Welcome to Coley Cooks, the little website that’s home to all of my favorite recipes. Here you can find hundreds of time-tested, easy-to-follow, downright delectable recipes inspired by my love of the seasons, traveling and family.
Hi, I’m Nicole Gaffney, but you can call me Coley! I’m the recipe developer, photographer, videographer and writer behind Coley Cooks. I’m a professionally trained chef and have worked in food and beverage for over 20 years. I started Coley Cooks back in 2013 when I was working as a private chef, as a way to share my best recipes with friends, family and clients. Since then, it’s blossomed into a full time business. I’m so grateful to be able to do what I love for a living and inspire home cooks all over the world to make healthy, tasty meals for their loved ones.
My food philosophy is simple: cook seasonally, use quality, whole-food ingredients and practice good technique. I stick to the 80/20 rule - 80% healthy foods and 20% treats.
I have extensive experience cooking on screen, too. I was second runner up on the 10th season of Food Network Star and can regularly be seen as an on-air representative on QVC. I’ve cooked on The Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show and was a long-running host of The Chef’s Kitchen, now in syndication. For media and sponsorship inquiries, please e-mail me at ColeyCooks @ gmail.com.
I live at the southern Jersey shore with my husband, Chaser, a talented architect and taste-tester, along with our pup, Phoebe, also an excellent taste-tester. We spend as much time with our feet in the sand and sea as possible. When I’m not in the kitchen, I love tending to my garden, traveling to new places and seeing live music and stand-up comedy.
I have a big sense of humor and always write this blog with a smile, so please, always read it with one. 🙂 Subscribe to my newsletter so you never miss a recipe and stay in touch via Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter!