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, 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. 


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

YOU VOTED: For The Next KQ Video


Above: Poll results from the KQ Twitter page.

YOU VOTED: For The Next KQ Video

The results are in and the majority of KQ Twitter followers chose BACON BANG BANG PINWHEELS as the episode they want to see next. Look for this episode to be available to view next week on the KQ YouTube® channel.

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Bacon Chicken Pizza with Creamy Garlic Sauce


Above: The pizza right after coming out of the oven.

Bacon Chicken Pizza with Creamy Garlic Sauce

We make pizza often here at KQ, and we're always experimenting with variations on our favorite flavor profiles. This latest example created by KQ partner chef Philip, is topped with very crispy chopped bacon, chopped chicken, diced onion, diced jalapeno and grated cheese. The experimental part of the recipe was using creamy garlic sauce, (instead of a tomato based sauce), made using fresh crushed garlic cloves. The results were very tasty. Three of us ate the whole pizza in one sitting!

Check out all of the KQ recipes and other content here:
http://www.kitchenqueers.com


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Welcome to Season 4 Promotional

Above: Graphics for the new Season 4 promo video.

NEW VIDEO: Welcome to Season 4 Promotional

This promotional video showcases video clips and images of many KQ food recipes and cocktail mixes. KQ host Mitch Hightower and partner chef Philip Buchan appear in Season 4, Promotional 1, Number 73, (S4P1N73-HD).

Watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q34vOcfcSp8


Friday, July 6, 2018

WHAT'S FOR DINNER? Meatloaf!


Above: The meatloaf just after coming out of the oven.

WHAT'S FOR DINNER? Meatloaf!

KQ partner Chef Philip made this meatloaf for a recent dinner party. His recipe combines both ground beef and ground pork for a very flavorful meatloaf. This was served along with mashed potatoes and gravy, as well as a green salad.

Check out the recipe and a step-by-step photo tutorial here:
http://www.kitchenqueers.com/food/meatloaf


Below: The prepared meatloaf before baking. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

WEB UPDATE: KQ Site Summer Makeover

Above: KQ site as of 7.3.2018.

WEB UPDATE: KQ Site Summer Makeover

The Kitchen Queers web site has undergone an update, with links to many of our latest recipes and videos.

See for yourself here:
http://www.kitchenqueers.com

Sunday, July 1, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Blue Chip Nachos

Above: Blue Chip Nachos.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Blue Chip Nachos

Chef Philip made nachos for an appetizer, and to change things up he piled the toppings on blue corn tortilla chips. Chef Philip also prefers to mix the toppings together, so things don't fall off of the chips. The topping for these beauties included a base of refried black beans mixed with diced onion, diced jalapeno and grated jack cheese. The nachos were also topped with a dollop of sour cream, (not shown). The entire plate was gobbled up in no time, which is an indicator they were mighty yummy!

Watch KQ food and cocktail tutorial videos here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmi4fJQ4cVNHfHFu09RK25g


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Pulled Pork Enchiladas


Above: The enchiladas right after coming out of the oven.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Pulled Pork Enchiladas

Chef Philip makes an awesome dry-rubbed pulled pork, and he used some of the meat to create an enchilada dish that wowed us all. Corn tortillas were filled with the pulled pork as well as diced onions and a generous amount of cheese. Next the enchiladas were slathered in a homemade sauce made just for this recipe, and topped with more grated cheese. The kitchen smelled amazing while these baked. And they were gone mighty fast, so hopefully Chef Philip will make a double batch next time. So yes, this #RecipeExperiment was a huge success.

Check out KQ videos on our YouTube® channel here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmi4fJQ4cVNHfHFu09RK25g


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Bacon Jalapeno Bean Dip

Above: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 12.

NEW VIDEO: Bacon Jalapeno Bean Dip

Kitchen Queers host Mitch Hightower demonstrates the new KQ recipe for an elevated bean dip. Loaded with chopped onion, diced jalapeno peppers, sour cream, sriracha hot sauce, spices and plenty of cheese, this bean dip is topped with crispy bacon bits and more fresh jalapeno. The result is a creamy and tasty dip with a fresh and crunchy topping that tastes great warm from the oven or at room temperature. Plus, it's very easy to make and perfect for a party, buffet or game day celebration. Chef Philip serves as the guest taste tester for KQ Season 4, Episode 12, Number 72, (S4E12N72-HD).

Watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAai6ysG1cQ

Below: The Bacon Jalapeno Bean Dip served with blue corn tortilla chips. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping the Bacon Jalapeno Bean Dip Video


Above: Chef Philip serves as the guest taste tester for KQ Season 4, Episode 12.

ON THE SET: Taping the Bacon Jalapeno Bean Dip Video

The KQ Crew has been busy taping another Kitchen Queers episode. Coming next week, KQ host Mitch Hightower shows you how to make his recipe for Bacon Jalapeno Bean Dip. This very yummy and easy-to-make dip is great for dipping chips, crackers, as well as fresh veggies. It's also awesome as a topping for a tostada or as a filling for tacos.

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


Below: KQ host Mitch Hightower showing off the finished dish. 


Sunday, June 17, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Raspberry Liqueur

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

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Raspberry Liqueur

Recently Mitch and Philip had the occasion to sample raspberry liqueur purchased from the liquor store. While they both agreed it was amazingly delicious, the price tag of $20 for a tiny bottle was a bit much for their budget.

So, our KQ crew decided to investigate creating their own raspberry liqueur. Chef Philip researched recipes, and settled on a technique that required no cooking. Philip put together two versions, one using frozen fruit and the second utilizing fresh raspberries.

Both versions are now stashed in a cool, dark cabinet to steep for six weeks. We'll be reporting on the outcome when the raspberry liqueurs are ready to sample. And we'll show you exactly what the KQ crew did to create Homemade Raspberry Liqueur in a KQ Season 4 video later this summer.


Friday, June 15, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Potato Salad

Above: Ingredients for the KQ Potato Salad.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Potato Salad

KQ host Mitch Hightower has been experimenting with recipes for potato salad. This version includes chopped red bell pepper as well as jalapeno peppers for just a little extra kick.

During the informal tasting after the salad was complete, Mitch, Chef Philip and Chef Bob all agreed this recipe is a winner. Look for this recipe in an upcoming episode of Kitchen Queers!

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


Below: The salad ingredients have been combined. The salad was allowed to chill out in the fridge for several hours before serving so the flavors could meld. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

Above: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 11.

NEW VIDEO: Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

Kitchen Queers host Mitch Hightower demonstrates how to make this flavorful and refreshing salsa, featuring grilled pineapple and jalapeno peppers. Great for dipping almost any kind of chips, Mitch and guest taste tester Chef Philip also recommend the salsa as a topping for tostadas, a filling for tacos, as well as a condiment for hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken or pork chops. In addition to sharing his recipe, Mitch shows step-by-step how to make the salsa, including using a cast iron grill pan on a gas stove top. Season 4, Episode 11, Number 71, (S4E11N71-HD).

Watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swkoiPdRV38


Below: The salsa served with blue multigrain chips.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping the Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa Video

Above: Mitch at the stove.

ON THE SET: Taping the Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa Video

KQ host Mitch Hightower grills fresh pineapple on the stove for the next Kitchen Queers video.

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


Saturday, June 2, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Bacon Bang Bang Pinwheels


Above: Savory pinwheels.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Bacon Bang Bang Pinwheels

KQ partner Chef Philip came up with this new creation. He slathered puff pastry with Bang Bang Sauce, then added crispy bacon, diced onions and jalapeno peppers, along with grated pepper jack cheese. These beauties baked up golden brown and very flaky.

The Bacon Bang Bang Pinwheels were a big hit at the preliminary taste test and all of the samples were gobbled up in no time.

Look for this recipe to be featured in an episode of KQ very soon!

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

TASTE TEST: Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

Above: The salsa ingredients just after blending.

TASTE TEST: Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

We let the salsa sit in the refrigerator overnight so the flavors could meld.  Then we tasted the salsa alone and on tortilla chips.

Mitch said, "This is really good.  The grilled pineapple adds a delicious element to this flavor profile".

Chef Philip said, "The salty chips really make the salsa flavors pop".

Look for this recipe in an upcoming KQ video.

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


Thursday, May 31, 2018

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Above: Chunks of fresh pineapple grilling on the stove top.

RECIPE EXPERIMENTS: Grilled Pineapple Salsa

KQ host Mitch Hightower has been experimenting with Pineapple Salsa recipes. This version had him grilling the pineapple and the jalapeno peppers. Also included in the recipe: onion, cumin, salt, pepper and lime juice. The salsa is currently chilling in the refrigerator so the flavors can meld. We'll report back with a taste test soon.

Below: Grilling slices of jalapeno peppers. 


Above: The salsa after blending in the food processor.

Monday, May 28, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Summer Brunch Buffet Guide

Above: Mitch holds a giant cup of coffee.

NEW VIDEO: Summer Brunch Buffet Guide

KQ host Mitch Hightower says a great brunch needs, "plenty of coffee". See what else he recommends in the new KQ Summer Brunch Buffet Guide here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJbVimKORkY

Below: Graphics for KQ Season 4, Episode 10.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

ON THE SET: Taping the Summer Brunch Buffet Guide

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

ON THE SET: Taping the Summer Brunch Buffet Guide

The Kitchen Queers Summer Brunch Buffet Guide will be available to view soon on the KQ YouTube® channel. In this episode, Mitch shares some of his favorite items to serve at a summer brunch buffet.

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

Friday, May 25, 2018

Kitchen Queers YouTube® Channel Turns 3

Above; Screen cap of the KQ YouTube® page.

Kitchen Queers YouTube® Turns 3

The KQ YouTube® channel celebrates birthday number three!

Watch all the fun here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmi4fJQ4cVNHfHFu09RK25g

Bang Bang Pizza

Above: Chef Philip has made a Bang Bang Pizza.

Bang Bang Pizza

Chef Philip used Bang Bang Sauce instead of tomato sauce or marinara for a boldly flavored pizza. Other toppings included both mozzarella and pepper jack cheeses, red onions, roasted chicken, very crispy bacon lardon, yellow chili peppers and orange bell pepper.

Mitch reports, "The flavor profile was very bold and we loved it".

Below: Chef Philip prepares ingredients for the pizza. 


Above: Grated cheese is sprinkled over the Bang Bang sauce.

Below: The pizza is ready to go in the oven. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Rainbow Martini

Above: Graphic for KQ Season 4, Episode 9.

NEW VIDEO: Rainbow Martini

KQ host Mitch Hightower shows you how to make his recipe for a Rainbow Martini, complete with a six-color sugar rim. This shimmery pink cocktail mix is a riff on a classic "top shelf" gin martini with a hint of orange. Luster dust is the secret ingredient for creating the shimmer effect. This stirred, not shaken, cocktail is double strained as well to avoid ice chips in the finished drink. Chef Philip serves as the guest taste tester for KQ Season 4, Episode 9, (S4E9N69-HD).

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TBILf8RnRg

Below: A "beauty shot" of the KQ Rainbow Martini.

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.