Kitchen Queers Blog

This BLOG is the companion to the KQ web site.
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:

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:

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.