Nikki Loves Food – Food Blog for Foodies NY

Weird Fast Food Facts
June 19, 2011, 8:05 pm
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1. Most fast food chains dip their French fries in sugar to give them that deliciously golden brown hue after frying . – What many of us don’t realize is that some fast food fries aren’t just fatty and starchy. They are also sugary as well. While they don’t taste very sweet, the sugars are added for other incentives. It also helps to develop that nice outer crispiness that can be complicated to imitate when frying at home.

2. The Strawberry flavor Contains 50 Different Chemicals. – In order to copy the flavor of a strawberry, fast food corporations include 50 distinct chemicals like ethyl acetate, phenythyl alcohol, rose, and solvent. So, the next time you get a craving for a strawberry milkshake, take a minute to remember the ingredients.

3. Propylene Glycerol used for antifreeze keeps your salad crispy . – This chemical, also comes with alerts like skin and eye irritation if exposed to the human body. It is generally used in products like Sierra Anti Freeze and even worse Astroglide Sexual Lubricant .


Polipo con Patate allo Zafferano Octopus with Capers, Black Olives Cherry Tomatoes & Saffron Potatoes
June 14, 2011, 9:45 am
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Polipo con Patate allo Zafferano
Octopus with Capers, Black Olives Cherry Tomatoes & Saffron Potatoes

Serves 6

1 lb. octopus
4 oz. chopped onions
3 oz. cherry  tomatoes
1 oz. capers
1 oz black olives
1 oz chopped parsley
6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 lb saffron potatoes cut in small cubes

1. Poach the octopus in lightly salted water until tender. This will take around 1 hour of simmering. Let it cool off then cut the fish in small cubes

2. Put extra virgin olive oil in a sauté pan. Add onions, potatoes and octopus and cook for 2 minutes.  Then add parsley, tomatoes, and capers and cook for 1 more minute.

3. To serve: Add a little salt and pepper to taste.  Place on a bed of bibb lettuce, arugula or romaine and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

4. To make the saffron potatoes:  Place potatoes (cut up into small pieces) in a pot of cold water.  Add saffron threads and place on the stovetop.  Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender.

Kevin James: Food in NY
June 10, 2011, 10:01 am
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Foodie Fathers Day Gifts From Bed Bath & Beyond!
June 6, 2011, 4:48 pm
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Not sure what to get dad for fathers day? These suggestions will be sure to please!

Weber One Touch Silver Grill

This heavy-gauge porcelain-enameled lid and bowl have a one-touch cleaning system made of aluminized steel. It also features a no-rust aluminum vent and ash catcher.

Vulcan All-In-One Tailgate Cooler

Tailgate like a pro with this ultimate, all-in-one cooler that is so much more. The sports tote includes all the amenities needed for grilling and enjoying cold beverages. The insulated, waterproof cooler section is fully-removable, allowing you to place it wherever it is most convenient. The front flap opens to reveal a three-piece stainless steel pair of tongs, fork, and large spatula with serrated edge barbecue set. In a separate section of the tote there’s a portable propane barbecue grill with lid, making this set a great accessory for tailgating, camping, or anytime a little grilling is in order. Also features two side pockets for propane tanks. Propane not included. Measures 23″ H x 16″ W x 14″ D.

Haier® 6 Bottle Capacity Countertop Red And White Wine Cellar
Perfect for small spaces or light entertaining, this wine cellar features a recessed handle with double pane insulated glass door with silver trim, adjustable thermostat control, three wire storage racks, a black interior, and ultra quiet thermal electric cooling. Measures 23″ H 13 1/4″ W x 18″ D. Model #HVUE06ABS

Foods that cool you!
May 31, 2011, 3:45 pm
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Fruits: Apples, bananas, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, watermelon, cucumbers and tomatoes

Beans and bean products: Alfalfa sprouts, soy milk, tofu, tempeh

Grains: Amaranth, barley, millet and wheat

Herbs: Cilantro, dandelion, lemon balm, mint and marjoram

: Asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, cabbage, lettuce, radish, sweet corn, Swiss chard, summer squash and zucchini

Spices, such as fresh ginger, red chili, cayenne, wasabi, or black pepper, warm you up at first, but actually help cool you down after you sweat a little in reaction to the flavors.

Don’t cook inside! Keep the heat down in your household and your body by conserving energy and eating either raw or cook outdoors.

Limit meat consumption in hot weather. It’s too hard for your body to digest.


“Nikki’s Favorites” – TGIfridays “Green Bean Fries”!
May 26, 2011, 10:59 pm
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Green beans, coated with yummy breadcrumbs, fried till golden brown and served with creamy wasabi dipping sauce, addicting!

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Dunkin Donuts Best Kept Secret!!!
May 23, 2011, 2:26 pm
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I was just randomly browsing through the Dunkin Donuts website and I noticed the perfect gift!!!

They are offering personalized giftcards! You can place your own picture on the giftcard and keep reloading it. I put a picture of me and my friend drinking coffee on it, and now every time I pull it out I smile. This is the best idea since their new caramel mocha latte!

The personalized picture cost $4.50 and it comes with a card! I sent one to myself so I chose something simple, but they have many different categories (birthdays, celebration, anniverary) and they will send it to the person for you with the return address being your own address! You can choose to send it by $.46 cent mail and I got it 4 days later!

Best   Gift   Ever.