Kelsey's Essentials

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Kelsey's in the Kitchen

Kelsey Nixon has got what you so desperately need in the kitchen: The Essentials. She shows you the essential techniques, equipment and foolproof tips you need to be the boss of your own kitchen.

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  • The newest trend in entertaining is all about mix & mingle foods and easy to make party bites. Kelsey is celebrating the big first ... her son Ollie's first birthday but these are perfect party foods for any big first occasion. First up, mouth watering sopes with shredded beef. Then, it's a charred corn salad with a creamy tomatillo dressing. Then for a sure fire crowd pleaser it's a dos leches strawberry cake ...for a sweet ending to any celebration!

  • Whether you're going to a game, a camping trip, or, in Kelsey's case, the roof of a building ... you need a handful of essential techniques and tips to make your On the Go Grilling flawless. Kelsey enlists the help of New York master chef Floyd Cardoz on all things grilling. Great ready to take notes on the "on the go" grilling grab bag and suggestions for the best meat, vegetables and fruit for grilling. Back in her kitchen, Kelsey preps for her own "on the go" rooftop feast. On her menu: Marinated veggie kebabs with halloumi cheese, sweet and sour picnic drumsticks, and a grilled strawberry shortcake with lemon cream.

  • Wish you could make your favorite snack at home? Kelsey shows us with a little inspiration and essential ingredients, anything is possible! After visiting S'mores Bakery and seeing how they turned an American favorite snack — the s'mores — upside down by adding unexpected flavors like orange-cardamom, espresso and lavender, she heads back to her kitchen to make her version of one of her all time favorite snacks — a microwave chocolate cake with peanut butter cream. Kelsey then heads to Kings County Jerky to see how they reinvented the traditional jerky by making a grass fed jerky with flavors like Korean BBQ and Mole. Kelsey makes her version of dried leather by serving up homemade fruit leather. And last, Kelsey makes a "snack attack" of fried chickpeas with parmesan, lemon and almonds.

  • Who knows better about eating healthy all year round than an NFL player? That is why Kelsey is getting Lean and Mean with Jets' superstar center Nick Mangold. Nick prepares one of his favorite comfort meals with a healthy twist and provides tricks and tips that could have you cooking healthy 365 days a year. Back in her kitchen, Kelsey tackles her own slimming recipes versions — a Bison Chili, Roasted Beet and Orange Salad with Creamy Goat Cheese Dressing, and a Mean Green Smoothie.

  • Kelsey is on a mission to locate the best enchiladas NORTH of the border from the Martinez Family. They have been serving up award-winning Mexican favorites out of a food truck for over 19 years. Armed with a handful of essential techniques, Kelsey heads back her kitchen to make Enchiladas Colorado, an out of this world homemade Salsa, plus a refreshing Mexican drink — a Horchata.

  • Kelsey shows you a genius technique using one ingredient and rolling it over into four fantastic meals. She starts with a simple Roasted Pork Loin slathered with Peach BBQ Sauce and mashed potatoes. She then takes that same pork loin and transforms it into a flavorful Asian-style Stir Fry. Next, she uses the pork to flavor a delicious Poblano Soup. And last, Kelsey makes some tasty Cuban Sandwiches with the same pork loin.

  • Bee Keeping is all the rage now, and you won't just find bees in the country anymore. Bees are popping up in unexpected places. Kelsey visits Chase Emmons and his urban roof-top bee farm in New York. Kelsey gets up close and personal and learns what it takes to bring honey to our tables. Then, she heads home use the bounty of the bees to make Roasted Chicken wings with Honey Hoisin glaze, a Papaya Slaw With Spicy Honey Vinaigrette, and a sweet Honey Corn with crumbled honeycomb.

  • If you love tacos like Kelsey, you will die for the tacos at Rockaway Taco. Andrew Day Field's pristine ingredients and unique approach to building the perfect taco has New Yorkers trekking two hours to this seaside mecca on Rockaway Beach. Kelsey learns how to make an authentic Mexican taco, then heads back to her kitchen to start her own version of taco heaven. She makes three of her favorites: Grilled Shrimp Tacos With Mango Salsa, yummy Breakfast Tacos With Sausage and Egg, and a Chile Braised Lamb Taco.

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  • The latest trend in movie theatres are their gourmet concession stands! Kelsey heads to Nitehawk Cinema where they are taking a gourmet approach to dinner and a movie by serving up shrimp sofrito and chocolate cigars. Kelsey then visits Jen and Jeff at Pipcorn who are reinventing popcorn by making their popular herb spiced popcorn. Inspired Kelsey heads back to her kitchen to make her version of gourmet bites. On the menu: duck and dogs on a blanket, s'mores granola bites and a cherry lime vanilla glacier.

  • With global street food taking over Kelsey visits Danny of Cemitas who is turning out cemitas packed with layers of flavor. Then Kelsey visits some epic sandwich makers who are bringing the amazing flavors of Bombay to the masses. Back in her kitchen Kelsey continues to go "global" when she makes an Italian porchetta sandwich and then a classic favorite from Trinidad, curried chickpea doubles.

  • Wish you could make your favorite junk food at home? Kelsey shows with a little inspiration and a few essential ingredients, anything is possible! To start, a Boardwalk Dog wrapped in homemade cornbread buns, topped with a tangy tomatillo relish. Next on the menu, a banana split Funnel Cake topped with a strawberry surprise. And last, two of Kelsey's favorites combined into one unbelievable drink — Cotton Candy Lemonade!

  • Nothing says "New York City" like a warm bagel slathered with a thick layer of cream cheese. But one Brooklyn Bagel Maker, Scot Rossilo of the Bagel Store, isn't satisfied with the average bagel. He's taking them to the next level by creating bagels and cream cheese with any flavor your heart desires. Back in her kitchen, Kelsey puts a spin on this New York favorite with a berry bagel puff. Next, she serves up a caramelized onion and cheese bagel-swirl topped with a cream cheese and chive drizzle.

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About the Show

Kelsey Nixon’s got spunk, she’s got sass, but most importantly, she’s all about using the basics to create dishes that are anything but ordinary.

About the Host

Kelsey Nixon began teaching others to cook in college when she created her own cooking show, Kelsey's Kitchen, emphasizing fast, fun and affordable meals.

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