Monthly Archives July 2018

Comfort Me with Apples: Johnny Appleseed

My name is Kathleen Raskin, and I’d like to welcome you to my Las Vegas kitchen! Today at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen, we’re going to make a dish in celebration of Johnny Appleseed. He’s one of America’s great legends. John Chapman was an American settler who moved west. As he traveled westward, he planted and sold apple trees along the way. What’s your favorite recipe involving apples? Share them with your friends at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen!

Johnny Appleseed Meatballs

Prep: 15 m

Cook: 15 m

Ready in: 30 m


  • 1-pound ground beef
  • ¼ cup dried bread crumbs
  • ½ cup peeled and chopped apple
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 (.75 ounce) packet dry brown gravy mix


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef with chopp...
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This Seafood Recipe Will Leave You Happy as a Clam!

If you’ve ever wanted an excuse to celebrate eating clams, tomorrow is your day to shine in Kathey Jo’s Kitchen. There’s a rule of thumb that states that we should only eat shellfish in months with the letter R. I’d never heard of that before, but as with most rules of thumb, there’s a logical reason behind it. The natural occurrence of red tide is higher in the summer. Plus, you should give the shellfish a chance to replenish naturally during the summer. Do you have a favorite way to enjoy your clams? Let your friends at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen know in the comments, and maybe you’ll find a new way yourself.

How to Shuck Clams

Wash clams in a colander under cold running water, taking care to discard any with cracked shells and those that remain open after rinsing...

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A Culinary Salute to Winston Churchill!

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed Winston Churchill an honorary citizen of the United States. There have been a handful of people given this honor. What people might not know is that his mother – Lady Randolph Churchill – was an American. Churchill treated his dinners as working dinners. He paid special attention to the menu as well. A typical meal would be turtle soup or consommé, roast chicken, with red or white wine, plus fruits and vegetables. Dessert was ice cream with chocolate sauce, as well as a pear with Stilton cheese. So, today at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen, we’ll discuss a few of his favorite dishes.

Porcini Mushroom Consommé


  • 30 grams dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 large...
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Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows: It’s National Lollipop Day!

Today, we’ll be making homemade lollipops in Kathey Jo’s Kitchen. George Smith of Bradley Smith Company invented and patented the lollipop on October 13, 1931. Legend has it George named the lollipop after his favorite racehorse, Lolly Pop. With most lollipop recipes you’ll find to celebrate this sweet day, you need to work fast to make sure you don’t waste a moment of your time. You’re working with melted sugar, so there’s a sense of urgency needed to accommodate. If you’re not comfortable making lollipops, there’s nothing wrong with buying a bag and simply handing them out. That’s our Plan B here at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen. What are your plans today?

Homemade Lollipops


  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 to ½ tsp extract of your choice (vanilla...
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Let Them Eat Greens: Fresh Spinach Day

If you’ve been passionately following along with Kathey Jo’s Kitchen – and I’m sure you have – you’ve noticed that I’ve fallen off the rails of healthy eating. That’s why I’m glad today is Fresh Spinach Day. It’s a reminder that any day is a good day to put healthy food into our meal plans. Spinach is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. It tastes good, and there’s many recipes to choose from. When spinach is fresh and uncooked, the nutritional value is the highest. So how are you going to incorporate fresh spinach into your meals today? Let your friends here at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen know!

Spinach and Edamame Egg Drop Soup


  • 6 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 tbsp. finely grated ginger
  • 1 ½ tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 ½ tbsp...
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Get Fries with That: Happy National French Fries Day!

National French Fries Day is today, and we’re celebrating this delicious day at Kathey Jo’s by eating fries! French fries are believed to have originated in Belgium in the 17th century. Fried potatoes were substituted in the Belgium diet in winter months, when fish were not available to fry. French fries are the most popular fast food item in America. Due to their wild popularity, you can enjoy eating French fries anywhere in the world. French fries can be fried, or baked. Depending on where you are, you can eat them with bacon, butter, cheese, gravy, ketchup, mayonnaise, salt, sugar, or vinegar. Too many options? Let Kathey Jo’s Kitchen give you a couple of ideas.

Breakfast Poutine


  • 1 bag frozen fries, baked according to package instructions
  • 1 ½ c. shredded Cheddar
  • 1/3...
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Have Blueberries Whenever You Are Low: National Blueberry Day

July is a strange month, as it’s not only National Blueberry Month, but yesterday was National Blueberry Day. So, in Kathey Jo’s Kitchen today, we’re planning on celebrating them all at once. Blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. You can snack on them without a care in the world. Blueberries are loaded with fiber, and rich in antioxidants. They help lower cholesterol which promotes heart health, can help reduce the risk of cancer, and may help to slow the aging process. How do you like to enjoy your blueberries? Let your friends at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen know.

Best Blueberry Muffins


  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshl...
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I Love the Smell of Fried Chicken: Today’s National Fried Chicken Day!

Fried chicken is one of America’s favorite meals, and it’s a staple in Kathey Jo’s Kitchen. We know that fried foods aren’t good for us, especially if you have it on a regular basis. But, one day can’t hurt, right? There’s one thing you need to do celebrate: eat some fried chicken. Make some the night before, and take it to lunch. Warm it up for dinner, and balance it out with a tossed green salad. Now for your trivia: fried chicken was a sign of wealth when it first debuted. What’s your favorite seasoning for fried chicken? Let Kathey Jo’s Kitchen know!

Classic Southern Fried Chicken


  • 4 pounds of different chicken pieces
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teas...
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Nothing’s Better Than a Picnic: July is National Picnic Month

I hope you’re ready to enjoy the lovely weather this month, because here at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen, we’re celebrating National Picnic Month. Find a great location, like a public park, a beach, or scenic byway with picnic tables. Don’t forget to plan a group activity like a card game, frisbee, or volleyball to keep everyone occupied. There’s countless foods you can prepare to enjoy in the warmth of the sun, such as sandwiches, salad, fried chicken, corn on the cob, and something cool to drink. And because there’s so many recipes, you can go on picnics pretty much every day! What are your picnic staples? Let your friends at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen know.

Avocado and Ham Sandwiches


  • 2 loaves of ficelle
  • ¼ c. butter
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • .13 tsp. coarse black pepper
  • ¾ lb...
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