Nicci Piscitelli

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Weekend project: Homemade pizza... in your own DIY brick oven

Have you ever lusted after those great brick ovens you see in pizzerias and bakeries? Well, for about $40, you too can bake like the pros. I did a story a few years ago on homemade pizza, and did a bit of research (actually, I got a little obsessed) on converting a normal home oven into a brick …

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These Burgers Are So Epic They Deserve Gold Medals

Labor Day is upon us guys, and you know what that means: it's the last major grill out of the season. Sad we know, but also the perfect excuse to grill <i>big</i>.<p>Before we can even utter the word hamburger, the weather will get a chill in the air and all our steaks, chicken and burgers will go from …

Habanero Carrot Cake From 'Sweet and Vicious'

Compared to malted chocolate cookies, this cake is a kick in the pants. Disregarding the habanero element for a moment, <i>Sweet and Vicious: Baking with Attitude</i> serves up a solid recipe for carrot cake, using chopped pineapple, applesauce, nearly a dozen carrots, and adding cayenne to the usual …

Cantaloupe Gazpacho With Crispy Prosciutto Recipe

Sweet ripe melon is a perfect candidate for the gazpacho treatment, yielding a coral-colored, subtly fruity chilled soup.<p><b>Why this recipe works:</b><p>Cucumber and sweet onion balance cantaloupe's sweetness, coming together in a soup that's decidedly savory.<br>• Plenty of fruity olive oil emulsifies the watery …

Peach and Cardamom Lemonade

It would seem as though I’m trying to drink my way through the rainbow, lemonade style. First there was bright red with <b>Beet Lemonade</b>. Here we have a …

Portobello Mousse

An innovative and wonderful vegetarian recipe from the "Vegetable Whisperer of NYC," Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy.<p><b>Ingredients</b><p>16 Tbsp of butter<br>• 1 cup …

Taro Ice Cream Recipe

Taro is a mildly sweet, very starchy tuber often used in Asian desserts. Its light, nutty flavor works especially well in ice cream, and cooking it releases so much starch that your ice cream won't need any eggs.<p><b>Read more: Scooped: Taro Ice Cream</b><p>Ingredients2 tablespoons unsalted butter2/3 pound …

Friday Cocktail Hour: Aged Eggnog

Cooked eggnog with meringue and nutmeg. Photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman<p>Plan ahead!<p>Not long after I began this blog in 2006, I wrote about and made aged …

Transform One Bunch of Cilantro into 6 Summer Dinners

<i>How to use your entire bunch of cilantro—stems and all—and make 6 summer dinners along the way.</i><p>One of the things I look forward to most in the summer is having a garden filled with fresh herbs, which allows me to cut only what I need, right when I need it. When cooler weather overtakes and my …

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