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My name is Nicole and I am The Galley Gourmet.

Why Galley?   Because I love to cook and bake all things sweet and savory out of my galley kitchen for my husband and our 3 children  in Northern Illinois.  
Why Gourmet?  Because I take great pleasure in all things food.  You name it-- I love to eat, cook, bake, grow, buy, and most recently, attempt to photograph.  One of my greatest and daily pleasures is having my children walk home from school or my husband come home after a long day of work and immediately be hit with intoxicating aromas wafting from the kitchen.   That smell, that love, that anticipation of a delicious snack or comforting meal that is prepared by someone who loves you just melts all the day’s worries away.  Food, it’s what brings us all together. Whether you are family, friend or a fellow blogger, food keeps us connected.  So here I am, keeping us all connected, creating recipes and memories one spoonful of sugar and a pinch of salt at a time.

 Cheers to family, friends, and 
FOOD!


42 comments:

  1. Hi, Nicole. Just heard about your blog! It looks great and is so perfect for you. I look forward to following your posts!

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  2. Pam-
    Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by. This is really a fun creative outlet for me!

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  3. Nicole,
    I love your blog. It is so inspiring. Each recipe I have tried has been delicious. Dishes I have made for friends have been real crowd-pleasers. Keep up the great work.

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  4. I love the positive feel of your blog. Please keep on posting and thank you for the delicious recipes you share with us.

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  5. A happy tummy for my family = a happy mommy! Thank you for sharing your secrets and recipes from your home to mine :)

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  6. Nicole,
    I just had to write to let you know how much I enjoy the Galley Gourmet. Your pictures are beautiful; your recipes are realistic and wholesome. Thank you very much for all the time and effort that you put into this. I haven't tried as many recipes as I would like to......but....there are many on my waiting list....just waiting for the right time to go for it.
    Thanks again.

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  7. Nicole,
    Wow, what a cool blog, your recipes are amazing, I also love your posts too! I am going to try your pumpkin spice muffins on Sunday! Hope you have a great holday!
    Liz

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  8. Liz,
    Thank you! I hope you and your family enjoy the Pumpkin Muffins. Have a wonderful Holiday as well.

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  9. Congrats on the great looking site, Nicole! I'm looking forward to begging my lovely and talented wife to make some of these dishes.

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  10. Hi Nicole. I just found your blog. i love it and your food sounds sooo good. cant wait to try them. i must ask, where in Northern Illinois? I live in Las Vegas but grew up in Northern Illinois. Prophetstown to be exact. no stoplight town so I was just curious. thanks for your yummy blog!

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  11. Amy-
    Hello and thank you:) I am Northeast of Prophetstown in Lake County, IL--just a few minutes from the Wisconsin border. Enjoy the recipes!

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  12. Hi Nicole,

    I am so happy I found your blog. Very nice, great recipes and detailed and easy to understand explanations. I entered looking for a muffin recipe and I made an endless list of "have to try recipes" from your blog !!!
    Great job !!!
    Felicia

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  13. Felicia-
    Hello and thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy my recipes. Happy cooking!

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  14. Hi Nicole! I found your blog via Very Good Recipes.com and was attracted by your Homemade Graham Crackers bcos in Singapore, I couldn't find any Graham crackers here. I'm so glad to have found your lovely blog that's full of wonderful dishes filled with love! :D
    I totally agreed and like what you said on this: "Food, it’s what brings us all together. Whether you are family, friend or a fellow blogger, food keeps us connected.  So, here I am…keeping us all connected, creating recipes and memories one spoonful of sugar and a pinch of salt at a time" ^.^
    Nice to know you and have a great weekend with your family Nicole! <3<3<3

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  15. Hi, Nicole...
    I stumbled upon your blog today, and must say I am in heaven! Oh, you and I will become fast friends and constant companions from here on out! lol Nothing like being fed tips and treats from a fellow bon vivant! I can hardly wait to see what you'll post next. ;-)

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  16. L.E. Raymond-
    I am pleased ou stumbled upon my blog today! It is a pleasure to meet another foodie:) Kindest regards and happy cooking!

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  17. Just "discovered" your blog via the Procrastabaker's and am loving it! Looking forward to trying out some of your recipes :)

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  18. Anna-
    So pleased you discovered my blog! Sasha is a sweetie:)

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  19. Hi Nicole,
    I just found your blog and love it. I can't wait to try some of these recipes!

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  20. Anon-
    I am so pleased:) Thank you for letting me know!

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  21. Hi, Nicole...

    I've just been drooling over your Potato Boursin Fritata, and had to write to ask you -- how in the world do you take such gorgeous photos of your food? I know the lighting is important, but what kind of camera and lense are you using? Thanks for the mouth watering photos with your incredible recipes!

    Lizbeth

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  22. Lizbeth-
    Thank you! Lighting is important and I use natural light as much as I can. The camera I use is a Canon EOS Rebel T2i and the lens I use is a 50mm 1.4. During the winter, lighting gets a little tricky, especially at dinner time, so I do have a Canon Speedlite 430 EX11 to help out with low lighting.

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  23. Nicole, I just came across your blog via The Kitchn. First the salsa di parmigiano, but then I saw the braised sauerkraut...I love the simplicity of your recipes, and they seriously make my stomach grumble!

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  24. I have enjoyed your blog. There are great recipes here that you have gathered from real chefs that you have found and tested from the internet and cookbooks. I appreciate your good taste and organizational skills.

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    1. Thank you, Dianne! I enjoy sharing the recipes and photos.

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  25. I just discovered your site and it has made my day.
    I saw something about Peanut Butter Crispy Bars on TV and when I searched for them online I stumbled across your blog entry. I am going to make them tomorrow! Thank you for sharing so many delicious recipes!

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  26. I was just skimming through Tastespotting and came across your recipe for Cream Cheese Crab Cakes, which of course, led me to your blog! I love your recipes and I'll definitely be adding you to my list of daily reads!

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  27. I found your site on foodblogs.com and thought I'd stop by and check it out. I just subscribed to your feed and can't wait to see what your next post will be!

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    1. Thanks for subscribing! Enjoy the recipes!

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  28. I was referred to your blog by your cornhole, uh I mean bag champion partner Ken. I definitely like your spin on the burger with the bacon grease. I also keep all of my bacon grease in the fridge and use it to cook. I look forward to checking out and trying more of your recipes.

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    1. Ha ha! Ken is a great Baggo partner. Glad you liked the burger and I hope you enjoy the other recipes!

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  29. I found your blog a few weeks ago and have been enjoying the posts. Tonight, I finally had some time to sift through your earlier posts. Your photos are beautiful! I struggle with a very long and challenging learning curve when it comes to photographing the food for my blog, so I highly admire your culinary talent as well as your photography skill. I have made several of your recipes--each one a delight! Thank you for sharing your recipes.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I am pleased you are enjoying the recipes.

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  30. lovely blog, Nicole... love the pictures as well as the wonderful recipes.

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  31. I'm a college student in Florida, and my boyfriend and I love trying your Sunday Dinner recipes. We are never disappointed! Please keep up the great work.

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  32. Hi! Love your blog, I made the Baked Cheese Blintzes with Fresh Blueberry Sauce SOOOOOO GOOD!!!

    My mother-in-law wants me to make a Deep dish Chocolate Silk Pie, do you have any suggestions for a recipe? I can't find one anywhere!

    Thank you!

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    1. Thank you and I am pleased you enjoyed the blintzes. As far as a chocolate silk pie, I do use one from Cook's Illustrated with excellent results.

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  33. Looking for a Coconut Cake recipe (my sister's favorite kind) to make our Christmas meal extra-special and found your blog. Hope to visit often in 2013. You have such a lovely site and writing style. Hope you and your family have a happy (and healthy!) holiday! Thanks so much for taking your time to share your recipes and pictures!

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  34. Hi Nicole,
    I just found your blog and LOVE the recipes and menus that you have posted. I also am a northern Illinois, love-to-cook mom, and it's great to find someone with such good taste in recipes and cooking. Most of my friends don't really cook, so your blog will be a great resource. Keep up the good work!

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  35. Perfecte blog, t'animo a conèixer la cuina calana. Amb els teus coneixements de l'italiana et serà molt natural. He vist que fas servir la salsa mes típica, l'allIoli. Ja formes part dels meus favorits.

    Neus, Barcelona

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  36. Hello Nicole, I have just found your blog and absolutely fell in love with it! You have some great recipes. I grew up in New Orleans and southwest Louisiana. I was looking at the Butterscotch Cake and was just fascinated! I am going to make it this week end with a little twist but the idea was fantastic. I will send you a picture and the changes. I don't eat butterscotch so I am looking forward to the challenge I just want to make you proud. So nice to meet you!

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    1. It is a pleasure to meet you as well. I hope you enjoy the cake with your own adaptations. As I have said before, "make it for you, make it your own." Best!

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