Nicole’s St. Pat’s Day Recipes Here is another unusual recipe based on the principals from my St. Patrick’s Day post from March 14, 2013. Poached Salmon with Irish Lemon Sauce Fresh salmon is a classic in the Irish kitchen. Here we poach it in Irish lager to add a nutty, richness to this popular dish.
Nicole’s St. Pat’s Day Recipes Here is another unusual recipe based on the principals from my St. Patrick’s Day post from March 14, 2013. Classic Irish Coffee Irish Pubs in San Francisco have claimed credit for the creation of Irish Coffee. However, it is in fact a true Irish invention. It was created at Shannon Airport [...]
Who was St. Patrick, really? Like much of the lore surrounding this charismatic patron saint of Ireland, Patrick’s birthplace is something of a mystery. But one thing is certain¾not actually Irish, he was born around 373 A.D. in either Scotland or Roman Britain. Another incontrovertible fact is that St. Patrick was a remarkably convincing [...]
Sun-dried Tomato and Pesto Torta This is a real buffet centerpiece. Brilliant layers of red, white and green alternate to create a beautiful and impressive hors d’oeuvre. I sold it, to great acclaim, through Neiman-Marcus and many of California’s gourmet markets. It is best made at least 24 hours ahead of time and freezes perfectly. [...]
MEAT ROASTING TIPS Look for at least 1/4″ of fat on all meats to be roasted. Always bring the meat to room temperature before putting it into the oven. The perfect roasting pan is made of heavy metal with sides that are shallower than the height of the roast. To keep all the tasty juices [...]
There are indispensable kitchen tools a cook can’t function without. Keeping them functioning properly when you’re slicing and dicing and prepping for dinner has a lot to do with how they’re cared for. Just like changing the oil in your car every 3,000 miles, regular maintenance of your kitchen tools also ensures they work smoothly. It’s not hard to do. I’ll share some of my tips for cleaning and maintaining some of my prized kitchen tools to make it easy as 1-2-3.
I am thrilled to say that it was just announced that I am a finalist in the IACP Julia Child essay contest. This is such an honor— to be chosen by my peers. And such a pleasure—to have had the chance to tell one of my favorite stories about the ever-generous Julia.
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After years of thriving as a one stop solution for the creation of food and entertaining projects for retail giants, I have launched the Aloni Culinary Studio to provide the same full service resource to other lucky retailers. As a team ACS provides seamless management of all elements of a project from recipe and product [...]
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Veranda Magazine 8/10 feature includes a beautifully photographed (Colleen Duffley) article focused on a selection of my cocktails from The Backyard Bartender. There’s an interview with me, too. It is sooo gorgeous— Veranda really made me feel like star. You can download the PDF to read the full story, including 11 of my summer sipper recipes!
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Nicole partnered with Debi Lily (Oprah’s event planner) to discuss Cooking Clubs, the collaborative strategy for families to get great meals on the table for less money. More than 16 television stations from around the country tapped the duo for live interviews.
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