Nicole Gaffney

Chef, writer, music lover and second runner up on season 10 of Food Network Star. I live at the Jersey Shore and cook simple, seasonal full-flavored food.

Gluten Free Chicken Cutlets with Greens

This easy recipe for Gluten Free Chicken Cutlets with Greens is a healthy and satisfying dinner idea you will love. They’re flavored with Dijon mustard and coated with almonds, then pan fried to get an incredibly crispy crust that just so happens to be both gluten and dairy free. Serve them with a crisp + lemony apple, arugula and shaved Brussels sprout salad for a refreshing compliment to the crunchy, tender chicken. You don’t have to be on a gluten free diet to love this recipe.

Pecan Streusel-Topped Banana Bread

This easy recipe for Paleo Pecan Streusel Banana Bread is gluten free, dairy free + full of protein, fiber and nutrients. It’s a banana bread that tastes like a cinnamon pecan streusel coffee cake, and is perfect for an easy breakfast or dessert.

Homemade Laminated Dough: Croissant Buns

These Croissant Buns make for an excellent baking project for a cozy winter weekend. Start by making a homemade laminated dough on Friday evening and they’ll be ready to devour over the weekend.

Blood Orange Almond Cake

This recipe may seem simple, but it’s depth of flavor thanks to the almond batter, citrus on top and a dollop of yogurt when serving, make it out-of-this-world beautiful. Inside and out.

Cucumber and Melon Salad

Sweet and salty, crisp and juicy, this crunchy cucumber and melon salad is tossed together with mint and feta to be a perfect side for the rest of summer.

Chicken Milanese

An Italian classic, Chicken Milanese is a dish that can be seen on many a restaurant menu or personal cookbook. Simple, yet flavorful and easy to master.

Lobster and Corn Fritters

If you have leftover lobster, this is the perfect recipe to feature the seafood. Fried with juicy sweet corn and served with a lemon and tarragon aioli, it’s hard to resist eating all of these lobster fritters.