Nikki Loves Food – Food Blog for Foodies NY


Crystal Light Mocktails!
August 22, 2011, 9:23 pm
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41 Days Left of Crystal Light Mocktails!!!

There are 3 flavors: Margarita, Mojito, and Appletini! What a great concept! You should stock up since they are only summer flavors. I prefer the margarita but all of them are really good!

They are only 5 calories per serving. One packet pours into 2 quarts of water, ah yes that’s 8 servings! They are perfect for kids or people that arent in the mood for booze!



Rum Raisin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce Recipe

Rum Raisin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

 2 boxes of golden raisins (2 lbs)
6 cups of milk
4 cups of heavy cream
16 eggs (beaten)
6 long loaves of bread (around 11 oz. each, cubed/no crust)
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
3 cups of sugar
2 cups of light rum
Graham cracker crumbs

 

Preheat the oven to 350°.

 Hydrate raisins in hot water for 10 minutes until softened.

 Remove crust from bread and cut into cubes.  Place in a large bowl.

 Combine milk, cream, raisins, vanilla and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

 In a separate bowl whish together eggs, 2 cups of sugar and rum.

 Pour milk mixture over the bread and mix until soft.  Next combine the bread with the egg mixture.

 Butter a hotel pan with unsalted butter and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs.  Fill pan with bread mixture and top with more graham cracker crumbs.  Bake in over for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

 

Caramel Sauce
 1 cup sugar
3 oz. butter (cut into pieces)
2 cups heavy cream

 **Cook sugar in a small saucepan until melted and all sugar is dissolved.  Around 10 minutes.

 Boil heavy cream in a separate saucepan.

 Once sugar is melted into a thick tan syrup remove from heat and add butter pieces.  Next pour in hot heavy cream.  Put back on the stovetop and cook for 5 more minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Sauce will thicken upon cooling.

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Damn! “Food stamps rolls hit record high: 45.8M Americans, 1M Arizonans”
August 6, 2011, 1:59 pm
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More than 1.06 million Arizonans are on food stamps. That translates into 17 percent of the state’s population, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Census Bureau.

Nationally there are 45.8 million Americans on food stamps, a 12 percent increase from a year ago, according USDA numbers out this month. That is a record-high level for the number of Americans on the welfare program.

 

This is serious! For the whole story click here



“Nikkis Favorites” – Wasabi Mayo!
August 3, 2011, 3:17 pm
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Trader Joe’s makes some amazing wasabi mayo! It adds that extra kick of spicy, but not too much where your mouth is on fire! i like to put it on turkey sandwiches and grilled chicken sandwiches. I definately reccommend trying some! : )



Marcello’s Top 25 NYC Restaurant List!
July 23, 2011, 4:29 pm
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Chef Marcello Russodivito, Suffern,NY, shares his list of his favorite Italian Restaurants in Manhattan! I definitely recommend trying one of these out!

Top 25 NYC Italian Restaurants

1. Il gattopardo, http://www.ilgattopardonyc.com
2. Bice, http://www.bicenewyork.com
3. Bottega del vino, http://www.bottegadelvinonyc.com
4. San pietro, http://sanpietro.zxq.net/
5. Pepolino, http://www.pepolino.com
6. Etcetera etcetera, http://www.etcrestaurant.com
7. La masseria, http://www.lamasserianyc.com
8. Babbo, http://www.babbonyc.com
9. Del posto, http://www.delposto.com
10. Felidia, http://www.felidia-nyc.com
11. Sd 26, http://www.sd26ny.com
12. Osteria del circo, http://www.osteriadelcirco.com
13. Marea, http://www.marea-nyc.com
14. Scarpetta, http://www.scottconant.com/restaurants/scarpetta/new-york
15. Salumeria rosi, http://www.salumeriarosi.com
16. Remi, http://www.remi-ny.com
17. I Trulli, http://www.itrulli.com
18. Testaccio, http://www.testacciony.com
19. Trattoria dopo teatro, http://www.dopoteatro.com
20. Lattanzi, http://www.lattanzinyc.com
21. Kest e pizzeria, http://www.kestepizzeria.com
22. Alfredo di Roma, http://www.alfredos.com
23. Paola’s, http://www.paolasrestaurant.com
24. Marco Polo, http://www.marcopoloristorante.com
25. Scalini fedeli, http://www.scalinifedeli.com



Super Fruits!!
July 19, 2011, 3:34 pm
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Cranberry Heart

A SUPERFRUIT is exceptional in that it has extremely high health promoting compounds which help to fight certain diseases and ailments.

Apples (Malus domestica), oranges (Citrus sinensis), tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) and common berries, such as strawberries (Fragaria vesca), red raspberries (Rubus idaeus) and blackberries (Rubus ursinus) used for a large number of consumer products, achieve many of the criteria to be superfruits. They are, however, commonly known in the public and have not attracted interest as novelty ingredients, so are not usually included in industry reports as superfruits.

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Margarita Lady – New Business Ideas
July 11, 2011, 3:36 pm
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One can always find a way to make a living.

 

And they say there are no new business ideas….

Lady Selling Margaritas on the Beach in a novel container.
She charges $10 a
minute.

10 minutes=$100

Reportedly  she is clearing $1250.00 per day…