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Nikki Miller-Ka

Nikki Miller-Ka has written about the intersection of food and culture for Food & Wine since 2021. She has been writing for 15 years as a food blogger, recipe developer, and regular contributor to numerous publications.

Expertise: Southern Cuisine, African-American Foodways, Snacks

Experience: Nikki Miller-Ka is a food writer with experience as a private chef, butcher, baker, and biscuit maker. She has been a television host and executive producer, recipe developer, researcher, reporter, and guest blogger for various media outlets in the Southeast. After graduating from culinary school, Nikki began her writing career as an editorial assistant at the Greensboro News & Record. It was here that Nikki honed her editorial and research skills, as well as developed her food blog, Nik Snacks, and became a contributor to Go Triad, Relish, Winston-Salem Monthly, and 1808 Greensboro. She is a member of the James Beard Foundation's Restaurant and Chef Committee for the Southeast, and is a nationally ranked food competition judge.
Whether you're in the mood for a crostata, jam, or a crisp or crumble, these rhubarb recipes offer all kinds of tasty ways to cook with the spring vegetable. Rhubarb's vibrant color is matched by a deeply tart flavor that works well in sweet recipes, like Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake with Orange Zest and Old-Fashioned Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp, as well as savory recipes like Petite Leg of Lamb with Pickled Rhubarb Salsa. You can use rhubarb in drinks, too, such as this stunning Grilled Strawberry-Rhubarb Sangria. Sound good? Keep reading to find these and more of our best rhubarb recipes.
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Chef, cookbook author, restaurateur, and Chopped judge Maneet Chauhan is one of our favorite food personalities. Her recipes draw inspiration from her childhood, especially memories of eating regional street food throughout India, and we've rounded up 11 delicious ones here, showcasing the broad range of sweet, salty, bitter, crunchy, and hot flavors that make her food so popular. These colorful recipes include Buttermilk-Marinated Quail with Herbed Raita and Blood Oranges, a Ros Omelet (Omelet with Tomato Gravy), and Strawberry-Rhubarb Chaat. Read on for these recipes, and more dishes from Chauhan to add to your repertoire.
Ham is a classic choice for Easter, whether it's the anchor of your brunch spread or the main event at dinner. So we've gathered some of our best Easter ham recipes for your menu, from glazed hams to brined fresh ham. Impress your guests with this show-stopping Saba-and-Dijon-Glazed Easter Ham, a simple but flavorful Apple Cider Glazed Ham, or a Pomegranate-Jalapeño-Glazed Ham that pairs perfectly with a rich red Rhône blend. Want to use ham steaks instead? Try serving them with a Sweet Pea-Leek Pan Sauce for a quick, springy dish. Whichever preparation you choose, you'll have a satisfying holiday meal. Read on for even more of our best Easter ham recipes.
An event as glamorous as the Academy Awards deserves equally elegant food. In this roundup, you'll find all the recipes you need to throw an epic Oscars viewing party. We recommend starting with an ice-cold Frozen Martini to set the mood and then moving on to a hearty selection of passed appetizers, like Caviar-Topped Deviled Eggs and Oysters Rockefeller. Add a few desserts like individual Orange-Cardamom Butter Cakes with Rose Water Icing and Champagne Jellies to toast the big wins, and you're all set. Read on for the full spread.
Do sweet snacks like rich puddings and decadent cakes call your name in the middle of the night? Are crispy shortbread cookies on your mind for a midday snack attack? Level up your sweet snack game by making dessert treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. We rounded up our favorite sweet snacks for midnight feasters, afternoon snackers, and dessert-time lovers. Check out recipes like thick and velvety Ravo pudding, rich and creamy Chocolate-Buttermilk Snack Cakes, and buttery, nutty Salted Tahini-Chocolate Shortbread. Read on for these dessert snack recipes and more.
Whether they are salty, crunchy, chewy, creamy or sweet, the best snacks start with the best snack recipes. The Food & Wine editors rounded up their favorite snack recipes, ranging from creamy dips to bite-sized morsels and crunchy mixes. These nibbles can help you bridge the gap between meals, make excellent kitchen snacks or appetizers, or stand in as an entire meal. Whip up Fancy Clam Dip in no time at all, satisfy a sweet tooth with Salted Caramel Brownies or get crunchy with Chivda. Read on for those recipes, and to check out more of our best snack recipes.
Quick and simple with a little flair, we've rounded up our favorite snacks that can dress to impress but are easy to make at a moment's notice. Ranging from a satisfying Smoked Salmon Smørrebrød to a crunchy Popcorn with Sesame-Glazed Pistachios and buttery, spicy Buffalo-Style Snack Mix, these delicious recipes are perfect for any snack situation. Serve them at parties, take them on the go, or enjoy them for movie night or game day. Read on for more fancy snack recipes you can make for any occasion (or no occasion at all).
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For Persians all around the world, the first day of spring is the beginning of Nowruz. The celebration, also called Norooz, lasts for 13 days, and also marks the beginning of the Persian New Year. Every year, families gather to observe rituals and share an epic feast that's as richly symbolic as it is a delicious centerpiece for the holiday. Sweets like Pistachio-Rose Brittle or Bastani Irani (Rosewater-and-Saffron Ice Cream), and savory dishes such as the traditional Sabzi Polo (Herbed Rice)  or something new like Pomegranate-Glazed Salmon with Oranges, Olives, and Herbs may grace the table. Read on for these recipes and more to commemorate the holiday. 
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Quick and simple with a little flair, we've rounded up our favorite snacks that can dress to impress but are easy to make at a moment's notice. Ranging from a satisfying Smoked Salmon Smørrebrød to a crunchy Popcorn with Sesame-Glazed Pistachios and buttery, spicy Buffalo-Style Snack Mix, these delicious recipes are perfect for any snack situation. Serve them at parties, take them on the go, or enjoy them for movie night or game day. Read on for more fancy snack recipes you can make for any occasion (or no occasion at all).
For Persians all around the world, the first day of spring is the beginning of Nowruz. The celebration, also called Norooz, lasts for 13 days, and also marks the beginning of the Persian New Year. Every year, families gather to observe rituals and share an epic feast that's as richly symbolic as it is a delicious centerpiece for the holiday. Sweets like Pistachio-Rose Brittle or Bastani Irani (Rosewater-and-Saffron Ice Cream), and savory dishes such as the traditional Sabzi Polo (Herbed Rice)  or something new like Pomegranate-Glazed Salmon with Oranges, Olives, and Herbs may grace the table. Read on for these recipes and more to commemorate the holiday. 
We all have strongly held opinions about cookies—but this is a rule everyone should follow.
With warm weather on the way, it's time to crack out the warm-weather cocktails that inspire memories of beach vacations and good times with friends. These mezcal cocktails play on the vast range of flavors that the spirit offers, with something for literally everyone, so grab your favorite bottle and start experimenting.  From a Smoky Mezcal-Fig Sour to a reinvented version of the classic Margarita and a super-chill Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler, read on for more fantastic mezcal cocktails that bring out the best made with the smoky, agave-based spirit.
Our favorite Easter desserts range from moist, cream cheese-frosted Spiced Carrot Cake to timeless Grand Marnier Soufflé and Plum Galette. And if you haven't finalized your menu yet, we have plenty of ideas from which you can choose. Want something easy? Go for Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. In the mood for citrus? Sicilian Orange Bundt Cake is a few clicks away. Read on for those recipes, and even more Easter dessert ideas.
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Whether you're spending Easter dinner with only a few people or a larger group, you'll need plenty of great recipes to round out your menu. Here, we've pulled together our favorite dishes that will make every Easter celebration the best ever. For main courses, try this show-stopping grilled rack of lamb, impressive pork loin roast, or super juicy ham. For dessert, go big and bold with a Lemon Chiffon Cake with Blueberry-Coriander Buttercream, or flavor-packed Carrot and Orange Cake with Sour Cream Glaze. All of these recipes will give you a well-rounded and memorable Easter dinner year after year. Keep reading for the full spread.
Anyone can brew kombucha in as few as four simple steps. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making this fermented beverage at home.
Whether they're fresh, dried, stewed, baked, or fried, we love apricots—even though they're small, they pack a punch with their tangy-sweet flavor. We've rounded up our favorite apricot recipes here, ranging from a sweet Peach-Apricot Cobbler with Almond Ice Milk to savory Honey-Thyme Chicken-and-Apricot Kebabs. Enjoy dried apricots year-round in recipes like Grandma Zerr's Apricot Kuchen and Braised Chicken Thighs with Apricots and Green Olives. To cap off a flavorful meal, whip up an extraordinary dessert to let fresh apricots shine in this Apricot-and Basil Shortbread Tart. Sound good? Read on for all of these recipes and more ways to cook with apricots.
Fantastic, tasty leftover roast beef recipes will help ensure extras from last night's dinner don't go to waste.
Defined by an abundance of fresh produce, seafood and smoked meats with a blend of flavors and influences from Spanish, French, German and West African cultures, Southern cuisine is soul-warming comfort food at its best. These recipes represent the diverse genre of Southern recipes, from traditional classics such as Fried Chicken with Tomato Gravy passed down through generations to modern mash-ups like Summer Bean Salad with Potlikker Vinaigrette and Pork Belly Burnt Ends with Barbecue Sauce. Scroll through to see some of the best Southern recipes the region has to offer.
Subtly sweet with a texture perfect for poaching, baking, and roasting, pears make for great desserts. Try any one of these pear dessert recipes—like the classic Pears Poached in Red Wine, rich Pear Sticky Toffee Cakes with Miso-Caramel Sauce, or wintry Gingerbread Pear Loaf Cake—to learn how to use the fruit in creative and interesting ways. Any way you slice it, pears can add sweetness to a baked treat, cheese plate, or show-stopping table presentation. Read on for all of our best pear desserts.
Chicken thighs offer flavorful, juicy meat, and in this roundup, we'll show you how to make the most of them with our favorite chicken thigh recipes. Try using them in a (quick!) Lazy Chicken-and Sausage Cassoulet, turning them into Dinner Hummus with Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower for the ultimate snack dinner, or making them the star of Super-Crispy Fried Chicken Sandwiches. The highly versatile cut can also be transformed into luscious Fettuccine with White Chicken Ragu or crispy Hot Chicken Tacos, too. Read on for those and more of our best chicken thigh recipes.
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A Super Bowl party is a great way to put appetizers and snacks center-stage. But if you're putting together multiple appetizers at once, you probably don't want to spend a ton of time on any individual dish. So we rounded up the best easy Super Bowl appetizers to feed a crowd—or just yourself. Classic Bacon Wrapped Dates and Black Bean and Corn Salsa come together in no time at all, while Crispy Cheese Sticks are sure to please every guest on the list. Read on for even more easy appetizer recipes to enjoy on game day.
The Super Bowl may technically be an NFL game, but we all know what we're really looking forward to when Sunday rolls around—the snacks. Some of our personal favorites include classics like saucy chicken wings, pigs in a blanket, and chips with dip, with a few beer-infused drinks to match. But we have tons of other dishes in our spread too, including Sour Cream and Chive Potato Pizza, Spicy Shrimp and Chorizo Kebabs, and even Nachos in a Bag. There are almost 40 Super Bowl recipes to choose from overall—even if your team doesn't win, at least you'll have a winning menu.
If you're going to keep one recipe in your back pocket when the weather cools down, you can't go wrong with homemade chili. It's versatile and makes great leftovers, too. Go meat-forward with Short Rib Chili, or dip a ladle in Vegetarian Black Bean Chili with Ancho and Orange. Whether you're looking for a new chili recipe to love or a twist on an old favorite, these hearty dishes are sure to please.
These 32 plant-based recipes span a world of vegan cooking, from enchiladas and chilled zucchini soup to French toast and blackberry-cardamom cupcakes, covering all kinds of meals in between. Explore smart ingredients like creamy macadamia nut and pea milks, nutritional yeast, and ground flaxseed, which add nuanced flavor and texture to these dishes. Keep reading to choose your new favorite plant-based recipes.
Wine cocktails are always in season. From wintry spritzes to frozen drinks perfect for summer, we've rounded up some of our favorite recipes that you'll want to use again and again. Try making a batch of spritzes or sangria, such as the Earl Grey–Aquavit Spritz or Sparkling Citrus-Pomegranate Sangria, which are both festive and low-lift for entertaining. Or make yourself a quick Classic Kir Cocktail with just two ingredients. Read on for even more wine cocktail recipes to try. Related: More Cocktail Recipes
Whether you're looking for an hors d'oeuvre for a group or just need a low-key snack dinner, our best fondue recipes have you covered. Fondue became Switzerland's official national dish nearly 100 years ago; the classic recipe calls for a mix of Gruyère and Emmenthaler cheeses seasoned with a little kirsch and garlic. Today, other cheeses have entered the mix, and the term fondue is used for any bite-sized items dipped into a pot of hot cheese, chocolate, oil, or broth. Some of our favorite versions include Classic Swiss Cheese Fondue, Queso Flameado, and Spiced Chocolate Fondue. Make fondue a must-do and read on for all of these recipes and more.
Keep things quick and flavorful in the kitchen with our favorite ground chicken recipes. We rounded up a selection of delicious burgers, meatballs, stir-fries, and soups that can take center-stage at your table, including Chicken Burgers, Farro and Chickpea Soup with Chicken Meatballs, and Teriyaki Chicken Bok Choy. The best part? Most of them can be ready in less than an hour, making dinner time easy. Read on for all of these dishes and get ready to bookmark your new favorite ground chicken recipes.