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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

Waffles with Maple Brown Butter

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Baby, it’s cold outside.

Entirely too cold for my liking.

I’m a warm weather kinda gal, and if you visit this blog frequently you probably already know that. Temperatures have been dancing around the freezing mark for the past few days and I think that is just too cold for November… Or, well, ever!

But unusually cold weather makes for a good excuse to cozy up at home and make a nice big batch of warm, crispy waffles.

Mmmm… Waffles. As if you need an excuse.  Continue reading Waffles with Maple Brown Butter

Jerk Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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“You are what you eat.”

This saying always got on my nerves.

If it were true, then I would be a walking talking tomato, with slices of pizza for arms, a scoop of ice cream for a head and cookies for feet.

But nope, I’m 100% human. And for the record, while I do love a good cannibal joke, I’m proud to say I’ve never eaten another human. Continue reading Jerk Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

It’s ALL Good! Coley’s Food Network Star Finale Recap

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the band is back together. Source: http://bit.ly/1rySSsC

Well, it’s all over. And, I didn’t win. Womp, womp.

But, hey, it’s ok!

When Bob Tuschman opened the red envelope and announced that I had come in third, Emma immediately ran over and threw her arms around me. If you watch my lips closely, you can see me whisper to her, “It’s all good!”

Because, it really is. Continue reading It’s ALL Good! Coley’s Food Network Star Finale Recap

Now, YOU get to VOTE… Coley’s Episode 10 Recap!

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HOLY MACKEREL! (coastal pun completely intended.) I MADE IT TO THE TOP 3!!!!!!

All I can say is, WOW! What a crazy, crazy ride this has been.

Getting up in front of iconic celebrity chefs plus 2.5 million viewers to essentially make a fool out of yourself in pursuit of a life long dream takes, well.. It takes some cojones. (wink wink, that was for you, Reuben!) Continue reading Now, YOU get to VOTE… Coley’s Episode 10 Recap!

If You Can’t Take the Heat… Coley’s Episode 9 Recap

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Rachael’s the boss, but I brought the hot sauce. Source: http://bit.ly/1uLfmdI

We started in LA, then conquered Vegas, and now it’s on to the Big Apple. This competition has taken me to a lot of places, but it’s great to finally be back on the east coast.

When we arrived in New York, I stepped off the plane and took a deep breath of the brisk, humid air. I immediately felt like I was home, and boy did it feel good.

First order of business: Eat more ice cream. Continue reading If You Can’t Take the Heat… Coley’s Episode 9 Recap

The Things That Really Matter: Coley’s Episode 8 Recap

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Is picking teams ever really an advantage? Source: http://bit.ly/1rySSsC

Another episode of Food Network Star is under my belt, and I can’t believe I made it through.

This was easily the most difficult episode of the season, on so many different levels.

Welllllllll, except for that one part where I got to eat a bowl of ice cream that cost about as much as my car is currently worth. There was nothing difficult about that. Continue reading The Things That Really Matter: Coley’s Episode 8 Recap

Salty Little Lies: Coley’s Episode 7 Recap

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This definitely happened. Yep. Source: http://bit.ly/1nAGKBb

Woah. A whole lotta stuff went down in this episode.

We arrive in Vegas, then Luca returns, I use a bunch of big confusing words, and the cowboy does a belly flop.

As much as I’d like to talk about all of these things individually, there is only so much I can fit into one bitty blog post, and I’d like to take this opportunity to get a few things off my chest. Continue reading Salty Little Lies: Coley’s Episode 7 Recap

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Coley’s Episode 6 Recap

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Lobsters and clams, so just clap your hands (photocred: EMMA!)

This was a pretty rough episode for me. No way around it.

So let me break it down with the best Western cliche I can think of: John Wayne Style… Err, I mean Clint Eastwood. Continue reading The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Coley’s Episode 6 Recap

What IS Coastal Cuisine, Anyway?? Coley’s Episode 5 Recap

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Fourth of July in January! Source: http://bit.ly/1vBHo6n

So, let’s just dive right into this: Resting Bitch Face.

Yeah, I said it.

And I still can’t believe that it actually made it into the episode. But I think it gave a little more insight into who I actually am. Continue reading What IS Coastal Cuisine, Anyway?? Coley’s Episode 5 Recap