Monday, April 14, 2014

Nikki Can Cook Book Launch

Last evening, I had the opportunity to attend the book launch party for Nicole Bell, professionally known as Nikki Can Cook. Her new cookbook A Bit of This, A Bit of That: Comfort Food for the Eclectic Soul and all new spice collection were the reason for the celebration. Ms. Bell is the star of the new culinary competition series America's Best Cook on the Food Network. America's Best Cook features remarkable home cooks that have no formal culinary training thrown into very intense cooking competitions to see who can take home the title of “Best Home Cook in America.”

The event was held at the extremely elegant and very intimate SAS Atlanta Sky Lounge, Guests were treated to mouthwatering honeysuckle lemonade cocktails compliments of CatHead Vodka. These perfect spring cocktails were made with fresh squeezed lemonade and honeysuckle flavored vodka. Guests were also treated to saporous hors d'oeuvres prepared by the lady of the hour. The featured delectable delights included Trinidadian mac and cheese, kale salad with smoky vinaigrette, curried fried chicken with Haitian mamba peanut sauce and sweet southern cornbread. Without a doubt, my favorite of the evening had to be the kale salad. The smoky vinaigrette was an excellent compliment to the fresh crisp kale. Ms. Bell also performed a live cooking demo. She prepared a tasty calypso jasmine rice. The rice was full of flavor and enjoyable to say the least. I was disappointed that there wasn't more.

You can find the recipe for all the foods provided and more in her new cookbook A Bit of This, A Bit of That: Comfort Food for the Eclectic Soul. The books, along with her spices, are available at And, please make sure to tune in every Sunday at 9:00 p.m. EST to see America's Best Cook on the Food Network.

Contributed by Erica Key of

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