Kitchen Queers Blog


This BLOG is the companion to the KQ web site. http://www.kitchenqueers.com
Here you'll find behind the scenes details about our recipes, cocktails, other ideas in development and more.
Thank you for joining us in our San Francisco kitchen, bar and dining room.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Raspberry Liqueur

Above: Ingredients have been placed in a large canning type jar.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Raspberry Liqueur

Recently Mitch and Philip had the occasion to sample raspberry liqueur purchased from the liquor store. While they both agreed it was amazingly delicious, the price tag of $20 for a tiny bottle was a bit much for their budget.

So, our KQ crew decided to investigate creating their own raspberry liqueur. Chef Philip researched recipes, and settled on a technique that required no cooking. Philip put together two versions, one using frozen fruit and the second utilizing fresh raspberries.

Both versions are now stashed in a cool, dark cabinet to steep for six weeks. We'll be reporting on the outcome when the raspberry liqueurs are ready to sample. And we'll show you exactly what the KQ crew did to create Homemade Raspberry Liqueur in a KQ Season 4 video later this summer.


Friday, June 15, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Potato Salad

Above: Ingredients for the KQ Potato Salad.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Potato Salad

KQ host Mitch Hightower has been experimenting with recipes for potato salad. This version includes chopped red bell pepper as well as jalapeno peppers for just a little extra kick.

During the informal tasting after the salad was complete, Mitch, Chef Philip and Chef Bob all agreed this recipe is a winner. Look for this recipe in an upcoming episode of Kitchen Queers!

Watch all KQ videos here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmi4fJQ4cVNHfHFu09RK25g


Below: The salad ingredients have been combined. The salad was allowed to chill out in the fridge for several hours before serving so the flavors could meld. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

Above: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 11.

NEW VIDEO: Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

Kitchen Queers host Mitch Hightower demonstrates how to make this flavorful and refreshing salsa, featuring grilled pineapple and jalapeno peppers. Great for dipping almost any kind of chips, Mitch and guest taste tester Chef Philip also recommend the salsa as a topping for tostadas, a filling for tacos, as well as a condiment for hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken or pork chops. In addition to sharing his recipe, Mitch shows step-by-step how to make the salsa, including using a cast iron grill pan on a gas stove top. Season 4, Episode 11, Number 71, (S4E11N71-HD).

Watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swkoiPdRV38


Below: The salsa served with blue multigrain chips.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping the Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa Video

Above: Mitch at the stove.

ON THE SET: Taping the Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa Video

KQ host Mitch Hightower grills fresh pineapple on the stove for the next Kitchen Queers video.

Watch all of the KQ videos here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmi4fJQ4cVNHfHFu09RK25g


Saturday, June 2, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Bacon Bang Bang Pinwheels


Above: Savory pinwheels.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Bacon Bang Bang Pinwheels

KQ partner Chef Philip came up with this new creation. He slathered puff pastry with Bang Bang Sauce, then added crispy bacon, diced onions and jalapeno peppers, along with grated pepper jack cheese. These beauties baked up golden brown and very flaky.

The Bacon Bang Bang Pinwheels were a big hit at the preliminary taste test and all of the samples were gobbled up in no time.

Look for this recipe to be featured in an episode of KQ very soon!

Watch all of the KQ videos here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmi4fJQ4cVNHfHFu09RK25g

TASTE TEST: Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

Above: The salsa ingredients just after blending.

TASTE TEST: Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

We let the salsa sit in the refrigerator overnight so the flavors could meld.  Then we tasted the salsa alone and on tortilla chips.

Mitch said, "This is really good.  The grilled pineapple adds a delicious element to this flavor profile".

Chef Philip said, "The salty chips really make the salsa flavors pop".

Look for this recipe in an upcoming KQ video.

Watch all KQ videos here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmi4fJQ4cVNHfHFu09RK25g


Thursday, May 31, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Above: Chunks of fresh pineapple grilling on the stove top.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Grilled Pineapple Salsa

KQ host Mitch Hightower has been experimenting with Pineapple Salsa recipes. This version had him grilling the pineapple and the jalapeno peppers. Also included in the recipe: onion, cumin, salt, pepper and lime juice. The salsa is currently chilling in the refrigerator so the flavors can meld. We'll report back with a taste test soon.

Below: Grilling slices of jalapeno peppers. 


Above: The salsa after blending in the food processor.

Monday, May 28, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Summer Brunch Buffet Guide

Above: Mitch holds a giant cup of coffee.

NEW VIDEO: Summer Brunch Buffet Guide

KQ host Mitch Hightower says a great brunch needs, "plenty of coffee". See what else he recommends in the new KQ Summer Brunch Buffet Guide here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJbVimKORkY

Below: Graphics for KQ Season 4, Episode 10.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping the Summer Brunch Buffet Guide

Above: KQ host Mitch Hightower on the KQ "lounge" set.

ON THE SET: Taping the Summer Brunch Buffet Guide

The Kitchen Queers Summer Brunch Buffet Guide will be available to view soon on the KQ YouTube® channel. In this episode, Mitch shares some of his favorite items to serve at a summer brunch buffet.

Watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmi4fJQ4cVNHfHFu09RK25g

Friday, May 25, 2018

Kitchen Queers YouTube® Channel Turns 3

Above; Screen cap of the KQ YouTube® page.

Kitchen Queers YouTube® Turns 3

The KQ YouTube® channel celebrates birthday number three!

Watch all the fun here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmi4fJQ4cVNHfHFu09RK25g

Bang Bang Pizza

Above: Chef Philip has made a Bang Bang Pizza.

Bang Bang Pizza

Chef Philip used Bang Bang Sauce instead of tomato sauce or marinara for a boldly flavored pizza. Other toppings included both mozzarella and pepper jack cheeses, red onions, roasted chicken, very crispy bacon lardon, yellow chili peppers and orange bell pepper.

Mitch reports, "The flavor profile was very bold and we loved it".

Below: Chef Philip prepares ingredients for the pizza. 


Above: Grated cheese is sprinkled over the Bang Bang sauce.

Below: The pizza is ready to go in the oven. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Rainbow Martini

Above: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 9.

NEW VIDEO: Rainbow Martini

KQ host Mitch Hightower shows you how to make his recipe for a Rainbow Martini, complete with a six-color sugar rim. This shimmery pink cocktail mix is a riff on a classic "top shelf" gin martini with a hint of orange. Luster dust is the secret ingredient for creating the shimmer effect. This stirred, not shaken, cocktail is double strained as well to avoid ice chips in the finished drink. Chef Philip serves as the guest taste tester for KQ Season 4, Episode 9, (S4E9N69-HD).

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TBILf8RnRg

Below: A "beauty shot" of the KQ Rainbow Martini.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping the Rainbow Martini Episode

Above: KQ partner Chef Philip taste tests the Rainbow Martini.

ON THE SET: Taping the Rainbow Martini Episode

The next installment in the Kitchen Queers video series has been taped.  KQ host Mitch Hightower shows you his mix for a Rainbow Martini, complete with a six-color sugar rim and a shimmery pink cocktail.  Chef Philip serves as the guest taste tester.  This episode will be available to view next week on the KQ YouTube® channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmi4fJQ4cVNHfHFu09RK25g

Below: Mitch on the KQ bar set.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Rainbow Swirl Cookies

Above: Graphics for KQ Season 4, Episode 8.

NEW VIDEO: Rainbow Swirl Cookies

Kitchen Queers host Mitch Hightower shows how to make these very colorful cookies using puff pastry and sanding sugars. An easy-to-prepare recipe that is an excellent choice anytime you need to brighten up your dessert table. Perfect for a PRIDE celebration as well! Chef Philip is the guest taste tester for KQ Season 4, Episode 8, Number 68.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ_B6Y09V94

Below: The Rainbow Swirl Cookies are ready to serve.

Monday, May 7, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping the Rainbow Swirl Cookie Episode

Above: KQ partner Chef Philip serves as the guest taste tester for Season 4, Episode 8.

ON THE SET: Taping the Rainbow Swirl Cookie Episode

KQ host Mitch Hightower demonstrates his recipe for making Rainbow Swirl Cookies using puff pastry and brightly colored sanding sugars in this new video.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ_B6Y09V94&spfreload=5

Below: Mitch showing off the finished Rainbow Swirl Cookies. 


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Catch Up With Kitchen Queers on Twitter

Above; A KQ logo mug with a trio of Rainbow Swirl Cookies.

Catch Up With Kitchen Queers on Twitter

Find the KQ Twitter page here:
https://twitter.com/kitchenqueers

Purchase KQ rainbow logo mugs and other gear here:
https://www.customizedgirl.com/s/kitchenqueers