Nikki is a home cook, soon-to-be published cookbook author (Simple, Elegant Pasta Dishes is available for pre-order on Amazon now) and a busy mom.  She draws inspiration from the farms and orchards of Northwest New Jersey and from family recipes that have been lovingly handed down.  She hopes to inspire you to think seasonally and to try something new!   

Recipes (appear in the Simple, Elegant Pasta Dishes cookbook):

Tortellini Salad with Roasted Asparagus Pesto

Spaghetti and Kale Pangrattato

Farms source from:

Donaldson Farms, Hackettstown

Valley Shepherd Creamery

Orchard View Lavender Farm

Harvest Drop


Buying locally sourced food means you are supporting your community and aiding to preserve open space for farms and fresh local food to thrive in the future.  You’ve heard the saying, “no farms, no food.”  It’s true.

Nikki Marie

Jersey Fresh Chef, Food Blogger at Chasing the Seasons & Cookbook Author of 'Simple, Elegant Pasta Dinners'

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