Official Nikki Martini!

Official Nikki Martini by Nikki Martin (Photo borrowed from Ms. Nikki Martin’s FB page)

I have just been advised by the lovely Nikki Martin herself that she has taken the name devised by your favorite kittensharks and made a much better recipe than the half-assed version we gave you a couple days ago!  Here is her official recipe and photo as well as a link to her Facebook page, where it is posted:

Wondering what to drink tonight while watching Food Network #Star? Sip on a delicious ‘Nikki Martini’.
( Clever Name courtesy of my KittenSharks)

Nikki in a glass: Fun, Flirty, A touch of Spice & Might Bite ya in the Ass Later!

PASSION JALAPENO NIKKI MARTINI

2 oz Silver Tequila
1 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
1.5 oz Passion Fruit Juice/Puree
1/2 Jalapeno Seeded and Sliced

Muddle Jalapeno slices with lime & simple. Add Tequila and Passion Fruit (Peach or Grapefruit works too)
Shake it like a Polaroid Picture

Strain and Serve up. Garnish with a Jalapeno Slice.

Nikki Martini

Nikki Martini

In honor of Food Network Star contestant Nikki Martin, who was sadly eliminated in last week’s episode, the kittensharks have created a recipe for a martini with grilled.  We forgot to bring our gin to the tiki bar, so it was made with vodka.  Half-assed recipe follows:

 

 

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Nikki Martin is Amazing and Should Have a Show on Food Network

So, tonight we learned that Nikki Martin was eliminated from Food Network Star.  If you

Nikki Martin

know anything about kittensharks, then you know that we are obsessed with Food Network Star.  (If you don’t know anything about kittensharks, then you are a jackass.)  Kittensharks are traditionally #TeamAlton because, as you know, we are huge fans of Alton Brown.  However, through a series of tweets with Nikki Martin, we learned that she is a classy and interesting lady who has some stuff to teach us about grilling food.

Tonight, I was extremely disappointed to see her removed from the running in place of Michelle on Bobby Flay’s team.  I think it was a huge mistake in the producers’ decision.  Nikki might not be everyone’s idea of “classic” food show host, but she is attractive, interesting and informative.  Which is what one ought to want in an informative food show.  I don’t eat meat, but I would be interested in some of her tips on grilling vegetables.  I don’t know what any of the other contestants would have to say on this subject because they don’t seem to care.  I think Nikki does.

I’m going to launch a campaign to get a Nikki Martin Show on Food Network.  I think you should join me.  Yeah?  Do it.

If you are interested in joining, email zelda@kittensharks.org or start tweeting @FoodNetwork that you want a #NikkiMartinShow immediately!  Nikki is a classy lady and has a lot to teach us.  As a Food Network viewer, that’s what I’m looking for.  What about you?

Ashley’s Treat: White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecakes

Ashley's mini cheesecake.

Once in a while, the “NEED TO BAKE NEED TO BAKE NEED TO BAKE” urge takes me over.  Usually I’ll just make some cupcakes or something, but sometimes I want to try something new and different, especially if it will please a friend.  Fellow kittenshark Ashley loves cheesecake, and it just so happened that when I had this urge to bake something, it was almost Nick’s birthday; he also loves cheesecake.  Settled.  Gotta make cheesecake.

Since I’d never made a cheesecake before, I scoured the internet for the right recipe for me, and because I knew I wanted to make mini versions, I ended up using one I found at a wonderful site and only slightly adapting it.  Since she said it best, please check out Annie’s Eats for the full recipe.

A cupcake. (Phone pic.)

The adaptations I made were using Chocolate graham cracker crumbs instead of chocolate cookie crumbs (I don’t like Oreos), Natural Balance Vegan Buttery Spread instead of butter, Egg Beaters Egg Whites instead of Eggs and no salt.  It was still pretty tasty!  In fact, Ashely said, “This might be the best dessert I’ve ever had.”

I baked 4 mini cheesecakes in glass ramekin and made cupcakes out of the rest.  With future cheesecakes, I hope to have a more attractive looking final product, but all the different crap about how to know when your cheesecake is done had me pretty spooked.

If you want the recipe for the ganache seen in the first picture, click here.

A Worthy Cause

Hey, friends.  It’s time for us kittensharks to take time out of teaching you how to be cool, how to be an asshole and all of the other delightful things we bring to you and focus our energy on something really important: getting Kenny Pickto Netroots Nation.

Kenny Pick

I will leave it to the good people at Democracy for America to explain what Netroots Nation is, but having already shown you what a great dude Kenny is, I’d like to ask if you would take a minute of your day and vote for him to attend.  The competition is for a scholarship, which Kenny deserves more than anyone.  He is an amazing advocate for the working class and for anyone who has ever felt like exploding their brains because of what goes on in today’s politics and the world in general.  He has an amazing capacity for sniffing out interesting news and bringing it to us all for free.

All you have to do is go to this website and add your name to the list.  It requires your email, which is never shared, and that’s all.  Please take a second to do this.  If you use twitter, tweet @kenpickles and let him know you’ve got his back.  Tweet @zeldamacgregor and I’ll tweet that you’re awesome.