Recipes

Serene Summer Sipper: Lemonades!

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

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

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade!
Photo by Kathy Casey Food Studios
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Get creative with the classic Arnold Palmer made with equal parts iced tea and lemonade by switching out classic black tea with green tea or chai.

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

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

Cool off with a refreshing glass; cheers! –Kathy

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

Makes 8 to 10 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes

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

Garnish: lemon wheel or wedges and small fresh rosemary sprigs

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

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

Recipe developed by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

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

Marinades

Summer means grilling and nothing boosts the flavor goodness on grilled meat, seafood and veggies like a fantastic marinade. They are simple to make and give an easy flavor jolt to your dinner dishes with only a few ingredients.

Marinade
(Photo courtesy of Country Living)

Take inspiration for your marinade from different cultures. Chipotle, lime, and agave add instant cha-cha-cha to your chicken. Or try ginger, thai basil, sesame oil, and hot chili paste for a bit of zen for your dish.

My biggest marinade tip is: Make it strong! The bolder the flavor; the bigger the taste. If you make your marinade and it tastes good – then it’s not bold enough. Pump up the flavor even more with spices, garlic, herbs, etc. Get creative!

Citrus juices are common in marinades and add a big hit of brightness to smoky grilled flavors. Keep in mind that marinating with citrus juices for too long can begin to “cook” your protein, particularly fish, before it even hits the heat. I like to use orange juice concentrate to really get a citrus punch in my marinade.

Another quick tip: If your marinade contains sugar or honey, be sure to grill on medium-low heat to prevent burning. Honey or sugar can scorch on high heat.

I’ve included a great chart for making marinades with a basic recipe and then add-ins for you to customize. I also put together some marinating and grilling tips for your next patio party to be grilling-successful!

So this summer, jazz up your cooking with some mouth-watering marinades. –Kathy

Basic Marinade for Grilling
Marinates 4 to 6 portions of protein

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or other fresh herb
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
1/3 cup olive oil or salad oil, depending upon which herbs you are using
1/2 teaspoon coarse-ground black pepper or 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
4 to 6 portions of protein, such as chicken breasts, steaks, pork loin chops, salmon, or large shrimp, or large portobello mushrooms for a vegetarian option

In a small bowl, whisk together all marinade ingredients.

Lay out protein in a shallow, non-aluminum baking pan. Spoon half the marinade on the top side of each portion and rub it around, then flip the protein and spoon on the remaining marinade, being sure that all surfaces are covered.

Cover pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.

When ready to cook, heat grill to medium-high heat, then brush grill lightly with oil. Be sure grill is hot before placing protein on it. Sprinkle both sides of protein with kosher salt, and grill on the first side, being sure not to move it until there is a good charred grill mark. (The biggest mistake that home cooks make is to “touch” what they are grilling too much and move it around before it is ready; this causes sticking.)

Grill to desired doneness. No specific time can be given as it will depend upon your heat and what you are grilling. Typically, if there are nice grill marks on each side, the food is probably close to done. You can refer to internal cooking temperatures on the Internet, but I think that most government-determined temperatures are too high. So, until you are a seasoned griller, get a small paring knife and cut a tiny “peek “into the center of what you are cooking. For poultry you will want to see no pink; fish should be just cooked and not dry; shrimp should be just pink on the outside and barely opaque inside; and steaks should be the way you like them!

This marinade is a basic one, so get creative here, too, when you feel ready. Practice makes perfect. And grilling is “rustic,” so if you make a mistake, it is not the end of the world—just jump back in and try it again soon.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

Marinade Customization Chart

Acid 1/4 cup Any of the following or a combination equaling 1/4 cup:

lemon juice

lime juice

cider vinegar

balsamic vinegar

red wine vinegar

white wine vinegar

rice wine vinegar

Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons
Kosher salt 3/4 teaspoon (use less if adding cheese or olives)
Oil 3/4 cup Any of the following or a combination equaling 3/4 cup:

mild-tasting vegetable oil, such as canola

olive oil, extra-virgin olive oil

nut oils, such as hazelnut or walnut oil (do not use nut oils for more than half of total oil)

Flavorings as desired black pepper, pinch of cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon grated lemon, lime or orange zest (colored part only—no white pith)

1 tablespoon chopped mild fresh herbs (basil, tarragon, chives, oregano, cilantro)

1 1/2 teaspoons chopped strong fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, marjoram)

2 tablespoons chopped calamata olives, sun dried tomatoes or roasted peppers

2 to 3 teaspoons finely minced fresh garlic

2 to 3 teaspoons finely minced fresh ginger

1 tablespoon honey

2 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons poppy seeds

1 tablespoon Asian-style sesame oil

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

1 tablespoon finely minced shallots

2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions

1 teaspoon hot chili paste or hot sauce

In a small mixing bowl, use a small wire whisk and combine together your acid component, Dijon mustard and salt. Then slowly whisk in the oil, adding it in a thin drizzle. This technique is to emulsify (make smooth and combined) your marinade. Then add your flavoring components.

You can keep the unused marinade refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Experiment with different flavorings and combinations. Discard after using the marinade.

Marinating tips:

  • The item you are marinating doesn’t have to be swimming in liquid if the marinade is made strong enough.
  • Freeze extra marinade in zip-lock freezer bags. When ready to use, just pull it out of the freezer, defrost and add in your item to be marinated.
  • Marinades with a lot of acid (vinegar, wine, citrus) should be used for a shorter time on proteins.
  • Make marinades thick with herbs and citrus zests — almost like a wet rub — for a big flavor punch. Smear on 1 tablespoon per portion.
  • Try smearing thicker marinades under the skin of whole chickens, then let them sit overnight, refrigerated, before roasting.
  • Created by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

    Lemon & Caper Marinade for Seafood or Chicken
    Makes about 1/3 cup

    2 teaspoons finely minced fresh lemon zest
    1 tablespoon finely minced fresh basil
    2 teaspoons finely minced fresh thyme
    1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh chives
    2 tablespoons capers, finely chopped
    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

    Whisk all ingredients together well.

    Keep refrigerated for up to 2 days.

    Marinate fish, shrimp, scallops or chicken breasts for at least 4 hours or up to 8 hours.

    Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

    Cider Marinade for Chicken or Pork
    Makes 1 cup

    1/4 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
    1 teaspoon rubbed dry sage or 1 Tbsp. fresh sage finely minced
    1 teaspoon dry thyme leaves or 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme finely minced
    3/4 teaspoon celery seed
    1 tablespoon sugar
    2 teaspoons finely minced lemon zest
    1/2 cup apple cider
    4 teaspoons cider vinegar
    2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    1/4 cup salad oil

    Whisk all ingredients together well. Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

    Marinate chicken breasts or pork chops for at least 4 hours or up to 8 hours before cooking.

    Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®


    Citrus Mojo Chili Marinade for Poultry, Pork or Seafood

    Makes 3/4 cup

    2 teaspoons finely minced orange zest
    1 orange
    1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    2 tablespoons finely minced garlic
    2 tablespoons finely minced onion

    Zest the orange and then cut off the peel and white pith from it. Cut orange into large chunks. Place in a food processor or blender with the remaining ingredients and process until as smooth as it will get.

    Will keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.

    Marinate fish, turkey breast slices, chicken, shrimp or pork for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.

    Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

    Chermoula Marinade for Prawns, Chicken, Veggies or Steak
    Makes about 1/2 cup

    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 tablespoon ground cumin
    1 tablespoon ground coriander
    1 teaspoon black pepper
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup chopped cilantro
    1/4 cup chopped parsley
    1 tablespoon minced garlic
    1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
    2 tablespoons minced fresh lemon zest
    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    1/3 cup olive oil

    Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until almost smooth.

    Keep refrigerated for up to 3 days. Marinate chicken breasts, shrimp, or beef steaks for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.

    Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

    Posted by Kathy Casey on June 5th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, meats, poultry, seafood

    DIY Fried Rice

    I love fried rice! Great from your favorite Chinese restaurant but also easy to make at home – a great way to turn leftover steamed rice into a fresh d’lish meal!

    But Fried Rice can get fancy too — I’ve had it in NY with lobster and 24K gold on it!!

    David Burke & Donatella’s “Millionaire’s Fried Rice”
    with caviar, lobster, Kobe beef, and gold!

    But let’s get to the basics — important fried rice tips are:
    1. Use cold steamed white rice – NEVER INSTANT!
    2. Almost anything is fair game: leftover cooked pork, seafood, chicken, veggies, etc. Throw those all in.

    Start with a large HOT pan or wok and a little oil then add in the cold rice. Spread it out to get it cooking. Then add in the goodies (meats, veggies) and some minced garlic and ginger too, if you like.

    Then make a “well” in the middle. Add in some beaten egg then scramble it up in the middle. Last, fold it all in.

    I even love it for breakfast, with some bacon or sausage added!

    So instead of take out tonight – STAY IN and try your hand at homemade fried rice! -Kathy

    Egg and Shrimp Jasmine Fried Rice
    To achieve that great “fried rice” consistency, make the rice the day before. Cook and refrigerate and then let set at room temperature for 30 minutes before frying. This recipe has cooked egg that is sliced thin and added, but you can also whisk the egg and scramble it right into the rice as well.

    Makes 8 cups, serves 6 to 10

    Rice
    Makes 6 cups cooked rice

    2 cups jasmine rice
    1 tsp salt
    3 cups water
    1 fresh or frozen kaffir lime leaf (optional)

    Fried Rice Goodies
    3 eggs
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 tsp water
    3 tsp vegetable oil
    1 cup (about 8 ounces) uncooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cut/split in half lengthwise or coarsely chopped
    2 tsp minced ginger
    1/4 cup small-diced (1/4-inch) carrots
    1 tsp minced garlic
    2 tsp minced fresh lemongrass (optional)
    1/2 cup fresh shelled peas or thinly sliced pea pods
    1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
    2 tsp soy sauce

    Serve with:
    additional soy sauce
    sambal oelek or Asian chili condiment
    lime wedges
    cilantro sprigs

    Cook the rice the day before, or at least 2 hours in advance, and chill.

    To cook in a rice cooker:
    Rinse the rice in a strainer until the water runs clear. DRAIN WELL, then place in the rice cooker with all the remaining rice ingredients. Stir well, cover and steam until tender, per manufacturer’s directions.

    After rice is cooked, fluff with a fork, let cool, then refrigerate.

    To cook without a rice cooker:
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Rinse the rice in a strainer until the water runs clear. Shake rice and DRAIN WELL.

    Place rice in a large saucepan with remaining rice ingredients. Place pan over high heat and bring to a boil, stir. Quickly cover pan with a piece of foil AND a tight-fitting lid.

    Place in preheated oven and cook for 15 – 20 minutes, or until tender. After rice is cooked, immediately remove the lid and foil. Fluff rice with a fork, let cool, then refrigerate.

    When ready to finish the dish, have all remaining ingredients prepared and within reach of the range. Cook the eggs and let them cool while you fry the rice.

    To cook the eggs:
    In a small bowl, whisk eggs with the salt and water. Heat 1 tsp of the oil in a wok or heavy, large, non-stick skillet until hot. Add the eggs and, with a spatula, lift eggs as they cook, letting uncooked part run underneath until set. Transfer eggs to a cutting board. Let cool, then cut eggs into 1/4-inch strips.

    To fry the rice:
    Heat the remaining 2 tsp oil in the same wok over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and stir-fry until just turning pink, about 15 seconds. Add the ginger, carrot, garlic, lemongrass, and the cooked rice. Stir-fry 2 minutes. Add the peas, green onions, and the shredded eggs. Stir-fry for 1 minute, until heated through, then drizzle with soy sauce and toss well.

    Serve, immediately and pass the soy, chili condiment, lime and cilantro separately for guests to “customize” and season their rice the way they like it.

    Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

    Posted by Kathy Casey on May 29th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in KOMO Radio, Recipes, sides

    Picnic Staple: Potato Salad

    It’s Memorial Day Weekend, which means outdoor picnics, and parties. And nothing says sunny weather menu must have better than potato salad.

    To me, my Grandma Mimi’s potato salad will always be the gold standard, but I also love to try creative twists and new variations.

    Greek or Asian potato salad? Why not? My Greek Potato Salad incorporates red potatoes with fresh oregano, calamata olives, bell peppers and cucumbers with a d’lish Feta Vinaigrette. And one of my new faves is Wasabi Potato Salad. Just toss still warm steamed potatoes with soy and a little seasoned rice wine vinegar – cooled then mixed with a wasabi spiked mayo, celery and green onions. Yum!

    Or really think outside the box and try my All-American Potato Salad Deviled Eggs! Combining two party staples, these deviled eggs feature classic potato salad ingredients like mayo, mustard, celery, and are topped with a tiny diced potato salad!

    So get out there and enjoy the weekend with a tasty potato salad as part of your picnic table. –Kathy

    All-American Potato Salad Deviled Eggs

    (Photo © Kathy Casey Food Studios from D’Lish Deviled Eggs)

    All-American Potato Salad Deviled Eggs
    Nothing says 4th of July or sunny summer picnic quite like potato salad! These eggs definitely do the original justice, and they’re the perfect finger food accompaniment to a fun day outdoors.

    Makes 24

    1 dozen hard-cooked eggs (recipe follows)

    Filling
    6 Tbsp mayonnaise
    2 Tbsp yellow mustard
    1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp black pepper
    1 1/2 tsp sugar
    1 Tbsp minced dill pickles
    2 Tbsp minced red onion
    2 Tbsp minced celery

    Topping
    1 Tbsp vinegar
    1 Tbsp sugar
    1/3 cup cooked tiny-diced potato
    3 Tbsp finely chopped dill pickle
    3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

    Halve the eggs lengthwise and transfer the yolks to a mixing bowl. Set the egg white halves on a platter, cover, and refrigerate.

    With a fork, mash the yolks to a smooth consistency. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and sugar, and mix until smooth. (You can also do this in a mixing bowl with a whip attachment.) Stir in the pickles, onion, and celery.

    Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a plain or large star tip, then pipe the mixture evenly into the egg white halves. Or fill the eggs with a spoon, dividing the filling evenly.

    To make the topping, in a small bowl, mix together the vinegar and sugar. Add the potato, pickle, and parsley, and toss until well coated. Top each egg half with about 1 heaping teaspoon of the mixture.

    Hard-Cooked Eggs
    1 dozen large chicken eggs

    Place the eggs in a large nonreactive saucepan and add cold water to 1 inch above the eggs. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn off the heat and let the eggs sit for 10 minutes. Remove from the stove and run cool water over the eggs in the pan until they are cooled. When cool, carefully peel them under running water.

    Recipe from D’Lish Deviled Eggs by Kathy Casey, Andrews McMeel Publishing

    Greek Potato Salad with Feta Vinaigrette
    Makes 8 cups

    2 lbs red potatoes, cut in 1-inch pieces (about 6 cups)
    2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
    1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
    2 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp black pepper
    1/2 cup halved pitted calamata olives
    1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
    1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
    1 small green pepper, diced
    1/2 cup tiny-diced red onion
    4 oz feta cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup crumbled cheese)
    1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

    Steam potatoes until very tender, about 12 – 14 minutes.

    Meanwhile, in a large bowl make the dressing by whisking together the vinegar, olive oil, Dijon, oregano, salt and pepper.

    When potatoes are still warm, toss them with the dressing and set aside until cool, then stir in the remaining ingredients.

    Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

    Posted by Kathy Casey on May 22nd, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Books to Cook, Foodie News, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, salads

    The People’s Favorite – PIZZA

    When you think of a food that is a favorite for all– pizza is first to mind!  Crispy crust, bold sauce, a plethora of cheeses and indulgent toppings – all come together for this classic crowd-pleaser.

    Pagliacci Pizza has been a Seattle fave for years offering a plethora of pies with cool, local ingredients that change seasonally. How about roasted Washington Asparagus on a freshly baked pizza? Make sure to check out their menu often for more seasonal variations.

    Pagliacci
    Who’s ready for a fresh slice from Pagliacci? I am!

    Making a pizza dinner at home and want to try something different? Head outside and try grilling your next pizza. Pull a piece of dough into a pie shape. Toss it onto a hot grill. Flip then add your sauce and toppings, and cook till crisp and delicious. Tasty and fun!

    Visit your farmers market for all kinds of seasonal pizza inspiration from spring onions to wild mushrooms. Try something new on America’s favorite food! –Kathy

    Pizza Margherita with Prosciutto & Arugula

    This is a great basic pizza recipe to get creative with. Using a baking stone, also known as a pizza stone, in your oven will help you achieve results similar to a restaurant’s. A baking stone distributes heat evenly. Preheat your oven with the stone in place on the lowest shelf. When the oven is fully preheated, place the pizza crust itself or a baking pan (if you are doing a pan flat bread) directly on the stone. Or try the grilling method I mentioned in my blog.

    Makes 2 small pizzas, serving 4 people as an appetizer or 2 as an entree

    Dough
    1/2 package active dry yeast (1 1/8 teaspoons)
    1 tsp honey
    1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
    1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for shaping dough
    1/2 tsp kosher salt
    1 Tbsp minced fresh basil

    Topping
    2 Tbsp olive oil
    1 Tbsp finely minced fresh garlic
    2 Tbsp minced fresh basil
    1 Tbsp minced fresh oregano
    2 ripe roma tomatoes, cut in half, seeded and cut into strips
    2 large balls fresh mozzarella, drained well and squeezed, then each cut into 8 slices
    3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    ———————————————————
    6 thin slices prosciutto
    1 bunch fresh arugula, rinsed, spun dry, and torn into bite-sized pieces
    kosher salt
    extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar for drizzling

    In bowl of mixer fitted with dough hook attachment, dissolve the yeast and honey in the warm water. Add the oil and about a third of the flour, and mix in on low speed until flour is mixed in. Add half the remaining flour, the salt and basil. Mix on low speed until flour is mixed in.

    Add remaining flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes cleanly away from the sides of the bowl, about 5 minutes more.

    Turn the dough out onto a clean, lightly floured work surface and knead by hand for 2 to 3 minutes, until dough is smooth and firm. Cover the dough loosely with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm spot for about 45 minutes. (When the dough is ready, it will stretch as you pull it.)

    Divide the dough into 2 pieces and round each piece (Work each piece into a ball, stretching down at the sides and tucking under at the bottom. Repeat several times. On a smooth, unfloured surface, roll the ball under the palm of your hand until the top of the dough is smooth and firm, about 1 minute.) Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes, or wrap in plastic and store refrigerated for up to 2 days.

    When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. (If dough was prepared ahead, remove from the refrigerator and let rest at room temperature for about 15 minutes, then continue with the recipe.)

    Lightly flour the dough balls, shake off excess, and place dough on a clean, lightly floured surface. Start to stretch the dough. Press down at the center, spreading the dough into an 8-inch circle, with the outer border a little thicker than the inner circle. Or, roll out with a rolling pin, keeping the outer edge a little thicker.

    Brush the inner circle of the dough with olive oil and arrange the remaining topping ingredients in order, dividing evenly between the two pizzas and ending with the shredded mozzarella.

    Transfer to a baking sheet, and bake on top rack of oven until the pizza crust is nicely browned, about 15 minutes.

    When pizzas are done, lay out the slices of prosciutto on pizzas. Sprinkle with arugula and kosher salt to taste, then drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

    Transfer the pizzas to a firm surface and cut into slices with a pizza cutter or very sharp knife. Serve immediately.

    Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

    Posted by Kathy Casey on May 15th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Restaurants, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes

    Dishing with Kathy Casey: The Newsletter

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

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

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

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

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


    Follow and share on Twitter:

    @DrinkNationExp

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

    Liquid Kitchen on the Road

    The Heathman Restaurant & Bar!

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

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

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

    Shaken up by Lead Barman Andrew Kualaau

    (Photo by Evrim Photography)

    Chatting with the Heathman Guests

    (Photo by Evrim Photography)

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

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

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

    Fairmont Hamilton Princess’

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

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

    Bermuda Fish Chowder – amazing flavor!

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

    The VIBE Conference in Las Vegas!

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

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

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

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

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

    Me as my Smitten Cocktail! How fun is this !

    Sketch is courtesy of Dave Stolte!

    Hitting the Red Carpet

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

    World’s Best Cocktail

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

    Quench your Thirst

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

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

    Chef’s Feed

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

    Women Stars of Food & Wine

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

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

    Gilda’s Club: It’s Always Something

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


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

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

    Photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®.

    Makes 4 – 6 servings

    3/4 cup sliced strawberries

    1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar

    1 cup gin (or substitute vodka)

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

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

    1 cup ice

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    1/4 cup soda water, chilled

    Garnish: fresh strawberries and lemon peel twists

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

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

    Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®.

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

    Cocktail Brunch Celebration

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Happy Mother’s Day! –Kathy

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

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

    Makes 6-8 servings

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

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

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

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

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

    Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

    Strawberry Silver Fizz
    Photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®.

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

    Makes 4 – 6 servings

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

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

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

    Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®.

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

    Travels to India – Part 1

    Guest blogger and KCFS Intern Jenn Chong shares her recent travel stories while exploring India. Here’s Part 1 of her 3 part series.

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    Hello all! I’m Jenn and I’m pleased to share some of my culinary experiences from my travels to India. The idea of Indian food probably conjures up images of super spicy food that can be too hot to handle. And while that may be true to a certain degree, India is a vast and varied country with regional cuisines appropriate for any palate.

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    Today, I bring you to Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) where the food tends to be sweeter, milder in spice, and with slight tinges of sour. Located in the northeastern part of India, food from this area is often referred to as Bengali cuisine.

    Bengali cuisine is famous for its fresh fish and seafood, cooked as curries or steamed in banana leaves. Sweet flavors come from the use of unrefined cane sugar called ‘jaggery’, and the sour flavors come from heavier use of tamarind paste. My favorite dish by far was the jumbo prawn curry, which was absolutely delish (see below)!

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    Chingri Malai

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    Basanti Pulao (seasoned rice), naan, Echor-er Dalna (jackfruit curry)
    Dak Bangla Chicken Curry, Hilsa Fish Mustard Curry, Chingri Malai

    Sweets are an important part of Bengali cuisine and choices for desserts are limitless. From mishti doi (sweet yogurt) to kheer (rice pudding) to smaller confections like rasgulla, ladoo, and cham-chams, there is no such thing as a bad decision! The food in this region was so delicious it was hard to leave, but I knew there was still much more to explore and eat.

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    Small selection of sweet treats!

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    Mishti doi with fresh fruit

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    Stay tuned for Part 2!

    Posted by Kathy Casey on May 7th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Recent Posts, Tasty Travels, dessert, poultry, seafood
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