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January 15th is National Bagel Day!

Today is National Bagel Day, and here at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen we are ready to celebrate! My name is Kathey Raskin, and I’d like to welcome you to my Las Vegas kitchen. We’re all so busy these days, it’s easy to fall into the habit of eating fast food and unhealthy snacks when we’re on the run. I love bagels because with the right choices they present a healthy alternative that doesn’t skimp on convenience.

Bagels may have originated in Poland, but since they were brought over by 19th century immigrants they’ve become a popular treat here in America. It’s easy to see why we love bagels. They are convenient and delicious for any meal or for a snack. There are many varieties, including options that appeal to children like cinnamon raisin and blueberry.

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Healthy Recipes for a Healthy 2019

Healthy New Year from my Las Vegas kitchen! My name is Kathey Raskin, and like most of you, I usually start my year off by making a resolution to eat healthier. And also like most of you, I slowly creep back into my old habits. The problem with “eat right” resolutions is eating well doesn’t always mean eating the most delicious foods. If you’re thinking of vegetable dishes as bland, think again because they don’t have to be. Although, when prepared correctly, simple favorites like steamed and grilled vegetables are delicious, you can do a lot more with your veggies than offer then up as side dishes!

Want to try a vegetable main course so satisfying that you won’t feel like you’re missing a thing? Then you’ve got to try my Vegan Lasagna! It only takes 2-3 hours from start to fi...

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2019’s Most Fabulous Cocktail Trend

Scrambling to find fun new cocktail ideas to serve your guests at tonight’s New Year’s Eve party? Inventing new cocktails is both a science and an art, and so is mixing the perfect drink. My name is Kathey Raskin, and I’d like to welcome you into my Las Vegas kitchen tonight, where I’m preparing for my own New Year’s Eve party. I’ve been having fun reading the newest savory cocktail recipes and seeing what today’s bartenders are doing with fresh herbs. I plan to offer my guests classic favorites like martinis and margaritas, but I’ve also been infusing my own alcohol with savory herbs so I can offer this new twist on our old favorites.

This week, rather than give you drink recipes, I’m going to explain how to infuse your own liquor so you can experiment with your own drink recipes.

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Best Recipes to Usher in a Fabulous 2019!

Happy 2019! Can you believe the new year is already almost here? I love hosting New Year’s Eve parties because it means I get to start the year off in my own home, surrounded by the people I love most. But of course my favorite part of the festivities is meal planning, because that’s how I show my loved ones how much I appreciate them.

As much as I love hosting, just like everyone else I know I am also strapped for time. My Crock-Pot curry meatballs recipe is simple, easy, and delicious, and your guests will be begging you for more long before the clock strikes midnight!

Kathey Jo’s Crock-Pot Curry Meatballs

Ingredients

1 bag of frozen cooked meatballs

12 oz jar of pineapple preserves

1 can of coconut milk

1 – 2 tablespoons of curry powder, or more if you like spicy dishes!

1 cu...

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Perfect Carmelized Maple Bacon with Kathey Raskin

Today is National Maple Syrup Day, so let’s celebrate with bacon! My name is Kathey Raskin, and like many Americans I’m a bacon addict. There is no occasion too big or too small for this breakfast favorite, and it makes a delicious addition to many dishes. Despite the many varieties of bacon dishes available, my favorite is relatively simple: brown sugar and maple carmelized bacon. If you like your dishes spicy, you’ll love this with a dash of cayenne!

Kathey Jo’s Perfect Maple Cayenne Brown Sugar Bacon

You won’t need many ingredients for this dish! Here’s a list:

  • One pound or more high-quality bacon. I love the extra-thick bacon from Whole Foods Market best!
  • Dark or light brown sugar
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Cayenne pepper

It’s really that simple! To make this bacon you’ll need to prehe...

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2019’s Best Edible Garlands

December 12th is National Popcorn String Day, which makes today the perfect time to make a fun, edible garland for your tree! (If it makes it that far—some of these are so tasty they don’t.) My name is Kathey Raskin, and I’d like to wish you and your family Merry Christmas and happy holidays from my Las Vegas, Nevada kitchen.

Colored Popcorn Garland is a new twist on an old favorite, and your kids and grandkids will love this project from Inspiring Momma!

Want to learn how to make a beautiful Old-Timey Garland? Herban Lifestyle has created this how-to for old-fashioned cranberry and popcorn garlands just like you used to make with mom—or even grandma!

Did you know you can even make Edible Christmas Garland for your Chickens? I know how popular backyard chickens are for serio...

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Best Cookies for National Cookie Day

December 4th is National Cookie Day, and you know cookies are what we do best here at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen! My name is Kathey Raskin, and I’m a cookie addict. I’ll admit, you will find cookies in the oven in my Las Vegas kitchen at least once a week.

This year is an unusually busy one for my household, and I’m pressed for time. I know most of you are too, so I thought this week I’d share some of my favorite YouTube recipe tutorials for cookies you can make in a hurry.

Do you have a favorite quick and easy cookie recipe? Let us know in the comments!

It’s the perfect time of year for these easy sugar cookies from Chowhound.

This video features THREE three-ingredient cookie recipes. Thanks Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking!

Three-ingredient peanut butter cookies – what could be simp...

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Happy Leftovers Week

It’s been a few days since the holiday passed, and by now if you’re anything like me you are getting bored with turkey and stuffing sandwiches. My name is Kathey Raskin, and I’d like to welcome you to my Las Vegas kitchen. When it comes to creative ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers, the internet is a wonderful source of inspiration. You can use your leftover turkey for everything from nachos to egg rolls. The only limit when it comes to the year’s best leftovers is your imagination. This year I’d like to give thanks for my favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes. From timeless favorites to new and innovative, you’ll find something for everyone in the following recipe collection.

Inspiration from France

Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare welcome actress Lorraine Toussaint from Fox’...

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Happy Peanut Butter Fudge Day!

Ingredients

3 cups of white sugar

2 cups of light brown sugar

1⁄2 a cup of butter

1 12 oz can of evaporated milk

1 jar of marshmallow creme

1 16 oz jar of peanut butter

1 tsp of vanilla extract

Butterscotch chips (adjust to taste)

To make the fudge

Grease a 13 x 9 inch glass pan, then mix the sugar, butter, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a rolling boil, and don’t forget to stir constantly so it doesn’t burn. You’ll want to cook it for approximately seven minutes, then remove from heat and immediately stir in the butterscotch chips and marshmallow crème. Last but not least, mix in the peanut butter and vanilla. After that all that’s left is to pour in a pan, let cool, and cut into squares. It really is that easy!

Whether you are a grandma or you just want to c...

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Easy Halloween Treats Kids Love

Happy Halloween from my Las Vegas kitchen! My name is Kathey Raskin, and Halloween is one of my favorite times of year to have children around. I love seeing their costumes when they come to my door for treats, but more than that I love serving Halloween-inspired treats to my grandchildren.

When it comes to making food spooky, you are limited only by your imagination. Here are a list of some of my favorite fast and simple Halloween hits:

  • Mummy Crescent Rolls – Cut refrigerated crescent rolls into strips and criss-cross them around a hot dog, then bake according to the directions on the package. You can add faces to these with olives, condiments, and more.
  • White Chocolate Ghosts – Anything becomes a ghost when you dip it in white chocolate and put candy eyes on it! You can find white cho...
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