Dishing with Kathy Casey: The Newsletter

Farewell 2011, here’s to a zesty 2012!

Another year has come and gone by so quickly! Last year was filled with exciting travels and delicious experiences. As we welcome in 2012, I hope you enjoy reading about my fun foodie adventures this year and all the new things we are up to and have on the horizon. — Kathy


Tasty Travels

Spring travels in 2011 took my crew and me to Ocean Shores where I hosted the 5th Annual Razor Clam Fest — and ate a LOT of chowder! Then it was off to New York to present at the  with Charlotte Voisey and Jamie Boudreau as well as Small Screen Network for our seminar, Three Mixologists — Three Cocktails — Three Ways.

My crew and me on our way back from the Razor Clam Fest at Ocean Shores!

Then I was off to Austin for the annual IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Conference where I presented a seminar on bitters. This annual event brings in a slew of professional culinarians from all over the world. In our downtime I zipped around the city with chef pals to check out the Austin Food Trailer scene — cool stuff!

A flight of bitters for our presentation at IACP

Summer travels started off in New Orleans where I presented a hit seminar on H2O Cocktails with Tony Abou- Ganim at Tales of the Cocktail. Our seminar was picked as one of the top by our peers! H2O cocktails were so well received that there was a slew of press and blogs featuring them. Check out Difford’s Guide and Camper English’s blog Alcademics and my guest article for (I’m excited to start planning for 2012’s Tales of the Cocktail — it will be their 10th anniversary — but in the meantime check out Tales of the Cocktail on Tour: Vancouver this Feb in Vancouver B.C., Canada.)


Then it was off to Newport Beach, California for the Flavor Experience Conference where my team and I presented a seminar on Creativity and Creating New Cocktails and cooked up lots of great ideas with our client Monin, including our Soda Jerk Station! Here’s what we served:

Flash Carbonated Vodka and Sour Cherry & Lime Soda

Red Velvet Milk Shake
Dark chocolate, vanilla ice cream and bites of red velvet fudge cake
topped with a cream cheese frosting whip

Pineapple Split Milk Shake
Roasted pineapple and banana mingle with vanilla ice cream and dark chocolate
topped with marshmallow whip, nuts and a cherry

Berrylicious Chocolate Chip Shortcake Bites
Bite-sized chocolate chip shortcakes smothered with summer berries
crowned with a dollop of double berry whipped cream

Cameo, Me and Heather dressed up as soda jerks during the Flavor Experience!

Fall travels took me to back to California, this time to Napa Valley to present at the Culinary Institute of America’s Worlds of Flavor conference with Paramount Citrus. Heather and Travis shook up over 4,000 cocktails that week including my Pacifica, made with fresh pressed pineapple, kaffir lime leaves, freshly squeezed Paramount lime juice, agave nectar, silver tequila and mandarin-infused vodka, then all topped with coconut foam!

Fall and Winter travels took me all-over North America from San Francisco to Dallas to Chicago to Toronto to Miami — but the highlight was my trip to France with Cointreau. But to backtrack a little bit, I was a mentor again for the annual Cointreau Bar-Star Mix-Off Competition at last year’s Tales of the Cocktail. Four finalists are challenged to create a cocktail on the fly from a table of fresh ingredients in front a panel of judges. With the help of their mixologist mentor, the finalists go at it for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to France! New York’s Luigi Tarantino chose me as his mentor and we were off. After much discussion, he created the winning cocktail (recipe below)! Not only did he win a trip to France but as a mentor, I won a trip to France too!

Luigi and me after they announced the winners!

The Winning Cointreau Cocktail by Luigi Tarantino

Cointreau’ling Kamikazes
Created by Luigi Tarantino (Now on the menu at Tosca Café, Bronx, NY)

1 thyme sprig
5 raspberries
3/4 oz Cointreau®
3/4 oz Campari
1/4 oz yuzu juice
1 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon
1/2 oz simple syrup
Garnish: Sprig of thyme, raspberry

In a mixing glass, muddle thyme and raspberries, add remaining cocktail ingredients. Fill with ice, cap and shake, Strain into a martini or coupe glass. Garnish.

Citrus peels used in the making of Cointreau

Visiting Cointreau headquarters just outside of Angers in the Loire Valley was super amazing — I can still smell the beautiful orange peels as I write this!

After touring around the French countryside and eating and drinking way too much, we headed back to Paris where I was able to meet up with my Twitter friend @52Martinis for cocktails. If you’re headed to Paris in the future, be sure to check out her blog for all the best places to drink in the city.

Alfred Countreau leads us on a tour of the distillery

Then it was back to reality and the frenzy of setting up for our Annual Holiday Extravaganza & Open House at the Food Studios. Once a year we open our doors and invite everyone to come and enjoy some sips and apps and offer our “Over 21” Real Fruit Cakes made with Maker’s Mark, housemade preserves, and Dish D’Lish® and Liquid Kitchen™ retail items as well as candies and baked goods. Whew — we had a huge turn out and it was so great to see so many friends and end the year with a bang!

One of the many d’lish goods we made for my annual Holiday Extravaganza

“Over 21” Real Fruit Cakes made with Maker’s Mark

For the new year, I’ll have to pack extra warm…
because I will be heading next month to Kiev, Ukraine to help open the brand new Fairmont Grand Hotel! Make sure you follow me on Twitter (@KathyCaseyChef) where I’ll make sure to keep you all updated with fun news and tasty pics from Kiev!


Serious Sippin’ with the Liquid Kitchen


I’m excited to announce that we’ll be filming the 3rd Season soon! I covered lots of libatious drinks during the 2ndSeason, including a Zen Garden, a Platinum Sparkle (which was also feature in Food & Wine: Cocktails 2011 in which I wrote the Vodka Chapter) a Spirited Chocolate Covered Cherry Milkshake and a crowd pleasing Spiked Iced Tea Punch. Guest episodes include a spot with Tim Master of Frederick Wildman & Sons to educate us on mezcal and share his Maguey Harvest cocktail.

And if you’ve ever wondered how maraschino cherries were made — follow me on an episode that takes you from Orchard to Jar. Stay tuned to Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen, for a new episode every Tuesday!

Tim Master and me getting ready to make a tasty Maguey Harvest cocktail

Want to make a cocktail at home just like the pros do, but can never find the right restaurant/bar quality tools? Look no further than my Liquid Kitchen Cocktail Kit! It’s all the equipment that I use. It comes with a Liquid Kitchen logo’ed Boston tin shaker and pint glass, a channel knife, a metal two sided jigger, Hawthorn strainer and a julep strainer. All you need is the booze, ice and you’re on your way to a faboo drink!

And to help get you started with a great winter cocktail recipe, I penned this guest article for I write all about winter citrus and share my recipes for a Citrus 75 and Grapefruit Negroni.


Libatious Reads

If you’re inclined to cozy up to a good read about cocktails, read up on my good friend Jim Meehan’s new book The PDT (Please Don’t Tell) Cocktail Book. Fashioned around the famed NY bar, it’s filled with over 300 cocktail recipes and a few behind the scenes moments of his bar.


Another couple of must have cocktail books are the “new” Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide. Mixologist Jonathan Pogash updated this bar classic and added new recipes from a wide variety of other mixologists and bartenders, including my recipe for a Rosemary Clementine Sparkle.

For those of you that geek out over ingredients and like to get down to the specifics, bitters enthusiasts will love Brad Thomas Parsons’ book BITTERS and if you’ve just always wanted to know everything about vermouth then Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown’s The Mixellany Guide to Vermouth and Other Apertifs is the book for you. I got some ink in with my Tuscan Martini that has a grappa & lemon-infused dry vermouth in it.


If you’re looking for spirited news about the Pacific Northwest, then be sure to check out Sip Northwest magazine. Covering all things from new distilleries and spirits to the latest and the hottest craft cocktail bars, Sip Northwest is a new must read quarterly magazine. Make sure you check out my feature column Shake, Swizzle & Stir — this issue I shake it up with Aviation Gin and Woodinville Headlong White Dog Whiskey, and visit Liberty Bar in Seattle and Clyde Common in Portland.

Dishing with Kathy Casey – On-Air and Online


Catch me throughout the weekend for Dishing with Kathy Casey on KOMO News Radio to hear about what’s in season, recipe tips as well as neighborhood hot spots and restaurant news. Link back to my blog Dishing with Kathy Casey for everything I dish up on the show, recipes, links and other helpful info.


Cook Up Some Fun with Cuties Citrus!

Photo by Kathy Casey Food Studios

Clementine Salad with Fennel, Feta and Honey Citrus Dressing
This salad is great as a starter, or as an entrée topped with grilled chicken or shrimp. When in season, a scattering of pomegranate seeds is a festive addition. Whole Cuties are blended in the dressing for a zesty twist!

Makes 4 entrée servings or 6-8 starter servings

1 large or 2 small fennel bulbs, trimmed
Cuties Clementines
6 cups spring mixed greens (about 5 oz.)
Honey Citrus Dressing (recipe follows)
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Finely shave fennel with a sharp knife or mandoline, and crisp in ice water for 10 minutes. Spin dry before using. Cut peel off Cuties, trim away all white pith, then cut fruit into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Set fruit aside.

Toss greens and fennel with 1/2 cup of dressing to coat nicely. Serve salad on a large platter or divide among individual plates. Top with sliced Cuties and sprinkle with feta. Drizzle with a little extra dressing if desired.

Honey Citrus Dressing
Quick and easy this dressing can be easily doubled or tripled. It’s a snap to make in a Vitamix blender.

Makes 2 cups

2 Cuties Clementines, peeled and torn into quarters
1/2 cup cider vinegar
2 Tbsp minced shallots
1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt or Dish D’Lish French Seasoning Salt
2 Tbsps honey
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®


Where to Catch Kathy Next

Foodportunity: Monday, February 6th, 6:00pm — 9:00pm
Palace Ballroom – Seattle

Come join me for Frantic Foodie Keren Brown’s next Foodportunity event. I’ll be on a special panel alongside chef Lisa Dupar, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese’s Kurt Beecher Dammeier and CakeSpy’s Jessie Oleson. There will be lively conversation and lots of tasty bites offered by the Palace Ballroom, Rover’s and Luc, Local 360, The Coterie Room and so much more. Make sure you get your tickets soon and I hope to see you there!

Save the Date:
VIBE Conference – Las, Vegas, NV – March 13th & 14th
6th Annual Razor Clam Festival – Ocean Shores, WA – March 24th
Flavor Summit – Greystone, CA – April 19th – 21st

Cheers to a bright and flavorful 2012! — Kathy

Don’t forget to check my D’lish column with DList Magazine and my posts on Amazon’s Al Dente blog too!


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Posted by Kathy Casey on January 19th, 2012  |  Comments Off on Dishing with Kathy Casey: The Newsletter |  Posted in Restaurants, Amazon, Books to Cook, Cocktails, Conferences, Foodie News, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Newsletter, Recent Posts, Recipes, salads, Small Screen Network, Tasty Travels

Holiday Pairings: Purity Punch & Warm Almond-Crusted Brie with Apple Chutney

Looking for a quick and easy holiday sip and app for Purity Punch & Warm Almond Crusted Brie Crostini with Apple Chutney
your next party?

Well, a punch is the perfect solution. You can make them in advance (like my Purity Punch) and then just serve up over ice or let guests help themselves. (Make sure you have a nice punch bowl to serve it in like this one!) Serve with Warm Almond Crusted Brie Crostini with Apple Chutney (as seen to the right alongside my Purity Punch; Photo by Kathy Casey Food Studios® – Liquid Kitchen) makes for a perfect pairing. Happy Holidays! – Kathy

For the recipes, continue reading on Amazon’s Al Dente Blog.

Posted by Kathy Casey on December 20th, 2011  |  Comments Off on Holiday Pairings: Purity Punch & Warm Almond-Crusted Brie with Apple Chutney |  Posted in Amazon, appetizers, Cocktails, Recent Posts, Recipes, Snacks

Lessons in Mezcal: The Maguey Harvest Cocktail

Mezcal is a fantastic spirit, offering a variety of subtle nuances and rich flavor. Often compared to tequila, they are worlds apart! Both are made from agave plants (blue agave specifically for tequila while mezcal can be made from a variety of agaves) and are particular to regions in Mexico.

I invited special guest Tim Master, Director of Specialty Spirits Division and Trade Education at Frederick Wildman & Sons, to the set of Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen for this special episode on mezcal. He brought samples of Ilegal Mezcal to try and showed us how to make his Maguey Harvest cocktail, a versatile drink that can be served cold or warm! The Ilegal Mezcal Reposado has a smokiness akin to whiskey and pairs well with the apple cider, lemon juice and cinnamon syrup. Perfect for a holiday party or a great way to warm up during the winter chills!

Salud! -Kathy

Posted by Kathy Casey on December 12th, 2011  |  Comments Off on Lessons in Mezcal: The Maguey Harvest Cocktail |  Posted in Amazon, Cocktails, Foodie News, Lifestyle

Keeping Warm During the Holiday Celebrations with a Punch!

With the holidays upon us, it’s time to celebrate! And nothing says celebration than being around your family, friends and loved ones… with a good glass of punch! In the winter, hot punches full of wine and spice can keep your guests warm after a long trip through the chilly weather.

My Cuties Spiced White Wine (as seen to the right, Cuties Spiced White Wine
Photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen) is the perfect remedy to warm you up during the holidays or sip throughout the party festivities. The Cuties Clementines add a fragrant kick to this party sipper while mingling with the other ingredients and playing well with both the white wine and St. Germain liqueur. For a mulled wine like this, I recommend using StoneCap Chardonnay, a fantastic Washington white wine. For a truly non-alcoholic and super kid-friendly version, sub out the white wine, liqueur and brown sugar with apple cider. Most importantly, don’t forget to serve it in a fabulous punch bowl!

Continue reading on Amazon’s Al Dente Blog.

Posted by Kathy Casey on November 24th, 2011  |  Comments Off on Keeping Warm During the Holiday Celebrations with a Punch! |  Posted in Amazon, Cocktails, Lifestyle

Holiday Sippin’: Ginger Rouge Cocktail

Fresh ginger, cranberries and orange make for a zesty syrup Ginger Rouge Cocktailwhen blended together. Not only does this housemade syrup add fantastic taste to a cocktail, but it adds a beautiful rouge tint to a drink, which is perfect for some holiday sipping!

On this week’s video of Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen™, I make a Ginger Rouge Cocktail! After making my Housemade Zesty Cranberry Ginger Syrup and letting it cool, I puree it until its smooth using my Vitamix Barboss Advance. Shake in that alongside gin, vodka OR gold rum (your choice!) and Angostura bitters and you’ll have a beautiful and delicious cocktail to sip the night away!

Enjoy! -Kathy

***Make sure to follow @LiquidKitchenTV on Twitter for other sippin’ ideas!***

Posted by Kathy Casey on November 15th, 2011  |  Comments Off on Holiday Sippin’: Ginger Rouge Cocktail |  Posted in Amazon, Cocktails, Fruit, Lifestyle, 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, Foodie News, Lifestyle, Recent Posts

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

***Don’t forget to check out the Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen Facebook page too!***

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

Barrel-aged cocktail: JBT Blue?!

JBT BlueFrom wines to beers as well as spirits, barrel-ageing is a wonderful process that adds subtle hints of flavor to an already wonderful complex notes. But barrel-ageing a cocktail? It can be done! Trend setting mixologists and bartenders, such as Portland’s Jeffery Morgenthaler, have been experimenting with aged cocktails with some faboo results!

On this week’s video of Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen™, I make a JBT Blue! This is a spirit-forward cocktail recipe that combines bourbon, silver tequila, triple sec, red vermouth and Campari. Poured into a barrel, this cocktail is aged for about three weeks. Once aged to my liking, I pour enough for one cocktail, stir with ice and garnish with a maraschino cherry!

Cheers! -Kathy

***Curious about barrel-aging your own cocktails? Check out Woodinville Whiskey Company for their stock on small or large barrels!

Posted by Kathy Casey on October 26th, 2011  |  Comments Off on Barrel-aged cocktail: JBT Blue?! |  Posted in Amazon, Cocktails, Foodie News, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes