Here you will find reliable recipes, time-saving cooking tips, menu planning tools and answers to that age old question, “What’s for dinner?” I love to cook, photograph my food and write about my adventures in the kitchen. Through my triumphs and failures, I hope to stir cooks of all interests and abilities, because I believe that nothing is more gratifying than feeding people a mouthwatering meal to satisfy the soul and generate a great conversation. I hope my enthusiasm will inspire you to get into the kitchen, start cooking and gather your family and friends around your table for dinner tonight.
Happy Cooking! Nicole
Meet Chef Nicole
Nicole Putzel is a classically trained chef, recipe developer and private cooking instructor in the North Shore of Chicago.
After receiving an honors degree from the Culinary Arts School of the Illinois Institute of Art, she dedicated herself to inspiring others to prepare and enjoy delicious, healthy meals. Since 2009, Nicole has been a cooking instructor for aspiring chefs of all ages. In addition to leading private classes, she teaches cooking and nutritional skills to children and teens through a variety of after-school programs. She has dedicated her time and talents to work with Chicago-area schools implementing healthy, organic school-lunch programs. Working with adults with IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Differences) through social inclusion programs in the kitchen is one of her passions as a chef.
Most importantly, Nicole is a wife and a mother who understands the value of eating and preparing healthy, well-balanced meals in her own kitchen. She considers a dinner table filled with fresh, flavorful dishes surrounded by her family and friends the best part of her day.
As a trained chef, a teacher and a mother, Nicole has seen how new foods and flavors can be exciting to kids and adults alike. Her goal is to bring that edible excitement to your table.