Posts from November, 2018

Holiday Sides

Okay, I know that for holiday dinners it’s hard to break away from the tried and true accompaniments – the infamous green bean casserole topped with crispy fried onions, marshmallow-y brown sugar yams, and sage-y stuffing. I’m not saying to forget making your faves, but just suggesting that this year, maybe try something new!

Take for example, my Maple Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Sage: sliced sweet potatoes, drizzled with maple syrup, cream, a touch of fresh sage, and topped with a few bread crumbs for texture. Baked till bubbly good (recipe follows).

Savory Island Relish 3
All the goodies for whipping up a batch of Angostura Savory Island Relish

Forget the traditional store-bought cranberry sauce this year and go fresh! Whip up an inspired Savory Island Relish recipe combining; fresh cranberries, pecans, pineapple, orange, a touch of honey, AND a few big dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters! That’s right – a touch of bitters adds a great layer of flavor!

Savory Island Relish 2
Ready to process … be sure to leave some texture.

Just whiz it up in your food processor and voila – a tasty condiment to your holiday ham or turkey! #Yum #CookingWithBitters #QuickAndEasyEntertaining

Savory Island Relish 1
The Relish is ready!

So get out of your side dish rut, and try something new for your next holiday get-together. –Kathy

Angostura Savory Island Relish
Switch things up at your next holiday dinner and serve this island inspired fresh cranberry sauce made with fresh pineapple, toasty pecans and tangy cranberries – spiced with the aromatic flavors of Angostura bitters. Great with turkey, ham, roast chicken or even in a baked yam! For a spiced version add a dash of cinnamon, or allspice.

Makes about 3 cups

2 Tbsp. ANGOSTORA® Aromatic Bitters
2 cups fresh cranberries (or frozen cranberries, defrosted)
1 orange, rinsed, ends cut off, and cut into chunks with rind
1 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple
1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
1/2 cup pecan pieces, lightly toasted
1/3 – 1/2 cup sugar depending on how sweet you like it (or substitute 1/4 cup honey)
1/4 tsp. chili flakes (optional)
Pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse the mixture, (scraping down the sides often), until the mixture is chopped fine but still has some nice texture. Place the relish into a jar and store refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios® for ANGOSTURA – www.KathyCasey.com

Maple Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Sage
Serves about 10 – 12.

8 cups peeled and thinly sliced (1/4 inch) sweet potatoes (about 2 1/2 – 3 pounds)

Maple Cream
3 cups cream
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tsp. minced fresh thyme
1 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh sage leaves
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Topping
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
3 Tbsp. high-quality grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp. minced fresh thyme
1 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley
2 tsp. finely chopped fresh sage leaves

fresh sage leaves for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 3-quart casserole with pan spray or lightly butter it. Then arrange sliced sweet potatoes in an even layer. In a large bowl whisk together the maple cream ingredients until well combined. Pour the maple cream over sweet potatoes and push them down a bit to be sure they are coated in liquid.

In a small bowl combine topping ingredients and set aside.
Bake casserole for 35 minutes and then sprinkle with topping and bake another 25 – 35 minutes or until topping is browned, potatoes are tender and liquid is thickened.

Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh sage leaves.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios® – www.KathyCasey.com

Posted by Kathy on November 15th, 2018  |  Comments Off on Holiday Sides |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Kathy Casey, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes, sides, vegetables

Cider Craze

It was not long ago that ciders were far and few between, but now, ciders are popping up everywhere across the country. From dry tiny bubble-style (like a fine French Champagne) to bold and sassy, spiced (chai cider – yes please) and fruit-forward (think pear and raspberry). There’s something for everyone’s tastes.

Here in the northwest, we love our ciders! From restaurant menus to pubs to the shelves lined at your favorite grocer, ciders are everywhere!


A Rhuby Rum Cider Cocktail featuring dark rum,
grapefruit and pomegranate juices, and chai cider!
Photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen®

And with Thanksgiving coming, why not consider serving a hard cider with your holiday bird. Think a dryer style apple cider; it’s a great alternative to white wine.

Hosting a party? Mix up a batch of my Pear & Blackberry Sangria – sure to be a crowd favorite! Or how about putting together a cider tasting! Ask your guests to each bring a different cider. Put a brown bag over each one and tie at the top. Then give each guest 3 ribbons to hang around the top of their favorites, taste, unveil, and crown the cider winners. How fun is that!

So cheers to sipping some ciders! –Kathy

Pear & Blackberry Sangria
Blackberries can be switched out for raspberries or strawberries depending upon what’s peak of season at your local market.

Makes about 4-6 servings

1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup blackberries
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1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons blackberry honey
2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
2 Tbsp. brandy or cognac
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1 (22 oz) bottles Crispin Natural Hard Pear Cider Lion Belge
Garnish: fresh blackberries and sliced pear

In a blender cup combine the water, lemon juice and blackberries. Process until smooth. Then strain through a fine mesh strainer and discard solids. Add the honey, orange juice and brandy and stir until honey is dissolved. Refrigerate for up to 2 days.

When ready to serve combine the blackberry mixture with the chilled cider in a large container. Add the berries and pear. Serve over ice

Recipe by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen® – www.LiquidKitchen.com

Posted by Kathy on November 8th, 2018  |  Comments Off on Cider Craze |  Posted in Cocktails, Fruit, Kathy Casey, KOMO Radio, Lifestyle, Recent Posts, Recipes

Aquavit Week

#AquavitWeek is upon us and for those of you that have never tried this delicious Scandinavian spirit – it’s time! I suggest for your first bottle to get Linie, a Norwegian-style aquavit, which means it’s made from a neutral potato base spirit and barrel aged, giving it a slightly nutty back note. Linie is distilled with caraway (the classic flavor note – just like juniper is to gin), star anise, and other botanicals. It’s aged for a year in sherry barrels in Norway, then takes a four month journey at sea from Oslo to Australia and back.

Being a Scandi myself I have enjoyed aquavit for many years, as a slow sipper– but also these days I love its unique flavor notes shaken or stirred into a cocktail like the Katerina – perfect for a brisk fall evening. – Kathy

The seventh annual Aquavit Week returns for a celebration of the signature spirit of the Nordics from November 4th to 10th. To learn more and to find out where to sip on an inspired Aquavit cocktail go to www.AquavitWeek.com.

Katarina Cocktail
Toast to Aquavit Week with a Katerina cocktail!

Katerina
The Katerina cocktail is a spirit forward drink that mixes so many of my favorite potables; botanical gin, the delicious aged and spice notes of Linie aquavit, the slight bitter and sweet of the vermouth – sparked with an aromatic citrus punch from Angostura orange bitters and the bright finish of lemon peel oil.

Makes 1 cocktail

3/4 oz. Linie Aquavit
1 oz. Sipsmith Gin
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostora Orange Bitters
Fat lemon peel

Measure the Linie Aquavit, Sipsmith Gin, and sweet vermouth into a mixing glass. Dash in the Angostura bitters. Fill mixing glass three-quarters with ice and stir with a cocktail spoon for about 20-30 seconds.

Strain into a rocks glass over a large block ice cube. Express lemon oil over cocktail, twist and add to drink. And raise your glass to #AquavitWeek!

Cocktail and photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen® – www.LiquidKitchen.com

Posted by Kathy on November 6th, 2018  |  Comments Off on Aquavit Week |  Posted in Cocktails, Kathy Casey, Recent Posts, Recipes

Mac & Cheese….Yes, Please!!!

When I think of comfort food, one of the first things that come to mind is mac & cheese. Gooey, warm, and of course, cheesy delicious!

One of my favorite recipes is a 4 Cheese Penne Bake – penne pasta, garlic and parmesan white sauce – tossed with loads of shredded cheese: cheddar, mozzarella, jack and parmesan. Cover the whole thing with some fresh, herby bread crumbs for a nice crunch.


Gooey, melted cheese bake – yum!
Photo from Dishing with Kathy Casey.

Mac & Cheese is perfect to customize. You can add so many flavorful sauce additions like salsa, roasted garlic, fresh herbs, or switch up the cheese combinations with your favorites.

For a fun party idea how about serving a pan of house made mac & cheese. Then set out a variety of toppings for guests to build their own bowl. Think pulled pork, crab or shrimp, BBQ chicken, roasted red peppers, green onions, corn salsa, roasted artichokes, sautéed mushrooms, sausage, green chilies… Nothing is off limits!

So get creative and dish up some cheesy goodness! –Kathy

4 Cheese Penne Bake With Herb Bread Crumbs
Generously serves 6 – 8

Herb Bread Crumbs (recipe follows)
4 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
4 1/2 Tbsp. flour
4 cups milk*
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup grated high-quality Parmesan cheese
1 pound dry penne pasta
2 cups (8 oz. wt.) grated four-cheese blend**
2 cups (8 oz. wt.) grated Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Make the Herb Bread Crumbs and set aside.

In a large heavy-bottom sauce pan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and stir around for about 20 seconds — do not let garlic brown. Stir in the flour and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly.

While stirring vigorously with a whisk, add the milk. Whisk well. Bring to a simmer and whisk occasionally until sauce is thickened, about 3 – 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in salt, pepper, sour cream and Parmesan cheese, and set aside.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook penne pasta per package directions until done. Drain well.

In a very large bowl mix together the pasta and sauce, then fold in the grated cheeses until well combined. Place mixture into a lightly buttered, 13-inch x 9-inch baking pan.

Sprinkle with Herb Bread Crumbs and bake in a 375-degree oven for about 30 minutes or until pasta is heated through, sides are slightly bubbling and top is golden brown.

Chef’s Notes:
*For an even richer macaroni and cheese substitute half & half for the milk.

**Four-, five- and six-cheese blends are available in most grocers’ dairy sections. If you wish to make your own grated cheese blend, try using a mixture of any of the following: Jack, mozzarella, Gouda, Swiss, Havarti.

Herb Bread Crumbs
Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

3 cups packed, 1-inch French bread chunks
4 Tbsp. butter
pinch salt and pepper
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp. dry basil leaves
1/2 tsp. dry thyme leaves

Place bread crumb ingredients in a food processor, and pulse processor on and off until the bread becomes chopped into a fine crumb and is well mixed with the other ingredients.

Bread crumbs should be refrigerated until used and can be kept frozen for up to 1 month.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios® – www.KathyCasey.com

Posted by Kathy on November 1st, 2018  |  Comments Off on Mac & Cheese….Yes, Please!!! |  Posted in Amazon, Books to Cook, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, garlic, herbs, Kathy Casey, KOMO Radio, Recent Posts, Recipes
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