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.

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. 


Thursday, September 6, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

Above: The chickpeas after baking and coating with a spice blend.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

KQ host Mitch Hightower has been experimenting with recipes for roasted chickpeas. The basic technique involves baking the chickpeas that have been coated with olive oil, and then coating the baked chickpeas with a spice blend.

Several different spice blends were tried, and the consensus in the KQ kitchen is that the "taco" seasoned version tastes the best.

Here are the ingredients you'll need for the chickpeas:
1 15 ounce can chickpeas
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

To make the taco seasoning you'll need:
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Instructions:
Drain the chickpeas of the aquafaba, (chickpea liquid/brine), and rinse well with cool water. Dry the chickpeas gently yet thoroughly with paper towels.

Place the chickpeas in a bowl. Pour on the olive oil. Use a spatula and stir to be sure all of the chickpeas are evenly coated with oil.

Spread the chickpeas in a single layer on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Sprinkle the chickpeas lightly with salt. Bake the chickpeas at 400 degrees for 40 minutes; turning the chickpeas, (or rolling them around on the baking sheet), every ten minutes during the baking time.

While the chickpeas bake, mix the taco seasoning. Place all of the ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake well. Any leftover taco seasoning can be saved in the jar to use for another recipe.


Remove the roasted chickpeas from the oven and transfer immediately to a clean bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning. Using a clean spatula, mix the chickpeas with the taco seasoning until all of the chickpeas are coated with the spice mixture. Place the chickpeas in a single layer on a plate or clean baking sheet to cool as they'll become even crispier. Serve.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Kitchen Queers on Instagram


Above: The KQ page on Instagram.

If you enjoy using Instagram, please consider following the Kitchen Queers page here:
https://www.instagram.com/kitchenqueers

Monday, August 27, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Chocolate Raspberry Vodkatini Tutorial

Above: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 16.

NEW VIDEO: Chocolate Raspberry Vodkatini Tutorial

In the newest KQ installment, Kitchen Queers host Mitch Hightower demonstrates his mix for a luscious, deep pink hued, chocolate-raspberry cocktail featuring creme de cacao, vodka and raspberry liqueur. KQ partner Chef Philip appears as the guest taste tester for Season 4, Episode 16, Number 76, (S4E16N76-HD).

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw0lMg1Di8g

Below: A beauty shot of the KQ Chocolate Raspberry Vodkatini.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping the Chocolate Raspberry Vodkatini Episode


Above: KQ host Mitch Hightower on the KQ bar set.

ON THE SET: Taping the Chocolate Raspberry Vodkatini Episode

Kitchen Queers host Mitch Hightower returns to the KQ bar to demonstrate the Chocolate Raspberry Vodkatini cocktail.  Featuring the Small Batch Raspberry Liqueur Mitch and partner Philip made in Season 4, Episode 15, Mitch combines the raspberry liqueur with creme de cacao and vodka for a tasty and boozy martini style beverage.

Look for this episode to be available next week on the KQ YouTube® channel.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmi4fJQ4cVNHfHFu09RK25g

Saturday, August 18, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Sweet Potato Latkes


Above: The Sweet Potato Latkes are ready to eat!

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Sweet Potato Latkes

KQ partner Chef Philip made latkes using grated sweet potatoes, diced onion, a small amount of flour, egg and seasonings. The potato pancakes were cooked in a shallow amount of oil in a pan on the stove top. The results were mighty tasty!

Below: The potato pancake mixture prior to frying.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENT: Baked Sweet Potato Chips


Above: The chips are ready to serve.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Baked Sweet Potato Chips

KQ host Mitch Hightower has been experimenting with making healthier alternatives to deep-fried potato chips. This recipe for baked sweet potato chips required two hours baking time, and Mitch says, "It was worth it". The chips were very crispy and crunchy, while retaining the sweetness and lovely flavor of the sweet potato. Look for this recipe to show up in an upcoming video soon!

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


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Small Batch Raspberry Liqueur

Above: Graphics for KQ Season 4, Episode 15.

NEW VIDEO: Small Batch Raspberry Liqueur

In the newest installment of the KQ video series, Kitchen Queers host Mitch Hightower and partner Philip demonstrate their recipe for homemade Raspberry Liqueur. The KQ crew shows how to create both fresh and frozen berry versions, followed by a taste test.

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


Saturday, August 11, 2018

COCKTAIL EXPERIMENTS: Chocolate Raspberry Vodkatini


Above: A Chocolate Raspberry Vodkatini.

COCKTAIL EXPERIMENT: Chocolate Raspberry Vodkatini

KQ host Mitch Hightower has been using the Small Batch Raspberry Liqueur he and Chef Philip made, (look for directions in the next KQ video).  The cocktail on this page contains said raspberry liqueur, chocolate liqueur and vodka.

Mitch says, "You can definitely taste the chocolate and the raspberry.  It's got a little tartness and a sweet element and it's nice and boozy.  I love it".

Expect to see this cocktail recipe demonstrated in an upcoming Season 4 KQ video.

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

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

Above: The Three Bean Veggie Chili on the stove top.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

KQ host Mitch Hightower experimented with a meatless chili recipe featuring three different beans including pinto, black and white beans.  The recipe also included onions, garlic, tomatoes and spices.

KQ partner Chef Philip said, "I like it, but it needs meat".

Mitch said, "I think it tastes okay, but it's very tomato forward and a little too acidic for me".

We'll keep experimenting and we'll keep you posted on the results.

Meanwhile, enjoy all of the KQ videos on our YouTube® channel here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmi4fJQ4cVNHfHFu09RK25g

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Colorful Sanding Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Above: The shortbread cookies cooling on a wire rack.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Colorful Sanding Sugar Shortbread Cookies

KQ partner Chef Philip loves to bake cookies.  This week he made a batch of traditional shortbread cookies and topped them with colorful sanding sugars.  The cookies are soft and buttery, and the sugared tops add a little sweetness and crunch.

Check out videos featuring sweet treats and desserts here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGc8wXdGFo927y3zEh7leDMqzK4R10N9m

Friday, August 3, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping the Small Batch Raspberry Liqueur Episode


Above: Philip and Mitch on the KQ kitchen set.

ON THE SET: Taping the Small Batch Raspberry Liqueur Episode

After waiting for the mixture(s) to steep for a total of six weeks, KQ host Mitch Hightower and partner chef Philip complete the steps to finish the liqueur. Having used both fresh and frozen raspberries in two separate batches, the KQ crew demonstrates every detail involved in the process. Mitch and Philip finish off the video by tasting both versions of the Small Batch Raspberry Liqueur and offering their feedback. Look for this episode coming up later in August on the Kitchen Queers YouTube® channel.

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

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Savory Baking Videos


Above: Bacon Bang Bang Pinwheels coming out of the oven.

SAVORY BAKING VIDEOS

We bake all the time around here, though often our baked goods aren't sweet. Check out all of the videos on the KQ YouTube channel featuring savory baking recipes, go here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGc8wXdGFo93ayh2mROgUoqVokWyqjcRt

Monday, July 30, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Bacon Bang Bang Pinwheels


Above: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 14.

NEW VIDEO: Bacon Bang Bang Pinwheels

KQ host Mitch Hightower demonstrates the Kitchen Queers recipe for Bacon Bang Bang Pinwheels.  Described as a "savory pastry roll", this appetizer is created using puff pastry filled with bacon, cheese, jalapeno pepper, onion and sweet-n-spicy bang bang sauce.  KQ partner chef Philip appears as the guest taste tester for Season 4, Episode 14, Number 74, (S4E14N74-HD).

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


Below: Beauty plate of the finished Bacon Bang Bang Pinwheels.