, slow-cooked meals.

Slow cooking can be achieved a bunch of different ways: in a slow cooker or crock pot; low simmered on the stove top; or low and slow in the oven. One of the best things about slow cooker dishes is that they are the perfect way to utilize tougher cuts of meat, which are typically big-flavored, but easy on the wallet. Think juicy brisket, flavorful chili or a delicious curry.

With busy fall schedules, work, school activities, shorter days and holiday planning, a slow cooked meal popped in the crock pot before you head out for your day can be just what the chilly weather ordered. And crock pot cuisine has evolved – it’s not just a pork roast and a can of soup these days. Today, it’s Chili & Lime Slow Cooked Pork with Red Onion Escabeche and Warm Tortillas for an easy weeknight nosh. With a little planning, you can put the crock pot on in the morning and have dinner ready to go when you get home.

And the best part? Slow-cooked dishes are even better reheated because the ingredients have had extra time to get to know each other. Yummy leftovers are always welcome!

So turn on your crock pot and let dinner simmer away while you enjoy your autumn!

Chili & Lime Slow-Cooked Pork with Red Onion Escabeche and Warm Tortillas

Makes 6 hearty servings

1/4 cup chili powder
1 Tbsp coriander seed, crushed
1 Tbsp salt
1 boneless pork butt (shoulder), about 3 pounds, cut into 2 pieces
2 large tomatoes, chopped
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 cup fresh lime juice

2 large carrots, julienned
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 Tbsps corn or other vegetable oil
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro (about 1 bunch)
1 tsp salt

Warm corn tortillas
Sour cream
Salsa or freshly made pico de gallo
Queso fresco (Mexican-style fresh cheese)
Fresh cilantro sprigs
Lime wedges

To prepare the pork, mix the chili powder, coriander seed and salt in a large, shallow bowl. Roll the pork in the mixture, taking up all the seasoning.

Put the pork in a slow-cooker, add the remaining ingredients and set the cooker on high. Let cook for 8 hours—or up to 10 hours if you’re still at work!

When ready to serve, mix the escabeche ingredients well then place in a serving dish. Shred the pork and place in a large serving bowl with some of the cooking liquid.

Serve the pork with the escabeche and accompaniments. Diners build their own “soft tacos,” then squeeze lime juice over the filling before folding.

Chef’s Note: To heat tortillas, place them, one by one, on a dry skillet over medium-high heat and turn frequently. As they are heated, slip them between the folds of a clean dish towel or cloth napkin. Wrap the towel in foil (or put into a small casserole dish and cover) to steam in their own heat and moisture. Or, microwave the tortillas very briefly and put into a napkin as above. Or, wrap several tortillas in a foil packet and steam them in a steamer until just heated through; use directly from the foil or wrap in a towel as described above.

Recipe from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table, Chronicle Books, San Francisco. Copyright © 2006 by Kathy Casey.

Posted by Kathy Casey on November 10th, 2011  |  Comments Off on Savory Slow Cooking |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, KOMO Radio, meats, other, Recent Posts, Recipes

Two Cocktails in One: the Bellini Manhattan

Sometimes it takes two to make a delicious cocktail. The Bellini Bellini Manhattanchampagne cocktail by itself is a simple, yet great cocktail combining peach puree and champagne. The ever classic Manhattan cocktail leans more towards being spirit-forward with it’s combination of whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters. But how would they taste if properly combined?

On this week’s video of Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen™, I make a Bellini Manhattan! Using homemade peach puree, I combine that with bourbon and sweet vermouth. Topped off with champagne and edible gold flakes, this Southern-inspired drink is perfect for your next holiday party!

Cheers! -Kathy

Posted by Kathy Casey on November 9th, 2011  |  Comments Off on Two Cocktails in One: the Bellini Manhattan |  Posted in Amazon, Cocktails, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Foodie News, Lifestyle, Recent Posts

Nightclub & Bar

Libatious article in Nightclub & Bar about my passions as a bar chef and bringing out the best at every bar I work with and every cocktail I create. Includes recipes for my Bellini Manhattan, Rye’Invention, Pineapple Pico’Rita, Kaffir Colada with Coconut Milk Foam and more!

Posted by Kathy Casey on November 8th, 2011  |  Comments Off on Nightclub & Bar |  Posted in Cocktails, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Foodie News, Recent Posts, Recipes

Guest wrote a special article on on the sweet and flavorful topic of molasses! Check out the article and find my recipes using molasses for The Alhambra, Boston Spill and Melaza Punch cocktails!

Posted by Kathy Casey on November 7th, 2011  |  Comments Off on |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Recent Posts

Experience the Taste of Tulalip!

Washington is well-known for its delicious foodie events like the 3rd annual Taste of Tulalip, a 2-day award-winning food and wine weekend hosted by Tulalip Resort & Casino. Guests will enjoy events like fab tastings of over 100 regional and international wines, lavish parties, and entertaining panels.

I’m super-excited to be hosting the Magnum Party on Saturday, November 12th, where you can sip swank wines, enjoy my some of my d’lish apps. This is a rare opportunity to taste some amazing wines that award winning sommelier and wine buyer Tommy Thompson has chosen just for this party.

Top Chef alum and new co-host to ABC TV’s “Chew”, Carla Hall will be on hand for a cooking demo. The “Thirsty Girl” Leslie Sbrocco will be emceeing all this deliciousness, and I heard that there may be a culinary throw down going on as well at the Rock and Roll Cooking Challenge!

The Taste of Tulalip takes places Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th at Tulalip Resort & Casino – tickets are available through their website and are going fast!

So come enjoy a truly exceptional food and wine event with me- I can’t wait to see you there! – Kathy

Posted by Kathy Casey on November 4th, 2011  |  Comments Off on Experience the Taste of Tulalip! |  Posted in Cocktails, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Foodie News, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Tasty Travels

Citrus Twist: Grapefruit Negroni

Grapefruit NegroniDelicious citrus is a wonderful way of brightening up your taste buds as the colder months come along. From oranges to grapefruits, this season’s citrus is perfect to use in tasty libations!

On this week’s video of Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen™, I make a Grapefruit Negroni! Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice is shaken up with the gin, red vermouth and Campari for this slight variation of the classic Negroni cocktail.

Enjoy! -Kathy

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Posted by Kathy Casey on November 2nd, 2011  |  Comments Off on Citrus Twist: Grapefruit Negroni |  Posted in Amazon, Cocktails, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Fruit, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes