Fruit

Huckleberries – A taste of Late Summer

It’s time to talk about huckleberries. This native Pacific Northwest berry is delicious in drinks, desserts, incorporated into dinners, or straight off the bush!

There are lots of places you can pick huckleberries and often you can get some great hiking in, too. Find a trail in the mountains that takes you roughly above 2,000 feet; huckleberries grow fine at sea-level, but really go wild in higher elevations. Look for bushes in meadows or along lakes. The Washington Trails Association has a great list of “huckleberry hikes.”

Just remember these 2 key pointers:

  1. Lots of berries grow in our neck of the woods, and not all of them are edible. Make sure to take a guidebook along to make sure you’re picking the right ones.
  2. Keep your eyes open for roaming animals. Our wildlife loves huckleberries as much as we do; you might even spot a bear so be careful!

And they’re not just for pie although I love them studded into an apple pie like in my Apple Huckleberry Pie with Spiced Crust.

One of my favorites is a savory Pan Seared Chicken Breast with Huckleberries, Blue Cheese & Port Sauce. Or how about roasted with slices of sweet potato – yum!

And if you’re headed to Portland anytime soon – drop into the Heathman Restaurant & Bar and try our Huckleberry Mule On-Tap. Made with ABSOLUT Vodka, fresh lime, and handcrafted ginger beer then topped with Liquid Kitchen Wild Huckleberry Preserves – yum! And Chef Michael Stanton is sure to have some tasty huckleberry menu items as well!

Huckleberry Mule
Huckleberry Mule on-tap!

These wild fall berries are delicious in almost anything! –Kathy

Apple Huckleberry Pie with Spiced Crust
Makes 1 9-inch pie

Crust
2 cups flour
2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp round nutmeg
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
12 Tbsps (1 1/2 sticks) cold butter, cut into small pieces
6 Tbsps ice water

Filling
1 cup sugar
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
3 Tbsps flour
2 Tbsps cornstarch
7 cups 1/8- to 1/4-inch-sliced, peeled and cored apples (about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds)
1 cup fresh wild huckleberries
milk and sugar for topping (optional)

To make the crust:In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, nutmeg and graham cracker crumbs and mix evenly. Cut in 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 2 disks and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.)

Divide dough into 2 pieces and press gently into disks. Refrigerate for about 10 – 15 minutes while you make the filling.

To make the filling: In a large bowl, toss together the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, cornstarch, apples and huckleberries. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Remove dough from the fridge and, on a lightly floured surface, roll dough out into 2 rounds, each about 12 inches in diameter. Brush excess flour from one crust, then gently roll up crust onto rolling pin. Unroll into pie pan and press/fit bottom crust into pan. Trim dough overhang to 1/2″.

Mound the fruit mixture evenly into pastry-lined pie pan. Brush edges of bottom crust lightly with water and then cover pie with top crust. Trim top crust overhang to 1 inch, then fold overhanging top-crust dough under edge of bottom crust overhang and tuck excess dough under, even with edge of pan. Seal and flute edges with fingertips to make a pretty crimp. Make several slits on the top to allow steam to escape. For a shiny, sugary top, brush top crust lightly with milk then sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Bake for 10 minutes at 425, 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®.

Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Huckleberries, Blue Cheese & Port Sauce
Makes 4 servings

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp clarified butter or olive oil plus more if needed
1 shallot, minced
2 large fresh sage leaves
3/4 cup port
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup crumbled Oregon blue cheese or other full-flavored blue cheese (about 2 ounces)
1/4 cup fresh wild huckleberries

Garnishes:
fresh sage leaves
crumbled blue cheese
fresh wild huckleberries

Read through the entire recipe before beginning, and have all ingredients ready within reach of the range.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Season chicken liberally on each side with salt and pepper. (If chicken breasts are really large, then lightly pound out a bit between sheets of plastic wrap.)

In a large, heavy, ovenproof nonstick skillet or sauté pan, heat the clarified butter over high heat until hot. Sear the chicken breasts for about 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook the chicken for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until juices run clear. Remove the pan from the oven, transfer chicken to a plate and keep warm.

Place the chicken-cooking pan over high heat and add the shallot and sage leaves to the pan. Cook for about 30 seconds, then stir in the port and mustard and scrape up the browned bits in the bottom of the pan to get all that good flavor into the sauce. Continuing cooking on high heat to reduce the port to 1/4 cup, about 1 1/2 minutes. Whisk in the chicken broth and cream, and reduce until saucy and almost glossy, about 4 minutes. Add the cheese and whisk in for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, then remove the sauce from heat and stir in the huckleberries.

Discard the sage leaves. Whisk in any accumulated juices from the resting chicken breasts, taste the sauce, and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.

To serve, plate the chicken breasts on dinner plates and drizzle with the sauce, dividing evenly. Garnish with fresh sage leaves and a sprinkling of cheese and huckleberries.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

Posted by Kathy Casey on September 18th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Restaurants, Cocktails, Foodie News, Fruit, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes, dessert, poultry

Summer Blackberries

Ahh blackberries… the glorious summer berry growing in backyards, parks, and all along our northwest trails. These delicious juicy little fruits are definitely worth the fight with the prickly bushes that they grow on – and your patience will be rewarded!

Not only are blackberries delicious, but they’re good for you! With one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any fruit – these berries are also a wonderful source of vitamins C and K as well as fiber.

Truth be told, I think blackberries really are a taste of summer, which is why they’re the perfect addition to a refreshing summer cocktail. Add them into a shaker tin with some fresh mint, lime juice, simple syrup and rum, and you have a wonderful (and easy to make) 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 d’lish Blackberry Pancakes topped with Citrusy Syrup.


Photo from Dishing with Kathy Casey.

Or how about a summer salad tossed with Blackberry Honey Vinaigrette – a sprinkling of toasted hazelnuts and fresh goat cheese – a great start to any summer meal.

Enjoy the last days of summer with a fresh bowl of blackberries! –Kathy

Blackberry Honey Vinaigrette
Toss with summer garden greens, and fat blackberries. Scatter with toasted hazelnuts and a crumbling of blue cheese or chevre. Dressing recipe can easily be doubled.

Makes about 1 generous cup of dressing.

1/2 cup fresh (or frozen) blackberries
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp Liquid Kitchen® No. 5130 honey or local honey
2 tsp Dijon mustard
6 Tbsp olive oil
Pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

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

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

Posted by Kathy Casey on September 4th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Cocktails, Foodie News, Fruit, Recent Posts, Recipes, breakfast, salads

Juicy, Summer Stone Fruits

One of my favorite things about summer is juicy stone fruits! What’s a stone fruit? Well, it’s anything with a pit in the center – think plums, juicy peaches, nectarines and apricots.

For some of you, visions of apricots and peaches may conjure up memories of canning with grandma. For others, they were the summer treat to enjoy under a shady tree with friends. Fresh-picked, sliced in a salad, baked in a pie, or shaken in a cocktail… the possibilities are endless.

And who does not like homemade Ginger Peach Sorbet! It’s easy to make. I like those freezable crank ice cream machines. Just keep the bowl part in the freezer so you’ll be ready to whip up a batch anytime.


My Blended Peach Whiskey Sour

For the adults try my recipe for a blended Peach Whiskey Sour, great to serve a crowd at a patio party.

And for those of you that live in the Northwest – Metropolitan Markets is celebrating Peach-O-Rama with juicy ripe super sweet peaches with a Brix level (sweetness) that is around 15 – sweet!

So enjoy the summer days with succulent stone fruits!–Kathy

Ginger Peach Sorbet
Makes about 4 cups.

1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. very finely minced fresh ginger
1/2 cup water
about 2 lb. fresh peaches (or enough to make 3 cups of puree)
2 Tbsps. fresh lime juice

Place sugar, ginger and water in a small sauce pan, stir and bring to a boil. Let cook about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, peel and pit peaches. If peaches don’t peel easily, then plunge them into a pot of rapidly boiling water for about 30 seconds and then into cold water to loosen skins before peeling.

Place peaches and lime juice in blender and puree until smooth. Combine peach puree with cooled ginger mixture. Chill mixture at least 30 minutes.

Place mixture in an ice cream freezer and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

Posted by Kathy Casey on August 21st, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Cocktails, Foodie News, Fruit, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes

Sweet & Summery Honey Cocktails

Cocktails sweetened with honey are perfect to sip on during these warm, summery evenings. And honey syrup is an easy way to that touch of sweetness instead of traditional simple syrup. Just combine 1 part warm water with 1 1/2 parts honey, stir till dissolved, and keep refrigerated for up to a week.


My Liquid Kitchen 5130 Honey!

Use it in any of your favorite recipes that call for simple syrup, such as a margarita. Or whip up a pitcher of Summer Honey Lemon Collins that you can get creative with.

Just combine in a pitcher:
1 1/2 cups vodka or gin – use a local one if you like
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup Honey Syrup (recipe above)

Then add:
Some fun local fruits and herbs (think strawberries and basil) and squish around with a wooden spoon to meld the flavors.

Then add:
1 cup soda water

Fill with ice, stir and enjoy!

I also love honey in a summery sangria as well made with crisp white wine, sliced peaches and a splash of liquor. Yum! (See my recipe below)

So get your buzzzz on with a honey cocktail. PS – honey syrup is of course great in non-alcoholic drinks too! –Kathy

Summertime White Sangria
1 bottle (750 ml) local white wine
1/4 cup liqueur, such as Grand Marnier, Cointreau, or St. Germain
2 – 3 Tbsp. of my 5130 Liquid Kitchen® Honey or your favorite honey
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 cup cut up local fruit, such as peaches, nectarines, apricots, and plums

In a large pitcher, stir the wine, liqueur and honey together until honey is dissolved. Add the fruits and stir, crushing some of the fruit. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 4 hours, to let the flavors marry. Serve over ice, including some of the fruit in each serving.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®.

Posted by Kathy Casey on August 15th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Cocktails, Fruit, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes

Summertime Peach Favorites

When fresh, juicy peaches appear at the local markets, you know summer has finally arrived. Eat them raw, blend them in a cocktail, chop them up for salsa; any way to eat a peach is fine by me.

Swirl them into yogurt or chop them up and add them to a bright summer salad – or slice them thin and serve atop crostini spread with herbed goat cheese.

Blushing Pickled Peaches are easy to make and so tasty served alongside grilled pork chops.

But – have you ever had Grilled Peaches? If not, they should go on your need-to-try list! Just cut them in half, remove the pit, drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Then grill on each side until nicely marked and just tender – yum! A great combination of sweet and smokey – perfect to cozy up with a juicy chicken breast or d’lish over vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of salted caramel.

And of course…peaches are perfect to shake in a summer cocktail like in my Peachy Mojito with fresh garden mint! –Kathy


My Blended Peach Whiskey Sour!
For the recipe and more summer sipping ideas, check out
www.LiquidKitchen.tv

Blushing Pickled Peaches
Be sure to use a freestone variety of peach for this recipe such as Elberta or Hale. Great with grilled ham steaks and poultry, and especially fantastic with thinly sliced prosciutto, crusty French bread and a glass of Northwest Pinot Gris.

Makes 1 quart

5 – 6 large ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and halved, about 2 – 2 1/4 lbs.
2 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger cut into 1/4-inch slices (2 oz wt.)
3 cloves of garlic, peeled
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp kosher salt or uniodized salt
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Tightly pack the peach halves, alternating with the ginger and garlic, into a clean quart jar.

Meanwhile, in a small, non-reactive saucepan bring the remaining ingredients to a quick boil over high heat. Immediately remove from heat and ladle over the peaches, making sure to cover them and transferring all the spices to the peaches.

Cover tightly and let cool to room temperature. Immediately after cooling, refrigerate peaches. Chill the pickled peaches for 2 – 3 days before using them. They’ll keep 4 weeks in the refrigerator.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

Peachy Mojito
Makes 1 cocktail

2 sprigs of fresh mint
2 oz silver rum
1 oz lime juice
1 oz Simple Syrup*
1/2 oz peach puree
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1 oz soda water
Garnish: lime wedge on cocktail pick

Tear mint sprigs and drop into a pint mixing glass. Measure in rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and peach puree. Fill glass full with ice, then cap and shake vigorously. Uncap then add a dash of soda water to the tin. Pour drink into a tall glass. Garnish with a lime wedge on a pick.

*To make Simple Syrup: bring equal parts water and sugar to a quick boil, immediately remove from heat. Cool and store at room temp for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®.

Posted by Kathy Casey on July 17th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Cocktails, Fruit, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, Small Screen Network, videos

Serene Summer Sipper: Lemonades!

Nothing says summer like a refreshing glass of lemonade. These days, we’re seeing lots of creative takes of this American staple.

Start with the basics and switch it up a bit: fresh squeezed lemon juice, sugar, and water. Add some sparkle to your lemonade and lightening it up by adding a big splash of sparkling berry water (I love the strawberry and raspberry lemon sparkling waters at Whole Foods). Or instead of making it with traditional sugar, sweeten it with organic agave or local honey.

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade!
Photo by Kathy Casey Food Studios
®

Get creative with the classic Arnold Palmer made with equal parts iced tea and lemonade by switching out classic black tea with green tea or chai.

One of my favorite lemonade flavor profiles is lavender-mint. The lavender is beautifully complemented by sweet mint. (Perfect for using up from your garden!) Or try adding just a dash of rose water or orange blossom water – it adds a lovely floral essence!

Summer fruits are plentiful this time of year: Muddle in mouth-watering watermelon, juicy peaches, sweet cherries, or tart raspberries. Or get herbalicious with your lemonade and add in sprigs of fresh picked rosemary such as in my Rosemary Lemonade Cooler.

Cool off with a refreshing glass; cheers! –Kathy

Rosemary Lemonade Cooler
Zesty lemon syrup and fresh rosemary make for a refreshing drink, perfect for outdoor entertaining. It’s also make a great summer cocktail by adding 1 – 1 /2 ounces of vodka per serving.

Makes 8 to 10 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes

3 Tbsp lemon zest
4 -6 large sprigs of fresh rosemary
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
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1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 cups water or sparkling water

Garnish: lemon wheel or wedges and small fresh rosemary sprigs

Combine the zest, rosemary, sugar, and the 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a quick boil over high heat. Boil for 1 minute then remove from heat. Let sit for 30 minutes to allow the mint to steep and the syrup to cool.

Remove and discard rosemary from syrup. In a large pitcher, combine the cooled syrup, lemon juice, and the 3 cups of water (or sparkling water if serving right away). Serve over ice in a tall glass garnished with lemon wheels and rosemary.

Recipe developed by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

Posted by Kathy Casey on June 12th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Fruit, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes

Dishing with Kathy Casey: The Newsletter

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Welcome to the brand new Dishing with Kathy Casey – The Newsletter! I can’t wait to share all of my tasty adventures with you; read on to see what I’ve been up to, check out some great recipes, and enjoy all things d’lish!

What is the coolest thing you’ve seen around the beverage world? The Drink Nation Experiment wants to know! Facebook, Tweet, and Instagram anything you see or sip that is cool, unique and cutting edge in the land of beverage. Great cocktails, beers, cider, a cool coffee presentation, a fantastic non-alcoholic beverage –share, tag, and post it!

This 6-month social media experiment will showcase the best of the best in the world of beverage.

The Top 40 trends and findings will be presented at this year’s Flavor Experience conference by Beam, Inc.’s resident Mixologist Philip Raimondo and myself – and then posted on the Drink Nation Experiment Facebook page.

So let us know what you’re seeing out there in your travels, at your favorite bar, or restaurant! From Seattle to Miami …Dubai to Peru, we look forward to virtually sipping your next drink with you!


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@DrinkNationExp

Time has been zipping by and 2014 has been off to a great start! Since my last Newsletter, it’s been non-stop busy with traveling. Here’s a peek of what my team and I have been up to lately and what’s coming up.

Liquid Kitchen on the Road

The Heathman Restaurant & Bar!

In the early 90’s I wrote the Northwest Table Cookbook and Chef Greg Higgins penned the Oregon chapter. He was the chef at the Heathman Hotel way back when and the hotel became my home base for shooting the Oregon companion videos for PBS. Fast forward about 12 years – we did a new cocktail menu and I was thrilled to be asked to come back and do new cocktails to go with Chef Michael Stanton’s NW local-French inspired menu. It was so fun to create cocktails to compliment his menu and cooking style.

Liquid Kitchen’s Keith Waldbauer and I recently headed to Portland to shake up our new cocktails at a press party featuring the new menu. To go with the Heathman’s famed High Tea service, we created the Tea Court Lounge Punch with Fonté Earl Grey Tea Spiced Syrup, rum, cognac, and fresh juices – topped with and Angostura Foam. Another party favorite was the Vineyard Margarita.

(Photo by Amiran White)
The Provence w Lavender Cocktail Perfume & Oregon’s Argyle Sparkling Wine

Shaken up by Lead Barman Andrew Kualaau

(Photo by Evrim Photography)

Chatting with the Heathman Guests

(Photo by Evrim Photography)

It was great to meet so many cool Portland bloggers – and their photos of the event were amazing! I hope that you’ll stop by the Heathman Restaurant & Bar on your next trip to Portland!
Sunny Bermuda!

After a winter in Seattle, I enjoyed heading to Bermuda with Associate Mixologist Dänny Ronen to implement a new bar menu at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. Look at the beautiful view from my room!

It is always great to meet new bartenders and learn about local spirits. Yes, the local rums are amazing there.

Fairmont Hamilton Princess’

Cavon and Curtis taking a quick photo break after Liquid Kitchen training

The local fish chowder (also the national dish) is served with a caddy of dark rum and sherry pepper sauce to customize your soup. Served with a corn Johnny cake – this was definitely a go-to lunch. The preparation of this soup is very old school, and a LOT of technique goes into making it – yum!

Bermuda Fish Chowder – amazing flavor!

Dänny and my Sous Chef Jason Anderson, and I are headed back to Bermuda in the next couple of weeks to open the new 1609 Bar & Restaurant – the new cocktail menu is amazing! Make sure to follow me on Twitter @KathyCaseyChef for sneak peeks and updates.

The VIBE Conference in Las Vegas!

After a quick breather at home, the Liquid Kitchen team (Dänny, Heather, Jason, and I) flew down to Las Vegas… for the annual VIBE Conference! During the Cameo Party, we shook up a South Seas cocktail at the Monin & William Grant booth with fellow mixologist Charlotte Voisey. Fresh Thai basil, Monin South Seas syrup, Sun Orchard grapefruit and lime juices, Reyka Vodka & Milagro Silver Tequila – served over large format ice cubes and topped with a sprinkle of Liquid Kitchen Edible Cocktail Silver.

The following morning I led a panel on Cocktails on Tap 2.0 (Tapped, Bottled and Pre-Mixed) Seminar with Dänny and guest speakers Brandon Wise from Portland’s Imperial PDX and Matthew Meidinger from the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group). We had a huge attendance and guests sampled a few of our cocktails, including my Bottled Front Porch Cooler. It is exciting to see more and more interest in this growing trend!
Chicago, here we come!

The Liquid Kitchen team will be traveling to Chicago in May for this year’s National Restaurant Association conference, showcasing recipes at the Cardinal Glass booth. Then during the International Wine, Spirits, & Beer event, I’ll be leading a seminar on

Bar Redeux: From Design – To Drinks – To Training.

Looking forward to a fun week in Chicago – hope to see you there!

Me as my Smitten Cocktail! How fun is this !

Sketch is courtesy of Dave Stolte!

Hitting the Red Carpet

The year started off quick with a fun trip to LA for the TASTE Award. My cocktail show Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen was nominated for a under the Best Drink or Beverage Program – Web category. And Small Screen’s President and Founder Colin Kimball had four of his shows nominated. Don’t forget to Like Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen and Small Screen on Facebook.

World’s Best Cocktail

… well I’m sure there are some other great cocktails out there but we are thrilled that SavoirThere.com ‘s World Food Awards picked the Luxury Sling as their Favorite Cocktail of 2013. Liquid Kitchen created this Sling for the Fairmont Makati (Philippines) and it continues to be blog and buzz worthy!

Quench your Thirst

…with summer episodes of my Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen! How about a Strawberry Basil Blush made with gin, Lillet Rose, basil and juice strawberries?

www.LiquidKitchen.com

And don’t forget to check out my brand new Liquid Kitchen website for more summer drink ideas.

Chef’s Feed

Make sure to download the Chef’s Feed app – a great resource for top rated chef recommended restaurants and foods! Check out some of my hot spots like the Bruce Lee Roll from Shiku Sushi and the “Oil Soup” from Volterra Restaurant. And for laughs, check out their YouTube playlist Chefs Read Bad Reviews – LOVE IT!!

Women Stars of Food & Wine

Pacific Northwest’s best female chefs, tastemakers, winemakers, and sommeliers came together for tasty a fundraiser for the Women’s Funding Alliance! This event was held at the amazing Columbia Tower Club, where my team and I shook up the signature cocktail for the afternoon.

Check out this great write-up of the event on Wanderlust and Lipstick!

Gilda’s Club: It’s Always Something

I am so honored to be a judge this year for this teen writing contest – an annual event sponsored by Gilda’s Club – Seattle and open to any Washington teens in grades 9 through 12, who has been touched by cancer. Keep your eye on their website for the winning essay. I can’t express how it touched my heart to read these stories….Truly honored.


So make sure to Save the Date: Tuesday, May 20 and celebrate cancer survivorship with the 17th Annual Surviving with Style Fashion Show & Luncheon event! All models are cancer survivors with extraordinary stories and will be fitted with clothing provided by local boutiques. Organized by Gilda’s Club Seattle, make sure to get your tickets soon!

And to toast in spring here is one of my new favorite cocktails – perfect for a brunch celebration (think Mother’s Day) using one of my favorite new cocktail methods – Flash Blending!
Strawberry Silver Gin Fizz
This frothy drink is delicious to serve for brunch. The flash blending of the drink with egg whites makes it extra frothy, and quick and easy to serve to a crowd. You can pre-batch the strawberries, sugar, gin, lemon, and egg white and keep refrigerated until ready to blend with the ice.

Photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®.

Makes 4 – 6 servings

3/4 cup sliced strawberries

1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar

1 cup gin (or substitute vodka)

6 Tbsp. (3 oz) freshly squeezed Sunkist® lemon juice

2 organic egg whites (or 2 ounces oz pasteurized egg whites)

1 cup ice

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1/4 cup soda water, chilled

Garnish: fresh strawberries and lemon peel twists

In a large glass measuring cup combine the strawberries and the powdered sugar. Let sit for 10 minutes.

Combine the macerated strawberries, gin, lemon juice, egg whites and ice in a high powered blender. Blend on high speed until smooth and all ice has been blended in. Add soda water to blender. Divide fizz between chilled glasses. Garnish with strawberries and lemon twists.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®.

Copyright © 2014 Kathy Casey, Inc., All rights reserved.

Cocktail Brunch Celebration

Its Mother’s Day weekend and what better way to treat Mom than with a delicious brunch – complete with cocktails of course!

Start the night before and whip up my overnight Spring Wild Mushroom, Asparagus ‘n’ Sausage

Strata – rustic bread, seasoned egg mixture, sautéed asparagus and mushrooms. Add in some sausage and grated Fontina or Gouda cheese. Refrigerate overnight then pop in the oven just before guests arrive.

Serve with a kale salad tossed with orange segments and shaved fennel. That handles the food. Let’s chat libations now.

I have a wonderful brunch drink that I’m sure moms will love. Sunkist® Strawberry Silver Gin Fizz – quick and easy to serve to a crowd and oh so brunch-y!

Just combine fresh sliced strawberries tossed with powdered sugar, fresh Sunkist lemon juice, some of our great local gin and egg whites … yes, that’s right egg whites. Flash blend with a little ice for a super d’lish frothy drink that will put a smile on any mom’s face.

Happy Mother’s Day! –Kathy

Spring Wild Mushroom, Asparagus ‘n’ Sausage Strata
Good bread is the foundation ingredient for any strata. With so many great breads available today, it isn’t a chore to find one to add to these breakfast bakes. The challenge now is in deciding which one to use — be it Como bread from Grand Central, a delicious La Brea Bakery loaf or any other sturdy, handcrafted bread.

And if the bread’s just a little bit stale, that’s okay. In fact breakfast bakes are a great way to use up day-old artisan breads. Fold in a cup of fresh baby spinach for added greenery.

Makes 6-8 servings

1/2 lb. bulk Italian sausage or turkey sausage
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cups sliced wild or domestic mushrooms (morels, hedgehogs, cremini, portobello, button mushrooms, shiitake, chanterelles, reconstituted dried porcini, etc.)
2 cups 1/2 inch bias cut-sliced, fat, fresh asparagus pieces
1 Tbsp minced fresh garlic
8 eggs
3 cups half & half
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
8 cups 1-inch-diced hearty bread, such as a rustic sourdough
2 cups (8 ounces) coarsely grated Fontina cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large sauté pan heated over medium-high heat, cook the sausage until halfway cooked, about 3 minutes. Then add the onion and mushrooms and sauté for another 2 minutes. When veggies are tender, add asparagus and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, salt and pepper until well combined. Add the bread, Fontina cheese, half the Parmesan cheese and the cooked sausage mixture.

Place in an 11 x 13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese over the top and let sit, refrigerated, at least 1 hour or preferably overnight, so that bread soaks up egg mixture.

When ready to serve, bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for approximately 45 – 50 minutes or until puffy and golden and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

Strawberry Silver Fizz
Photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®.

Sunkist® Strawberry Silver Gin Fizz
This frothy drink is delicious to serve for brunch. The flash blending of the drink with egg whites makes it extra frothy, and quick and easy to serve to a crowd. You can pre-batch the strawberries, sugar, gin, lemon, and egg white and keep refrigerated until ready to blend with the ice.

Makes 4 – 6 servings

3/4 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1 cup gin (or substitute vodka)
6 Tbsp (3 oz) freshly squeezed Sunkist® Lemon juice
2 organic egg whites (or 2 oz pasteurized egg whites)
1 cup ice
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1/4 cup soda water, chilled
Garnish: fresh strawberries and lemon peel twists

In a large glass measuring cup combine the strawberries and the powdered sugar. Let sit for 10 minutes.

Combine the macerated strawberries, gin, lemon juice, egg whites and ice in a high powered blender. Blend on high speed until smooth and all ice has been blended in. Add soda water to blender. Divide fizz between chilled glasses. Garnish with strawberries and lemon twists.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®.

Posted by Kathy Casey on May 8th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Cocktails, Foodie News, Fruit, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, breakfast
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