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Nicole C.

California
My name is Nicole I am a mom, a licensed personal chef, a loving wife and a lifelong friend. After 16 years of working in the field of public education I had a change of heart and left my career to pursue my passion. My best friend and I enrolled in the famed French culinary school Le Cordon Bleu... Full Bio
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Cottage Cheese Pancakes-Yes, I Said Cottage Cheese... by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Sooo this was supposed to be my red white and blue post…but time has a way of flying by, especially when it’s summer and you are… well… swimming and hanging out by the ... Read on »
Grilled Summer Whole-Wheat Flatbread by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking It’s summer time… (Enter Rascal Flats tune here…) and our family tries to both cook and eat outside for every meal. I try to never cook inside to keep the need for air c ... Read on »
Back From Hiatus by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking It’s been WAY too long! We have had several life changing events that have kept me from my little hobby blog. But alas I can sit comfortably and write…The first even ... Read on »
Easy & Yummy Vegan Banana Bread! by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Well I confess I’m not a baker! Funny thing about that is…I bake all of the time! I bake all of the bread our family eats, birthday and class treats, breakfast muffins ... Read on »
Simplicity and Balance – Vegan Mexican Spiced Lettuce Wraps by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Oh how I miss the long lazy days of summer! We are in full fall swing now which looks something like this… Liv is in 3rd grade and Jack in Kindergarten, now finally at ... Read on »
Farmers Market Finds by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking The Farmers Market is typically part of our Sunday ritual in the Craine house; we eat a fun breakfast, go to church, stop at our favorite new local coffee shop, The Hu ... Read on »
It's SUMMER Dine Al Fresco!-Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta Topped with Cashew Cream by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Oh wow a month has gone past since my last blog post! How time flies! We’ve been busy, as most everyone else, welcoming summer with open arms! We are loving the long ... Read on »
Faux Farming! Baked Asparagus, Artichoke and Goat Cheese Frittata by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Eggs! We love them and eat them all the time; breakfast, lunch or dinner – eggs always offer a wonderfully light nutritious protein option. For me, for now, I buy eggs t ... Read on »
Nutrition Packed Caramelized Banana and Dark Chocolate Chunk Pancakes by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Nothing warms my heart more than when I hear my children talking with their friends and explaining something (anything) I have taught them about life, faith, science, ... Read on »
Shrimp Roasted with Lemon and Thyme Over Red Wine Braised Lentils by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I have water in my kitchen (finally)! It is nice to be back at my range doing what I love to do, cook! I, like all chefs, am obsessed with food and I am constantly think ... Read on »
8 Calorie Slashing Ways to Use Greek Yogurt by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Oh the mess! I am in the middle of a kitchen remodel, so my ability to cook at my own house has been seriously limited! I should say that I am not complaining at all ... Read on »
Potato Leek Soup by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Alas…time to sit down and write (!). It is Spring break and my kids are home all day, and it’s wonderful… We have been on the go enjoying the break from our typical subu ... Read on »
Curried Beef Pita Pockets with Lime Cilantro Yogurt Sauce by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking One of my favorite classes in culinary school was titled Cuisines Across Cultures. This class, obvious by the title, explored the roots and traditions of different cui ... Read on »
The Sweet Stuff- Blueberry Muffin Bread Pudding and Meyer Lemon Pudding by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking The Galley Gourmet’s Meyer Lemon Pudding (No modifications necessary, it was easy and delicious!) Serves 6 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 2 1/2 ... Read on »
Tuscan Salmon with Olive and Caper Greens Over Creamy Herbed Polenta by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Well I have never beento Tuscany, but as I cook this dish and serve it with a well balanced Pinot NoirI imagine I am there cooking in a little cottage on the Tuscan ... Read on »
High Protein Low Fat Meatball Sandwiches by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking For most of us time can be an issuewhen it comes to dinner. We either don’t plan ahead, or  if you’re like me in most cases when I planahead things change and so does my ... Read on »
Blissful Breakfast-Creamy Cheese & Berry Crepes by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking The definition of blissful according to the Websters Dictionary is: full of, marked by, orcausing bliss. Now,to me homemade crepes are always blissful! However, my morni ... Read on »
Start with the Basics...Classic Roast Chicken! by Nicole C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking It’s time. Time for me to share!It seems that I am always texting and emailing some of my favorite recipes tofamily, friends and former colleagues ... Read on »