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. 


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. 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping the Bacon Bang Bang Pinwheels Episode


Above: Philip taste testing the Bacon Bang Bang Pinwheels.

ON THE SET: Taping the Bacon Bang Bang Pinwheels Episode

Coming next week is the newest installment in the KQ video series. KQ host Mitch Hightower shows you how to make Bacon Bang Bang Pinwheels, which he describes as a, "savory pastry roll".

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

Below: Mitch shows off the Bacon Bang Bang Pinwheels.