It’s almost upon us. It’s that special time of year when the hustle and bustle of the holidays comes and lots of great foods are shared. My mouth is already watering thinking about a d’lish turkey dinner with all the fixins’ and holiday cocktails, but I won’t be having that as I will be in the Philippines opening the new Fairmont Hotel and am sure to be trying all kinds of new exciting dishes instead! So while everyone prepares for the upcoming festive season, take a gander of what I have been up to lately
It’s almost time for my “Over 21” Real Fruit Cakes made with Maker’s Mark!
Starting November 26th until December 14th (or while supplies last), my d’lish “Over 21” Real Fruit Cakes will be available for purchase!
Chock full of Maker’s Mark-soaked dried fruits (like cranberries, apricots, and cherries) and toasted nuts (pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds and more) then bound together with a tasty spiced batter. Baked then brushed hot out of the oven with a brown sugar and bourbon glaze – Yum!
These 1-pound loaves are priced at $10.95 and are will be able to purchase online and at my Food Studios (open Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm).
A lot of you have asked, “When is the Holiday Extravaganza?”
Because I am traveling so much, I have decided to take a year off from the festivities. The Food Studios will be open to pop by and get signed cookbooks, Dish D’Lish Seasonings, preserves and our Liquid KitchenTM “5130” Honey and other specialty preserves, candies and more. But we just won’t have a big party… though we may open for a little open house and festive cheer – stay tuned.
Tasty Travels & Fun Fundraisers
This fall has been busy here in Seattle! I had a tasty time judging the Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine‘s Battle of the Chefs event hosted at Bradlee Distributors where six chef teams were pitted against each other in a 1-hour black box cook-off, all benefitting O Wines “Opportunity for Success Scholarship Program.”
Then it was off to strut my stuff on the catwalk for the Ruby Room‘s Annual Fashion Show, one of my favorite charities. This amazing group provides formal dresses for young ladies who need a little extra help with school dances. I got to model a very sparkly, very bling-bling Not Your Mama’s Apron and did a little pre-show promotion on New Day Northwest. This year’s event raised lots of funds for many young ladies to go out in style!
Cooking in the Flavor Mobile in Anaheim!
Just this past month, my crew and I headed to Anaheim, California for the PMA Fresh Summit conference. This annual conference brings together the leaders and buyers within the fresh produce industry as well as the taste makers and marketing professionals.
We were there representing Sunset Produce… and dished out some tasty samples in their new Flavor Mobile! The crowds loved our Chili & Lime Slow-Cooked Pork Tacos with Sweet Twister Pepper Escabeche, Sunset Tomato Salsa and Avocado Crema as well as our Sunset Pepper
Shrimp with Thai Coconut Curry with Jasmine Rice and Kumato Tomato Mint and Cilantro Salsa. Then there were the Bloody Good Balsamic Mary … Yum
Heather, Jason, myself and Kristen at
the Sunset Flavor Mobile!
Mabuhay! (It’s Tagalog for “Welcome!”)
Associate Mixologist Danny Ronen and I are headed to the Philippines to help train the bar staff and open the brand new Fairmont Makati! So make sure you follow my Twitter for all the sneak peeks, tasty photos, and fun adventures! I can’t wait to enjoy some local Filipino foods and make cocktails with all the amazing ingredients and fruits!
It’s been great to hear all the positive feedback on my cocktail show Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen and I am super happy to announce that my show
has been nominated for a Taste Award under the Best Drink or
Beverage Program category! Keep your fingers crossed!
This season was full of a variety of episodes that featured new spins on classics like my Classic Martini with Orange Fennel Walnuts, as well as new creative cocktails like the Green Goddess which I shook up with LUPEC Seattle member Lynne Becker. Lynne was the highest bidder at a LUPEC event to come on a special episode of my show – with all proceeds benefiting breast cancer research.
New holiday episodes like the Sparkling PAMA’rita and the Blinker #3 featuring PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur will be up soon – just in time to celebrate!
In the meantime, stir yourself a Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned. Real maple syrup is so tasty in this twist on the Old Fashioned cocktail. It adds not only a touch of sweetness but also a depth of flavor. Be sure to use a high quality maple syrup and keep your maple syrup refrigerated when not using.
For over three decades, legendary barman extraordinaire Murray Stenson has been renowned locally and internationally for his contribution to the cocktail community, earning him a Tales of the Cocktail Bartender of the Year award. Now, he is in need of our support. It was recently announced that he has a heart ailment that is preventing him from working in the profession that he is so passionate about. Bars, bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts from all over the world have been called forth to help set-up special events for him and spread the word on how everyone can help donate. For more information, ways you can donate or to check out the list of events across the world, check out www.MurryAid.org.
My 10th cookbook is currently being printed off…yay! D’Lish Deviled Eggs is all about that time-honored classic appetizer and my fun takes on it. Due out in February 2013, pre-orders can be made on Amazon! I can’t tell you how excited I am about this book – deviled eggs are one of my favorite appetizers and with over 50 recipes there is sure to be a favorite for everyone in this book!
A Sneak Peak at the Cover of my New Book – out in February!
Looking for the perfect holiday book for your favorite cook? Then look no farther! Good friends and authors Cynthia Nims, Kim O’Donnel, and Jeanne Sauvage all have new cookbooks just in time for the holidays! For the snack lover, Cynthia’s Salty Snacksbook is perfect for those with a “salty tooth” and is loaded with exciting tasty recipes such as Salami Chips with Grainy Mustard and Coconut Crisps with Basil and Chiles – yum! Kim is known nationally for her promotion of Meatless Mondays and has the perfect book for those vegetarians on your list or just anyone who is looking to eat a little less meat and more delicious veggies. Her The Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations cookbook is just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas – just last night I poured over the pages thinking what will I cook first – ooh, I know… I’ll leave it out for my hubby as a dinner-time hint! For the gluten-sensitive, Jeanne’s Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidayshas lots of recipes to choose from for a gluten-free holiday, including an amazing pie crust …and those fluffy little rolls … yes, I have personally tasted them and they are delicious!
So check out these amazing ladies’ latest books and check off a few of those Christmas gifts off your list.
Be sure to visit my blog for the most up to date tasty news, recipes, and tips. And stay tuned for my next newsletter with lots of great stories and photos from my trip to the Philippines!
Wishing you a D’Lish Autumn! –Kathy
This week on Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen, I shake up a Fair Isle cocktail! Cocchi Barolo Chinato, an Italian digestif, pairs amazingly well with scotch for this cocktail. The addition of fresh grapefruit juice and Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters help balance out the flavors!
Whether you like them as a side sauce cozied to turkey or made into a holiday garland with popcorn, nothing is as perfect for the holidays than cranberries!
Seasonal foods just naturally go together. The apple, for example, is the perfect foil for its seasonal cousin the cranberry. They’re great together in my Apple Cranberry Tart with Walnut Crust and Cranberry Semifreddo. How about a salad of winter greens with slices of crisp galas and spicy toasted walnuts tossed with my favorite holiday dressing, Cranberry Citrus Vinaigrette.
But hey you can get crafty with them, too! For an impressive DIY holiday gift, try whipping up a batch of Crimson Cranberry Sage Vinegar to give out this year. Thread cranberries on a skewer and slip into a decorative clear bottle. Poke in a few sprigs of fresh sage, then add a pinch of sugar and salt to champagne vinegar – whisk together then pour into the bottles, covering the cranberries and sage. Cap and let sit at least one week before using. This vinegar makes a splendid and colorful gift.
So grab a few extra bags of fresh cranberries while they are in season and freeze a few bags for enjoying later. -Kathy
Washington Apple-Cranberry Tart with Walnut Crust & Cranberry Semifreddo
Makes 10 servings
1 tablespoon butter
4 pounds Gala apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges (6 cups)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
2 tablespoons brandy
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg, separated
3 egg yolks
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup very finely chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons sanding or coarse sugar
Cranberry Semifreddo (recipe follows)
10 fresh or frozen cranberries for garnishing
To make the filling, heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat and add the apples and cranberries. Stir in the brandy and lemon juice, then add the sugar and cinnamon. Cook until the apples are just wilted but still firm, and the juices have evaporated and cooked out; the mixture should be almost dry, not wet. Transfer to a shallow pan and cool in the refrigerator while making the crust.
Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9- or 10-inch springform pan with a parchment round. Lightly butter the sides of the pan and the parchment, or spray with vegetable-oil cooking spray. Set aside.
To make the crust, in a mixing bowl, beat the butter with the sugars on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the vanilla and the 4 egg yolks, one at a time, beating a few seconds after each. Beat until smooth and light, about 1 minute. (Reserve the egg white.)
In a medium bowl, mix the flour, salt, and walnuts, then add the flour mixture to the egg mixture in 2 parts, mixing on low until just combined.
Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces. Put a piece of the dough into the prepared pan and press it out evenly on the bottom and up 1 1/2 inches on the sides. (If the dough is too soft to work with, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 10 to 20 minutes to slightly firm up.) Pile the cooled filling into the dough-lined pan.
On a lightly floured surface such as a cardboard disk or big piece of plastic wrap, press the remaining piece of dough into a round 9 or 10 inches in diameter, depending on the size of your springform pan. Slide the dough onto the filling and press it into place. This top crust should fit just inside the dough that extends up the sides of the pan and come all the way to its edges. Carefully seal the seam where the top joins the side dough, making sure the edges are straight and even.
Whip the reserved egg white in a small bowl until slightly frothy. Brush the top crust lightly with the egg white and poke the top with a fork in 5 places. Sprinkle with the sanding sugar.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling out a bit. Cool to just slightly warm or room temperature before removing the pan sides. You might want to run a knife along the sides before unmolding. (When serving, be sure that the parchment paper is not stuck to the tart.)
To serve, slice the tart into 10 wedges. Place each wedge on a dessert plate. Top with a nice scoop of the semifreddo and garnish with a cranberry.
Makes about 10 servings
2 eggs, separated
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
2 tablespoons cranberry juice cocktail
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Let the eggs come to room temperature while you proceed with the recipe.
Combine the cranberries, juice, and 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until the cranberries pop, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool, then purée until smooth.
In a medium stainless-steel bowl, whisk the egg yolks, remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and cranberry purée. Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water, taking care that the bowl does not touch the water. Whisk until the mixture is thickened and hot—but be careful not to overcook (scramble) the egg mixture; this takes about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the mascarpone. Keep whisking until the mixture cools down, then refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
Meanwhile, in a thoroughly clean and grease-free mediuim mixer bowl, whip the egg whites on high speed with an electric mixer until they just start to get frothy. Start sprinkling in the superfine sugar and whip until the whites are peaking. Gently fold the whipped egg whites into the chilled cranberry mixture.
Whip the cream until stiff, then gently fold it into the cranberry mixture, taking care not to lose volume.
Spoon the mixture into a 4-cup plastic container with a lid. Tap the container on a counter to release any bubbles, then smooth the top. Close the container, then place in a freezer for at least 8 hours, or until frozen.
2/3 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup white wine vinegar or distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup vegetable oil or light olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Combine the cranberries, sugar, and vinegar in a small nonreactive saucepan and cook over medium heat until the cranberries pop, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
Purée the mixture in a blender, then blend in the mustard and orange juice. With the machine running, gradually drizzle in the oil. The dressing should become smooth and emulsified. Blend in the salt and pepper. Refrigerate up to 3 weeks.
Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®
Crimson Cranberry Sage Vinegar
Makes 6 cups
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1 large shallot, peeled and quartered
6 cups white wine vinegar or distilled white vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Arrange the cranberries and shallot attractively in 2 clear glass wine bottles (you can skewer the cranberries, if you like, on long wooden skewers).
In a non-aluminum pan, bring the vinegar, sugar and salt to a boil. Immediately pour the liquid into the bottles, filling them 1 1/2 inches from the top. Let cool to room temperature, then cork. Let sit a minimum of 2 days before using. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 2 – 3 months, or refrigerate for up to 6 months.
I love winter squash! I love its texture, sweetness, and most of all its versatility. It’s great in soups, stuffed in ravioli or made into a tart! You don’t just have to roast it in the oven with brown sugar – although how d’lish does that sound?
And it’s not just all about the beloved butternut or Danish squash, either. There are tons of different varieties of squash to choose from: gold nugget, turbans, Hubbards and sweet dumplings… and each one varies in colors, flavors, and textures.
These are beautiful squash that was at the Farmers Market on Magnolia
Take for example spaghetti squash. Its name comes from their near spaghetti-like flesh! Just cut it in half place cut side on a baking dish with a little water and bake till tender. Once cooked, fork out its spaghetti-like flesh then serve it up with a delicious red sauce. Presto! You’ve got a tasty gluten-free veggie dinnertime hit!
Jack Be Little squash, the tiniest member of the squash line up, are excellent roasted whole (seeds scooped out first) then rubbed with olive oil and seasonings and baked till tender. With these little guys you can even eat the tender skin. I like to roast them and then serve filled with other fall veggies such as sautéed brussel sprouts with bacon and a little maple syrup. Yum!
One of my favorite squash creations for fall entertaining is Spiced Butternut Squash Hummus. Now that’s a fun new idea. Serve with pita chips, crostini or fresh veggies for dipping. It is also a great spread for a turkey sandwich!
I’ll leave you with one more tip. If you happen upon a giant squash and have no idea how to get into it, place it in a garbage bag and then sling it the ground as hard as you can–voila your squash is cracked open now! -Kathy
Spiced Butternut Squash Hummus
Makes about 3 1/2 – 4 cups
1 small butternut squash, about 2 1/2 pounds
3/4 cup drained cooked or canned garbanzo beans
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste)
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (optional)
Garnishes: olive oil for drizzling, chopped parsley or cilantro, and pomegranate seeds
Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F.
Cut squash in half and remove seeds. Cut squash into 8 wedges. Brush with olive oil and roast on a pan-sprayed baking sheet, uncovered, for 1 1/2 hours or until very tender. The squash should brown a little. Let cool. Scrape out the cooked squash meat with a large metal spoon; discard the skins. You should have about 3 cups cooked squash meat. (You can prepare up to this point 2 days in advance and keep refrigerated.)
In a food processor, process the garbanzo beans until coarsely chopped (about 1 minute). Then add the roasted squash and remaining ingredients, and process until smooth.
Serve drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with parsley and garnished with fresh pomegranate seeds if desired.