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Spaghetti Squash Is More Than Just A Pasta Plant

Most people have had hand at cooking spaghetti squash, and there are a lot of ways to prepare this tasty vegetable.

This winter squash starts getting popular at the farmers market and grocery store in early fall. The cooked stringy flesh is delicious, but there are a few cooking tricks to know.

(Photo from Elizabeth Norris’ blog)

Cut the squash in half length-wise. Make sure to use a good knife and a little muscle – this is a sturdy squash! Once you have the squash in half, scrape out the seeds and pulp the same way you would with any other winter squash.

Turn the halves cut-side down in a baking dish. Add a little water and roast in a 350 degree oven for about an hour. You’ll know it’s done when a fork slides in and out of the flesh easily. If you’re in a hurry you can quick cook it the same way in the microwave in a glass dish – just blast on high until fork tender.

Now to get those noodle-like strands out of the shell. Turn the squash up and gently scrape the flesh with a fork along the grain and loosen it up. Then scoop the squash into a bowl and finish how you like.

It’s a great low-calorie and gluten-free option to traditional pasta for topping with marinara. Or toss it with maple syrup or honey, a little butter or olive oil, some minced fresh herbs and some sea salt for a great side dish to any entrée. –Kathy

Posted by Kathy Casey on October 2nd, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Foodie News, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Recent Posts

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

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

Taste America comes to Seattle

The James Beard Foundation will be coming to Seattle as part of their Taste America: Local Flavor from Coast to Coast on Friday, September 26th and Saturday, September 27th! As part of their epicurean tour, Seattle has been chosen to host a weekend long tour celebrating America’s cultural diversity.

The kick-off event starts on Friday at the Four Seasons Hotel with A Night of Culinary Star, an exclusive dinner created by All-Star Marc Murphy from New York City’s Benchmarc Restaurants, Tom Douglas, and Host Chef Kerry Sear. The night will start off with bites and sips from Seattle chefs, including Maria Hines, Jason Wilson, Rachel Yang, Renee Erikson, and Jason Stratton then lead to the amazing dinner.

On Saturday, there will be a series of free events at Sur La Table in Kirkland including demos and tastings, book signings, and more.

For dinner ticket prices and more information, check out the Taste America website.

Taste America

Posted by Kathy Casey on August 4th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Foodie News, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, events

Celebrating NW Spirits

Looking for lots of great drink recipes using NW spirits? Check out Sip Northwest Magazine – it’s chock full of great libatious articles and recipes by yours truly. Try my Summer Punches – great for this weekend’s 4th of July celebrations!

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Photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®

Are you a fan of locally made spirits? I sure am! Washington has some of the fastest growing craft distilleries in the country! Come try a whole new selection at PROOF – The Washington Distillers Festival next Saturday July 12 at Seattle’s Fremont Studios.

Proof

This second annual festival will include tastings of locally made whiskey, gin, bourbon, vodka and lots more craft spirits. You will be able to discover your new favorite cocktail, shaken, or stirred – by local restaurants and bars.

Find something you like? Tons of bottles will be for sale so you can take home your new favorite local spirit!

And if this sounds good to you, but mixing drinks at home sounds a little daunting, then have no fear – local bartenders will provide tips to mixing drinks and upgrading your home bar!

–Kathy

Posted by Kathy Casey on July 3rd, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Cocktails, Foodie News, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Tasty Travels

Travels to India – Part 3

Guest blogger and KCFS intern Jenn concludes her travel recaps to India with Part 3!

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As I have learned from my travels, the types of food in India vary greatly from region to region. One dish that I have consistently enjoyed in every city that hails from the south is dosa. Made from a batter of ground rice and fermented lentils, dosa is a large crepe that can be served plain or rolled with a variety of fillings. It is always accompanied by sambar (a spicy lentil soup) and different types of chutneys (usually coconut, mint, and tomato).

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All the food I’ve had was delicious but there was something special I was yearning for – mangoes! When I first arrived in the country, I was dismayed to learn that I was too early for mango season. And while the streets were lined with all types of mangoes, I was assured by locals that they were not sweet at all and I’d needed to be patient.

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Finally, on my last day in the country my patience was rewarded. The first crop of the summer season of the ‘king of mangoes’ had arrived! Alphonso was his name and as the sweetest, juiciest, and most fragrant mango variety, he definitely delivered! My trip was complete.

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Posted by Kathy Casey on May 21st, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Foodie News, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Tasty Travels

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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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.

The Drink Nation Experiment is Underway!

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!

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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 years Flavor Experience conference by Kathy Casey of Liquid Kitchen and Beam, Inc.’s resident Mixologist Philip Raimondo – 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!

Posted by Kathy Casey on May 12th, 2014  |  Comments Off |  Posted in Foodie News, Lifestyle, events
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