Fruit

Slow Cooker Comfort

After a busy day there is nothing better than coming home to a delicious, ready-to-eat meal. Yes! It’s time to dust off the crock pot!

When gloomy weather has you feeling a little down, a warm and hearty meal can be so comforting. You can do all the prep in the morning, and dinner can be ready right when you walk in the door! Simply “Set It and Forget It”!

Slow Cookers are wonderful way to utilize tougher cuts of big-flavored meat. Think juicy brisket, flavorful chili, spicy pork, or a delicious lamb curry. My recipe for Curry Chicken Thighs with Apples and Yogurt is a household favorite – it’s bursting with flavor!

And crock pots aren’t just for entrees either – I also love to make a batch of Slow-Cooker Citrus Maple Oatmeal.  Top it with some Greek yogurt, dried fruits, or coconut milk – it’s the perfect way to start off a lazy Sunday morning!

And the best part about these cozy meals? They make incredible leftovers! So turn on your crock pot and let d’liciousness simmer away!
-Kathy

Curry Chicken Thighs with Apples and Yogurt
Makes about 6 servings

1 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons curry powder
4 green cardamom seed pods, crushed
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups plain yogurt
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped celery
¼ cup dried black currants or raisins
2 Granny Smith apples, unpeeled, cored and cut in 6 wedges each
1 large red bell pepper, cut in 1-inch dice
Fresh Italian parsley, cilantro and mint, very coarsely chopped or torn
Steamed rice or potatoes as an accompaniment

In a large bowl whisk together the apple juice, cornstarch and flour until smooth. Then whisk in the curry powder, cardamom pods, coriander seeds, chili flakes, salt, sugar and yogurt.

Add the chicken to the marinade and stir to combine. Place the mixture in the slow cooker and add in the following order: onion, celery, currants or raisins, apples and bell pepper. Cover, set cooker to high and cook for about 7 to 8 hours.

Garnish with the fresh herbs. Serve with rice or potatoes.

Recipe created by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

Slow-Cooker Citrus Maple Oatmeal
Be sure to use steel cut oats for this preparation. Serve with some fun toppings, like fresh blueberries or sliced bananas—and brown sugar for those who like their oats a touch sweeter.

Makes enough for 6 servings

3 Sunkist® Cara Cara Oranges, juiced
1 1/2 cups water
2 cups milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together orange juice, water, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. Generously spray inside of a 3-4 quart slow-cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Add oats and then pour in liquid mixture; stir. Set cooker to low heat and cook for 7-8 hours.

Recipe © Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

Oatmeal Any Time of Day

Oatmeal. We know that it makes for a hearty breakfast. The reason is that it contains soluble fiber (that stays in the stomach) helping you feel fuller, longer. This can keep you from overeating!

Eating just a half cup of oatmeal a day is enough to reap its many health benefits, such as supporting weight loss and boosting heart health to name a few.

There are a lot of varieties of oatmeal on the shelves today. Let me break it down for you. Steel-cut oats are the whole oat grain and bran, and are chopped with steel blades. Rolled oats are de-hulled then steamed and flattened between two rollers. Instant oats are steamed longer and completely cooked before dried. The less processed the oats are, the more fiber they will contain, and the more health benefits can be gained from eating them.

On the weekend, I like to cook a big batch of steel cut oats, let them cool, then layer it in 1/2 pint jars with dried fruits, nuts and seeds. Screw on the jar lids and refrigerate for the week. In the morning just remove the lid and then heat with a little fat free coconut milk in the microwave for a quick and healthy breakfast on the go!

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Who’s ready for a slice of Sunkist Orange Upside-Down Oat Cake?

And don’t forget about baking with oatmeal! My favorite is Orange Upside-Down Oat Cake! Great for a special brunch topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt. D’lish! –Kathy

Orange Upside-Down Oat Cake
Great for a hearty dessert or even as a breakfast cake, served with a dollop of Greek yogurt. Read all the way through recipe before starting. It is important to use a nonstick pan and to turn the cake out of the pan 5 minutes after removing from the oven.

Makes 1 (9-inch) round cake, serving 8 to 10

Oats
2/3 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup golden raisins
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 Tbsp. Sunkist Orange zest
3/4 cup boiling water

Orange Layer
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 large Sunkist Navel Orange, peel on, ends cut off and sliced into 8 to 10 thin slices

Batter
2/3 cup, packed, brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix oats, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest in a heat-proof container, and pour measured boiling water over mixture. Let sit for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the pan and orange layer: put the butter in a 9-inch nonstick round cake pan and place in the oven until the butter is just melted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle with the 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, and then lay out the orange slices in a pretty pattern.

To make the batter: In a mixer (or large bowl), combine the 2/3 cup brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg and oil, and mix well. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, soda and salt, and then add this mixture to the sugar mixture. Add plumped oat mixture and pecans, and mix until well combined.

Without disturbing the orange layer, add batter into the cake pan carefully, and then lightly rap pan on counter to release any bubbles. Bake in preheated oven for about 45 to 55 minutes, or until cake is golden and tests done.

Let sit for 5 minutes after removing from oven. Loosen sides of cake from pan with a table knife, and then immediately invert cake onto a large plate. Let cool before serving.

Chef Notes:

  • Try adding 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom to the oat mixture for a different spice-flavor profile.
  • Great to serve for brunch; this cake is very moist, so you can make it a couple of days ahead.
  • Photo and Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios® for Sunkist®.

    Posted by Kathy on February 13th, 2020  |  Comments Off on Oatmeal Any Time of Day |  Posted in breakfast, dessert, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Fruit, Recent Posts, Recipes

    Juicing for Joy

    As you walk the isle of the grocery store these days, you’ll soon notice the rows and rows of new juices readily available. What is all this juicy business? Well for starters, it’s an easy and d’lish way to get your recommended daily allotment of fruits and vegetables, and not to mention lots of vitamins and nutrients.

    So what to do? Got the bucks to buy a bottle? It is pretty convenient to pop into a shop and pick up your favorite blend but over time it can be more expensive than your daily cup of joe.

    How about buying a home juicer? Making juice from home can be an investment in time and money up front but with a little planning it truly is the best way to enjoy a juice filled lifestyle and the fresher the juice, the better the health benefits too!

    Here’s a favorite blend of mine that you can play with the proportions to fit your pallet. I suggest doing 3 parts veggie or root juice to 1 part fruit juice and any salty, spicy or sour juices should be added to taste.

    Beets ( In addition to being sweet and oh so pretty, they are high in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory benefits)
    Celery (It has a touch of natural saltiness, bright flavor, and it’s a natural diuretic)
    Slice of fresh ginger
    Apple
    Lemon Juice

    Want a powerful punch of antioxidants? How about whipping up a delicious Green Juice like this one from Sunkist.


    Photo from Sunkist.com

    Made with fresh squeezed grapefruit and orange juice, fresh pressed cider , ginger, and kale juice.  Yum!

    Oh and did I mention that fresh veggie juices are great  as a mixer for cocktails too! That’s right. The juicing trend is moving into Happy Hour. Here is one of my favorite cocktails for spring: Make it with your favorite gin!

    Carrot Collins
    Honey Mint Carrot Collins

    The carrot juice adds a subtle sweetness and a beautiful color, while playing well with the botanicals of the gin. Find this recipe and more at www.liquidkitchen.com

    Happy Juicing!  –Kathy

    Posted by Kathy on January 23rd, 2020  |  Comments Off on Juicing for Joy |  Posted in breakfast, citrus, Cocktails, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Foodie News, Fruit, Kathy Casey, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, orange, Recent Posts, root vegetables, vegetables

    Toast the Season with Cranberries

    Whether you like them as a side sauce cozied to turkey or made into a holiday garland with popcorn, nothing is as perfect for the holidays than cranberries!

    Seasonal foods just naturally go together. The apple, for example, is the perfect foil for its seasonal cousin the cranberry. They’re great together in my Apple Cranberry Tart with Walnut Crust and Cranberry Semifreddo. How about a salad of winter greens with slices of crisp galas and spicy toasted walnuts tossed with my favorite holiday dressing, Cranberry Citrus Vinaigrette.

    But hey you can get crafty with them, too! For an impressive DIY holiday gift, try whipping up a batch of Crimson Cranberry Sage Vinegar to give out this year. Thread cranberries on a skewer and slip into a decorative clear bottle. Poke in a few sprigs of fresh sage, then add a pinch of sugar and salt to champagne vinegar – whisk together then pour into the bottles, covering the cranberries and sage. Cap and let sit at least one week before using. This vinegar makes a splendid and  colorful gift.

    So grab a few extra bags of fresh cranberries while they are in season and freeze a few bags for enjoying later. -Kathy

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    (Photo from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table)

    Washington Apple-Cranberry Tart with Walnut Crust & Cranberry Semifreddo
    Makes 10 servings

    Filling
    1 tablespoon butter
    4 pounds Gala apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges (6 cups)
    1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
    2 tablespoons brandy
    2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    1/2 cup sugar
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

    Crust
    8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 egg, separated
    3 egg yolks
    2 1/2 cups flour
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup very finely chopped walnuts
    2 tablespoons sanding or coarse sugar

    Cranberry Semifreddo (recipe follows)
    10 fresh or frozen cranberries for garnishing

    To make the filling, heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat and add the apples and cranberries. Stir in the brandy and lemon juice, then add the sugar and cinnamon. Cook until the apples are just wilted but still firm, and the juices have evaporated and cooked out; the mixture should be almost dry, not wet. Transfer to a shallow pan and cool in the refrigerator while making the crust.

    Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9- or 10-inch springform pan with a parchment round. Lightly butter the sides of the pan and the parchment, or spray with vegetable-oil cooking spray. Set aside.

    To make the crust, in a mixing bowl, beat the butter with the sugars on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the vanilla and the 4 egg yolks, one at a time, beating a few seconds after each. Beat until smooth and light, about 1 minute. (Reserve the egg white.)

    In a medium bowl, mix the flour, salt, and walnuts, then add the flour mixture to the egg mixture in 2 parts, mixing on low until just combined.

    Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces. Put a piece of the dough into the prepared pan and press it out evenly on the bottom and up 1 1/2 inches on the sides. (If the dough is too soft to work with, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 10 to 20 minutes to slightly firm up.) Pile the cooled filling into the dough-lined pan.

    On a lightly floured surface such as a cardboard disk or big piece of plastic wrap, press the remaining piece of dough into a round 9 or 10 inches in diameter, depending on the size of your springform pan. Slide the dough onto the filling and press it into place. This top crust should fit just inside the dough that extends up the sides of the pan and come all the way to its edges. Carefully seal the seam where the top joins the side dough, making sure the edges are straight and even.

    Whip the reserved egg white in a small bowl until slightly frothy. Brush the top crust lightly with the egg white and poke the top with a fork in 5 places. Sprinkle with the sanding sugar.

    Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling out a bit. Cool to just slightly warm or room temperature before removing the pan sides. You might want to run a knife along the sides before unmolding. (When serving, be sure that the parchment paper is not stuck to the tart.)

    To serve, slice the tart into 10 wedges. Place each wedge on a dessert plate. Top with a nice scoop of the semifreddo and garnish with a cranberry.

    Cranberry Semifreddo
    Makes about 10 servings

    2 eggs, separated
    1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
    2 tablespoons cranberry juice cocktail
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
    2 tablespoons superfine sugar
    1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

    Let the eggs come to room temperature while you proceed with the recipe.

    Combine the cranberries, juice, and 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until the cranberries pop, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool, then purée until smooth.

    In a medium stainless-steel bowl, whisk the egg yolks, remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and cranberry purée. Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water, taking care that the bowl does not touch the water. Whisk until the mixture is thickened and hot—but be careful not to overcook (scramble) the egg mixture; this takes about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the mascarpone. Keep whisking until the mixture cools down, then refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

    Meanwhile, in a thoroughly clean and grease-free mediuim mixer bowl, whip the egg whites on high speed with an electric mixer until they just start to get frothy. Start sprinkling in the superfine sugar and whip until the whites are peaking. Gently fold the whipped egg whites into the chilled cranberry mixture.

    Whip the cream until stiff, then gently fold it into the cranberry mixture, taking care not to lose volume.

    Spoon the mixture into a 4-cup plastic container with a lid. Tap the container on a counter to release any bubbles, then smooth the top. Close the container, then place in a freezer for at least 8 hours, or until frozen.

    Recipe from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table Cookbook

    Cranberry Citrus 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 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 up to 3 weeks.

    Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

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    Crimson Cranberry Sage Vinegar
    Makes 6 cups

    1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
    Fresh Sage
    1 large shallot, peeled and quartered
    6 cups white wine vinegar or distilled white vinegar
    2 teaspoons sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt

    Arrange the cranberries and shallot attractively in 2 clear glass wine bottles (you can skewer the cranberries, if you like, on long wooden skewers).

    In a non-aluminum pan, bring the vinegar, sugar and salt to a boil. Immediately pour the liquid into the bottles, filling them 1 1/2 inches from the top. Let cool to room temperature, then cork. Let sit a minimum of 2 days before using. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 2 – 3 months, or refrigerate for up to 6 months.

    Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

    Posted by Kathy Casey on December 5th, 2019  |  Comments Off on Toast the Season with Cranberries |  Posted in dessert, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Fruit, KOMO Radio, other, Recent Posts, Recipes

    Apples

    A true sign of fall, apples are appearing everywhere right now. Think thick-caramel-coated-and-dipped-in-nuts or those sweet and tangy cups of fresh-pressed cider at the local market.

    The Northwest has always been the Mecca for amazing apples from glorious Gala Apples with their wonderful perfume and sweet flavor under a lovely red and pink striped exterior, to the sexy pink ladies! The list goes on and on.

    For pie lovers, nothing is as iconic as good ol’ classic American apple pie. Some of my favorite ways to switch it up is adding grated cheddar to the crust and tossing some fall cranberries into the filling. Yum!

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    Photo from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table
    Who’s ready for pie? I know I am!
     

    But in addition to treats and desserts, there are bushels of other great ways to cook with apples. Try a quick sauté of sliced apples, chopped bacon, and onions then finish it off with a quick vinaigrette and tossed with baby spinach leaves for a tasty and warm supper salad.

     

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    Photo by Kathy Casey Food Studios
     

    Just remember, one of the most important tips is to always keep your apples refrigerated. At 70 degrees apples break down and become soft 10 times faster than if refrigerated. And we all like that crisp apple crunch! –Kathy

     

    Apple Cranberry Pie With Cheddar Cheese Crust

    Makes 1 9-inch pie.

    Cheddar Cheese Crust

    2 cups flour
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/3 cup shredded Tillamook Cheddar cheese
    1/3 cup shortening or lard
    6 Tbsp. cold butter, cut in small pieces
    4 Tbsp. cold water

     

    Pie Filling

    1 1/2 cups sugar
    3/4 tsp. cinnamon
    1/4 tsp. nutmeg
    3 Tbsp. flour
    7 cups 1/8- to 1/4-inch-sliced apples, peeled and cored (about 2 – 2 1/2 lb.)
    3/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
    2 Tbsp. cold butter, cut in small pieces
    milk and sugar for topping

     

    To make the crust: In a large bowl combine flour, salt and cheddar and mix evenly. Cut in shortening and butter until particles are pea-sized. Sprinkle in cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and mix with a fork just until dough comes together in a ball. Do not overmix dough. (If dough is too soft to handle, press gently into a disk and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.)

     

    Divide dough into 2 pieces then roll out into 2 circles.

     

    On a lightly floured surface roll one dough piece out to a bit bigger than your pan. Brush excess flour off of crust, then gently roll up crust onto rolling pin. Unroll into pie pan and press/fit crust into pan. Roll crust over at edges, trimming off any excess dough, then crimp with fingers to make a pretty crust edge. With a fork poke the pie crust all over so crust doesn’t bubble up when baking.

     

    Cover the other dough piece (the pie pastry top crust) with plastic wrap while making the filling.

     

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

     

    To make filling: In a large bowl toss together the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, apples and cranberries. Mound apple mixture evenly into pastry-lined pie pan. Dot apples with butter and cover with top crust. Seal and flute edges with fingertips. Make several slits on the top to allow steam to escape. For a shiny, sugary top brush top crust lightly with milk and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

     

    Bake in preheated 425-degree oven for 10 minutes then reduce the heat to 375 degrees and bake for about 50 minutes more or until crust is nicely browned and apples are cooked through.

     

    Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

     

     

    Spinach & Apple Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

    This salad is delicious as a starter, or serve it as an entrée topped with grilled chicken breast and crumbled blue cheese.

    Makes 6 servings as a starter salad

     

    6 cups baby spinach

    Vinaigrette

    1/3 cup fresh-squeezed Sunkist Lemon juice
    2 tsp. Dijon mustard
    2 Tbsp. sugar
    1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
    1/4 tsp. salt
    2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

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    1/4 cup finely diced raw bacon
    1 apple, cored and cut into thin slices
    1/2 cup thinly sliced white onion
    2 tsp. minced fresh garlic

     

    Place spinach in a large, heat-proof bowl and refrigerate until ready to dress salad.

    In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, mustard, sugar, pepper, salt

    and olive oil. Set vinaigrette aside.

     

    In a small nonstick pan, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until three-quarters done, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the apple, onion and garlic and stir for about 1 minute. Add the reserved vinaigrette to the hot pan. Immediately remove from heat and pour over reserved spinach mixture.

    Toss until salad is well coated with dressing, and serve immediately.

     

    Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

    Posted by Kathy on October 10th, 2019  |  Comments Off on Apples |  Posted in dessert, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Fruit, Kathy Casey, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, salads, Snacks, vegetables

    The Classic Upside Down Cake gets a Creative Spin

    Not many desserts bring out a warm sense of old fashioned home cooking as much as an upside down cake. Think classic with those rings of pineapple, bright red cherries and oozy buttery brown sugar.

    Upside down cakes are pretty straight forward: gooey sugary business on the bottom, topped with fruit then cake batter. Bake, flip and serve!

    Pineapple Upside Down Cake
    Here’s the Classic
    ! But we are going to get creative!

    From peaches to pears to pineapple, almost any fruit can get the upside down treatment with this cake. And you can get creative with the cake batter too, like with my Spiced Pear Ginger Bread & Hazelnut Upside Down Cake, it’s unusual in several ways. For one thing, the cake layer is a gingerbread batter. For another, it’s baked in a Bundt pan. And it’s highly spiced and aromatic — ginger along with cloves, nutmeg and lots of cinnamon. And did I mention the cake’s enriched with hazelnuts?

    Or for a morning treat how about a Breakfast Oatmeal Apple Upside Down Cake. This moist cake is not too sweet and is a real treat for a weekend brunch. My testing and tasting team even liked it topped with a pouf of yogurt.

    If sweets aren’t your thing, try my Savory Onion Upside Down Cake made with caramelized onions, fresh thyme, baked up with an olive oil and herb studded quick bread topping. Perfect along with a green salad or a hearty bowl of homemade soup!

    So, consider upside down cakes for your next breakfast, supper or dessert. –Kathy

    Spiced Pear Gingerbread Hazelnut Upside Down Cake
    Makes 1 Bundt cake, serving 10 to 12

    Pears
    1 Tbsp butter
    2 cups 1/2-inch-diced, firm, ripe pear with skin, cored (about 2 pears or one very large pear)
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 tsp ground cinnamon

    Batter
    3/4 cup boiling water
    3/4 cup molasses
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    2 cups flour
    1/8 tsp ground cloves
    1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    3/8 tsp ground nutmeg
    3/4 tsp ground ginger
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 1/4 tsp baking powder
    6 Tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
    3/4 cup sugar
    1 egg
    1 1/2 tsp very finely minced fresh ginger
    1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    To prepare the pears: In a 10-inch skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium high heat. Add the diced pears, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon to the pan. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, until the pears are slightly caramelized and somewhat soft. Spoon mixture into the bottom of a 10-cup, non-stick Bundt pan.

    To make the cake batter: In a medium bowl combine the boiling water, molasses, and baking soda. Set aside.

    In a separate bowl, combine the flour, dry spices, salt and baking powder, and mix well. Set aside.

    In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and fresh ginger, and mix well. Add molasses mixture and reserved dry ingredients, alternately, beginning and ending with the liquid, and mixing after each addition. Finally, add the chopped hazelnuts.

    Spoon batter gently into Bundt pan over the pears and then lightly rap pan on counter to release any bubbles. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cake tests done. (When done, cake may not entirely fill the Bundt pan. Don’t worry; this is normal for this recipe.)

    Cool to room temperature before inverting.

    Recipe © Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

    Breakfast Oatmeal Apple Upside Down Cake
    Makes 1 10-inch round cake, serving 8 to 10

    Batter
    2/3 cup rolled oats
    1/2 cup golden raisins
    3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
    1 cup boiling water
    2/3 cup, packed, brown sugar
    2/3 cup granulated sugar
    1 egg
    1/3 cup vegetable oil
    1 cup flour
    3/4 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt

    Apple layer
    1 Tbsp brown sugar
    1 Tbsp flour
    1/2 cup chopped pecans
    1 Gala apple, cored, skin on, sliced in thin wedges
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    vanilla yogurt (optional)

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 10-inch round cake pan with vegetable cooking spray, and set aside.

    Mix oats, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg in a heat-proof container, and pour measured boiling water over mixture. Let sit for 15 minutes.

    Meanwhile, prepare the apple layer: In a small bowl, mix together the 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, and the pecans, and pat out into the bottom of the cake pan. Then lay the apple slices out evenly on the brown sugar mixture. Set aside.

    In a large bowl, combine the 2/3 cup brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, and oil, and mix well. In a small bowl, mix together the 1 cup flour, soda and salt, then add to sugar mixture. Add plumped oat mixture and stir well.

    Without disturbing the apple layer, add batter into the cake pan carefully, and then lightly rap pan on counter to release any bubbles. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until cake tests done.

    Let sit 5 minutes after coming out of the oven, loosen sides of cake from pan with a table knife, and then immediately invert cake onto a large plate.

    Serve warm or at room temperature, topped with dollops of vanilla yogurt if desired.

    Recipe © Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

    Savory Caramelized Onion Upside Down Quick Bread
    Makes 1 10-inch savory cake, about 8 servings

    Onion layer
    1 Tbsp olive oil
    1/2 tsp butter
    2 large white onions, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch rounds
    1/2 cup garlic cloves, halved
    2 sprigs fresh thyme
    1 bay leaf
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 Tbsp white wine
    1 Tbsp red wine vinegar

    Batter
    2 cups flour
    3 Tbsp sugar
    1 Tbsp baking powder
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 cup olive oil
    3/4 cup whole milk
    2 eggs
    1 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
    1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    To prepare the onions: In a 10-inch skillet, heat olive oil and butter together over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, thyme and bay leaf. Cover, and cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes. Stir in 1/4 tsp salt, wine and vinegar, and continue cooking, covered, for another 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and very soft. Set aside in pan and cool to room temperature. Remove thyme stems and bay leaf. (You will be adding the cake batter to this pan.)

    To make the batter: In a large bowl, combine and mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add remaining ingredients, and mix till just combined.

    Spoon batter over onion mixture in the pan and bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until quick bread layer tests done.

    Remove from oven. Run a knife around edge, carefully invert hot skillet onto a large serving plate, and remove skillet. Any onion mixture remaining in pan can be scraped out with a spatula and spread on quick bread.

    Recipe © Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

    Posted by Kathy Casey on October 3rd, 2019  |  Comments Off on The Classic Upside Down Cake gets a Creative Spin |  Posted in breakfast, dessert, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Foodie News, Fruit, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, sides

    Fig-a-licious Fruit!

    Although I love them, figs are so much more than the iconic Fig Newton, which by the way was first sold dried in a commercially manufactured cookie in 1892. Who knew?

    Figs: they’re unusual, versatile, and even grow well here in Seattle. I have a fig tree in my backyard!

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    A plump fig growing in my back Urban Garden – ready to be picked!

    It’s best to pick figs when fully ripened. The fig is ready for harvest when it drops on the stem from its own weight. Pick with the stems attached, but always plan to use within a few days.

    Although in the kitchen we consider it a fruit, the fig is actually a flower that is inverted into itself. There are no blossoms on the tree’s branches; the blossom is inside the fig. Many tiny flowers produce the crunchy little seeds that give figs their unusual taste and texture.

    Figs are of course fabulous fresh, but you can also cook up some creative dishes with them too.

    One of my favorite apps is quick and easy: Roasted Figs with Gorgonzola and Walnuts. So easy to make. I love them paired with a delicious Manhattan made with House Spiced Vermouth – YUM!–Kathy

    Roasted Figs with Gorgonzola and Walnuts
    Makes about 24 to 30 pieces

    4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese
    1/4 cup chopped walnuts
    1 pint fresh figs, halved lengthwise

    Preheat an oven to 425°F. In a small bowl, mix the Gorgonzola and walnuts. Arrange the figs, cut side up, on an ungreased baking sheet, and top each piece with 1 generous teaspoon of the Gorgonzola mixture.

    Roast the figs for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until heated through and the cheese is hot. Let cool slightly and enjoy!

    Recipe © from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table Cookbook.

    Posted by Kathy on September 19th, 2019  |  Comments Off on Fig-a-licious Fruit! |  Posted in Books to Cook, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Fruit, KOMO Radio, Recipes, Small Screen Network, videos

    Bananas for Bananas

    Bananas, the ultimate naturally portable snack! Perfect for throwing into your purse or bag.

    Besides being deliciously handy, bananas are a great source of potassium while being low in sodium. They are a good source of Vitamin B6 as well as Vitamin C and dietary fiber, and are naturally fat free!

    If you’re thinking of a campfire-inspired treat, then consider this s’more alternative:

    Take an unpeeled banana and make a split lengthwise – just not all the way through. Carve a trough from end to end, keeping the peel. Munch on the removed banana to tide you over, while filling the trough with bits of marshmallow and chocolate and sprinkle with crumbled graham crackers. Wrap the whole thing in tin foil and stick it in the embers like a potato, or over a hot grill. After a little while, take it out and carefully unwrap. Yum!

    s'more banana
    Fun Photo from Tablespoon.

    And bananas are quite delicious with savory things as well. My recipe for Banana Pineapple Chutney is flavored up with warm spices such as ginger and allspice. It’s a fantastic way to zip up a grilled chicken breast, or even better with a pork chop.

    Any way you slice them (or even if you don’t), bananas are d’lish! –Kathy

    Banana Pineapple Chutney
    Great served with basmati rice and vegetable curries as well as grilled scallops, chicken, pork chops or ham.

    Makes 3 cups

    1/3 cup 1/4-inch-diced red onion
    1/2 cup 1/4-inch-diced red bell pepper
    2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
    1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
    2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
    1/8 tsp. ground allspice
    1/4 tsp. ground cloves
    3/4 tsp. salt
    3/4 cup white wine vinegar
    2 Tbsp. water
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    2 Tbsp. currants
    1 1/2 cups peeled and diced ripe fresh pineapple
    2 cups (about 2 large) firm underripe bananas, peeled, cut in half lengthwise then in 1/2-inch chunks

    In a heavy, wide, shallow, nonreactive pot, place all ingredients except the fruit. Bring to a boil over high heat and boil for about 4 minutes until mixture is syrupy and slightly reduced.

    Add currants and pineapple, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 1 minute. Gently fold in bananas and cook until just thickened, about 2 minutes more. Occasionally stir the mixture gently; do not stir roughly—you want to keep the fruit pieces’ integrity. Chutney should be thickened but still slightly juicy. If too dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.

    Remove from the heat and let cool. Refrigerate if not serving right away. Chutney should be slightly warm for serving.

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

    Posted by Kathy on May 16th, 2019  |  Comments Off on Bananas for Bananas |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Fruit, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes
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