Posts from August, 2011

Kathy Casey Needs Your Votes!

Hi Friends!
I need your voting support! No, I’m not running for office … but I’m super excited to be chosen as a Top 20 Finalist for the Tommy Bahama “Rumologist” Search contest! When on my recent vacation to Hawaii (yes, I finally took a vacay!), I dined and drank at the Maui and Big Island Tommy Bahama restaurants on the advice from locals and totally loved their tasty apps and playful cocktails…. so decided I just had to try out!

You can vote once a day, every day on the Tommy Bahama Facebook page. Voting runs until September 8th, with winners being announced around September 12th. Winners then move on to the next phase of the search.

I would love your support so please vote for me. If you can help spread the word to family and friends that would be faboo!   Thank you!!!!! XXO Kathy

Posted by Kathy Casey on August 31st, 2011  |  Comments Off on Kathy Casey Needs Your Votes! |  Posted in Uncategorized

Refreshing Summertime Sangrias

August is Washington Wine Month, so I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about sangrias!  I love wine by the glass, but for a truly refreshing, light sip, a Summertime White Sangria is the way to go. It is perfect for a big bash (it batches up super-easily!) or a casual summer day on the patio. Local, in-season fruit like peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines mingle so nicely with Stonecap Chardonnay, local honey and a touch of liqueur until you’re ready to serve – then just add some ice and voila! Instant party in a pitcher! If red is more your thing, this sangria is also d’lish made with StoneCap Merlot or Cabernet wine.

For more information or to purchase StoneCap wines, made in the beautiful Columbia Valley, visit www.stonecapwines.com/ or check your neighborhood Fred Meyer or QFC. Happy summertime sipping! – Kathy

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Summertime White Sangria
Makes about 6 servings

1 bottle (750 ml) StoneCap Chardonnay
1/4 cup liqueur, such as Tuaca, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, or St. Germain
2 – 3 tablespoons local honey
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 cup cut up local fruit, such as peaches, nectarines, apricots, and plums

In a large pitcher, stir the wine, liqueur and honey together until honey is dissolved. Add the fruits and stir, crushing some of the fruit. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 4 hours, to let the flavors marry. Serve over ice, including some of the fruit in each serving.

Recipe created by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen™

Posted by Kathy Casey on August 23rd, 2011  |  Comments Off on Refreshing Summertime Sangrias |  Posted in Uncategorized

Herbal Cocktails – From Garden to Glass

If your garden is growing as crazy as mine is, you’ve probably wondered what to do with all of those herbs! Of course they are essential to your cooking, but they also add a wonderful, herbaliciousness to cocktails and a fresh, dry flavor. If you don’t grow herbs, your local farmers market is the perfect place to get inspired by the bounty of fresh herbs for your next cocktail.

Shake up some fresh sage in a margarita for a really fresh, green note that pairs so well with the tequila – try a Sunset Sage Margarita for an evening out on the patio with friends. Rosemary and lemon are good friends and pairing the two easily jazzes up a classic Lemon Drop. Of course, the ever popular mojito and Julep benefit from mint’s bright, refreshing kick and teaming up thyme and honey in a Collins puts a sweet, summery spin on the timeless favorite. For the non-imbiber, stir up a Herbalicious H2O; light, refreshing and crisp!

For the Tuscan Rosemary Lemon Drop recipes, stay tuned to my show Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen on Small Screen Network later this summer or check it out in Sips & Apps!

However you choose to shake them up, give those herbs new life with some garden-to-glass cocktail goodness! – Kathy

Sunset Sage Margarita
Makes 1 drink

1 fresh sage leaf
1 1/2 ounces tequila
1/2 ounce Cointreau, Triple Sec, or Grand Marnier
1/2 ounce cranberry cocktail juice
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
Garnish: fresh sage leaf

Crush the sage leaf and drop into a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice, then measure in the remaining liquid ingredients. Cap and shake vigorously until very cold.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and float a fresh sage leaf for garnish.

*Simple Syrup: combine 2 cups sugar with 2 cups water in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil then immediately remove from heat. Cool and store refrigerated.

Recipe from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table, Chronicle Books

Herbalicious H2O
The name says it all! Clean and fresh, this drink has no sugar and is very spa-like with its infusion of botanicals.

Makes 6 cups

6 large sprigs fresh mint
4 large sprigs fresh cilantro
1 small lemon, cut into thin slices
1 tangerine, cut into thin slices
4 thin slices peeled fresh ginger
6 cups water
Garnish: Fresh cilantro or mint sprigs

Tear the 6 mint and 4 cilantro sprigs and drop into a medium container. Add the fruit, ginger, and water and stir. Cover and refrigerate, overnight, to infuse before using.

Serve over ice, in large wine glasses with some of the fruit in each serving. Garnish as desired.

Recipe from Kathy Casey’s Sips & Apps, Chronicle Books

Posted by Kathy Casey on August 18th, 2011  |  Comments Off on Herbal Cocktails – From Garden to Glass |  Posted in Uncategorized

Class Magazine

Water is essential for all the beverages that we drink from flavored sodas to well-balanced cocktails. Make water stand out by infusing fresh ingredients with it then add a bit of a spirit and you’ll have a simple but tasty drink! Check out this article in Class Magazine for a variety H2O cocktail recipes, including my Berry Purity H2O and Pineapple Cilantro H2O cocktails!

Posted by Kathy Casey on August 17th, 2011  |  Comments Off on Class Magazine |  Posted in Uncategorized

Seattle Magazine

As the summer continues to heat onward, it’s never to late to enjoy a low-calorie sipper while soaking up some Vitamin D. Check out this blog post in Seattle Magazine for my Pineapple-Cilantro H2O infused-water recipe as well as the tasty hotspot Poppy, serving out herbaceous sippers.

Posted by Kathy Casey on August 16th, 2011  |  Comments Off on Seattle Magazine |  Posted in Uncategorized

Nightclub & Bar

Everyone loves a good cocktail, but not everyone drinks. There’s more to a non-alcoholic beverage program than just water or flavor sodas. Check out this article in Nightclub & Bar about how profitable a well executed non-alcoholic beverage program can be.

Posted by Kathy Casey on August 15th, 2011  |  Comments Off on Nightclub & Bar |  Posted in Uncategorized

Preserve the Flavor of Summer – Celebrate Can it Forward Day!

Canning is a fantastic way to preserve the flavors of the season and an age old custom. Lots of people learned to can from their friends or family – I learned to can from my mom and grandma, making jar upon jar of preserved peaches, apricots and yummy jam… there’s nothing like a PB&J with jam you’ve made yourself!

If “putting up” some of summer’s delicious bounty sounds like a fantastic idea to you, there’s no time better than the present to jump right in – head to Pike Place Market on Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th for National Can It Forward Day! Canning Across America and Jardin America, the makers of Ball home canning products, have teamed up to present two days full of fun, educational canning and cooking demos.  But don’t worry if you can’t make it – the entire event will be streaming live at freshpreserving.com from 8:00AM to 4:00PM on Saturday. For the full event schedule, click here!

If you just can’t wait to get started canning, check out my easy and delicious recipe for Strawberry Lemon Poppyseed Jam! And don’t forget to visit Canning Across America to join the Canvolution and find mouth-watering recipes, gorgeous photography and a warm, welcoming community of like-minded canning enthusiasts.

So fire up your canner and here’s to preserving our local flavor! – Kathy

Posted by Kathy Casey on August 11th, 2011  |  Comments Off on Preserve the Flavor of Summer – Celebrate Can it Forward Day! |  Posted in Uncategorized

Keren Brown Makes Seattle Dining Easy!

Food Lover's Guide to Seattle Do you find yourself wondering “Where should I eat?” often? You’re not alone. Finding your way around a city’s food scene, even if you live there, can sometimes be a daunting task. One which Seattle’s foodie maven Keren Brown is making a whole lot easier for the Emerald City’s denizens and visitors alike with her new book, Food Lover’s Guide to Seattle.

Keren knows a lot about her city’s culinary prowess; she writes a wildly popular blog, FranticFoodie.com, and founded Seattle Food Blogger Events and Foodportunity, a citywide series of food-related networking and educational events. She also writes for SeattlePI.com and MyNorthwest.com – it’s safe to say she’s uber-qualified to guide us through some of Seattle best places to eat, drink, shop and celebrate all things food.

Continue reading on Amazon’s Al Dente Blog.

Posted by Kathy Casey on August 11th, 2011  |  Comments Off on Keren Brown Makes Seattle Dining Easy! |  Posted in Uncategorized
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