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Nicole Straight

Quick Facts: Award-winning chef and owner of Time to Eat cooking school devoted to teaching busy parents how to prepare fresh, healthy meals for their families in 15 minutes; (See current class schedule below) Cookbook writer; Regular guest chef on local and national television; Lives in Westport with her husband and 2 girls.

My current food cravings are: Basil, tomato, mozzarella sandwich on a baguette

My fast food weakness is: Kentucky fried chicken extra crispy, dipped in gravy....

If I could be any Iron Chef, I would be: I don't watch the show, but know I could beat 'em all at making a 15 minute meal for a hungry family!!

My favorite restaurant in Fairfield County is: Pho Mekong at the moment

My favorite restaurant in the Tri-State area is: Kelly and Ping -in the City...

Restaurant dish I wish I could make at home: The crispy fried soft shell crab with red curry and sticky rice from Pho Mekong

My go-to dinner party entrée is: Grilled steak with Argentinian Chimmichurri sauce.

When I’m not eating, I’m…Cycling

Prepared food I have let people think was home-made…Olive tapenade from Trader Joe's, why make it yourself when this one is so good, it's always in my pantry.

I’d rather pick (pumpkins, apples, or strawberries): Strawberries for sure

The last book I enjoyed was: Dune Road by Jane Green

My favorite movie of all time is: I really don't have just one, however I have always loved Amadeus...


Chef Nicole's 2010 Schedule of Classes

All classes are @ Christopher Peacock Cabinetry 2 Dearfield Drive, Greenwich, CT


All group classes held on Wednesdays from 11-12:30 p.m.

Private classes also available


April 7

15 Minute Meals- Express Class III $75

 Learn how to make 4 easy and delicious meals in an hour!

Skirt steak fajitas

Japanese udon noodle soup with chicken and mushrooms

Egg noodles with chicken sausage, peas and Parmesan

Greek Shrimp with couscous and tzatziki 


April 28

15 Minute Meals class V $95

Each class provides a comprehensive pantry list as well as a weekly shopping list so you only have to go to the market once a week, as well as extra recipes to make even more 15 minute meals.

Garlic and herb smeared New York Strip steaks with roasted tomatoes

Braised Haddock

Panko crusted pork chops

Parmesan Noodles with beef and vegetables


Salt and Pepper shrimp with snap peas


May 12

Springtime salads $100

See how easy it is to make beautiful salads and vinaigrettes.

Mediterranean salad with lentils, feta & grilled shrimp

Asian chicken salad

Latin black bean and corn salad with cumin grilled skirt steak & lime cilantro vinaigrette

Lemon sorbet with balsamic macerated strawberries and dark chocolate curls 


May 26

Thai Dinner Party class $100

Enjoy the fresh flavors of Thailand at your next dinner party. 

Fresh Spring Rolls

Thai Glass-noodle Salad

Roasted Salmon

Grilled pineapple with toasted coconut and coconut ice cream


June 9

Food and Wine class- California’s Best $100

Smoked gouda and proscuitto flatbread with caramelized onions

Shaved fennel and apple salad with blue cheese


Cannoli cups with pistachio dust and fresh berries


September 15

15 Minute Meals class III $95

Baja Fish Tacos

Moron Chicken with pesto and sun dried tomatoes

Moo Shu Beef

Turkey, Rice and Soycottash mix

Greek Pita pockets

Spinach Tortellini with garlicky swiss chard


September 29

15 Minute Meals- Express Class II $75

Learn how to make 4 easy and delicious meals in an hour!

BLT tortellini

Mustard and brown sugar rubbed pork chops and green beans

Balsamic chicken with zucchini and white beans

Garlicky panko crusted scallops with brown rice and cherry tomatoes


October 13

Fall Harvest Dinner party $100

Pear and gorgonzola flatbread with peppered arugula

Butternut squash and goat cheese ravioli

Lamb and leek stew over garlicky white beans

Gingerbread trifle with candied ginger 


October 27

Soups class $95

Cuban black bean soup with frizzled pancetta and cilantro sour cream

Healthy and hearty lentil soup

Roasted crimini mushroom soup

Baked apples with brown sugar crumble


November 10

 Easy Dinner Party class I $100

Balsamic and soy glazed portabello mushrooms in phyllo cups

Curried rack of lamb with farmhouse chutney

Salmon en pappiote with shiitake mushrooms and zucchini ribbons

Couscous with golden raisins

Roasted Asparagus

Maple and brown sugar glazed bananas in puff pastry with vanilla ice cream.


December 1

Holiday Hors D’oeuvres and Desserts class $95

Grilled scallops on rice crackers with wasabi sour cream

Argentinian chimichurri scented beef on baguette

Proscuitto and brie quesadillas with cranberry relish

Cranberry pecan bites

Italian angel food cake bites with sweetened ricotta and berries


December 15

Make your own cookie dough $75

Enjoy a fun morning of cookie dough making.  Take the dough home and give as a gift or bake and enjoy.

Dark chocolate, pecan and orange biscotti

Dried cherry, white chocolate chunk and pistachio oatmeal cookies

Lemon zest snicker doodles


Host a private cooking class at Christopher Peacock Cabinetry showrooms.  They are perfect for a girls day/night out, couples night, and anniversary & birthday celebrations.  A unique experience in the luxury of the Christopher Peacock Cabinetry showrooms.

In-home classes also available. 

To register for classes or to book a private class please visit