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Delicious Walla Walla Onions!

I look forward to our local NW Walla Walla Onions every year. When these sweet onions pile up at the farmers market, I know anything I make with them is going to be SWEEET!

Sweeter than a regular yellow onion, it’s said that biting into a Walla Walla is similar to biting into an apple. I don’t know, but I’ll try it if you do!

I DO know that they are mild and sweet enough to serve raw, thick slices with garden fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, some bright green basil and just a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar and good olive oil. One of my favorite summer dinners.

Another fave is to put a little olive oil and white wine vinegar in a large zip lock bag with thick cut Walla Walla rings and marinate for a few hours. Just before serving, toss in some chopped herbs like basil, tarragon, fresh chives, and Italian parsley. Perfect to serve atop grilled salmon or a steak – or add to a sliced tomato salad.

PS: If you’re an onion crier like me be sure to refrigerate your onions before slicing OR have a pair of onion goggles ready – it helps! –Kathy

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Photo from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table

Herb Marinated Walla Walla Sweet Onions
For a summer buffet table, grill a whole side of salmon and serve it on a large platter, festooned with the herbed onions and fresh herb sprigs. This is also great served with steak.

Makes 4 servings – and enough to top 4 salads, pieces of fish or grilled meats.

1 large Walla Walla Sweet onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rings
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh basil or cilantro
1 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh tarragon
1 Tbsp. 1/2-inch-long pieces fresh chives
2 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

To make the onions, carefully separate the rings and place in a resealable plastic bag. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper flakes, and oil. Pour the marinade over the onions and close the bag, expelling excess air. Turn the bag to coat the onion evenly, then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours, turning the bag occasionally. Just serving, gently toss the onions and marinade in a large bowl with the chopped herbs.

Recipe from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table, Chronicle Books.

Posted by Kathy on June 25th, 2015  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Books to Cook, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes

Strawberry Days

Strawberries really signal the beginning of summer. I can’t wait for the first big, juicy red berry of the season.

Probably the most popular way to enjoy strawberries (other than eaten from hand) is strawberry shortcake. Here’s a quick tip for my favorite take on the classic: Start with Fisher Fair Scone Mix, add in some chocolate chips, form them, and then sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake and serve with sliced fresh strawberries tossed with a touch of local honey, and a dollop of whip cream. For a truly decadent experience, add a splash of local berry liqueur to the whip cream! Yum!

On the non-dessert side, too, strawberries have multiple possibilities. In my Strawberry & Spinach Salad, I like to top them with thin slivers of sweet Walla Walla onion and glazed almonds, then dressed it all with a Lowfat Poppy Seed–Ginger Vinaigrette thickened with pureed strawberries – a light and refreshing summer salad.

If you don’t have strawberries of your own to pick, there are many choices around the Northwest for “U-Pick” strawberries. And if you have had a big day of picking but still haven’t eaten your fill while in the field, sit down and relax with a big, glistening bowl of just-picked juicy berries. -Kathy

Strawberry & Spinach Salad
Photo from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table.

Strawberry & Spinach Salad with Sweet Onions and Poppy Seed–Ginger Vinaigrette
You can substitute toasted hazelnuts for the almonds. This salad is also excellent as an entrée salad, topped with grilled chicken cut into strips.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Vinaigrette
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup light olive oil or other salad oil
2 teaspoons poppy seed

Salad
3 cups fresh strawberries, stemmed and quartered, or another local berry, such as raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries
2 bunches spinach, stemmed, washed well, and spun dry (8 to 10 cups)
1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet white onion, such as a Walla Walla Sweet
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

To make the vinaigrette, whisk the vinegar, ginger, mustard, honey, sugar, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in the oil, emulsifying the vinaigrette. Stir in the poppy seed. Refrigerate for up to 2 days.

To make the salad, toss the berries, spinach, and onion with the vinaigrette. Sprinkle with almonds.

Recipe from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table.

Posted by Kathy on May 11th, 2015  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Books to Cook, Fruit, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, salads

Minty Mint

Don’t you just love the smell of fresh mint? Whether it’s in a cocktail, mixed into a fruit salsa, or growing in the garden, that fresh scent and taste hits the spot.

Have you ever tried growing mint in your garden? If you have, you know it is amazingly easy and actually will take over if you’re not careful, but what’s better than a fresh handful of mint leaves whenever you want?

And there are so many varieties to choose from. Peppermint leaves are wonderful dried and steeped in hot water to make a simple, d’lish tea. And there are so many tasty varieties – Chocolate Mint, Pineapple Mint, Lemon Mint, Orange Mint… even Lime Mint that is perfect when muddled into mojitos!

Also, for you cat lovers out there, remember catnip is a mint too. So careful planting mint, unless you want to attract every kitty in a quarter mile!

As the weather gets warmer, cool off with my Fresh Mint Ice Cream. Nothing beats nibbling on fresh made ice cream under a shady tree!

Mint Ice cream
Photo from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table.

With the Kentucky Derby coming up mint juleps are on the horizon… oh yea! If you plan on hosting a Derby party, try making a batch of my Spiked Iced Tea Punch. Fresh mint pairs well with white whiskey, black tea, fresh juices, and brown sugar.

So get minty with it in your garden this year! –Kathy

Fresh Mint Ice Cream with Chocolate Mint Candies
I like to serve this garnished with a bit more chopped mint candy and a fresh sprig of mint.

Makes about 4 cups

4 cups heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups packed mint sprigs, plus 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
6 egg yolks
1 cup coarsely chopped Chocolate Mint Candies (recipe follows) or Frango Mint candies

Combine the cream and sugar in a large, heavy saucepan. Tear the mint sprigs (to bruise them) and add to the cream mixture. Bring to a slow simmer over medium heat.

In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks, then gradually whisk in about 1 cup of the hot cream mixture. Whisk the egg mixture into the cream. Whisking constantly, bring to a bare simmer and cook for about 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and whisk frequently to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Strain the mixture and discard the mint leaves. Stir in the chopped mint, then pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Just before the ice cream is finished, stir in the chopped candies. Transfer the ice cream to a plastic container and freeze until ready to serve.

Chocolate Mint Candies
Makes 24 nice-sized pieces, or enough for 1 recipe of ice cream plus 12 extra pieces of candy

12 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
6 Tbsps. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

In a medium bowl or double boiler, melt the chocolate, butter, salt, and extract together over a pan of barely simmering water, whisking until the chocolate is just melted. Remove from the heat, sift in the confectioners’ sugar, then stir to combine well. Spread the mixture in an 8-inch square baking pan.

Let cool at room temperature for at least 4 hours, or refrigerate to harden faster.

To remove the candy from the pan, invert the pan onto a piece of plastic wrap or a cutting board, lay a hot towel over the pan bottom for about 1 minute, then tap the bottom of the pan. Loosen the candy with a spatula if needed. Cut the candy into 24 pieces to serve as candy, or coarsely chop to use in ice cream. Store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table.

Spiked Iced Tea Punch
Punch is the perfect party cocktail! For a more-spiked interpretation, let guests add a little more whiskey to their individual drinks. For summertime sipping add in a few slices of fresh peach or nectarine. For a demo on how to make this, check out this episode of Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen.

Makes about 8 cups, enough for 10 to 12 servings

20 cloves
1 orange
6 very large sprigs fresh mint
3 tea bags black tea
3 cups boiling water
1 cup ice water
1 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups Woodinville Headlong White Dog Whiskey

Poke the cloves into the orange, then cut it into 3 slices. Put the orange slices, mint, and tea bags in a heatproof pitcher or bowl. Add the boiling water, let steep for 1 hour, then remove the tea bags.

Add the ice water, juices, and brown sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, add the whisky, and chill until ready to serve. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Garnish as desired.

Recipe adapted from Kathy Casey Sips & Apps.

Dishing with Kathy Casey: The Newsletter

Welcome to 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!

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HOT – HOT Beverage Trends
A new year means new trends to look out for. Check out my guest article in Flavor & The Menu magazine all on 5 Menu Ready Drink Trends.



Brunch Drinks and Creative DIY Bloody Marys will be big!

And checkout Lane PR’s annual Food & Beverage Beat for a good list of trends to look out for, including my thoughts on the kitchen-to-bar movement and the resurgence of hotel bars as hot spots with a host of other chefs and industry tastemakers!

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Top 10 Influencer

It comes with great excitement and honor to be named a Top 10 Most-Influential People of the Past 25 Years by Cheers Magazine. I am humbled to be amongst a list of other legendary Influencers like Dale DeGroff, Tony Abou-Ganim, Gaz Regan, and Audrey Saunders just to name a few who all share the same principle in elevating the cocktail culture. I want to thank you everyone who has supported the Liquid Kitchen through the years and look forward in continuing to raise the bar.

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Speed Rack – Booze and Boobs!

I was thrilled to be a returning Seattle judge for Speed Rack, the bartending competition created by women bartenders for women bartenders focusing on speed and execution. It is also a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness, education and prevention.

This national competition pits female bartenders against each other in a round robin-style competition with regional winners vying for the finals and coveted title of Ms. Speed Rack 2015 at the June 14th finals. Northwest winner Angel Teta of Atuala in Portland, Oregon will move onto the finals in New York. Cheers to all the amazing spirited ladies–keep shaking it up! Check out the competition!

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Judges with Speed Rack – Seattle winner, Angel!

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Where’s Kathy – NRA’s BAR Show
Sunday May 17th – 2:00 PM

I will be presenting Sipping Social – what’s trending in the world of beverage through social media. Make sure to register for this year’s NRA-BAR event.

And please follow me @KathyCaseyChef on Twitter and hashtag #SippingSocial with any cool beverage trends you see out there. I would love to include what you think is hot in my presentation!

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New Orleans Just for Fun!

My travels to NOLA are always some sort of business; Tales of the Cocktail, random food conferences….. so it was nice to finally visit as a tourist with my husband John – a NOLA virgin! This trip it was all about checking out the local digs. First up a walking tour – so we signed up for the Le Monde Creole insiders French Quarter courtyard tour and it was really great. Our tour guide Bill had been an “actor” before and he was really amazing and a great story teller. We also visited the pharmacy museum and then headed off to the LONG AWAITED tiki guru Beachbum Berry’s bar Latitude 29!

It was amazing – the interior is super old school tiki and the drinks are pure perfection! You know that I love me some fun garnishes, and I was in heaven here. Conical ice for the Navy Grog, corn husks wrapped around a glass for some other tasty looking concoction, custom stir sticks…. Loved it all!

And in New Orleans I must always visit the amazing Cheryl Charming. She has new digs now and is making us all proud on Bourbon Street and heading up beverage at the Bourbon O Bar. Finally a great cocktail bar on Bourbon Street – yay Cheryl!

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The Old School VS New School at Hospitality Executive Exchange – West

This year’s West Coast HEE (there’s also an East Coast event planned later this year) was held in beautiful San Diego.

The event started off with a key note by fellow Top 10 Influencer Tony Abou-Ganim who is always so amazing to hear. But the most anticipated event was the Battle of the Bartender! A crazy fun mix off between Ol’ School: Dale DeGroff, Tony Abou-Ganim, and myself VS. New School: Charlotte Voisey, Philip Raimondo, and Brian Loukmas! You know Charlotte has never won against Tony on Iron Chef … and she was the New School captain – and the New School won. Charlotte can finally say she beat Tony, but we still think it was rigged! LOL

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The Mix Off teams showcasing their drinks!

Chef Rick Moonen was a great closing speaker sharing his many stories from his beginnings in the restaurant business to new trends that he foresees in the next few years. I had a great time sharing NY chef’ing stories with him at dinner. I can’t wait to visit his restaurant and bar RX Boiler Room in Las Vegas later this month.

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Chef Rick Moonen and I between sessions!

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Arizona Cocktail Week

Sunny times were had in Phoenix at Arizona Cocktail Week! Cocktail enthusiasts and professionals attended this boozy week full of seminars, tastings, and of course, parties. My Kitchen to Bar included flaming herbs in cocktails to “how to” make bottled cocktails.


Check out how to make the Love Potion bottled cocktail!

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Liquid Kitchen Videos on Amazon

Amazon is now featuring Small Screen’s Liquid Kitchen cocktail videos! I love Amazon so am super excited they have some of my videos now.

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D’lish Reads – Chef Interrupted

Speaking of Amazon, Chef friend and amazing story teller Trevis Gleason’s new book is just out. A leading voice for those living with multiple sclerosis and chronic illness, Chef Interrupted shares his stories about living with MS and his recent move to Ireland, and includes recipes like White Soda Bread and Sticky Toffee Pudding. This is an inspiring book – I urge you to take a read.

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Easter is Coming and that means Lots of Eggs!

What to do with all those hard boiled eggs – well I’ve got you covered with over 50 D’Lish Deviled Egg recipes to get you inspired!, there is an egg for every occasion. Here’s a link to one of my favorites: Beet’ing Heart Deviled Eggs.

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What an amazing start to the year. I am so grateful for the ongoing support of my wonderful clients, friends, family and co-workers. I look forward to a d’lish and fruitful summer!

Don’t forget to join me on my blog Dishing with Kathy Casey and weekends on KOMO News Radio for all things d’lish, including recipes, tips, and fun events. -Kathy

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Razor Clam Festival in Ocean Shores

Looking for a delicious and fun weekend getaway fun for the whole family? Then head to Ocean Shores’ Razor Clam Festival and Seafood Extravaganza Friday, March 20th to Sunday the 22nd.

This clam-tastic weekend features all sorts of family fun events, like clam shovel decorating, mechanical shark rides, and chowder tasting where you can cast your vote for People’s Choice!
But make sure you don’t miss the chowder cook offs – both chefs and amateurs battle it out with their best chowders for big bragging rights. Who will be best on the beach this year?

Razor clams are a definite northwest delicacy. If you want to try your hand and “shovel,” be sure to check out the Washington department of Fish and Wildlife website for dig info. Don’t forget your clam license, fishing or waterproof gloves and boots. And remember: Never ever turn your back to the surf!


The Razor Clam Dance!

Once you’ve reached your razor clam limits, check out this video that my friend Scott Surdyke and I made on how to clean them properly. And for a super tasty way of cooking this bi-valve, try our recipe for our Clam-tastic Razor Clam Fritters with my Rock-the-World Tartar Sauce below.

So cross your fingers for sunny weather, pack warm and head on over to Ocean Shores for a clam-tastic time. -Kathy

Scott & Kathy’s CLAMTASTIC Razor Clam Fritters
Makes 24 – 26 fritters

3 cups chopped/diced razor clams
3 cups Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix with buttermilk
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp lemon pepper
1 Tbsp minced lemon zest
2 tsp sea salt or kosher salt
Fresh-ground pepper to taste
1 Tbsp minced garlic
3/4 cup clam nectar (or reserved clam juice)
1/4 cup Northwest amber beer, flat
2 eggs, whisked
1/2 cup minced celery
3/4 cup fresh corn kernels
6 scallions/green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped orange or red bell pepper (about 1/2 pepper)
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Crisco shortening for frying
Lemon wedges for garnish/squeezing
Kathy Casey’s Ultimate Rock-the-World Tartar Sauce (recipe follows)

Drain the clams and save any juice for use in recipe.
In a large bowl combine the Krusteaz, corn meal, baking powder, lemon pepper, zest, salt and pepper. Stir in the garlic, clam nectar/juice, beer and eggs to combine.
Then fold in the celery, corn, green onions, bell pepper and drained clams.

Heat 2-inches of Crisco in a large cast iron skilled till hot – about 375 degrees. Scoop out fritters a few at time – I use a 1/4 cup measure – they should be kind of spread out and not too thick. Fry on first side till golden and then flip over. Continue frying till golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towels. Cook fritters in batches being sure oil stays hot. Keep fritters warm in a 300 degree oven on a rack if needed – but they are best served right away – the fritter cook will just have to keep cooking! Serve with Rock the World Tartar Sauce and fresh lemons.

Recipe by Scott Surdyke and Kathy Casey.

Kathy’s Rock-The-World Tartar Sauce
Makes 2 cups

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickle or dill pickle relish
2 Tbsps drained capers, chopped
1 green onion, very thinly sliced
1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce
2 Tbsps chopped parsley
1/4 tsp celery seed
2 Tbsps fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients.

Recipe adapted from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table, Chronicle Books

Posted by Kathy on March 12th, 2015  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Books to Cook, events, Foodie News, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes, seafood, Tasty Travels

Chef Interrupted

My dear friend and colleague is in town for his book tour, Just walking into our kitchen you can feel his passion… and very soon the wafting sent of baking soda bread was filling our senses

Trevis Gleason’s “Chef Interupted: Discovering Life’s Second Course in Ireland with Multiple Sclerosis” is a very well written, funny, honest and inspirational book. I urge you to pick up a copy.

Chef Interrupted

Trevis was a chef and culinary heavy-hitter when he was diagnosed with MS at the young age of 35. This memoir is the story of his life after that diagnosis – or as he says “life after the fall”. He fulfills a long-time dream and moves to Ireland, rents a picturesque cottage, adopts his sweet dog Sadie and makes the decision not to let his disease get the better of him.

Trevis has never lost his passion for food. “I will never give this damnable disease credit for teaching me anything. I will, however, say that I have been a good student of what has been there to learn. When my professional aspirations were stripped away, I was left with only my former passion. Passion for food had been HOW I traveled. Passion then became WHY I traveled. Now my passion travels with me, inside of me, even though multiple sclerosis has taken it (and so much else) away from my professional pursuit.”


Trevis on New Day Northwest

These moving stories are punctuated with delicious sounding recipes – many Irish. White Soda Bread and Sticky Toffee Pudding are favorites!

Trevis reminds us all how true passion can never be taken.

The book is on sale NOW and available on Amazon.

Posted by Kathy on March 9th, 2015  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Books to Cook, Foodie News, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes

The Modern Crock Pot

It’s time for some hearty cooking so dig deep into your pantry and dust off your trusty crock pot!

The wonderful thing about a crock pot is you can do all the prep early in the day, and be ready to serve dinner right when you walk in the door from work! The “Set It and Forget It” aspect is great for a busy schedule.

Today’s crock pot recipes have gotten more modern with delicious twists like in my recipe for Crock Pot Fragrant Soy & Ginger Beef, cooked until succulent with green onions, shitake mushrooms, and cabbage. Marinate the beef overnight with a garlicy, spicy soy marinade, then layer into the slow cooker with onions, mushrooms, and wedges of cabbage. Pour the marinade over the whole thing and set to cook. After 8 or 9 hours, you’ll have a rich, super-flavorful sauce with delicious meat and tender veggies. Perfect to serve with steamed rice. PS – you may want to put the cooker under your stove hood (turned on) as it can be quite “fragrant” with the cabbage.

Another fork tender recipe is my Orange Chili Slow-Cooked Pork made with chili spice rubbed pork butt, fresh squeezed Sunkist Orange juice, coriander seed, tomato paste and garlic. Super flavorful!! Great to serve in DIY soft tacos.

And there are a ton of great crock pot cookbooks out there from everything from soups and chilis to even cakes!

Have a favorite oven-braising recipe? These can be easily adapted for crock pot cooking. Just remember to add your vegetables on top of the meat or poultry – this way they won’t get overcooked. –Kathy

Crock Pot Fragrant Soy & Ginger Beef with Green Onions & Cabbage
Makes about 6 servings

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 1/2 pounds beef brisket roast
2 slices fresh ginger root
3 cloves of garlic
1 star anise pod
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. red chili flakes
1 yellow onion, peeled and cut in 6 wedges
1 very small head green cabbage, cut in 6 wedges
1 bunch green onions, ends trimmed off, cut in 2-inch pieces
2 Tbsp. cornstarch

Heat oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Place beef into pan, fat side down, and brown the first side. Turn over and brown the other side. Transfer beef to a non-corrosive bowl or baking dish.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the ginger root, garlic, star anise, cinnamon, brown sugar, soy, vinegar, and chili flakes and pour over the meat, turning the meat to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Then next day, remove the meat from the dish and place in the bottom of the slow cooker (reserve marinade). Next, layer in the onion wedges, then the cabbage and green onions. You may need to push down the cabbage a bit to make it fit.

Whisk the cornstarch into the reserved marinade until blended, then pour over the top. Cover tightly with the lid and set to cook on high. Cook undisturbed for about 8 – 9 hours.

To serve, remove the cabbage and onions to a platter and the meat to a cutting board. Slice the meat against the grain and place on the platter. Spoon the sauce over the meat and vegetables.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

Orange Chili Slow-Cooked Pork
Orange Chili Slow-Cooked Pork Tacos – Yum!
Photo by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

Orange Chili Slow-Cooked Pork
This full flavored pork is great to get cooking before heading off to work. Serve over rice, as a pulled pork sandwich or in tacos.

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
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup fresh squeezed Sunkist Orange juice
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic
1 large onion, sliced

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

Put the pork in a slow-cooker. (Add in any extra seasoning that did not stick to the pork.) In a small bowl whisk together the tomato paste, orange juice, vinegar and garlic. Pour over the pork and then scatter with the onion. Cover set the cooker on high. Let cook for 8 hours or until very tender. Serve as desired.

Chef Notes:

  • The broth is super flavorful so be sure to save and mix in to pork after pulling it, you can also thicken the cooking juice with a little cornstarch.
  • If making tacos top with a little shredded cabbage, your favorite salsa or chopped tomato, sprigs of cilantro and a dollop of sour cream.
  • Add any leftovers into a chili or soup.
  • Recipe created by Kathy Casey Food Studios® for Sunkist®.

    Posted by Kathy on December 12th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Books to Cook, KOMO Radio, meats, Recent Posts, Recipes

    Autumn Pears

    We are so lucky here in the Pacific Northwest to have such a delicious variety of sumptuous pears! Bartlett, Bosc, Seckel, Concorde – each one different, yet they’re all oh-so-delicious!

    The months of October through December are the prime time for pears.

    One of my favorite preparations for pears is roasting them: just cut them into thick wedges and toss with a little olive oil, balsamic, and seasoning. Roast them on a sheet pan in a hot oven until they are just tender.

    They’re great tossed in a fall salad, served with roast chicken or on a crostini with some gorgonzola for an easy appetizer like in my Roasted Pear Crostini with Gorgonzola! Or maybe even serve them with your Thanksgiving roast turkey as a tasty accompaniment!

    Another idea is to make a pear wasabi puree: sauté diced pears till tender, then puree them mixed with a little wasabi for a tasty sauce for grilled fish of scallops.

    And don’t forget about the drinks! Try infusing a bottle of vodka with a sliced pear. Let sit for 2 – 3 days then strain! Delicious in cocktails like my Pear Thyme Fizz or put it in bottles and give it as a great fall hostess gift! –Kathy

    Roasted Pear Crostini (2)
    Photo from Kathy Casey’s Sips & Apps, Chronicle Books – Angie Norwood Browne

    Roasted Pear Crostini with Gorgonzola
    These are extra-delicious topped with chopped toasted nuts, such as hazelnuts or walnuts. Balsamic glaze can be purchased at gourmet and well-stocked grocery stores.

    Makes 24

    Pears
    2 firm red Bartlett or other red-skinned pears
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

    24 pieces Herbed Crostini (recipe follows)
    1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled gorgonzola cheese or thinly sliced Cambozola
    2 tablespoons balsamic glaze

    For garnishing
    Tiny sprigs of fresh thyme

    Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F.

    To roast the pears: Quarter the pears lengthwise, then core. Cut each quarter lengthwise into 6 slices (you should have 24 slices, total). In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, salt, and thyme. Add the pears and toss to coat.

    Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Lay out the pears, not touching, on the baking sheet. Roast for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden and starting to caramelize on the edges. Pears can be cooled, covered, and refrigerated for up to 3 days before serving.

    When ready to serve, lay out the crostini on a baking sheet and top each piece with about 1 heaping teaspoon of gorgonzola or a slice of Cambozola, then a slice of pear. Bake until just warmed, about 4 minutes.

    Drizzle each piece with about 1/4 teaspoon balsamic glaze, then garnish with thyme.

    Herbed Crostini
    Crostini are the must-have party basic. Use as a base for assorted toppers, such as creamy cheeses, tapenade, or spreads.

    Makes 32 to 40 pieces

    1/3 cup olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
    Pinch of cayenne pepper
    1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
    1 long, skinny French baguette, cut into 1/4-inch diagonal slices
    Kosher salt for sprinkling

    Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F.

    In a small bowl, mix the oil, dried herbs, cayenne, and garlic. Lightly brush the baguette slices with the herb oil or, in a large bowl, drizzle the bread with the oil and toss well. Lay out the bread in a single layer on baking sheets, sprinkle with salt, and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes, until just crispy.

    Crostini can be made in advance, cooled thoroughly, and stored in airtight containers for up to 3 days. If necessary, recrisp them in a hot oven for a couple of minutes.

    Recipe from Kathy Casey Sips & Apps, Chronicle Books – www.liquidkitchen.com

    Pear Thyme Fizz
    Fresh thyme’s savoriness is wonderful against the crisp dryness of pear.

    Makes 1 drink

    1 large sprig fresh thyme
    1 1/2 oz Pear Infused Vodka (recipe follows)
    1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
    3/4 ounce Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
    Splash of chilled brut Champagne, dry sparkling wine, or soda water

    For garnishing
    Thin slice of fresh pear
    Small sprig of fresh thyme

    Bend the large thyme sprig and drop into a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice. Measure in the vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Cap and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass. Top with a splash of Champagne. Float a pear slice and thyme sprig in the drink for garnish.

    Pear Infused Vodka
    Makes 1 1/2 cups

    1 large ripe pear
    1 1/2 cups vodka

    Core pear and cut into thin slices (leave skin on) and place in a mason jar with vodka. Cap and shake. Leave to infuse for at least 2 days (up to 5 days) and then strain. (Discard pears.) Refrigerate until ready to use.

    Simple Syrup
    This is a bar staple and the most commonly used sweetener. Though you can purchase simple syrup, it is ordinarily sweeter than I prefer, so I highly recommend making your own. Proportions vary but it is easy.

    Makes 3 cups

    2 cups water
    2 cups sugar

    Mix the water and sugar together in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Let boil 1 minute then immediately remove from the heat. Let cool to room temperature before using. Store in a clean glass bottle or container, at room temperature, for up to 2 weeks or, refrigerated, for up to 3 months.

    Recipe from Kathy Casey Sips & Apps, Chronicle Books – www.liquidkitchen.com

    Posted by Kathy Casey on November 26th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in appetizers, Books to Cook, Cocktails, Fruit, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes
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