Posts from July, 2014

Corn On & Off the Cob

Corn just screams summer! I love the sound of fresh corn being shucked – that squeaky sound of the husks being pulled down. But it can be a messy job at times – so if the weather is nice this is a great “outdoor” job.

Corn is amazingly versatile. Its d’lish when grilled, roasted, boiled and steamed! When grilling, cook the corn just enough to heat it through so it still is moist when you pull it off. Serve it plain and naked, or with some butter whipped with local honey and a sprinkle of chili salt – yum! I like to leave the stem on – it makes an easy handle when eating.


(Photo from The Fruitguys Alamanac)

But it’s great off the cob, too. Cut the kernels off of grilled corn holding the cob up straight in a bowl – then cut downwards with a sharp or serrated knife. Toss into a salad or your favorite fresh salsa. Grilled corn salsa (corn, tomatoes, sweet onions, jalapenos, cilantro and lime) is perfect for scooping up with some chips or serve over grilled scallops, fish or chicken.

But I think the best summer corn experience I’ve had in the last few years was in South Carolina with chef friends – we had grilled corn smeared with pimento cheese!

And if you make vegetable broth or chicken stock at home, don’t throw those cobs out. Break them up and simmer them in your next batch of broth. Perfect to make a pot of corn chowder with.

So enjoy as much corn as you can while its summer sweet! –Kathy

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Honey Butter
Pull back the husks and pull out the silk, then tie off the husks with a strip of husk. This makes for a decorative and very useful handle.

Makes 8 servings.

8 whole ears fresh corn

Honey Butter
1 stick (1/4 lb.) butter
2 Tbsp. local honey, such as my “5130” Honey
2 tsp. Tabasco or hot sauce (more or less if desired)
2 Tbsp. coarse chopped Italian parsley

Dish D’Lish French Seasoning Salt – or sea salt
fresh lime wedges

Peel back corn husks and pull out corn silk. Heat barbecue coals or wood fire.

Meanwhile, in a mixer whip the butter, honey, Tabasco and parsley together until fluffy.

When coals are hot, place corn on grill and cook, turning every few minutes. Cook until corn is lightly charred and cooked through. Spread corn with Honey Butter and sprinkle with seasoning.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

Summer Roasted Pepper, Corn and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese Crostini
Makes 6 servings

1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
3 ears fresh corn, husked
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
12 thin slices (1/4-inch) of French bread baguette, lightly toasted
6 oz soft chevre goat cheese
4 to 6 cups tightly packed, washed and torn arugula or baby arugula

Roast peppers over a hot grill or coals or under the broiler, turning often until skin is totally blistered. Peel, seed and thinly slice peppers. Set aside.

Grill corn, turning when each side is marked and lightly roasted. Cut corn from cob, and add to peppers.

In a large bowl, whisk mustard, garlic, vinegar and lemon juice together. Slowly whisk in oil. Season with salt and pepper, and toss in basil, roasted peppers, and corn. Set aside.

Meanwhile, spread toasted French bread slices with goat cheese, and place under a broiler for one minute or pop into a hot, 400-degree oven until cheese is warm.

Add arugula to roasted pepper mixture. Toss well. Divide among individual salad plates and garnish with the warm goat cheese crostini.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

Posted by Kathy Casey on July 24th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Recent Posts

Summertime Peach Favorites

When fresh, juicy peaches appear at the local markets, you know summer has finally arrived. Eat them raw, blend them in a cocktail, chop them up for salsa; any way to eat a peach is fine by me.

Swirl them into yogurt or chop them up and add them to a bright summer salad – or slice them thin and serve atop crostini spread with herbed goat cheese.

Blushing Pickled Peaches are easy to make and so tasty served alongside grilled pork chops.

But – have you ever had Grilled Peaches? If not, they should go on your need-to-try list! Just cut them in half, remove the pit, drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Then grill on each side until nicely marked and just tender – yum! A great combination of sweet and smokey – perfect to cozy up with a juicy chicken breast or d’lish over vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of salted caramel.

And of course…peaches are perfect to shake in a summer cocktail like in my Peachy Mojito with fresh garden mint! –Kathy


My Blended Peach Whiskey Sour!
For the recipe and more summer sipping ideas, check out
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Blushing Pickled Peaches
Be sure to use a freestone variety of peach for this recipe such as Elberta or Hale. Great with grilled ham steaks and poultry, and especially fantastic with thinly sliced prosciutto, crusty French bread and a glass of Northwest Pinot Gris.

Makes 1 quart

5 – 6 large ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and halved, about 2 – 2 1/4 lbs.
2 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger cut into 1/4-inch slices (2 oz wt.)
3 cloves of garlic, peeled
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp kosher salt or uniodized salt
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Tightly pack the peach halves, alternating with the ginger and garlic, into a clean quart jar.

Meanwhile, in a small, non-reactive saucepan bring the remaining ingredients to a quick boil over high heat. Immediately remove from heat and ladle over the peaches, making sure to cover them and transferring all the spices to the peaches.

Cover tightly and let cool to room temperature. Immediately after cooling, refrigerate peaches. Chill the pickled peaches for 2 – 3 days before using them. They’ll keep 4 weeks in the refrigerator.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

Peachy Mojito
Makes 1 cocktail

2 sprigs of fresh mint
2 oz silver rum
1 oz lime juice
1 oz Simple Syrup*
1/2 oz peach puree
——————–
1 oz soda water
Garnish: lime wedge on cocktail pick

Tear mint sprigs and drop into a pint mixing glass. Measure in rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and peach puree. Fill glass full with ice, then cap and shake vigorously. Uncap then add a dash of soda water to the tin. Pour drink into a tall glass. Garnish with a lime wedge on a pick.

*To make Simple Syrup: bring equal parts water and sugar to a quick boil, immediately remove from heat. Cool and store at room temp for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®.

Posted by Kathy Casey on July 17th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Cocktails, Fruit, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, Small Screen Network, videos

BBQ Sauces – Which Is Right For You?

Everyone loves a good BBQ! Cooks, grill masters, and weekend pit masters can be very passionate about their craft. We all know that a great sauce can be that final flavor oomph for your favorite Q.

Living in Seattle, I make mine slow simmered with loads of spices. But the best part and my little secret is the addition of some strong brewed coffee added in for a “Red Eye” BBQ Sauce (red eye is a term for adding coffee to pan drippings gravy).


Photo from Food Network.

But BBQ sauces come in lots of regional variations. There is white sauce, red sauce, and one of my favorites is a yellow one – South Carolina Mustard Spiked BBQ Sauce – based on yellow mustard, sugar and vinegar. This tangy, sweet and sour sauce is perfect to paint on ribs or chicken.

Whether you make it or buy it, there are a lot of tasty options out there. You may even find BBQ mixed in a Bloody Mary these days – yes it came with a rib garnish! –Kathy

“Red Eye” BBQ Sauce
Makes 2 1/4 cups

1 Tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup 1/4-inch-chopped yellow onion
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp dry mustard
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup brewed coffee
5 Tbsps Worcestershire sauce
3 Tbsps molasses
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
3/4 tsp Tabasco Hot Sauce
1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
1/8 tsp salt

Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sprinkle the black pepper and other dry spices on top. Stir and sauté until the onions are glossy, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sauté about 1 more minute.

When the onions are translucent, whisk in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a low boil, then reduce the heat and simmer 30 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent scorching. If not using the sauce right away, cool and store, refrigerated, for up to 10 days.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

South Carolina Mustard Spiked BBQ Sauce
Makes 1 3/4 cups
1/2 cup prepared yellow mustard
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup beer
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp liquid smoke

Whisk all ingredients together. Store refrigerated.

To use: Paint sauce on ribs or chicken frequently (about every 10 minutes) during cooking or pre-marinate pork roasts overnight before roasting.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios.

Posted by Kathy Casey on July 10th, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in KOMO Radio, other, Recipes

Celebrating NW Spirits

Looking for lots of great drink recipes using NW spirits? Check out Sip Northwest Magazine – it’s chock full of great libatious articles and recipes by yours truly. Try my Summer Punches – great for this weekend’s 4th of July celebrations!

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Photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®

Are you a fan of locally made spirits? I sure am! Washington has some of the fastest growing craft distilleries in the country! Come try a whole new selection at PROOF – The Washington Distillers Festival next Saturday July 12 at Seattle’s Fremont Studios.

Proof

This second annual festival will include tastings of locally made whiskey, gin, bourbon, vodka and lots more craft spirits. You will be able to discover your new favorite cocktail, shaken, or stirred – by local restaurants and bars.

Find something you like? Tons of bottles will be for sale so you can take home your new favorite local spirit!

And if this sounds good to you, but mixing drinks at home sounds a little daunting, then have no fear – local bartenders will provide tips to mixing drinks and upgrading your home bar!

–Kathy

Posted by Kathy Casey on July 3rd, 2014  |  Add Comment |  Posted in Cocktails, Foodie News, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Tasty Travels
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