Meet Nikki

I am a chef, TV host, cookbook author, blogger, radio host, professional voice over artist and terrace gardener. I cook mostly "Meat on the Side" which makes veggies the star of the plate. 

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    Monday
    Aug312015

    How to Brown Butter

     

     

    Browning your butter just makes it special. Think about a pine tree, it’s just a tree until you put some tinsel on it and suddenly it’s the most special tree of them all, a Christmas tree!! (It’s 90 degrees outside and apparently I’ve got Christmas on the mind).

    Butter is the same way, its fine as is, but when you brown it, it becomes nutty, rich and something you will use in EVERYTHING.

     

     

     

     

    So take a couple minutes and brown your butter before using it in sauces, casseroles or in my Brown Butter Nutella Cookies. It’s simple, easy and this video shows you exactly how it’s done…

     

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    Monday
    Aug242015

    Parmesan Zucchini Crisps

     

     

    If you're a gardener then you have definitely had one of those moments where you look around your garden and think “What the heck am I going to do with all these zucchinis.”

     

     

     

     

    For my new book Meat on The Side I tackled this question with tons of zucchini recipes including egg sandwiches with squash and crostini's where the zucchini replaced the bread.

     

     

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    Monday
    Aug172015

    How to Char Tortillas

     

     

    My favorite way to warm up tortillas is by charring them; they look awesome, have an added smoky flavor and it gives them a touch of texture.

     

     

     

     

    Watch my video to learn 3 different techniques on how to char your tortillas at home, no matter what stove/oven you are working with.

     

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    Monday
    Aug102015

    Carrot Dog

     

     

    Recently (thanks to my new show Junk Food Flip) I have been thinking a lot about how to flip classic dishes, especially the meat heavy dishes.

     

     

     

     

    As you know by now (because I've mentioned it about a million times) I like to cook in a way I call Meat On The Side; the idea is that veggies are the star of the plate, not the meat.

     

     

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    Monday
    Aug032015

    Caesar Salad Pasta

     

     

    One of my all time favorite things is a Caesar salad, and considering my obsession with pasta, I thought…

     

     

     

     

    Why not combine the two?? This dish takes all the components of a Caesar salad, from the dressing to the lettuce, and transforms them into a creamy sauce.

     

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    Monday
    Jul272015

    Coconut Bacon

     

     

    On my show Junk Food Flip, Bobby Deen and I go around and transform comfort food into delicious dishes that you can actually eat every day.

     

     

     

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    Monday
    Jul202015

    Pimento Cheese Grilled Corn

     

     

     

    A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending Damaris Philips wedding in Kentucky. It was a day filled with vintage everything, homemade food, love, laughter and some serious dancing.

     

     

     

     

     

    Damaris made all the food for her wedding (way to show me up Damaris ;) and it was as delicious as you might expect.

     

     

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    Monday
    Jul132015

    Creamy + Spicy Corn Dip

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    I didn't just get the nickname “Picky Nikki” for no reason at all, no, I gave my mother so many reasons to call me “Picky” that I'm almost surprised that she ever called me anything else.

     

     

     

     

    When I talk about my childhood I sometimes generalize and say that I ate no vegetables.

     

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    Monday
    Jul062015

    Buffalo Cauliflower Burger

     

     

     

    Some people think that because I grew up in Buffalo that I am used to the snow and cold, and that it shouldn’t bother me.

     

     

     

     

    When in actuality my patience for such things ran out by the time I was 8, and by 18 I knew that though I had the most wonderful family Buffalo just wasn’t for me.

     

     

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    Monday
    Jun292015

    Avocado Spinach + Pesto Pasta

     

     

    Normally when I cook I put on some music, I pour myself a glass of wine, I stir slowly and gracefully chop; I take my time and I create masterpieces. It’s fun, relaxing and a totally unrealistic way of cooking for most people.

     

     

     

     

    I’m sure everyone would love to have it be a relaxing part of their day but the truth is that when your afternoon has quickly ran into evening and you’re starving, you really just want something fast without a laundry list of ingredients. So when writing my book Meat On The Side I made an effort to make all my recipes easy and without too many ingredients.

     

     

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