Welcome to Coley Cooks! Here you can find hundreds of time-tested, easy-to-follow seasonal recipes inspired by my Italian upbringing and coastal lifestyle.
My name is Nicole Gaffney, but you can call me Coley. I’m the recipe developer, photographer, videographer and writer behind Coley Cooks. You might know me from the 10th season of Food Network Star (I was 2nd runner up!) or from my regular appearances on QVC.
I’m a professionally trained chef with expertise in Italian cuisine and seafood and have worked in food and beverage for over 20 years. I launched Coley Cooks as a way to share my best recipes with friends, family and clients. I’m so grateful to be able to do what I love for a living and inspire people to spend more time cooking.
My food philosophy is simple: cook seasonally, use the best ingredients and practice good technique. I was raised in a family of Sicilian commercial fishermen and my recipes reflect that.
I live at the southern Jersey shore with my husband, Chaser, a talented architect and taste-tester, along with our chocolate labradoodle, 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 exciting 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!
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