Monthly Archives November 2017

The Extra Meal: Great Holiday Appetizers

Hello, Kathleen Raskin of Kathey Jo’s Kitchen here, hoping you are ready to begin your Christmas preparations. Comedian Jim Gaffigan once said, “Everyone has the unspoken agreement that what happens in December stays in December.” The holidays are filled with parties at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen, and nothing gets a hungry crowd of people going quite like a fun and delicious appetizer. I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite recipes below. Do you have any favorites that you circle back to every year? Or, maybe there’s something you’d like to try differently this year? Let the Kathey Jo’s Kitchen audience know in the comments below.

Pumpkin-Carrot Soup Shooters with Coconut Cream

Prep time: 35 Mins

Total time: 1 Hour 25 Mins

Yield: Makes 6 cups


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 la...
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Save It for the Morning After: Cleaning Up After Thanksgiving

This is Kathleen Raskin of Las Vegas, hoping you had a great Thanksgiving! I hope that my Kathey Jo’s Kitchen audience had a wonderful holiday. The anticipation of the holidays means you’re probably already in clean-up mode, especially if you hosted at your home this year. All the food you need to put into smaller containers, all the pots and pans to clean, the trash that needs to be taken out. There are probably methods that you’ve already incorporated into hosting successful parties over the years that have made clean-up a breeze. I’ve shared a few of my time-honored traditions below, and if there’s one that I’ve missed, share it in the comments below with your fellow Kathey Jo’s Kitchen readers.


When you’re cooking, line the bottom of your oven with a large she...

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Stuffing the Turkey – Yes or No?

Hello everyone, Kathleen Raskin of Las Vegas here, wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! Today at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen, we’ll discuss why you should – or shouldn’t – stuff a turkey before you put it in the oven. You probably have your own personal preference, or you’ve been following your grandma’s approach because that’s what’s always worked. But I think I’ll make a good case for both. If you’ve done it one way all these years, try it a different way this year, and see how it works out. You may be surprised by the response you get this year from your family and friends. What’s your favorite way? Let the rest of the Kathey Jo’s Kitchen family your preferred way.

To Not Stuff

Alton Brown abhors stuffing a turkey. Full stop...

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The Best Part of Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from me, Kathleen Raskin of Las Vegas! At Kathey Jo’s Kitchen, I’m excited about Thanksgiving. It’s so close! The smell of the turkey cooking, the stuffing, the cranberry sauce, the anticipation of everyone arriving… there’s no time like the holidays. Of course, no matter how well you plan your menu, there’s the inevitable leftovers to worry about. So today, we’re going to discuss how to take care of your leftovers, so you can enjoy them for up to four days. What’s your favorite meal using Thanksgiving leftovers? Let the rest of Kathey Jo’s Kitchen know in the comments.

Keep Hot Foods Hot and Cold Foods Cold

You should start packing up, and refrigerating the leftovers within two hours...

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Science Fiction – Double Feature

I am Kathey Raskin of Las Vegas, and there’s a quote that always pops in my head when I cook. Maybe you’ve heard of it? “I read recipes like I read science fiction, I get to the end and I think, ‘well, that’s not going to happen.’” Haven’t you ever had that feeling, my dear Kathey Jo’s Kitchen readers? Fantasy and sci-fi are far out of my comfort zone, so I decided to find a couple of popular recipes that people who would enjoy if they were fans. Is there a dish you’ve wanted to try from a science fiction series? Share your ideas with your fellow Kathey Jo’s Kitchen readers below!

The Third Age in Middle-Earth: Elven Lembas Bread

From the Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien 


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of honey
  • 3 whole kumquats (substitution: orange zest and ju...
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Break the Rules: Untraditional Wine Pairings

Hello, Kathey Raskin of Las Vegas back with another post here at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen. I like to pair a good wine with my meals from time to time. You’ve probably done the same. For the uninitiated, what is wine pairing? The Golden Rule of wine pairing is that red wine goes with meat; white goes with seafood, and poultry. As a corollary, the Fight Club rule is you do not speak of the Golden Rule, and drink what you want with your meal. You might have a different palate for the combinations of flavors you’ll get from an unusual pairing. Today, we’ll talk about a few pairings you wouldn’t think would go well together. Do you have a favorite nontraditional wine pairing? Share it with the Kathey Jo’s Kitchen audience below.

Sides, Starters, and Desserts

  • Champagne: sushi
  • Red wine: c...
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Songs About Food and Drink

Hello, this is Kathleen Raskin of Las Vegas, and today at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen, I’m going to share a fun little themed playlist about food and drink. Music is a universal art that encourages involvement, much like food does. If you play air guitar, clap when the musician tells you to put your hands together, then you already know the power of music. There will always be a song out there that echoes the thoughts and feelings that you have. Imagine Star Wars without the iconic John Williams writing “The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme),” or Christopher Nolan’s Inception without Hans Zimmer’s magic wand...

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Rainy Days and Mondays: Crockpot Recipes for the Fall

The weather in Kathey Jo’s Kitchen neck of the woods is cool, breezy, and insists upon warm clothing from head to toe. I decided to dust off the old crockpot, and make soup that could cook while I was at the office. If you don’t already have a crockpot, I recommend you get one. There’s crockpots of all shapes and sizes. There are some small enough for individual meals, or you could invest in a sizable one, so you have leftovers that you can freeze to enjoy later. Do you have a favorite recipe? I encourage you to share it with the Kathey Jo’s Kitchen audience. You’ll find a couple of my go-to recipes below.

Chicken Tortellini Soup


  • 1½ pounds boneless chicken breast
  • 3 medium peeled and diced carrots
  • 3 stalks diced celery
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 6 ...
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