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.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping the Pepperoni Pizza Biscuit Episode


Above: Mitch in the kitchen for KQ Season 4, Episode 21.

ON THE SET: Taping the Pepperoni Pizza Biscuit Episode

We're back in the kitchen, and this time KQ host Mitch Hightower is demonstrating his very-easy-to-make recipe for Pepperoni Pizza Biscuits. Using biscuit dough from a tube, sliced pepperoni, grated cheese and the marinara sauce we made in Season 4, Episode 19, these appetizers are sure to please. Look for this new episode next week on the KQ YouTube® channel.

Watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/c/KitchenQueers


Monday, October 15, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Retro Grasshopper Cocktail Tutorial

Above: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 20.

NEW VIDEO: Retro Grasshopper Cocktail Tutorial

KQ host Mitch Hightower is back behind the bar to demonstrate the Grasshopper cocktail. This mint-chocolate dessert cocktail is made with crème de menthe, crème de cacao along with half-and-half. Rich, sweet and very easy going down. Using flaked chocolate on the glass rim is also demonstrated. Chef Philip Buchan appears as the guest taste tester for KQ Season 4, Episode 20, Number 80. (S4E20N80-HD).

Watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da2LZ3yOVx8


Below: The Retro Grasshopper Cocktail with a flaked chocolate rim.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Blueberry Liqueur


Above: Vodka being poured into a large canning jar, along with sugar and blueberries.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Blueberry Liqueur

Following the success of the KQ raspberry liqueur, we're experimenting with other flavors including blueberry. The liqueur steeps for 2 months, so we'll report back on the outcome in December. Meanwhile, see how we made raspberry liqueur here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wxjojSJvJA

Friday, October 12, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping the Retro Grasshopper Cocktail Episode


Above: Mitch shows off the cocktail.

ON THE SET: Taping the Retro Grasshopper Cocktail Episode

KQ host Mitch Hightower is back behind the bar in the next Kitchen Queers episode. He's mixing a popular mid-century dessert cocktail, the Grasshopper. This chocolate mint concoction combines green crème de menthe and white crème de cacao with half-and-half for a luxurious after dinner drink. This new video will be available to view next week on the KQ YouTube® channel.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/c/KitchenQueers

Below: KQ partner chef Philip tastes the cocktail on the "lounge" set.

Monday, October 8, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Thick Marinara Sauce

Above: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 19.

NEW VIDEO: Thick Marinara Sauce

KQ host Mitch Hightower shares his recipe for Thick Marinara Sauce. The sauce is thick because of a long cooking time that reduces the liquid. This flavorful and easy-to-make tomato-based sauce is great served over pasta, as a dip for garlic bread, as a topping for pizza and as a filling for calzone or stromboli. KQ partner Chef Philip serves as the guest taste tester for Season 4, Episode 19, Number 79. (S4E19N79-HD).

Watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csOtFJxJ6k4

Below: Meatballs on cocktail picks ready for dipping.

Above: Meatless black bean balls served over coodles, (carrot noodles).

Sunday, October 7, 2018

ON THE SET: Taste Testing Thick Marinara Sauce in the Dining Room

Above: Mitch and Philip in the KQ "Dining Room".

ON THE SET: Taste Testing Thick Marinara Sauce in the Dining Room

The tasting segment for upcoming Season 4, Episode 19, takes place in the dining room. KQ host Mitch Hightower and partner chef Philip sit down at the table to taste Thick Marinara Sauce. Find out what they thought watching this new episode beginning Monday, October 8, 2018 on the KQ YouTube® channel.  Go here:
https://www.youtube.com/c/KitchenQueers

Below: The KQ Thick Marinara Sauce served with meatballs on decorative skewers.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Orangecello Margarita


Above: The KQ Orangecello Margarita

NEW VIDEO: Orangecello Margarita

Our obsession with colorful margarita cocktails continues and this time KQ host Mitch Hightower shows you how to make his recipe for an Orangecello Margarita. This mix is less sweet than a classic margarita, yet still has that amazing orange flavor we love.

See how we make it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02rGiCYIIDE

Below: Graphics for Season 4, Episode 18


ON THE SET: Taping the Thick Marinara Sauce Episode


Above: KQ host Mitch Hightower at the stove.

ON THE SET: Taping the Thick Marinara Sauce Episode

Coming next week is another new episode of Kitchen Queers and this time KQ host Mitch Hightower shows you how to make his recipe for Thick Marinara Sauce. Mitch promises, "This sauce is definitely not watery".

Watch all of the KQ videos on the KQ YouTube® channel, go here:
https://www.youtube.com/c/KitchenQueers

Below: A bowl full of Thick Marinara Sauce.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

COCKTAIL EXPERIMENTS: Retro Grasshopper Cocktail


Above: The KQ Retro Grasshopper cocktail.

COCKTAIL EXPERIMENT: Retro Grasshopper Cocktail

The Grasshopper originated in the French Quarter of New Orleans and was a very popular dessert cocktail during the nineteen fifties and sixties. The KQ version follows the same basic recipe and we've added a shaved chocolate rim. This creamy chocolate mint cocktail is perfect when a sweet adult beverage is called for. Look for a new KQ video featuring this drink coming soon!

Watch all of the KQ videos here:
https://www.youtube.com/c/KitchenQueers

Saturday, September 29, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Holiday Chocolate Covered Pretzels


Above: A few holiday pretzels.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Holiday Chocolate Covered Pretzels

KQ host Mitch Hightower has been experimenting with various techniques for dipping and decorating pretzels for the winter holidays. This batch features traditional shaped mini pretzels dipped in white chocolate and decorated with sanding sugar or nonpareils. Look for a video demonstrating these ideas coming soon!

Watch all the KQ videos here:
https://www.youtube.com/c/KitchenQueers


Friday, September 28, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping the Orangecello Margarita Episode


Above: Mitch on the KQ bar set.

ON THE SET: Taping the Orangecello Margarita Episode

Just in time for autumn parties and celebrations, KQ host Mitch Hightower demonstrates the striking Orangecello Margarita. The bright orange beverage contrasts very nicely with the black lava salt rim. Look for this new video next week on the KQ YouTube® channel.

Watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/c/KitchenQueers

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Bang Bang Ham & Cheese Biscuit Cups


Above: One of the biscuits cut in half.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Bang Bang Ham & Cheese Biscuit Cups

KQ host Mitch Hightower once again utilizes one of his favorite convenience products: biscuit dough. The beauties on this page were created using "jumbo" biscuits, cut in half and pressed flat into a muffin pan. The biscuit "cups" were then filled with Bang Bang Sauce, chopped ham and grated pepper jack cheese, as well as diced onion and orange bell pepper. The biscuit dough baked up golden brown on the exterior and perfectly pillowy on the interior.

Mitch says, "These tasted great and they baked up in only 15 minutes. Next trial, I'm going to use marinara sauce and sliced pepperoni for a more pizza-type flavor profile".

Below: The biscuit dough created a tasty "cup" to hold the fillings.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Strawberry Liqueur


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

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Strawberry Liqueur

We've been very pleased with the results of our previous steeped liqueurs, so we put together a mix to make strawberry liqueur.  We used fresh strawberries, sugar and vodka; a very similar recipe to the raspberry liqueur we made earlier this year, (See KQ Season 4, Episode 15).

The strawberry liqueur mix will be steeping for 6-8 weeks.  Once it's done, we'll report back with a taste test, sometime in late November 2018.

Meanwhile, watch and subscribe to the KQ video channel on YouTube® here:
https://www.youtube.com/c/KitchenQueers

Monday, September 24, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart

Above: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 17.

NEW VIDEO: Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart

Kitchen Queers host Mitch Hightower demonstrates his recipe for a sweet pull apart made with packaged biscuit dough topped with apples, and flavored with cinnamon and sugar. This yummy and easy to make treat is perfect for a brunch buffet, special occasion breakfast or for dessert. Also included is a recipe and directions for a vanilla glaze to drizzle over the Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart. Kitchen Queers partner chef Philip appears as the guest taste tester for KQ Season 4, Episode 17, Number 77, (S4E17N77-HD).

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rIyvUiKqeQ

Below: The Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart is ready to serve.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

ON THE SET: Taste Testing the Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart


Above: Philip and Mitch preparing to taste the latest KQ dish.

ON THE SET: Taste Testing the Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart

The next KQ video will feature a tasty and easy-to-make sweet treat, the KQ Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart. The image in this posting shows KQ partner Chef Philp and host Mitch Hightower on the Kitchen Queers set prior to tasting the pull apart. Look for this episode next week on the KQ YouTube® channel.

Watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/c/KitchenQueers

Thursday, September 13, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Blueberry Banana "Swirl" Smoothie


Above: The "swirl" style smoothie.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Blueberry Banana "Swirl" Smoothie

We're experimenting with different ways of serving smoothies, and the example in this post is a style known as a "swirl".  Quite simply, two flavors of smoothie are swirled together in the serving glass.  Other popular styles are layered, which is two or more distinct stripes of smoothie; and ombre, where two flavors of smoothie merge in a gradation from one to the other.  They all look good to us, and they taste good, too!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart

Above: The first try at a sweet pull apart.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart

Following the success of our savory Bacon Cheese Pull Apart recipe, we wanted to try a sweet version of this easy-to-make baked dish.  We utilized similar techniques as the savory version, but different ingredients to create the flavor profile.  While we still used biscuit dough from a tube, we substituted the bacon and cheese with cinnamon and apples.  A classic combination, this resulted in a very tasty pastry that was gobbled up in no time!  Look for this recipe to be shared in an upcoming KQ video!

Watch all Kitchen Queers episodes on the KQ YouTube® channel here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmi4fJQ4cVNHfHFu09RK25g


Below: The pull apart was baked in a bundt pan.