Maple Syrup

When I think of Maple Syrup, I can’t help but think of warm and fuzzy memories – especially about breakfast.

So where does this d’lish treat come from? The mighty sugar maple tree! Quebec is by far the largest producer of this sticky syrup – producing 70 percent of the world’s supply. Thanks Canada!

There are several grades of syrup – ranging from extra light to extra dark – each with their own flavor profile and characteristics.

But this sugary delight isn’t just for sweet breakfasts or desserts. That’s right – maple syrup is delicious in savory dishes too! Added to a pot of slow-roasting baked beans; in a salad vinaigrette; or even a pork marinade.

Or how about some maple roasted veggies, finished with sea salt and topped over a piping hot bowl of creamy polenta – yum!

So branch out – and discover all that maple syrup has to offer.
-Kathy

Maple Vinaigrette

Makes about 1 cup

6 tablespoons real maple syrup, preferably grade B
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon finely minced shallots
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of cayenne pepper

In a medium bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, vinegar, mustard and shallots. Combine the two oils and then, while whisking continuously, drizzle the oil into the syrup mixture. The dressing should be well mixed and emulsified. Whisk in the seasonings.

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Rewhisk before using.

*Chef Note: It’s also great to shake ingredients together in a jar.

Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

Posted by Kathy on May 14th, 2020  |  Comments Off on Maple Syrup |  Posted in appetizers, breakfast, dessert, Kathy Casey, KOMO Radio, salads, sides

Braising

Looking to make a meal to impress, but don’t want to break the bank? Braising can make even the toughest meats a melt-in-your-mouth experience. Braising is a loooooonnnng, slow cooking method that can be done on the stove top, in the oven, or in a crock pot!

What a great treatment for less tender, more flavorful cuts of meat, such as beef chuck, lamb shanks, chicken legs, or short ribs. Generally, these cuts are less expensive, but really taste like a million bucks if they’re cooked low and slow.

First, season up your meat then give it a good sear in a hot pan with a touch of oil. Then add tasty ingredients like wine, herbs and veggies. Cover tightly and pop the pan in a low oven (around 300 – 325 degrees) and forget about it for a few hours!

The hardest part: be patient! Don’t try to rush the process. This will take time and your patience (and taste buds) will be greatly rewarded.

And of course, don’t forget about all that juicy braising liquid. It’s perfect to use in a tasty sauce.

One of my favorite dishes to make is my Slow Cooked Roasted Beef with Half a Bottle of Wine and 20 Cloves of Garlic. Perfect for a lazy weekend comfort food dinner and polishing off the rest of that bottle of wine! – Kathy


Photo from Dishing with Kathy Casey.

Slow-Cooked Roast Beef with Half a Bottle of Wine and 20 Cloves of Garlic
If the sauce is not thick enough, make a cornstarch slurry using 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water. Whisk the slurry into the simmering sauce, a little at a time, until the desired thickness is reached.

Makes 6 to 8 generous servings
1 (3- to 3 1/2-pound) beef chuck roast
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 large onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
1/2 bottle (about 1 1/2 cups) red wine
3 Tbsp flour
20 cloves garlic, peeled
5 sprigs fresh thyme
4 carrots, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
4 stalks celery, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil, optional

Preheat an oven to 325°F.

With paper towels, pat the roast dry. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof Dutch oven over high heat until hot.

Rub the roast with salt and pepper. Place in the hot pan and sear on all sides until well browned. Remove the meat to a platter. Add the onion wedges and mushrooms to the pan and stir around for a few minutes, then tuck the roast back into the pan, pulling the onion and mushroom mixture up from under the roast.

Whisk together the wine and flour until smooth and add to the roasting pan, along with the garlic and thyme. Bring to a simmer, then cover and transfer the pan to the oven.

Roast for about 2 hours. Add the carrots and celery and continue to roast for 1/2 hour to 1 hour, or until meat is fork-tender.

Stir the basil into the sauce.

Cut roast into thick slices or large chunks, depending on your preference, and serve with the sauce drizzled over it.

Recipe from Dishing with Kathy Casey.

Posted by Kathy Casey on May 7th, 2020  |  Comments Off on Braising |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, KOMO Radio, meats, Recent Posts, Recipes

Quick Chicken

These days it seems like life is extra hectic (especially with it being the holiday season!) and sometimes planning dinner can be last on your list.

Thankfully grocers like Metropolitan Market, Whole Foods, and even Costco have you covered with their pre-made meals and dishes like their rotisserie roasted chickens.

These chickens are great if you’re time starved. Of course they are d’lish just carved up and served as your main alongside tasty sides like roasted veggies, mashed potatoes, etc. But there is so much more you can do.

Add the meat to stir-fry, layer into quesadillas, build onto an open-faced sandwich, or make a Quick and Easy Chicken Mandarin Salad – the possibilities are endless.

Once you have that chicken picked clean, don’t throw those bones away. Because next up is Homemade Chicken Broth! Add some carrots, celery, onion and the chicken bones to a big pot. Cover with water – if you want it extra rich, add in a can OR carton of chicken broth too.

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Homemade Chicken Broth – perfect for this chilly weather!

Let this simmer for at least an hour or two (or throw it in your crock pot on low while you’re at work!)
Then strain, and there you have it – delicious Homemade Chicken Broth. And your house will smell delicious! –Kathy

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Photo by Kathy Casey Food Studios®

Quick and Easy Mandarin Chicken Salad
Makes 4 servings

1 tsp. curry powder
1 Sunkist® lemon
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise
3 cups chopped cooked store-bought rotisserie/roasted chicken
1 cup thinly shredded red cabbage
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup finely diced celery
1/2 cup roasted cashews or sliced almonds
3 peeled and sectioned Sunkist® Gold Nugget variety mandarins
Salt and black pepper
2 halved whole wheat pitas

Zest the lemon and set it aside, then juice the lemon.
In a large bowl, mix together lemon juice and zest, curry powder, yogurt and mayonnaise.
Mix in the chicken, cabbage, green onions, celery and nuts.
Add the mandarin sections and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve with pita’s or on your favorite mixed greens.

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

Posted by Kathy on April 30th, 2020  |  Comments Off on Quick Chicken |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Kathy Casey, KOMO Radio, poultry, Recent Posts, Recipes, salads, soups

Craveable Pancakes!

On those days when you have time for more than a banana for breakfast, pancakes are a great morning treat.

I always start my pancake cooking with a “sacrificial” pancake. This one’s to test the heat, unless you like them a crispier than most.

How do you know when it’s time to flip? Look for bubbles starting to dot the top, then you know it’s time to get your spatula ready!

There are many types of pancakes from good old fashioned buttermilk to corn flap jacks. Mini silver dollar sized to ones that fill up the whole plate.

Try different pancake add-ins sprinkled on just before flipping: from blueberries to slices of fresh banana, lemon zest for zing or chocolate chips for those with a sweet tooth. Or get savory with fresh corn kernels, or chopped bacon – the possibilities are endless!

Try my Pan Sized Berry Pancakes with Zesty Lemon Syrup; combining fun add-ins and a citrus syrup. This one’s big in size and in flavor! –Kathy


Photo from Dishing with Kathy Casey.

Pan-Sized Berry Pancakes with Zesty Lemon Syrup
Folding whipped egg whites into the batter makes these pancakes fluffy good.

Makes 5 to 6 pan-sized pancakes

1 3/4 cups milk
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. minced lemon zest
2 eggs, separated
4 Tbsp. (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 cups mixed fresh blueberries and blackberries, or substitute frozen berries
Zesty Lemon Syrup, warmed (recipe follows)

Mix the milk and lemon juice together in small bowl and let stand 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, and lemon zest.

Whisk the egg yolks into the milk and lemon juice mixture.

Add the liquid mixture all at once to the flour mixture, along with the melted butter, and stir until just incorporated. Do not overmix—some small lumps will remain.

Whip the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold half of the egg whites into the batter to lighten it. Then gently fold in the remaining half. Gently fold in the berries.

Preheat a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. To test the pan, sprinkle with a few drops of water. If they “skittle around,” the heat should be just about right.

Ladle 1 cup batter into pan, being sure to get an even amount of berries for each pancake. If necessary, move berries around quickly with your fingers to distribute evenly in pancake. Pancake should be pan-sized.

Turn pancake when it is puffed and golden brown and multiple bubbles have appeared. Be sure that the pancake has had enough time to set before turning, since larger pancakes take longer to cook through in the center. Cook on the other side until pancake is golden and done all the way through. Serve immediately with a drizzle of warmed Citrus Syrup.

Zesty Lemon Syrup
Makes 1 1/2 cups

1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp. lemon zest

In a heavy saucepan, combine the water and sugar and heat over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. When the sugar is completely dissolved, turn the heat to high. When the syrup comes to a boil, cover the pan and start timing immediately. Boil the syrup for about 3 minutes.

Uncover and add the lemon juice and zest. Continue boiling, uncovered, for about 3 more minutes, or until the mixture is syrupy. If not using immediately, let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature or warm slightly before serving.

Chef’s Tips:
-Adjust the heat as needed. When cooking pancakes this large, you need good but slow browning to get the pancakes cooked all the way through in the centers.

-If you have an older, more worn nonstick skillet, you may need to oil the pan lightly before using it.

-If the Citrus Syrup is too thick when reheating, thin it with a little water. If syrup is a little too thin, boil for a minute or so to reduce it.

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

Posted by Kathy on April 23rd, 2020  |  Comments Off on Craveable Pancakes! |  Posted in breakfast, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Kathy Casey, KOMO Radio, Recipes

Avocados

Avocados! The mighty superfood that’s SUPER delicious. Their creamy, rich flavor certainly feels indulgent but, surprise! There’s nothing to feel guilty about here.

These lovely little fruits- that’s right, I said FRUIT! – have stolen the hearts of health fanatics everywhere. Packed full of essential vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats- they are the MVP of almost every diet trend. Paleo, Whole 30, Keto, and even low-carb enthusiasts welcome avocados into their kitchens with open arms.


Photo from Kathy Casey’s D’Lish Deviled Eggs Cookbook

Instead of using butter or oil in your next dish, why not use avocado oil! Or make a delicious pesto by pureeing a ripe avocado with lots of garlic, fresh herbs and a touch of olive oil. Then just toss with your favorite pasta for an easy weeknight meal. You can even go gluten or carb free by using zucchini noodles- also known as zoodles.

Mash up an avocado and spread on a d’lish sandwich- it’s the perfect replacement for mayonnaise. Or try using them in a fun new way, like in my Green Goddess Deviled Eggs!

Healthy, satisfying, and sooo versatile. Three cheers for Avocados!
-Kathy

Green Goddess Deviled Eggs
Tarragon and avocado are the stars of these garden-fresh deviled eggs. Tarragon’s anise notes and bright, green personality bring an herbaceous attitude to the recipe. For a truly classic Green Goddess flavor, replace the salt with 1 to 2 teaspoons of anchovy paste.

Makes 24

1 dozen hard-cooked eggs (recipe follows)

Filling
1/2 ripe avocado
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Topping
24 fresh tarragon leaves
Fresh-cracked black pepper

Halve the eggs lengthwise and transfer the yolks to a small bowl. Set the egg white halves on a platter, cover, and refrigerate.

In a mixing bowl, mash the avocado well with a fork, then add the yolks and mash to a smooth consistency. Add the mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, tarragon, and salt, and mix until smooth. (You can also do this in a mixing bowl with a whip attachment.)

Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a plain or large star tip, then pipe the mixture evenly into the egg white halves. Or fill the eggs with a spoon, dividing the filling evenly.

Top each egg half with a tarragon leaf and a grind of fresh-cracked black pepper.

Hard-Cooked Eggs

1 dozen large chicken eggs

Place the eggs in a large nonreactive saucepan and add cold water to 1 inch above the eggs. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn off the heat and let the eggs sit for 10 minutes. Remove from the stove and run cool water over the eggs in the pan until they are cooled. When cool, carefully peel them under running water.

Recipe from D’Lish Deviled Eggs by Kathy Casey

Posted by Kathy on April 16th, 2020  |  Comments Off on Avocados |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Recent Posts

Slow Cooker Comfort

After a busy day there is nothing better than coming home to a delicious, ready-to-eat meal. Yes! It’s time to dust off the crock pot!

When gloomy weather has you feeling a little down, a warm and hearty meal can be so comforting. You can do all the prep in the morning, and dinner can be ready right when you walk in the door! Simply “Set It and Forget It”!

Slow Cookers are wonderful way to utilize tougher cuts of big-flavored meat. Think juicy brisket, flavorful chili, spicy pork, or a delicious lamb curry. My recipe for Curry Chicken Thighs with Apples and Yogurt is a household favorite – it’s bursting with flavor!

And crock pots aren’t just for entrees either – I also love to make a batch of Slow-Cooker Citrus Maple Oatmeal.  Top it with some Greek yogurt, dried fruits, or coconut milk – it’s the perfect way to start off a lazy Sunday morning!

And the best part about these cozy meals? They make incredible leftovers! So turn on your crock pot and let d’liciousness simmer away!
-Kathy

Curry Chicken Thighs with Apples and Yogurt
Makes about 6 servings

1 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons curry powder
4 green cardamom seed pods, crushed
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups plain yogurt
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped celery
¼ cup dried black currants or raisins
2 Granny Smith apples, unpeeled, cored and cut in 6 wedges each
1 large red bell pepper, cut in 1-inch dice
Fresh Italian parsley, cilantro and mint, very coarsely chopped or torn
Steamed rice or potatoes as an accompaniment

In a large bowl whisk together the apple juice, cornstarch and flour until smooth. Then whisk in the curry powder, cardamom pods, coriander seeds, chili flakes, salt, sugar and yogurt.

Add the chicken to the marinade and stir to combine. Place the mixture in the slow cooker and add in the following order: onion, celery, currants or raisins, apples and bell pepper. Cover, set cooker to high and cook for about 7 to 8 hours.

Garnish with the fresh herbs. Serve with rice or potatoes.

Recipe created by Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

Slow-Cooker Citrus Maple Oatmeal
Be sure to use steel cut oats for this preparation. Serve with some fun toppings, like fresh blueberries or sliced bananas—and brown sugar for those who like their oats a touch sweeter.

Makes enough for 6 servings

3 Sunkist® Cara Cara Oranges, juiced
1 1/2 cups water
2 cups milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together orange juice, water, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. Generously spray inside of a 3-4 quart slow-cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Add oats and then pour in liquid mixture; stir. Set cooker to low heat and cook for 7-8 hours.

Recipe © Kathy Casey Food Studios®.

DIY Fried Rice

I love fried rice! Great from your favorite Chinese restaurant but also easy to make at home – a great way to turn leftover steamed rice into a fresh d’lish meal!

But Fried Rice can get fancy too — I’ve had it in NY with lobster and 24K gold on it!!


David Burke & Donatella’s “Millionaire’s Fried Rice”
with caviar, lobster, Kobe beef, and gold!

But let’s get to the basics — important fried rice tips are:
1. Use cold steamed white rice – NEVER INSTANT!
2. Almost anything is fair game: leftover cooked pork, seafood, chicken, veggies, etc. Throw those all in.

Start with a large HOT pan or wok and a little oil then add in the cold rice. Spread it out to get it cooking. Then add in the goodies (meats, veggies) and some minced garlic and ginger too, if you like.

Then make a “well” in the middle. Add in some beaten egg then scramble it up in the middle. Last, fold it all in.

I even love it for breakfast, with some bacon or sausage added!

So instead of take out tonight – STAY IN and try your hand at homemade fried rice! -Kathy

Egg and Shrimp Jasmine Fried Rice
To achieve that great “fried rice” consistency, make the rice the day before. Cook and refrigerate and then let set at room temperature for 30 minutes before frying. This recipe has cooked egg that is sliced thin and added, but you can also whisk the egg and scramble it right into the rice as well.

Makes 8 cups, serves 6 to 10

Rice
Makes 6 cups cooked rice

2 cups jasmine rice
1 tsp salt
3 cups water
1 fresh or frozen kaffir lime leaf (optional)

Fried Rice Goodies
3 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp water
3 tsp vegetable oil
1 cup (about 8 ounces) uncooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cut/split in half lengthwise or coarsely chopped
2 tsp minced ginger
1/4 cup small-diced (1/4-inch) carrots
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp minced fresh lemongrass (optional)
1/2 cup fresh shelled peas or thinly sliced pea pods
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
2 tsp soy sauce

Serve with:
additional soy sauce
sambal oelek or Asian chili condiment
lime wedges
cilantro sprigs

Cook the rice the day before, or at least 2 hours in advance, and chill.

To cook in a rice cooker:
Rinse the rice in a strainer until the water runs clear. DRAIN WELL, then place in the rice cooker with all the remaining rice ingredients. Stir well, cover and steam until tender, per manufacturer’s directions.

After rice is cooked, fluff with a fork, let cool, then refrigerate.

To cook without a rice cooker:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Rinse the rice in a strainer until the water runs clear. Shake rice and DRAIN WELL.

Place rice in a large saucepan with remaining rice ingredients. Place pan over high heat and bring to a boil, stir. Quickly cover pan with a piece of foil AND a tight-fitting lid.

Place in preheated oven and cook for 15 – 20 minutes, or until tender. After rice is cooked, immediately remove the lid and foil. Fluff rice with a fork, let cool, then refrigerate.

When ready to finish the dish, have all remaining ingredients prepared and within reach of the range. Cook the eggs and let them cool while you fry the rice.

To cook the eggs:
In a small bowl, whisk eggs with the salt and water. Heat 1 tsp of the oil in a wok or heavy, large, non-stick skillet until hot. Add the eggs and, with a spatula, lift eggs as they cook, letting uncooked part run underneath until set. Transfer eggs to a cutting board. Let cool, then cut eggs into 1/4-inch strips.

To fry the rice:
Heat the remaining 2 tsp oil in the same wok over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and stir-fry until just turning pink, about 15 seconds. Add the ginger, carrot, garlic, lemongrass, and the cooked rice. Stir-fry 2 minutes. Add the peas, green onions, and the shredded eggs. Stir-fry for 1 minute, until heated through, then drizzle with soy sauce and toss well.

Serve, immediately and pass the soy, chili condiment, lime and cilantro separately for guests to “customize” and season their rice the way they like it.

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

Posted by Kathy Casey on April 2nd, 2020  |  Comments Off on DIY Fried Rice |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, KOMO Radio, Recipes, sides

Sweet Potatoes

Don’t you just love sweet potatoes? I know I love’em! They are one of those magical foods that are delicious, versatile, inexpensive, AND pretty darn good for you. They come in a variety of colors like blue, purple, orange, yellow and white, and the flesh is full of beta-carotene (great for your eyes) and vitamins A and C.

Fun fact: Did you know that potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams are all unrelated? Potatoes are related to tomatoes and peppers (members of the nightshade family), sweet potatoes are in the morning glory family and yams are related to lilies – who knew!

One of my favorite ways to cook sweet potatoes is to cut them in thick slices and toss with chunks of apple, a little olive oil, and salt then roast on a shallow pan in a 375 degree oven till roasty good.

Or just roast them like you would a regular baker then split and top with brown sugar, a little butter. They are also delicious naked with just a little sprinkle of salt and pepper!

Last holiday season I had a brainstorm to try a scalloped-like sweet potato dish. I thought I’d put a little maple syrup in it and a touch of sage and top it with a few bread crumbs. Well, my experiment was a hit! So I’ve retested my concoction and included my recipe for Maple Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Sage. I love it served with ham or roasted tenderloin. It serves 10 – 12 so is great for a large party. –Kathy

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 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Topping
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons high-quality grated parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
2 teaspoons 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®.

Posted by Kathy Casey on March 26th, 2020  |  Comments Off on Sweet Potatoes |  Posted in Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, KOMO Radio, Recipes, sides
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