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, November 12, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Above: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 23.

NEW VIDEO: Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

KQ host Mitch Hightower demonstrates dipping mini pretzels in white chocolate. To finish the pretzels, Mitch uses a variety of decorations including sanding and sparkle sugars, nonpareils, as well as flaked coconut. While this presentation caters to a winter holiday color theme, (red, green, gold, blue, white), other colors are also shown, including purple, pink and rainbow sugar options. Mitch also shows off a gift worthy presentation of pretzels in a gold candy box. This sweet and salty treat is sure to please at a holiday party buffet or on a special game day. KQ partner chef Philip Buchan appears as the guest taste tester for Kitchen Queers Season 4, Episode 23, Number 83, (S4E23N83-HD).

Watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCuvEzudLy0


Below: A variety of dipped and decorated mini pretzels.


Above: Pretzels in a candy box ready for gift giving.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

ON THE SET: Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Above: Mitch on the KQ kitchen set for Season 4, Episode 23.

ON THE SET: Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

KQ host Mitch Hightower is back on the KQ kitchen set to tape the Chocolate Dipped Pretzels episode. Mitch explains the ingredients, how to use them, demonstrates several decorating options and provides ideas on serving, as well as gift giving ideas. In addition to red, green, gold and blue for the winter holidays, ideas for other color schemes are also included.

Look for this new episode on the KQ YouTube® next week!

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

Below: A variety of chocolate dipped and decorated mini pretzels

Saturday, November 3, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Aquafaba Meringues


Above: The meringues are ready to bake.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Aquafaba Meringues

Recently KQ host Mitch Hightower decided to see if aquafaba can really be whipped to make meringues. In case you don't know, aquafaba is the brine from beans, also known as "bean water". In this recipe, Mitch used aquafaba from chickpeas, (aka garbanzo beans).

Mitch reports that the aquafaba did indeed whip up beautifully into stiff peaks very similar to egg whites. Never satisfied with anything plain, Mitch dressed up the meringues by painting gel food coloring inside the piping bag to obtain a stripe effect. So far, so good.

After baking, the meringues were light and very crispy, like what you would expect if eggs had been used. Unfortunately, once the meringues cooled to room temperature, they became sticky and lost their shape. The aqaufaba meringues went from nearly perfect to an epic fail in no time.

Mitch says, "Clearly I have some work to do to get this recipe right. I may consider baking them longer next time".

Below: The aquafaba from a can of chickpeas


Above: The aquafaba whipped to stiff peaks.

Monday, October 29, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Roasted Beet Hummus

Above: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 22.

NEW VIDEO: Roasted Beet Hummus

KQ host Mitch Hightower shares his recipe for Roasted Beet Hummus, including details on oven roasting fresh organic beets. This thick, flavorful and very colorful version of hummus is great as a dip for chips and fresh veggies, and also works well as a sandwich spread. KQ partner chef Philip Buchan serves as the guest taste tester for KQ Season 4, Episode 22, Number 82, (S4E22N82-HD).

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f45HXcewoB4

Below: The Roasted Beet Hummus is ready to enjoy.

Friday, October 26, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping the Roasted Beet Hummus Episode


Above: Freeze frame from KQ Season 4, Episode 22.

ON THE SET: Taping the Roasted Beet Hummus Episode

The image on this page features KQ host Mitch Hightower, showing off his recipe for Roasted Beet Hummus. This flavorful and very vibrant hummus recipe and tutorial can be viewed in the next KQ video.

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

Monday, October 22, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Pepperoni Pizza Biscuits

Above: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 21.

NEW VIDEO: Pepperoni Pizza Biscuits

KQ host Mitch Hightower demonstrates his recipe for Pepperoni Pizza Biscuits using biscuit dough from a tube. This easy-to-make recipe tastes just like pepperoni pizza, and the self-contained biscuit shell makes this a perfect party appetizer. KQ partner chef Philip Buchan serves as the guest taste tester for KQ Season 4, Episode 21, Number 81, (S4E21N81-HD).

Watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZD1rFTGpCk


Below: The crispy biscuit shell holds all of the delicious ingredients.

Above: The Pepperoni Pizza Biscuits served as finger food.

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