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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    Wednesday
    Jun242015

    4th of July Recipe Round Up

     

     

    The 4th of July is just around the corner and that means fun, frolicking, and most importantly FOOD. Most years I find myself making sweet treats for my niece Lucy, as her birthday falls on the 4th. We all like to gather in Fire Island to celebrate as we sing happy birthday and watch the fire works.

     

    To say Lucy loves dessert is an understatement, so I always try my best to put a smile on her sweet little sugar addicted face and make her some incredible treats. No matter what you are making this July 4th it should be easy, should make people smile and if it happens to also be red white and blue than even better. So here are some of my favorite July 4th recipes that will make your weekend that much more sweet.

     

     

     

     

    Red, White + Blue Sangria  by Crista at Peace.Love.Quinoa

    Let’s start this 4th of July with fizzy and refreshing white wine sangria's! In this recipe she finishes her sangria off with sparkling water; I think I'm going to skip that part and finish it with some bubbly champagne! The best part about sangria is you can use whatever wine, fruit and juice you like.

     

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    Monday
    Jun222015

    Breakfast Bowls with Wheat Berries + Kale

     

     

    Sometimes after too many nights out, and too many pizzas in, you just need to eat something really healthy. Something to make you feel good about yourself again (because that half a pizza, mozzarella sticks and brownie the size of your face, are still making your stomach turn).

     

     

     

     

    You’re in luck because I have just the dish for you! And guess what? In addition to being  healthy, it also tastes so so SO good!!!

     

     

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    Monday
    Jun152015

    Pickled Strawberry + Giant Corn Salad

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    The word “balance” is thrown out a lot in our lives.

     

     

     

     

    You’re supposed to have a balance between work and play; we all need physical balance, especially when in a crow pose in yoga class or trying to balance our love of chocolate with our love of fitting into our jeans is always a challenge. When it comes to our food, that little word is thrown around like peanuts at a baseball game.

     

     

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    Monday
    Jun082015

    Veggie Bolognese

     

     

    Since the premier of my show Junk Food Flip (Tuesdays, 9pmET on Cooking Channel), people have been asking me a lot about re-making comfort food dishes (probably because that is the premise of the show).

     

     

     

     

    So today I had to share with you one of my absolute favorite recipe flips.

     

     

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    Monday
    Jun012015

    Announcing: Junk Food Flip on Cooking Channel

     

     

    I am incredibly excited to announce that my new show Junk Food Flip is premiering June 2nd at 9pm EST on Cooking Channel!!!!!!!!!!!

     

     

     

     

    On Junk Food Flip, myself and Bobby Deen travel around the country in a massive food truck (I can now add food truck driver to my special talents) and put our healthy spin on some of the best indulgent dishes this country has to offer.

     

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    Monday
    Jun012015

    Brown Butter Cucumbers with Popped Amaranth

     

     

    Today was a day full of exciting stuff:  I stole someone’s car and drove out to Long Island to buy plants for my garden terrace, I tried out a new hair color that’s a little less Barbie doll (but still banging blonde), and I made the most delicious and exciting side dish.

     

     

     

     

    How can a side dish be exciting? Oh now you have opened a can of worms. It's simple; this dish is exciting because I'm preparing a vegetable, in this case cucumber, in a totally different way.

     

     

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    Monday
    May252015

    Brie + Honey Crostini with Pink Peppercorns

     

     

    It wasn’t that long ago that I was huddled up under a mound of blankets watching Hawaii Life on HGTV as I seriously considered packing up and joining those happy people on TV.

     

     

     

     

    But no matter how never-ending winter might seem,before you know it the sun is shining and the temperature is rising.

     

     

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    Monday
    May182015

    Roasted Garlic + Broccoli Pita

     

     

    I like so many different things in life; I like to have tea on my terrace while the birds are singing and the people on the streets are yelling.  I like to find a spot in yoga class which is far enough away from the smelly man who says his “om” with a bear-like grunt.

     

     

     

     

    However, the things I like most of all is to make meaty tasting meals, without the actual meat and to stretch a little bit of meat with other hearty, smoky flavors.

     

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    Monday
    May112015

    Cauliflower Alfredo

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    Pureeing cauliflower is one of my favorite ways to twist this veggie into something totally new. And this alfredo uses the puree to create an amazing lite pasta that is perfect for this time of year when your clothes go from sweaters that are an inch thick to a dress you could fit in your fist.

     

     

     

     

    Most days I wake up and try to do yoga or some other form of working out. It’s an important, although at times annoying, part of my day.  

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    Monday
    May042015

    Cheesy Matzo Bread

     

     

    I like the taste of matzo bread, I know that many people find it dry and bland, I find it flavorful and…no actually, it’s pretty dry and bland.

     

     

     

     

    However, just because on its own it’s not amazing doesn’t mean we can’t make it amazing. I know that it isn’t bursting with flavor, but it issuper crunchy and it makes a great base to build on.

     

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