Posts from November, 2017

Mixing Up Mashed Potatoes

The holiday season is all about get-togethers and potlucks. Traditional dishes are always comforting, but I think it’s time for a flavor upgrade. I’m looking at you, mashed potatoes!

There are tons of ways to get creative and mix up your mash. Instead of the traditional butter, sour cream, or milk – stir in a healthy dollop of Greek yogurt for a tangy kick. You could fold in some caramelized onions with blue cheese. Or how about adding a little wasabi, ginger, edamame and a dash of soy to your mashed potatoes to transform them into an Asian-inspired, d’lish dish – my Wasabi Mashed Potatoes will blow you away!

But if you’re a mushroom lover like me, then I have the perfect spin on mashed ‘taters for you…my Wild Mushroom Mashed Potatoes. Packed with a variety of ‘shrooms – the earthy flavor pairs perfectly with the creamy richness of the mash. Russet potatoes are the most popular choice for making a fluffy mash, but Yukon Golds also have a creamy richness to them.

But no matter what potato you use, be sure to always whip your spuds when they are piping hot to avoid the dreaded gluey potato syndrome!
-Kathy

Wasabi Mashed Potatoes
If after you make the potatoes you would like them a bit hotter, just mix a little more wasabi powder with some water to make a loose paste and then stir into potatoes. You can also use wasabi paste that comes in a tube as well – just add about 2-3 teaspoons, or to taste. If you’re watching the calories loose the butter and add in some fat free sour cream or Greek yogurt instead.

Makes about 6 1-cup servings

2 – 3 teaspoons wasabi powder (depending upon the heat you like)
1 tablespoon water
3/4 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut in half (about 3 very large potatoes)
pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk or half-and-half
6 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
chopped fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish (optional)

In a very small bowl mix together the wasabi powder, water and salt and set aside.

Place potatoes in a very large pot and cover with water at least 3 inches above potatoes. Add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook on a low boil till fork tender, about 20 – 30 minutes. Test potatoes to be sure they’re tender all the way through.

Meanwhile, combine in a small pan over low heat the milk or half-and-half, butter and soy sauce. Heat till the butter is melted and the milk is warm. Remove from heat and stir in the wasabi mixture.

When potatoes are cooked, drain them well in a large colander, then return them to the pot. Shake pot over low heat about 30 seconds to dry out any remaining water. Remove from the heat and add half the hot liquid mixture. (Both the potatoes and the liquid must be hot.) With a heavy-duty whisk or masher, mash the potatoes. Then add remaining liquid and whip/mash up the potatoes till they are fluffy.

Mound potatoes in a large warm bowl. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro or parsley.

Wild Mushroom Mashed Potatoes
Makes about 6 (1-cup) servings

2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut in halves or thirds, depending on size (about 3 very large potatoes)
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk or half-and-half
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
6 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
2 teaspoons butter or margarine
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh garlic
2 cups finely chopped assorted mushrooms (see note)
2 tablespoons dry sherry (optional)
Minced fresh chives or parsley for garnish (optional)

Place potatoes in a very large pot and cover with water at least 3 inches above potatoes. Add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook on a low boil till fork tender, about 20-30 minutes. Test potatoes to be sure they’re tender all the way through.

Meanwhile, combine in a small pan over low heat the milk, white pepper, 6 tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon salt. Heat till the butter is melted and the milk is warm. Do not boil. Keep warm.

In a large non-stick skillet, heat the 2 teaspoons butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic and mushrooms and saute for about 3 minutes until thoroughly cooked and all moisture has evaporated. Add sherry and saute 1-1 1/2 minutes more. Remove from heat.

When potatoes are cooked, drain them well in a large colander, then return them to the pot. Shake pot over low heat about 30 seconds to dry out any remaining water. Remove from the heat and add half the hot liquid mixture. (Both the potatoes and the liquid must be hot.) With a heavy duty whisk or masher, mash the potatoes. Then add remaining liquid and whip/mash up the potatoes till they are fluffy.

Mix in the mushrooms and mound potatoes in a large warm bowl. Sprinkle with minced chives or parsley.

Chef’s Notes: Wild mushrooms, such as morels, chanterelles and fresh porcini, are preferable. Or use domestic mushrooms such as button and shiitake or a mixture of domestic and wild mushrooms. If fresh wild mushrooms are not available, then substitute rehydrated, dry ones such as morels and porcini. To rehydrate them, pour boiling water over to just cover and let steep till softened. Drain before using. (Soaking liquid can be used in sauces or soups.)

This recipe is extra-delicious made with the half-and-half. However, you can make it with low-fat milk and skimp on or omit the butter if you’re really “watching it.”

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

Posted by Kathy on November 30th, 2017  |  Comments Off on Mixing Up Mashed Potatoes |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Recent Posts

Lexington Herald Leader

The Lexington Herald Leader posted an article on our “Over 21” Real Fruit Cakes made with Maker’s Mark! The secret to making a fruitcake that people are dying to eat – lots of bourbon. Read the full article here.

Posted by Kathy on November 27th, 2017  |  Comments Off on Lexington Herald Leader |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Foodie News, Press

#ThanksgivingLeftovers

You have eaten the turkey and have now moved on to after dinner drinks, games and maybe lying on the couch… but what about that bird?

Ok – get your knife out and cut all the meat off the bones – then pick them clean and refrigerate ASAP (for delicious sandwiches later!).

Now it’s time to get that big pot down from the cupboard and start your turkey stock! Dust it off, add the turkey bones/carcass – breaking apart with your hands if needed. Add in some cut up carrots, celery and onion, and cover with water. Bring to a simmer then let it slow cook for about 2 hours. Your house will smell amazing by the way!

Once done, strain and then divide the delicious broth into a couple of containers to help it cool faster. Or if you have a lot of ice around the house, put the pot of strained stock in the sink and surround with ice – stirring often to cool. (PS – if you want a more concentrated flavor then reduce the strained stock by half.)

Once the broth is cool enough, pop it in the fridge for tomorrow’s yummy soup or gravy making.

To me, there’s nothing better than an epic Thanksgiving leftover sandwich – piled high with all the fixin’s…turkey, stuffing and grrrrrrravy of course! And we all know you can never have enough gravy, so why not make more! Below is a recipe for using up all that great turkey stock you made – it’s also a great base to use for soup too.

Happy Holidays! Gobble Gobble!
-Kathy

Thanksgiving Day After Turkey Gravy
Makes about 5 cups
6 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. minced onion AND/OR 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup flour
5 cups homemade turkey stock (see above for method using your leftover turkey carcass)
1 tsp. salt
pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a large, heavy saucepan. Add the onions (and mushrooms if using) and sauté over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes. Add the flour and stir vigorously until combined and smooth. Cook for about 1 minute. Add the stock all at once and whisk vigorously so as to eliminate any lumps. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 – 15 minutes, until the gravy is nicely thickened. Season with salt and white pepper to taste.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

Posted by Kathy on November 22nd, 2017  |  Comments Off on #ThanksgivingLeftovers |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Recent Posts

Warm Up with HOT Drinks!

Brrrr…it’s the perfect time to warm up with some HOT drinks. Spiced cider, Irish coffee, spiked cocoa – yes please!

But here’s a new one for you – Winter Spiced White Wine. This steamy white wine infusion is flavored with pears, apples, oranges, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon. For an extra kick, add some Grand Marnier or your favorite fruit liquor. It’s sure to be a hit!

For fun entertaining, I like to do a Hot Buttered “DIY Drink Station”. Set out some of hot buttered mix, a kettle of water, a selection of rums, whisky and brandies. Stack up some mugs and have some fresh nutmeg on hand for grating over the top. The interactive experience is so much fun for guests- and d’lish!

So now that I’ve given you a few ideas, go enjoy the chilly weather with your favorite winter warmer.
-Kathy

Warm Spiced White Wine
For large parties, this recipe can easily be increased, made in advance, and then gently reheated before serving. Keep it warm in a slow-cooker on low heat or in a deep, pretty chaffing dish. If you are a die-hard fan of spiced red wine, you can substitute it here.

Makes 7 cups, or enough for about 8 servings

12 whole cloves
1 small red apple, such as Pink Lady or Fuji
1 small ripe pear
5 allspice berries
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 (750 ml) bottles light, dry white wine, such as chenin blanc
1/2 cup Grand Marnier or Cointreau
For garnishing: Orange-zest twists
Poke the cloves into the apple and cut it into 5 slices. Cut the pear into 6 slices. Combine the fruit and remaining ingredients in a stainless steel or heat-proof glass pan and stir well to incorporate the brown sugar. Warm the mixture over low heat. Do not let it boil! Let the flavors steep for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve warm in mugs, glass coffee cups, or tempered glasses. Garnish each serving with an orange twist.

Recipe from Kathy Casey Sips & Apps, Chronicle Books

Posted by Kathy on November 22nd, 2017  |  Comments Off on Warm Up with HOT Drinks! |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Recent Posts

Back for the Holiday Season!


Kathy Casey’s “Over 21” Real Fruit Cakes made with Maker’s Mark
#RealFruitCake

It’s been over 10 years now that we have been baking up our signature “Over 21” Real Fruit Cake made with Maker’s Mark! Garnering cult like status these delicious beauties are chock full of Maker’s Mark-soaked dried fruits, including apricots, cranberries, tart cherries and golden raisins as well as lots of tasty toasted nuts from hazelnuts to rich pecans – all bound with our signature spiced batter. Baked until golden then brushed hot out of the oven with a Maker’s Mark brown sugar glaze.

“This is not your grandmother’s fruitcake, and is sure to convert any fruitcake naysayers. With all that delicious bourbon, fruit and nuts in it, this fruit cake certainly won’t end up re-gifted! Some loyal fans have said they ate the whole thing themselves,” commented Kathy Casey, “I personally love to toast a slice for Christmas morning breakfast.”

Quantities are limited and sell out fast. So here’s how to order or pick-up:

    •Starting November 20th Real Fruit Cakes can be picked up at Kathy Casey Food Studios, located in Ballard – Monday thru Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM – call 206-784-7840 to check on availability.
    (Closed on November 23-24 for Thanksgiving)

    Order from our website starting November 20th while supplies last.

    •Priced at $12.99

Kathy Casey Food Studios is located at 5130 Ballard Ave. NW and is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. We suggest calling ahead to be sure that cakes are available.

For more information, contact: call (206) 784-7840 or check out our website www.KathyCasey.com.

Posted by Kathy on November 17th, 2017  |  Comments Off on Back for the Holiday Season! |  Posted in Dish D'Lish, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Foodie News, Kathy Casey, Press

Thanksgiving Desserts

We all know Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks and spend time with family and friends. There is turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and goodies galore – the feast often goes all day long…but for many it’s all about the decadent desserts!

Everyone has their own special traditions and a lot of fond memories to go with them. From a spread of cookies and homemade candies, to the big buffet of pies – apple, lemon meringue, pecan and of course pumpkin – pumpkin is always a favorite!!

But if you’re looking to spice things up this year and bring something new to the table, why not switch up that pumpkin pie routine with my Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Ale Caramel and Sea Salt. It’s easy to make these ahead and portion in little mason jars. Yes, that’s right – you can do this a week ahead and cover with lids. Perfect for easy transporting too!

For serving, just remove the lids and drizzle with the caramel whipped up with your favorite local holiday brew (you can make this in advance too!) then top with whipped cream. Yum!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
-Kathy

Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Ale Caramel & Sea Salt
You can make the panna cotta up to 5 days in advance — just keep tightly wrapped with plastic. The caramel sauce can also be prepared up to a week beforehand, making it the perfect dessert for a busy holiday schedule.

Makes 8 regular (4-oz) servings or 16 mini (2-oz) servings

1 packet Knox unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons water
1 cup cream
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup mascarpone
1 cup pumpkin puree (pure pumpkin, not pre-seasoned pie filling)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
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1 cup Holiday Ale Caramel Sauce (recipe follows)
Sea salt for sprinkling (sea salt)

In a small, microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Soak until the gelatin is soft, then microwave on high power for only about 2 seconds, or until the gelatin is melted but not foaming up.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream, sugar, sour cream, mascarpone, pumpkin, vanilla, and spices. Add the gelatin and whisk together well.

Place the mixing bowl over a pan of simmering water, being sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until smooth and hot (150 to 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer).

Remove from the heat and divide the mixture evenly among 8 regular or 16 mini martini glasses (or 8 custard or 16 espresso cups). Cover with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic does not touch the panna cotta. Refrigerate for a minimum of 12 hours to set.

To serve: Drizzle each panna cotta with ale caramel sauce (1 tablespoon for the minis or 2 for the larger portions), and then sprinkle lightly with sea salt.

Chef’s note: If making the ale caramel sauce is too much for your schedule, then substitute with a speed scratch sea salt caramel sauce; mix 1/2 cup purchased high-quality caramel sauce with 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, depending upon how salty you like it.

Posted by Kathy on November 16th, 2017  |  Comments Off on Thanksgiving Desserts |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Recent Posts

Clementines

When the weather gets chilly and the sky turns grey, juicy winter citrus is just the thing to help brighten the season. Clementine’s to the rescue!

Don’t be fooled by their small appearance- these cute little fruits are packed with flavor and health benefits. They are an excellent source of vitamin C. And get this – they’re also great as an antihistamine. It’s true! Battle those stuffed-up sinuses with clementine’s.

I love to incorporate them into my morning smoothie –or topped on yogurt for a citrusy punch.

For a quick and easy appetizer- try my Clementine Bruschetta! Simply combine diced clementine’s with tomatoes, kalamata olives, minced red onion, and fresh basil. Scoop it over a toasted crostini spread with creamy goat cheese – yum! Great for on-the-fly entertaining!

So whether you’re whipping up a delicious snack- or fighting off a case of the sniffles– pick up some Clementine’s. They’re sure to brighten up your day!
-Kathy

Clementine Bruschetta with Goat Cheese
The flavors of clementine, kalamata olives, fresh basil and the creaminess of goat cheese all play off each other nicely in this easy entertaining appetizer.

Makes 20 pieces

1 artisanal baguette
extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
kosher salt as needed
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4 clementines
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup chopped vine-ripe tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 Tbsp. minced red onion
1 1/2 tsp. finely minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives
pinch of red pepper flakes
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4 oz. chèvre-style fresh goat cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut baguette into 1/4-inch slices—you want about 20 nice-sized pieces. Lay out on a baking sheet. Lightly brush or drizzle bread with olive oil then sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. Bake for about 5–7 minutes, or until toasty. Let crostini cool.

Meanwhile, peel clementines and dice 1/4 to 1/3-inch. In a medium bowl, toss clementines with 2 tablespoons olive oil, tomatoes, basil, onion, garlic, olives, and pepper flakes. Set aside.

To serve: Smear each piece of crostini with a heaping teaspoon of goat cheese. Place on a platter and immediately divide the clementine mixture between the crostini (drain off any excess juice).

Note: Top crostini right before serving so they do not get soft.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

Posted by Kathy on November 9th, 2017  |  Comments Off on Clementines |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Recent Posts

Fennel

Ahhhh fennel- the hardy, perennial herb with feathery leaves and beautiful yellow flowers is one of my all-time favorite veggies. It’s crunchy texture and anise-like sweet aroma adds a delightful pop of flavor to any dish.


Fennel has a long ancient history, too!

And get this- you can utilize every piece of it in your kitchen! The bulb, stalk, leaves, AND seeds are all edible. I like to shave the bulb very thin and toss it in with winter salad greens- like in my Baby Arugula, Orange, and Fennel Salad with Grilled Shrimp and White Balsamic Vinaigrette. Just be sure to remove the hard core in the center of the bulb before slicing! But don’t throw it away- instead toss it into the pot next time you make a homemade stock. A d’lish product with zero waste- that’s what I’m talking about!

In Seattle, fennel grows wild in many of our neighborhoods like Ballard. I love looking out my office window at the billowing plumes of fennel poking their way through the concrete.


The view outside my office window!

Right now the hearty stalks are topped with seeds, ready for picking! Just dry at room temperature, toast them up, and add to seasonings, sauces or soups – yum!
-Kathy

Baby Arugula, Orange & Fennel Salad with Grilled Shrimp and White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Makes 6 to 8 servings

Shrimp
1 tablespoon undiluted orange juice concentrate
Pinch of red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons minced orange zest
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons minced fennel fronds
1 tablespoon fennel seed, toasted and crushed
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 pounds large raw shrimp (32 to 40)

Salad
1 large or 2 small fennel bulbs, trimmed
6 oranges or tangerines
6 cups baby arugula
2 heads baby frisée, torn, rinsed and spun dry
White Balsamic Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

To marinate the shrimp, whisk all the ingredients, except the shrimp, in a large bowl. Peel, devein, and remove tails of the shrimp then add them to the marinade and toss to coat. Refrigerate and marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

To prepare the salad, finely shave the fennel bulbs with a sharp knife or a mandolin and crisp in ice water for 10 minutes. Spin dry before using. Cut the peel off the oranges, trim away all the white pith then cut the fruit into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Flick out any seeds. (If prepared ahead, refrigerate the fennel and orange slices separately, for up to 2 hours.)

Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill, or preheat a gas grill to high. Grill the shrimp until just pink and done, about 1 to 2 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, toss the arugula, frisée, fennel, and oranges with enough of the vinaigrette to coat nicely—taste for flavor, adding more dressing if needed.

Serve the salad on a large platter or divide among individual plates, arrange the shrimp on top, and drizzle with a little extra dressing, if desired.

White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Makes 2 cups

1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup undiluted orange juice concentrate
Pinch of red pepper flakes, or 1 tablespoon harissa paste
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fennel seed, toasted and ground
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fennel fronds

In a large bowl, whisk the vinegar, shallots, mustard, and juice concentrate. Whisk in the pepper flakes, salt, pepper to taste, and fennel seed. Slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking constantly to emulsify. Stir in the fennel fronds. If made ahead, refrigerate until shortly before needed, then rewhisk before using.

Chef’s Note: The vinaigrette keeps, refrigerated, for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe from Kathy Casey’s Northwest Table

Posted by Kathy on November 2nd, 2017  |  Comments Off on Fennel |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Recent Posts
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