Cocktails

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!

———————————————————————–

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!

c0818b03-8327-46ee-970e-5b3baf7dfc8e

———————————————————————–

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.

———————————————————————–

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!

4d0c51b0-cfbb-4ae0-9f3f-c928654fa3b3
Judges with Speed Rack – Seattle winner, Angel!

———————————————————————–

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!

994dca25-27a6-450e-b2d7-f142f561265c

———————————————————————–

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!

———————————————————————–

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

10fbfb1c-e525-40a0-8467-d697b39a93ff
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.

c8969567-4f73-40ef-a1e0-642fe766706f
Chef Rick Moonen and I between sessions!

———————————————————————–

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!

———————————————————————–

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.

4d4e0e5c-4d89-4bcd-bf87-df2904572efd

———————————————————————–

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.

———————————————————————–

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.

abd61192-9381-4f53-89c5-2c60866cf666

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

———————————————————————–

Follow on Twitter @KathyCaseyChef. Blogging: Dishing with Kathy Casey.
Like: Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen. Read: D’Lish Deviled Eggs.
Watch: www.LiquidKitchen.tv
Instagram: @KathyCaseyChef
Web: www.KathyCasey.com www.LiquidKitchen.com

———————————————————————–
Copyright © 2015 Kathy Casey, Inc., All rights reserved.

Bone Broths are HOT!

Have you heard the buzz about bone broths? It’s the hot new trend revolving around super old-school slow simmered broth made with roasted beef bones. What’s old is new again!

Slow simmering bone broths releases nutrients and minerals. It’s super healthy (packed with proteins, minerals, and healthy fats) and is full of collagen, gelatin, and glucosamine – all essential nutrients for healthy joints.

Bone broth is pretty much like the broth Great Grandma used to make! Just roast large beef bones in a 400 degree oven until roasty-toasty browned. When they’re done, put the bones in a large pot, but don’t forget about all that goodness in the bottom of your roasting pan! Deglaze with water or wine and scrape it all into the pot. You don’t want to wash all that flavor down the sink!

I like to pop in some mushroom stems, carrots, celery and onions. Cover the bones and veggies with water, bring to a simmer then cook till rich and delicious (some simmer theirs for at least 24 hours). Remember flavor takes time so don’t rush it.


Beautiful Photo of Bones ready to be made into Bone Broth from The Kitchn!

Here is a link for the best recipe and instructions for Bone Broth that I found online at The Kitchn and is the way I make it. There are quite a few recipes and techniques all over the internet but this recipe has the higher bone roasting temperature that I prefer. The Kitchn site has lots of tips, a photo tutorial and also recipes on how to use it.

Want something healthy to sip in your next cocktail? Bone broth is even being made into broth-tails! Yup, that’s right – spirit-spiked broth. From LA to NYC, it’s popping up on menus alongside shots of whiskey and tequila. Certainly soon to grace menus here too!

So get some broth simmering – your house will smell amazing!
–Kathy

Posted by Kathy on February 19th, 2015  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Cocktails, Foodie News, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts

Valentine’s Day Love Potion

I know that I don’t have to remind you, but Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Do you know what you are going to give your sweetie to show them how much you care?

Chocolates and roses have been done, so why not try something new this year. How about starting off your romantic evening with my Love Potion bottled cocktail? Fresh raspberry infused-vodka is mixed up with pomegranate juice, limoncello, and fresh citrus to create a crimson pink and d’lish drink.

Now, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can try making your own limoncello – it’s so easy! Just add lemon zest to some citrus vodka and let it sit for a few days. Then sweeten lightly with some rich simple syrup and voila. It will last up to a year in the refrigerator.

In the recipe I’’ll tell you how to bottle this up (just use little 187 ml bottles and cap) you can write a love note to your honey on a tag or make a fun valentine label.

Serve bottles chilled on ice and make a toast to your sweetheart! –Kathy

IMG_1155

Love Potion
This bottled cocktail is perfect for Valentine’s Day. You can make ahead and serve with personalized tags. Serve over large format ice cubes or spheres. Garnish with fresh berries.

Makes about 46 ounces – enough for 6 (187ml) bottles

2 cups vodka
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1/2 cup Liquid Kitchen Quick & Easy Limoncello (recipe follows),
or use your favorite brand
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup simple syrup*
1 cup water

Place the vodka and raspberries in a blender and blend to infuse raspberries. Fine strain into a large pitcher. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

Fill bottles 1-inch from top using a funnel. Cap or seal. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. Shake before serving.

*To make simple syrup: combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup boiling water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Liquid Kitchen Quick & Easy Limoncello
For a demo on how to make Housemade Limoncello, visit www.LiquidKitchen.tv.

Makes about 2 cups

1 1/2 cups citrus vodka
3 lemons
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup water

With a potato peeler, peel the zest from the lemon, being sure not to get any white pith. Place the lemon peel in a clean quart glass jar with lid. (Use the rest of the lemon for another purpose.) Cap the jar and shake well. Let sit at room temperature for 1 week, shaking the jars every couple of days.

After 1 week, bring the sugar and water to a boil in a large saucepan, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Boil for 2 minutes, then let cool to room temperature.
Strain the vodka into a pretty bottle. Add the cooled sugar syrup, cap bottle and shake to combine. Store at room temperature, for up to 2 months or, refrigerated, for 1 year.

*Glass bottles are available online as well as metal caps and cappers. You can also find them at home brew stores.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen® – www.LiquidKitchen.com

Posted by Kathy on February 6th, 2015  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Amazon, Cocktails, Fruit, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes, Small Screen Network

Holiday Hangover Cures

The year is coming to a close and the biggest party of the year is still to come – New Year’s Eve! It’s time to celebrate the old and ring in the new. And… let’s just say this usually involves at least a cocktail or two.

I have some great ways to give you a good start for the New Year, even if you do over-indulge a bit the night before.

My go-to cure is my Hangover Helper. Just empty a packet of Emergen-C (I like orange or raspberry) into a juice glass and add a little vodka – or gin, a dash of bitters, and soda water then top with a few drops of olive oil. Yep, that’s right – drink up!

New Year’s Day entertaining? A Bloody Mary Bar for brunch will definitely help with that headache – with a little hair of the dog!

Blood Scandi
The Bloody Scandi I created for Sip Northwest Magazine
made with Aquavit, Demitri’s and Local Pickled Beets

Set up a DIY station and let your guests mix up their own concoctions.

Put out a selection of different spirits:

  • -Vodkas
  • -Gin
  • -Aquavit
  • -Tequila
  • -Whiskey

Bloody Mary Mixers:

Condiments to Spice & Flavor Things Up:

  • -Tobasco
  • -Sriracha
  • -Green Hot Sauce
  • -Fresh Lemon Wedges
  • -Fresh Lime Wedges
  • -Horseradish

And Lots of Garnishes for your Guests to Skewer up!:

  • Chunks Cheese
  • Pickled Veggies(pickled beets, asparagus and beans)
  • Cooked Prawns
  • Beef Jerky
  • Sliced Salami
  • Stuffed Cherry Peppers
  • Selection of Olives
  • Hard Smoked Salmon or Pickled Herring (yes that’s right – I’m Scandinavian!)

And don’t forget to eat! Boosting your metabolism will make you feel better faster than anything. And for some reason, a bacon sandwich sometimes can be THE magic cure. You’ll feel better in no time!

Happy New Years! – Kathy

Posted by Kathy on December 24th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Cocktails, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes, Small Screen Network, videos

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  |  Comments Off on Autumn Pears |  Posted in appetizers, Books to Cook, Cocktails, Fruit, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes

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!

October has come and gone and November is almost over, which means…

It’s Fruit Cake Time!
And you know that means, our hand-crafted “Over 21″ Real Fruit Cakes made with Maker’s Mark!

Starting November 24th, these Real Fruit Cakes will be available for purchase at my Food Studios in Seattle as well as online through our website for delivery. Make sure to order early as they do sell out fast!
 
These REAL fruit cakes are fully loaded with Maker’s Mark soaked dried fruits, including apricots, cranberries, tart cherries and golden raisins, as well as loads of nuts from toasted hazelnuts to rich pecans – all bound with our signature spiced batter, baked till golden and then glazed hot out of the oven with LOTS of bourbon-brown sugar syrup.





Who’s ready for a slice?

I know a lot of you all have been asking about our Holiday Extravaganza… We’re taking a break this year but will still have lots of goodies for your favorite foodie available during open hours at the Food Studios. Drop on by for signed cookbooks, and of course Fruit Cakes!

Savor the Season at Dish D’Lish!
For those flying to and from Seattle this holiday season, make sure to stop by my Dish D’Lish cafes (Sea-Tac Airport: pre- and post-security) to get your holiday feast to go! Warm up with a Salted Caramel Pumpkin Latte while nibbling on a Pumpkin Pecan Muffin in between trips. For heartier fare, grab a Turkey and all the “Fixins” Sandwich to bring on your next flight – sliced turkey breast, Havarti cheese, stuffing, and cranberry apple chutney on organic pumpkin focaccia! Yum!

Dish D’Lish Savor the Season at Sea-Tac Airport

 Heather and Jason were again shaking it up for Sunkist at PMA’s (Produce Marketing Association) Fresh Summit Convention & Expo. The Sunkist Grapefruit IPA Twist was made with fresh squeezed grapefruit, Bacardi rum, fresh mint, and a touch of simple syrup – shaken and then topped with Eagle Rock Brewery Populist IPA. The cocktail was a huge hit! 

Jason and Heather shaking up Sunkist Grapefruit IPA Twists
Portland Imbibing
Lucky-invited bartenders and mixologists headed to Portland Cocktail Week this last October where I lead a seminar on Real World Consulting. It was a libatious week of learning and imbibing. Days were filled with educational seminars and evenings were all about the fab & glam parties. One of my favorite events was the G.L.A.S.S. (Gay & Lesbian Alliance for Spirited Sipping) & ABSOLUT Drag Party! Guests were entertained by Portland’s finest drag queens while getting there glam on with fun wigs and lots of fake eyelashes. 


Pernod Ricard’s Karlyn Monroe and I looking all rainbow and fab
with our spirited sippy cups at the GLASS Drag Event

And speaking of Portland, while on our visit South we rolled out the Heathman’s Restaurant & Bar’s new fall cocktail menu and shook up cocktails for a media menu release party. New menu items include 50 Shades of Gin, (did you know that the book 50 Shades of Grey was written at the hotel!) Harvest Pumpkin Toddy (recipe below), Huckleberry Mules and French Daiquiris. Local Portland Blogger and Photographer Aubrie LeGault took some AMAZING photos of the Orchard Old Fashioned topped with my Liquid Kitchen Cocktail Goldcheck out the link for the recipe and a peek at her beautiful work. To hear more, check out my interview with Lori Ness on Northwest Prime Radio!





Heathman Barman mixing up Liquid Kitchen’s 50 Shades of Gin Cocktail
Note the fun little “handcuffs” giving a flavor of the book.

Liquid Kitchen’s Winter Warmer
The Harvest Pumpkin Toddy is the perfect drink to warm up to on a blistery late fall/winter’s day! This Hot Toddy variation incorporates a Spiced Pumpkin Mix that mingles well with the bourbon and hazelnut liqueur. Pop by the Heathman’s Restaurant & Bar in Portland or whip one up at home.

Harvest Pumpkin Toddy
Makes 1 drink
 
1 lemon wedge
1 ounce bourbon
1/2 ounce Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
2 heaping tablespoons Spiced Pumpkin Mix (recipe follows)
4-5 oz boiling water
Garnish: cinnamon stick
 
Build the drink in a coffee mug. Squeeze the lemon wedge into the mug. Measure in the bourbon, Frangelico, and the Spiced Pumpkin Mix. Carefully measure and add in the boiling water. Stir until well mixed. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
 
Spiced Pumpkin Mix
Makes 3 cups, enough for 24 drinks
 
4 oz wt. (1/2 cup) un-salted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups (12 oz wt) packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoon ground nutmeg          
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves         
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
 
In a mixing bowl, whip the butter, brown sugar, spices and salt with an electric mixer on high speed for about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Stop and scrape the bowl as needed. Add the pumpkin and continue to whip until pumpkin is totally incorporated and mixture is fluffy, about 5 minutes more. Place in a small container, cover tightly. Label, date, initial and refrigerate for up to 7 days or keep frozen for up to 1 month.
 
Recipe from Kathy Casey Sips & Apps
I hope you enjoy these holiday bevies. For more recipes for the holiday season visit my blog Dishing with Kathy Casey and for all things libatious check out www.LiquidKitchen.com
 
I wish you, your friends and family a wonderful holiday season!

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



Posted by Kathy on November 25th, 2014  |  Comments Off on Dishing with Kathy Casey: The Newsletter |  Posted in Restaurants, Books to Cook, Cocktails, events, Foodie News, KOMO Radio, Newsletter, Recent Posts, Recipes, Tasty Travels

Head Start on Thanksgiving

It’s always fun to see friends and family at Thanksgiving and have a big get together, but sometimes the meal prep can be overwhelming! I’m here to help with a few tricks and tips to give you a head start on your holiday feast.

First, plan your menu in advance. This way you’ll be able to shop for ingredients, pick out cooking dishes, and delegate tasks before it is the last minute. Write out your menu and a game plan. And for those looking to REALLY get ahead, try making a few dishes in advance, then finish them off on the big day.

Turkey Feast 2
Check out my blog from last year on Turkey Sins

I like to get a head start on the gravy, because you can never have enough gravy! Purchase some turkey legs, make a stock, and then make my recipe for my Old-Fashioned Turkey Mushroom Gravy THAT MAKES A LOT. Then on Thanksgiving day you can just finish it off the turkey roasting pan. All those pan drippings will add great flavor! Stuffing can also be made up to two days in advance and refrigerated until its ready to bake.

And how about an alternative to pumpkin pie? Try making my d’lish individual Pumpkin Panna Cottas topped with some Ale Spiked Salted Caramel. I like to serve them in mini martini glasses so everyone can have a taste! Make these ahead for an easy d’lish crowd pleaser.

Pumpkin Panna Cotta
Mini Pumpkin Panna Cottas with Ale Spiked Caramel

For those looking to plan a signature cocktail for the get together, make a batch of my Holiday Cheers for a Crowd. Fresh citrus juices, vodka, and cranberry combine for an easy to make ahead party cocktail – cheers!

So de-stress the big feast and get cooking in advance! Gobble Gobble! –Kathy

Old-Fashioned Turkey Mushroom Gravy THAT MAKES A LOT!
You can make this a few days ahead and then re-heat in your turkey roasting pan for extra turkey flavor goodness! Read through the entire recipe before starting.

Makes 10 cups, or about 20 generous 1/2-cup servings

12 Tbsps. (1 1/2 sticks) butter
1 tsp. minced fresh rosemary – or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
8 ounces (4 cups) thinly sliced mushrooms, or chopped wild mushrooms (optional)
1 cup flour
10 cups Rich Turkey Stock (recipe follows)
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. white pepper

Melt the butter in a large, heavy saucepan. Add the rosemary and mushrooms and sauté over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes. Add the flour and stir vigorously until combined and smooth. Cook for about 1 minute. Add the stock all at once and whisk vigorously so as to eliminate any lumps. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the gravy is nicely thickened. Season with salt and white pepper.

You can make the gravy a couple of days ahead to save yourself some precious holiday time!

Then right before serving- and while your turkey is set aside to rest – ready your turkey roasting pan full of turkey goodness: remove excess fat from your turkey roasting pan. Place the pan over a burner – add a big splash of white wine, champagne, potato cooking water, chicken broth or water. Using a metal spatula – scrape up all the goodies in the bottom of the pan… this is the turkey goodness. Then add your prepared Turkey Mushroom gravy – whisk well and heat till hot. Serve up and enjoy – you’ll have lots of gravy for all!

Rich Turkey Stock
Makes about 10 cups

2 large turkey legs or thighs, about 2 pounds total
1 yellow onion, unpeeled, coarsely chopped
1 large or 2 medium carrots, cut into large chunks
Up to 2 cups mushroom stems, optional
4 stalks celery, cut into chunks
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup white wine
12 cups water

Preheat an oven to 400°F.

Roast the turkey pieces in a baking pan for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the skin is golden brown. Place them in an 8-quart pot and add the vegetables and seasonings. Deglaze the roasting pan with the wine, scraping the pan well to loosen browned bits, and add to the pot. Add the water.

Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring to a rapid simmer. Reduce the heat to low and lightly simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Strain the stock and skim off any fat. Discard the vegetables. (Most of the flavor will have cooked out of the turkey; however, the meat can be removed from the bones and saved for another use.)

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

Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Ale Caramel & Sea Salt
You can make the panna cotta up to 5 days in advance—just keep tightly wrapped with plastic. The caramel sauce can also be prepared up to a week beforehand, making it the perfect dessert for a busy holiday schedule.

Makes 8 regular (4-oz) servings or 16 mini (2-oz) servings

1 packet Knox unflavored gelatin
2 Tbsps. water
1 cup cream
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup mascarpone
1 cup pumpkin puree (pure pumpkin, not pre-seasoned pie filling)
1 1/2 tsp.vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
————————————————-
1 cup Holiday Ale Caramel Sauce (recipe follows)
Sea salt for sprinkling (sea salt)

In a small, microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Soak until the gelatin is soft, then microwave on high power for only about 2 seconds, or until the gelatin is melted but not foaming up.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream, sugar, sour cream, mascarpone, pumpkin, vanilla, and spices. Add the gelatin and whisk together well.

Place the mixing bowl over a pan of simmering water, being sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until smooth and hot (150 to 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer).

Remove from the heat and divide the mixture evenly among 8 regular or 16 mini martini glasses (or 8 custard or 16 espresso cups). Cover with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic does not touch the panna cotta. Refrigerate for a minimum of 12 hours to set.

To serve: Drizzle each panna cotta with ale caramel sauce (1 tablespoon for the minis or 2 for the larger portions), and then sprinkle lightly with sea salt.

Chef’s note: If making the ale caramel sauce is too much for your schedule, then substitute with a speed scratch sea salt caramel sauce; mix 1/2 cup purchased high-quality caramel sauce with 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, depending upon how salty you like it.

Holiday Ale Caramel Sauce
If made ahead, cool completely and store refrigerated. Bring to room temperature to serve. The recipe makes more than you’ll need for the panna cotta; extra sauce can be drizzled on ice cream, pound cake or other desserts.

Makes 2 cups

1 (12-ounce) bottle pumpkin ale or other seasonal beer, such as Pike Brewing Co. Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsps. salted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a medium-large saucepan, bring the ale to a low boil. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 1/2 cup. Remove from heat, add the brown sugar and stir to dissolve.

Bring mixture to a boil and cook without stirring (stir or swirl the pan only if necessary to prevent boiling over) for about 10 to 15 minutes, until thick and syrupy (about 230 degrees F on a candy thermometer).

Remove from heat and slowly whisk in the cream and butter (it may splatter!), and then cook for 5 to 6 minutes more, until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. If serving right away, cool until just warm; it will thicken up more as it cools. Keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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

Holiday Cheers for a Crowd
Who wants to be tied to the bar during their party? Making a pre-mix for your signature holiday cocktail gives you more time to mingle with your guests and enjoy the festivities! Try shaking in fresh rosemary to add an herbal note.

Makes 1 drink

1/2 cup (4 ounces) Cocktail Pre-Mix (recipe follows)
Garnish: small sprig of rosemary and fresh or frozen cranberry

Measure the pre-mix into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Cap and shake vigorously. Strain into a large martini glass. Garnish with rosemary and float cranberry in drink.

Cocktail Pre-Mix
Mixture can be made up to 4 days in advance and kept refrigerated.

Makes 4 cups – enough for about 8 drinks

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
————————-
1 1/2 cups vodka
1 cup white cranberry juice
3/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Combine sugar and water in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a quick simmer and remove from heat. (Do not reduce.) Cool to room temperature.

Combine cooled sugar mixture and remaining ingredients in a pretty glass bottle. Refrigerate until ready to use.

*Non-Alcoholic Version: instead of the vodka increase the cranberry juice to 1 1/2 cups and the grapefruit juice to 1 3/4 cups.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen® – www.LiquidKitchen.com

Posted by Kathy Casey on November 20th, 2014  |  Comments Off on Head Start on Thanksgiving |  Posted in Cocktails, dessert, Foodie News, KOMO Radio, other, Recent Posts, Recipes

Cider Craze

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we sure love our ciders! From restaurant menus to pubs to the grocery store shelves, ciders are everywhere these days. There is even a new magazine called CIDERCRAFT devoted to all things cider from reviews to cider-based cocktails.

CIDERCRAFT-Logo-and-Tag-Line-830x350
The website is still being developed
but check out their Twitter @CidercraftMag for hard cider news!

From apple to cherry and pear to even chai, there are a lot of varieties to choose from. And with Thanksgiving coming, consider serving a hard cider with your holiday bird. Serving a dryer-style apple cider is a great alternative to white wine.

Dryer ciders can be reminiscent of sparkling wine and makes for a tasty alternative to traditional bubbly. Perfect for a special toast or in your favorite champagne cocktail!

One of my favorite recipes for a Spiced and Spiked Cider Sangria I created for an upcoming issue of CIDERCRAFT magazine combines the flavors of blood oranges, cinnamon, ginger, tequila, and cider to make a great crowd-pleasing punch!


Make sure to get a copy of the latest issue for this tasty recipe!

Another favorite cider-inspired signature is the Ruby Rum Cider Cocktail. Rich Bacardi 8 rum, fresh squeezed ruby grapefruit, pomegranate juice and Schilling & Company’s Chai Cider combine for a tasty fall cocktail.

And for a fun party idea how about a cider tasting, ask your guests to each bring a different cider. Put a brown bag over each one and tie at the top. Before pouring, give each guest 3 ribbons to hang around the top of their favorites, taste, and then unveil to crown the cider winners.

Cheers to sipping some cider! -Kathy

Ruby_Red_1_forweb
Photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®

Ruby Rum Cider Cocktail
This cider’s warm spice notes play well with the rich flavor of Bacardi 8 rum and the tang of fresh grapefruit and pomegranate. For a crowd make a large batch by just switching the measurements from ounces to cups!

Makes 1 cocktail

1 1/2 oz Bacardi 8 rum
1 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1 oz pomegranate juice
4 oz (1/2 cup) Schilling & Company’s Chai Cider
Garnish: thin grapefruit wedge

Fill a tall glass with ice. Measure in the rum, grapefruit and pomegranate juices. Top with cider and stir. Garnish with grapefruit.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen® for CIDERCRAFT Magazine.

Posted by Kathy Casey on November 19th, 2014  |  Comments Off on Cider Craze |  Posted in Cocktails, Foodie News, KOMO Radio, Recipes
Untitled