All posts by Coley

A personal chef and food enthusiast. Second runner up on season 10 of Food Network Star. All about that Coastal Cuisine.

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Hey there! How’s your summer going?  I just wanted to check in to see if, well, you still checked in here. Just in case you weren’t aware, I moved my site over to back in February, and I’ve been posting new recipes twice a week ever since.

If you somehow missed the memo, or have been wondering what the heck happened to me, now you know! Bookmark my new site, or better yet, subscribe so you can be part of the party. There’s lots of fun things happening over on Coley Cooks, and I don’t want you to miss any of it.

See ya there!!

xo Coley


Introducing Coley Cooks & the Big Kitchen Reveal!!



Remember about a month ago when I told you I had lots of cool new stuff in store for 2015? Well, here we are! I’m finally ready to let you all in on the big scoop.

I’m beyond excited to be Introducing Coley Cooks, my new brand and format for documenting all of my latest ventures. Rather than having a bunch of different names for all the different stuff I’m doing, I decided to put it all under one roof.

I’ll still be posting up the same goofy stories and tantalizing recipes, only now you’ll find them here rather than on Too Full For School.  And not to worry, if you we’re subscribed to the blog before, you’ll still be receiving e-mail updates, only now from Coley Cooks!

So, heres the catch! (sigh – there’s always a catch!)

To see the new blog features and the big reveal of our new kitchen, you have to head over to to see it!

(click here, and it will take you!)

See ya there!

Celery Root & Parsnip Gratin

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I’ve been craving winter food lately. You know the type: warm and comforting, with extra points for being buttery, gooey, or cheesy. It’s why I probably nearly ate my weight in the bacon dip I posted last week (oops).

I love me a gratin. Grah-taan. Seriously, what’s not to love? A creamy layered center, soft-but-still-firm starchy vegetables and the best part: a crispity crunchity top. It meets all of the criteria for a perfect winter food. Continue reading Celery Root & Parsnip Gratin

Warm, Cheesy Bacon Dip

Tomorrow marks the first Sunday in Febrary, which means millions of Americans will gather around their televisions for the biggest sporting AND television event of the year. My mom always referred to it as the “Stupid Bowl,” and it’s been the name I’ve used ever since.

Football just ain’t my thang. But I’ve always loved Super Bowl Sunday and other football related events because as much as they’re about the big game, they’re also about drinking beer and stuffing your gullet with as much junk food as possible. Any excuse to get together with my friends and do that is something I can get behind.

Chicken wings. Nachos. Jalepeno poppers. Fried things.

Warm. Bacon. Dip. Continue reading Warm, Cheesy Bacon Dip

Fennel & Orange Salad with Toasted Pistachios


Citrus! Sweet, Sweet (and sour) Citrus.

Without your glowing jewel tones and bursts of vitamin C, how would we ever survive the harsh brutalities of winter?

Just seeing citrus this time of year gets me feeling all bright eyed and bushy tailed. 


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A Soup Called Minestrone (with Parsley Pistou)


Now this is  a story all about how
My leftovers got flipped-turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute, just sit on your throne
I’ll tell you how I made them into a soup called minestrone!

Just call me the Fresh Princess of Soup. Or call me a nerd. Either way, we both get to call this soup delicious.

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Maple Berry Breakfast Clafoutis


Clafoutis! Ohhh lala.

It sounds so French! It sounds so fancy!!  It sounds… so…


But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Well, except the French part. It is most definitely French

It’s also stupid simple to make.  Continue reading Maple Berry Breakfast Clafoutis