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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    Junk Food Flip

    Season 2 premiers Jan 19th, 9pmET on Cooking Channel

    Meat On The Side Cookbook

    Food Network Star

    Nikki Dinki on Food Network Star Season 9!! Click here for pics, clips and more from the show

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    Monday
    Sep282015

    Spaghetti Squash Tacos

     

     

    I'm pretty obsessed with spaghetti squash, not as obsessed as I am with cheese, or positioning the fan in my bedroom just right so it cools just my feet while I sleep, but pretty darn close.

     

     

     

     

    It's so sweet, the texture is awesome and it can be morphed into so many things.

     

     

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    Thursday
    Sep242015

    A Tour of Nikki's Terrace Garden

     

     

    I’ve lived in NYC for 14 years and had always been chasing the dream of having outdoor space when 2 years ago we were lucky enough to move into an apartment with a terrace!!

     

     

     

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    Monday
    Sep212015

    Creamed Corn + Blueberry Pasta

     

     

    Summer is my season; I am perpetually cold unless it’s 90 degrees outside and I’m pretty sure that I am a better swimmer than I am a walker sometimes. One of my greatest joys in life is my terrace garden with all my plants and my bird friend Harold.

     

     

     

     

    Although I don’t like to admit it either, we have to face it, summer is coming to an end (can’t type… crying too much).

     

     

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    Monday
    Sep142015

    Chili Spiced Cucumbers

     

     

    I’m obsessed with parties, and any party of mine is bound to have an endless array of appetizers. In order to get the variety I want and not lose my mind making my 10th labor-intensive app, I always like to include some appetizers of the “silly easy” variety.

     

     

     

     

    And these cucumbers are just that, they get a bath of lime juice, a sprinkle of chili powder and sugar, and a hit of salt, resulting in a crisp, tangy, spicy, salty treat that takes minutes to make.

     

     

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    Monday
    Sep072015

    Pear + Cucumber Salad with Tuna Croutons

     

     

    It’s a Wednesday night, I’ve invited my husband to the terrace for a summer meal and a chance to actually look each other in the eye and talk after an already busy week.

     

     

     

     

    The weekend was filled with indulgences like Jalapeno Poppers, berry pies and clams doused in oil and bread crumbs.

     

     

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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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