Posts from October, 2011

Dishcrawl is back in Seattle!

The Dishcrawl experience is coming to Seattle’s Capitol Hill and touring down Broadway! On November 22nd starting at 7:00pm, food lovers will have a chance of going on a tasting tour of 4 Seattle restaurants, meet the chefs & owners and get to know other neighborhood food lovers! Tickets are on sale now, so make sure you buy yours today!

Posted by Kathy Casey on October 31st, 2011  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Recent Posts

Perfect Pumpkins

What says October more vividly than a big, beautiful orange pumpkin? Whether nestled amongst bales of hay and colorful corn for a harvest celebration, or decked out in full Halloween regalia, pumpkins are one of the most recognizable mascots of the Fall season.

Pumpkins come in many different shades from deep amber-orange to buttery yellow as well as ghostly white and even blue! Their variety of color, size and quirky shapes, along with their shelf life make them the perfect seasonal decoration.

What could be more fun than packing the family into the car and spending a crisp autumn afternoon on a U-Pick farm? The variety is endless and everyone has their own idea of what makes the perfect pumpkin… finding it amongst all the others is the best part!

Once you’ve found The Best Pumpkin Ever, it’s time to decide what to do with it! Will you gather around the kitchen table, hollow it out and carve it into a grinning Jack-o’-lantern; break out the acrylics and paint it into a Halloween masterpiece; or leave it au natural? Whatever you decide, pumpkin decorating is such a great way to get the whole family involved.

I love those little tiny pumpkins called Jack Be Little. Wondering what to do with them? Just cut the top off and scoop out the seeds, then rub them down with olive oil, season them and bake ‘til tender. And the whole thing is edible – skin and all!! They are also fun to fill … with your favorite stuffing, custard or bread pudding too!

And don’t forget the seeds! Spice up some Cha Cha Pumpkin Seeds with some olive oil and a little chipotle seasoning and you have the perfect afternoon treat or scary movie snacker!

So get ready for fall with the biggest (or smallest!) pumpkin you can find! – Kathy

Cha Cha Pumpkin Seeds
Makes 2 cups

2 cups seeds from pumpkin
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 to 2 tsp Dish D’Lish Cha Cha Chipotle Lime Seasoning

Preheat oven to 375°F. Rinse the seeds under cold water to remove any pumpkin flesh or strings. Drain well and measure. Place in a bowl and toss with the olive oil. Sprinkle with the seasoning, a tablespoon or so at a time, tossing between additions. Toss well until evenly coated, then spread the seeds on a nonstick baking sheet. Roast for 8 to 10 minutes, or until crispy and toasted.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

Posted by Kathy Casey on October 27th, 2011  |  Add Comment |  Posted in KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, Snacks

Barrel-aged cocktail: JBT Blue?!

JBT BlueFrom wines to beers as well as spirits, barrel-ageing is a wonderful process that adds subtle hints of flavor to an already wonderful complex notes. But barrel-ageing a cocktail? It can be done! Trend setting mixologists and bartenders, such as Portland’s Jeffery Morgenthaler, have been experimenting with aged cocktails with some faboo results!

On this week’s video of Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen™, I make a JBT Blue! This is a spirit-forward cocktail recipe that combines bourbon, silver tequila, triple sec, red vermouth and Campari. Poured into a barrel, this cocktail is aged for about three weeks. Once aged to my liking, I pour enough for one cocktail, stir with ice and garnish with a maraschino cherry!

Cheers! -Kathy

***Curious about barrel-aging your own cocktails? Check out Woodinville Whiskey Company for their stock on small or large barrels!

Posted by Kathy Casey on October 26th, 2011  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Amazon, Cocktails, Foodie News, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes

Seattleite Magazine

Tasty read in Seattleite Magazine about the upcoming Taste of Tulalip from November 11th – 12th! It’s going to be a fantastic time filled with delicious, premium wine tastings and d’lish foods. I’ll be hosting a private Magnum Party in the mpluse lounge. Make sure you buy your tickets soon!

To read more of the Seattleite article, click here.

Posted by Kathy Casey on October 24th, 2011  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Recent Posts

Washington’s Rebecca Spence wins Grand Prize in the 2nd Annual Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Competition!

Congratulations to Vancouver, Washington’s Rebecca Spence for winning the grand prize of the 2nd Annual Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Competition! In the spirit of contest’s focus on fresh, local ingredients, her Crispy Orange Chicken with Fennel, Avocado and Orange Salad beat out nearly 2000 recipes to help her win the grand prize of $10,000 and a year’s worth of Foster Farms fresh chicken!

Check out the Washington, Oregon and California Regional Finalists’ recipes in the Foster Farms’ Contest Recipe Box for some tasty ideas and keep your out for next year’s Cooking Competition.

Posted by Kathy Casey on October 24th, 2011  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Contests, Foodie News, Recent Posts, Recipes, poultry

Seattle Cocktail Week 2011

For the first time ever, the Emerald City will be hosting Seattle Cocktail Week 2011 from October 27th – 30th! Seattle’s finest bartenders and mixologists will be shaking a bevy of tasty cocktails during the entire event for all levels of cocktail enthusiasts! To commemorate the first annual event, there will be neighborhood pub crawls, a huge closing bash and other tasty tidbits.

I’ll be amongst a panel of judges for the Bartenders on Fire challenge on October 31st at Vito’s Restaurant & Lounge! (No bartenders will actually be on fire!) This cocktail team event will pair some of Seattle’s top barmen including Liberty Bar’s Keith Waldbauer, Vessel’s Jim Romdall and Sambar’s Jay Kuehner against other Washington barmen using Novo Fogo Cachaca and several secret ingredients. Make sure to RSVP to try out their libations!

Posted by Kathy Casey on October 22nd, 2011  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Restaurants, Cocktails, Foodie News, Lifestyle, Recent Posts

Foodie Favorites

Seattle is nothing short of a foodie haven – there are so many d’lish places to eat that you could spend all your time visiting restaurants and still not get to them all! Of course, we all have our go-to faves, and here are some of mine that were featured in the Wall Street Journal recently.

First, let’s start with Fremont’s Revel. Their urban Korean-inspired menu is uber-creative and delicious to boot. My must-have dish when I visit is their crispy Shrimp Edamame Pancake (sometimes it gets switched up seasonally – but any variety is always faboo) – I like to smear it with their bean paste hot sauce! Other faves are whatever’s on their “meat platter” of the day.

For speakeasy sipping, head to Needle & Thread (just upstairs at Tavern Law) where the bartender will craft you a custom cocktail – just name your spirit and how you like it.

Where do the locals go for fish and chips?  Check out Little Chinook’s at the fisherman’s terminal – savor the flavors (and the scenery) as you wander the docks with your food in hand.

From Local 360 in Belltown, I crave the naughty but oh-so-nice molten PB&J Bon Bons served with a shot of farm-fresh milk. The perfect end to a local, sustainable and seriously delicious meal!

For a neighborhood vibe and crazy-good cocktails, stop by Capitol Hill’s Liberty Bar, featuring hand-crafted cocktails, an amazing selection of Japanese whiskies and more Washington micro-distilled spirits than you can shake a muddler at.

But for a cool downtown destination, celebrity chef Michael Mina blends French cuisine with Northwest ingredients and a dash of California flair at RN74 – stop by for a cocktail, a glass of wine or a full-on fab dinner.

If you still find yourself wondering “Where should I eat?”, Seattle’s food maven Keren Brown, the Frantic Foodie, is making it a whole lot easier to decide with her new book, Food Lover’s Guide to Seattle.

Well, those are just a few of my favorite places in this delicious city – now I want to hear some of yours!  Cheers! – Kathy

Posted by Kathy Casey on October 20th, 2011  |  Comments (1) |  Posted in Restaurants, Foodie News, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Recent Posts

Gather ‘Round – At the Kitchen Table with Chef Greg Atkinson!

Some writers have the uncanny ability to imbue their written words with their own voice. My good friend Greg Atkinson is one such writer. His words, penned or spoken, are thoughtful – measured and weighed as carefully as if he were crafting a recipe. And as the very best writers do, Greg’s words evoke powerful sense memories. His newest book, At the Kitchen Table: The Craft of Cooking at Home, is full of deeply personal stories that invite the reader to relate and connect with him. His essay on borscht calls to mind immediately my grandmother’s kitchen; I can smell the earthy beets and the simmering broth as if I were at her kitchen table awaiting a piping bowl.

Continue reading on Amazon’s Al Dente Blog.

Posted by Kathy Casey on October 18th, 2011  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Restaurants, Amazon, Books to Cook, Foodie News, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes, meats, soups
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