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, 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

Saturday, April 28, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Rainbow Palmiers Round Two

Above: The second attempt at PALMIERS.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Rainbow Palmiers Round Two

KQ host Mitch Hightower baked another batch of RAINBOW PALMIERS, and we're pleased to report this round is much more aesthetically pleasing than the first. Look for this recipe to be featured in an upcoming Kitchen Queers Season 4 video.

Below: Six colors of sanding sugar were used for the RAINBOW PALMIERS.

Above: For the second test bake, half of the dough was rolled up and cut into "swirl" style cookies.

Below: The rainbow "swirl" cookies right after baking.


Above: The RAINBOW SWIRL puff pastry cookies are quite colorful.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Rainbow Palmiers

Above: The first KQ experiment with rainbow palmiers.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Rainbow Palmiers

In preparation for an upcoming KQ video, today we made Rainbow Palmiers. We need to perfect our rolling/folding technique regarding the puff pastry dough so that the end results are more aesthetically pleasing. Otherwise, they taste great!

More to come regarding this easy-to-prepare sweet treat recipe!

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

Below: Sugar has been spread on a board in preparation for making palmiers. 

Above: Puff pastry has been thawed from frozen to room temperature.

Above: The filling sugar, in eight colors, has been added to the puff pastry.

Above: Following a folding technique, the puff pastry roll is cut into slices.

Above: The puff pastry palmiers are situated on parchment paper and ready to bake.

Above: Rainbow Palmiers right after coming out of the oven.

Monday, April 23, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Bacon Orange Almond Salad Tutorial

Above: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 7.

NEW VIDEO: Bacon Orange Almond Salad Tutorial

In the latest KQ video, Kitchen Queers host Mitch Hightower shows how to prepare this flavorful and easy-to-make salad, as well as a yummy tarragon-dijon vinaigrette. The salad contains crispy bacon, slivered almonds, mandarin oranges, hard boiled egg, red onion and spinach. Mitch points out if you don't like spinach, you can use almost any type of salad greens you prefer. The shake-in-a-jar dressing contains olive oil, light balsamic vinegar, dried tarragon, hot sauce and dijon mustard. Options for serving the salad "family style" as well as plating for individual portions are shown.


Below: The KQ Bacon Orange Almond Salad.

Friday, April 20, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping the Bacon Orange Almond Salad Episode

Above: Mitch in the KQ kitchen.

ON THE SET: Taping the Bacon Orange Almond Salad Episode

KQ host Mitch Hightower is back in the kitchen to tape the Bacon Orange Almond Salad episode. Look for this Season 4 installment soon on the KQ YouTube® channel.

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

Monday, April 16, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Jalapeno Margarita

Above: The KQ Jalapeno Margarita.

NEW VIDEO: Jalapeno Margarita

Kitchen Queers host Mitch Hightower gets busy in this episode as he demonstrates all of the steps needed to create the Jalapeno Margarita, including how to make colorful kosher salt. Mixed with sanding sugar, Mitch then shows how to fashion a sparkly salt-sugar rim on the serving glass. Next, Mitch creates an unusual cocktail garnish using a jalapeno pepper segment and a maraschino cherry. The technique of muddling is utilized to infuse the cocktail with plenty of fresh jalapeno flavor, and a double-straining technique is demonstrated which prevents jalapeno seeds from winding up in the finished beverage. KQ partner Chef Philip appears as the guest taste tester for KQ Season 4, Episode 6, Number 66.


Below: Promotional graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 6.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

ON THE SET: Jalapeno Margarita

Above: KQ partner Chef Philip tries the Jalapeno Margarita.

ON THE SET: Jalapeno Margarita

KQ host Mitch Hightower and partner Chef Philip recently taped the next Kitchen Queers video installment. The images in this post are from the taping on the KQ bar set.

Look for this episode soon on the KQ YouTube® channel.

Below: Mitch has just poured the Jalapeno Margarita. 


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Limoncello Vodkatini Cocktail Tutorial

Above: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 5.

NEW VIDEO: Limoncello Vodkatini Cocktail Tutorial

Kitchen Queers host Mitch Hightower demonstrates this easy-to-make lemon liqueur cocktail in the latest KQ video. If you are a fan of lemon, you'll love this boozy martini-style beverage.


Below: The KQ Limoncello Vodkatini. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

ON THE SET: Limoncello Vodkatini

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

ON THE SET: Limoncello Vodkatini

Kitchen Queers host Mitch Hightower is back in the bar to show us how to make a Limoncello Vodkatini. This episode will be available to view soon on the KQ YouTube® channel.


Below: Limoncello is a lemon flavored liqueur. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Taste Testing Bang Bang Sauce

Above: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 4.

NEW VIDEO: Taste Testing Bang Bang Sauce

In the newest KQ video installment, host Mitch Hightower taste tests multiple different versions of Bang Bang Sauce and then shares the recipe for his favorite.


Below: Five versions of Bang Bang Sauce were prepared for this taste testing. 

Above: Bang Bang Sauce is a great used as a dip for French Fries.

Below: We used Bang Bang Sauce as a dressing for a simple spinach salad. 


Friday, March 30, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping the Bang Bang Sauce Episode

Above: Mitch on the KQ "lounge" set.

ON THE SET: Taping the Bang Bang Sauce Episode

This KQ Season 4 episode flips the script on our usual format as the "taste testing" segment happens first. KQ host Mitch Hightower samples five different versions of BANG BANG SAUCE.

Following the taste testing, Mitch demonstrates how to make his favorite version of this recipe. You'll have to watch to find out which of the five versions he selects as his top choice.

The "Taste Testing Bang Bang Sauce" episode will be available to view in early April, 2018 on the Kitchen Queers YouTube® channel.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

TASTE TESTING: Bang Bang Sauce

Above: Five different versions of Bang Bang Sauce.

TASTE TESTING: Bang Bang Sauce

Traditionally this sauce was used in a dish called Bang Bang Chicken.  The "bang bang" had to do with how the chicken itself was prepared.  However, the sweet and spicy sauce caught on and various versions are now used in a variety of other dishes like Bang Bang Shrimp and Bang Bang Cauliflower.  We're trying five different recipes.  Look for the results of this taste test in an upcoming KQ video.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Bacon Cheese Waffle Fry Nachos

Above: The KQ Bacon Waffle Fry Nachos are ready to serve.

NEW VIDEO: Bacon Cheese Waffle Fry Nachos

KQ host Mitch Hightower demonstrates how to make his recipe for Bacon Cheese Waffle Fry Nachos in the newest KQ video, (Season 4, Episode 3, Number 63).


Below: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 3, Number 63. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping The Bacon Cheese Waffle Fry Nacho Episode

Above: Freeze frame from the latest KQ video.

ON THE SET: Taping The Bacon Cheese Waffle Fry Nacho Episode

KQ host Mitch Hightower demonstrates how to make his recipe for this very tasty appetizer. Look for this episode to premiere on the KQ YouTube channel next week!

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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

PREPPING INGREDIENTS: Sweet Potato Waffle Fries

Above: Frozen sweet potato waffle fries ready to be baked.

PREPPING INGREDIENTS: Sweet Potato Waffle Fries

We're busy prepping ingredients for the next KQ video shoot, including these Sweet Potato Waffle Fries that will serve as the base of our Bacon Cheese Waffle Fry Nachos!




Wednesday, March 7, 2018

KQ Site Update

Above: The KQ site as of March 7, 2018.

KQ Site Update

The Kitchen Queers web site has been refreshed with new images and updated links to all KQ social media, videos and other online content.

Check it out here: http://www.kitchenqueers.com


Monday, March 5, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Sausage Cheese Hash Brown Cups

Above: Graphics for KQ Season 4, Episode 2.

NEW VIDEO: Sausage Cheese Hash Brown Cups

KQ host Mitch Hightower demonstrates his recipe for this yummy baked savory dish during Kitchen Queers Season 4, Episode 2. KQ partner Chef Philip Buchan says this dish is like "a sausage cheese quiche inside of crispy potatoes".


Below: A Sausage Cheese Hash Brown Cup has been topped with sour cream and chives and is ready to be eaten. 


Saturday, March 3, 2018

ON THE SET: Taste Testing the Sausage Cheese Hash Brown Cups

Above: KQ host Mitch Hightower and partner Chef Philip.

ON THE SET: Taste Testing the Sausage Cheese Hash Brown Cups

This image shows Mitch and Philip on the KQ dining room set, taping the taste testing segment for Kitchen Queers Season 4, Episode 2.

Just FYI: The Sausage Cheese Hash Brown Cups are delicious!



Thursday, March 1, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping More Season 4 Episodes

Above: KQ host Mitch Hightower demonstrates a recipe for Sausage Cheese Hash Brown Cups.

ON THE SET: Taping more Season 4 Episodes

The Kitchen Queers crew has been busy taping more episodes for Season 4. The images in this posting are from the taping for the KQ Sausage Cheese Hash Brown Cups recipe. Look for this video to appear on the KQ YouTube channel as Season 4, Episode 2, (Number 62), coming soon!

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

Below: The KQ Sausage Cheese Hash Brown Cups right after being removed from the oven. 


Friday, February 23, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: BBQ Pulled Pork Waffle Fry Nachos

Above: The appetizers ready to serve.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: BBQ Pulled Pork Waffle Fry Nachos

KQ host Mitch Hightower and partner Chef Philip created a mash-up appetizer sure to please.

A crispy sweet potato waffle fry serves as the vehicle for this yummy hors d'oeuvre. Next, nacho toppings are added including refried beans, cheese, onion and jalapeno peppers. And on top of all of those tasty ingredients is a small pile of pulled pork smothered in barbecue sauce!

This is serious party food. Look for this recipe in an upcoming KQ Season 4 video.


Below: Chef Philip adds toppings to the BBQ Pulled Pork Waffle Fry Nachos. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Cornbread Mini Bundts

Above: Mini bundts after baking.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Cornbread Mini Bundts

KQ host Mitch Hightower used a new baking pan to create these Cornbread Mini Bundts. Filled with cheese, jalapeno and Fresno peppers, as well as onions, these beauties pack a big flavor punch. Expect to see this recipe demonstrated in an upcoming KQ Season 4 video.

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