Recipes

Asparagus – The Sure Sign of Spring

Asparagus is a sure sign of spring. Looking for new ways to cook it? Well, I love it steamed, grilled, roasted, or sautéed. Just give it a quick rinse and then snap off the fibrous ends at their “natural break.” The ends can be saved for veggie stock or added to your compost.

Asparagus is also great to incorporate into a weekend brunch, in an easy egg scramble with shrimp and herby boursin garlic cheese – Yum!

If you’ve got the grill fired up, just toss asparagus spears in a little olive oil and seasoning, lightly grill and serve with oh-so-Northwest, homemade, toasted Hazelnut Aioli. Perfect for smearing, slathering, or dipping grilled asparagus into.

And don’t think you must go through a huge ordeal to make pickled asparagus! I’ve got a great recipe for Quick Overnight Refrigerator Pickled Asparagus – it’s a snap!

So pick up some asparagus while the season is prime! -Kathy


Photo from Dishing with Kathy Casey.

Grilled Asparagus with Hazelnut Aioli
Makes 4 – 6 servings of asparagus and 1 1/2 cups of aioli

2 bunches of fat asparagus – about 2 pounds
olive oil, as needed
salt, as desired

Hazelnut Aioli
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 1/2 Tbsps. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 egg yolks*
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup light olive oil
1/4 cup hazelnut oil
1 Tbsp. water

Wash asparagus and with a paring knife trim off the bottom 3 inches (the woody tough part) and discard. Meanwhile, get coals going in grill — you want to grill the asparagus over pretty hot coals.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To toast hazelnuts for the aioli:
Place the hazelnuts on a baking sheet and toast in oven for about 6 – 8 minutes, or until golden. When cool enough to handle, put hazelnuts in a clean, non-fuzzy dishtowel and rub as much skin off hazelnuts as comes off easily. Set aside until needed.

To make aioli:
In a food processor add the hazelnuts, sugar, garlic, lemon juice, mustard, egg yolks and salt. Process until smooth. In a measuring cup mix together the olive and hazelnut oils. With food processor running, SLOWLY drizzle in the oils; the drizzle should be about the width of a spaghetti strand. The mixture will slowly begin to emulsify, forming a mayonnaise-like consistency. (Don’t add the oil too fast, or the mixture will break!) When all the oil has been added, pulse in the water. Store refrigerated until ready to use. May be made up to 3 days in advance.

To grill the asparagus:
Place asparagus on a large plate and lightly brush with a little olive oil. Place asparagus over very hot coals and grill for about 1 minute on each side to mark asparagus nicely and cook until just done. Sprinkle with a little salt if desired.

Great served hot or warm dipped into or smeared with aioli — I like it served cold, too!

* Note: Raw eggs are not recommended for pregnant women, children, the elderly or anyone with immune deficiencies.

Recipe from Dishing with Kathy Casey.

Asparagus, Shrimp & Boursin Breakfast Scramble
Makes about 4 servings

8 eggs
2 Tbsps. water
salt & pepper to taste
1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
1 cup bias-cut fresh asparagus
4 oz. wt. (1/2 cup) bay shrimp, or cooked shrimp, chopped
1/2 cup Boursin cheese (garlic and herb)
chopped parsley or snipped chives for garnish if desired

In a large bowl whisk together the eggs and water until very foamy; season as desired with salt and pepper and set aside.

In a large, non-stick skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add the asparagus and cook, stirring often, until barely tender, about 2 minutes.

Add in the egg mixture and move the eggs around the pan with a spoon or spatula, turning them as necessary until they are three-quarters cooked, about 1 – 2 minutes, and have just started to thicken.

At this point add the shrimp. Fold into eggs, heat through and serve immediately. Dollop 2 tablespoons of Boursin on top of each serving and sprinkle with parsley if desired.

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

Overnight Pickled Asparagus
Makes 1 large jar or about 20 pieces.

1 bunch (about 1 1/4 pounds untrimmed) fresh fat asparagus

Pickling Brine
1 1/2 cups distilled vinegar
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3 garlic cloves, sliced in half
2 Tbsps. pickling spice
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Wash asparagus and with a paring knife trim off the bottom 3 inches (the woody tough part) and discard.

Place asparagus in a canning jar standing up or in a glass bread pan or other non-corrosive container. The asparagus should fit tightly in. Set jar or container on a dish towel in a draft-free place in the kitchen.

Place the pickling brine ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan over high heat. Bring to a hard rolling boil and then immediately ladle brine with the spices over asparagus, being sure to cover the asparagus and poking down the spears if needed. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap.

Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate. Let pickle for at least overnight before eating. Pickled asparagus will last refrigerated up to 2 weeks.

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

Posted by Kathy on April 10th, 2015  |  Add Comment |  Posted in breakfast, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, sides

Morel Mushrooms – Springtime Northwest Gold

Local, wild morel mushrooms are treasured like gold and every spring fungi enthusiasts rush out to scope their secret spots, looking for the first signs of this delicacy!

Morels fruit in two types of habitat. In areas where they are naturalized, they fruit every year. It is usually a grassy area where natural composting occurs or along a stream where leaves drop to give them food.


(Photo from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife)

The other type of habitat is disturbed areas, such as logged or burned areas, where the morels will come up only once because there is no continuous source of food. But sometimes we get really lucky and even find morels in our backyards where new grass has been planted, thus disturbing the soil.

Predicting where and when these jewels will appear is the real art. If you’re not an experienced picker then you need to join a mushroom interest group or find an experienced picker to go with, but most fungi hunters keep their spots pretty secret.

Check out the Puget Sound Mycological Society to learn about field trips and more about our NW wild mushrooms. Or visit your local farmers markets for local forager’s finds.

And if you’ve been out foraging then you deserve a little splurge – as cream and morels are so amazing together! Try out Morels in Cream Sauce, it’s good on anything! From chicken to halibut to salmon, to crostini … yum! Happy Spring! – Kathy

Morels in Cream Sauce
I also like to add a squeeze of fresh lemon and zest to pop the flavor.

Makes about 4 – 6 servings

2 Tbsps. olive oil or butter
1/2 lb. fresh morels, cleaned and sliced
1 chopped shallot
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup whipping cream
2 Tbsps. butter (optional)
salt & pepper to taste
snipped fresh chives

Heat skillet on medium-high to high, add oil, then mushrooms and shallot. Saute for 1 minute, then add the wine. Continue cooking over high heat until the wine is reduced by half. Then add the cream and reduce by half. Reduce the heat to low, add the butter, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until thickened. Sprinkle with chives.

Serve as an appetizer with fresh, crusty bread for dipping, or serve atop sauteed chicken breasts or your favorite fish or seafood.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

Posted by Kathy on April 3rd, 2015  |  Add Comment |  Posted in KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes

Blending up a Signature Easter Brunch Cocktail

Looking for your signature Easter Brunch cocktail? The delicious & frothy Strawberry Silver Gin Fizz is a sure crowd pleaser and oh-so-spring looking! Delightfully pink and bright flavored, this drink is flash blended then finished with soda water for a fun and unique addition to your morning get-together. To make things easier, you can pre-batch the strawberries, sugar, gin, lemon, and egg white and keep refrigerated until ready to blend with the ice.

Happy Easter!

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Photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®

Strawberry Silver Gin Fizz
Makes 4 – 6 servings

3/4 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 cup gin (or substitute vodka)
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) freshly squeezed Sunkist Lemon juice
2 organic egg whites (or 2 ounces 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® – www.LiquidKitchen.com

Posted by Kathy on April 3rd, 2015  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Cocktails, Fruit, Recent Posts, Recipes

Wisconsin State Journal

“The Devil is in the Details” – love it! Thanks to Wisconsin State Journal for featuring recipes and tips from D’Lish Deviled Eggs!

Posted by Kathy on April 1st, 2015  |  Add Comment |  Posted in appetizers, Foodie News, Press, Recent Posts, Recipes

Cinnamon

Cinnamon has a spicy history. Wars were fought over trading rights and Ancient Romans paid more for cinnamon than its weight in gold!

Cinnamon Sticks
Fresh cinnamon sticks from World Spice Merchants at Pike Place!

It has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine for its warming qualities to provide relief at the beginning of a cold or flu, especially when mixed in tea with fresh ginger.

Today everybody’s spice rack has a jar of ground cinnamon lying around. It’s a must for all those recipes that are oh-so-American from apple pie to cinnamon rolls to snicker doodles. We love our cinnamon!

But it’s not only used for sweets. It flavors all TYPES of foods from Greek eggplant moussaka and spicy Indian curries to Mexican hot chocolate and Middle Eastern pastries. Cinnamon adds a warming touch to Garam Masala, a spice mix with cloves, cardamom and cumin used in finishing vegetables and meat dishes.

I also love it in couscous dishes and even in a sultry Spiced Vinaigrette on a salad. Cinnamon Scented Basmati Rice will change how you cook rice forever!

One thing to remember ground cinnamon only lasts for about 6 months, and cinnamon sticks stay fresh for about a year. Keep your spice jars tightly sealed and in a cool spot.

Keep things spicy with a hint of cinnamon! – Kathy

Spiced Vinaigrette
Makes 1 cup

1/4 cup white wine vinegar
4 tsp. light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground coriander
1/8 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp. finely minced fresh ginger

Combine vinegar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, spices, and salt in mixing bowl, whisking well.

Gradually whisk in olive oil, emulsifying the dressing. Whisk in minced ginger. Let sit 8 hours or longer before using.

Store extra dressing refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

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

Cinnamon Scented Basmati Rice
Makes 4 to 6 servings

1 cup basmati rice, rinsed and drained well
3 Tbsps. butter
3/4 cup 1/4-inch-diced onion
1 cinnamon stick, cracked in half
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
Small pinch cayenne
1 1/2 cups water
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon (or lime) juice
1 1/2 tsp. minced lemon (or lime) zest
2 Tbsps. cream
1 1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsps. thinly sliced chives

Preheat an oven to 375°F. Place the very well-drained rice in a 1 1/2-quart baking dish.

Melt the butter in a nonstick or heavy saucepan. Add the onion and cinnamon stick and sauté over medium heat until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. Add the cayenne, water, lemon juice, lemon zest, cream, and salt, and bring to a boil.

Stir the mixture into the rice, being sure to scrape up and include all the goodies. Seal tightly with foil and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the rice is tender and all the liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork before serving, then fold in the chives.

Recipe adapted from Dishing with Kathy Casey Cookbook.

Posted by Kathy on March 27th, 2015  |  Add Comment |  Posted in KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, sides

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

Fresh Ginger

As far as trends go, fresh ginger is Hot, Hot, Hot! It’s everywhere on menus these days from signature cocktails to entrees to desserts!

And no wonder! Not only is fresh ginger spicy, aromatic, and so tasty, it is incredibly good for you. Ginger has been used for ages as an anti-inflammatory and is a well-known cure for symptoms of motion as well as morning sickness. And next time you have a cold or the flu, try some hot ginger tea. It’s an age-old remedy that helps boost your immune system.

There are a ton of great uses for ginger in drinks. I like steeping it in some simple syrup to add that special zing and spice to drinks. And of course ginger beer is the latest darling in the whole Modern Mule Cocktail Craze – and easy to make, vodka, squeeze of lime, and a great ginger beer, like Rachel’s Ginger Beer – a local fave!

Ginger
Hands of fresh ginger are easy to peel using a small spoon!

Want to know my ginger peeling trick – it’s like magic! Peeling ginger roots with the side of a spoon – the brown skin rubs right off, and you won’t waste too much of the great flavorful inside. It’s that easy.

And one of my favorite and easy Pacific Northwest-inspired meals is fresh local clams or mussels steamed with lots of ginger, garlic and lemon grass with a dash of hot chili paste and coconut milk. I’ve got a great recipe for you below!

Stay zesty with ginger! -Kathy

Mussels
A favorite mussel recipe from One of my first cookbooks: Dishing

Steamed Mussels in Gingery Thai Basil Coconut Broth
One of the many basil varieties, Thai basil is often described as having a spicier fragrance than sweet basil. I’ve combined it with ginger, lemongrass, and steamed mussels for a dish that is full of aromatic characteristics and brothy richness.

Makes 4 starter servings or 2 entrée servings

2 tsp. vegetable oil
2 Tbsps. minced ginger
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. chili flakes (or 1/2 – 1 tsp. Asian chili paste if you like it spicy)
1 Tbsp. minced fresh lemongrass (optional)
1 (13.5 ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk
2 tsp. Thai fish sauce (nam pla)
2 tsp. soy sauce
3 Tbsps. coarsely chopped fresh Thai basil
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 pounds fresh mussels in the shell, washed and debearded
1/2 cup matchstick-cut carrots
1/2 cup matchstick-cut red bell pepper
1/4 cup slivered green onion
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat until hot. Add the ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, and lemongrass and cook, stirring often, for about 30 seconds; do not let the mixture burn.

Add the coconut milk, fish sauce, soy sauce, Thai basil, lime juice, mussels, carrots, red peppers, and green onions. Bring to a boil, and cover immediately. Steam the mussels, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the mussels just open. Immediately remove from heat. With a slotted spoon, divide the mussels (discard any that are unopened) and vegetables among bowls and pour the broth over them. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve immediately.

Chef’s Tips: If Thai basil is not available, substitute any fresh basil.

Posted by Kathy on March 5th, 2015  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Foodie News, KOMO Radio, Recipes, seafood
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