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About: Chris Cockren

Chris Cockren

Chris Cockren is a New York based food blogger that loves bringing friends and family together through food. On his blog, Shared Appetite, Chris chronicles his culinary adventures of eating his way in and around NYC, as well as cooking and entertaining at home.

Recent Posts by Chris Cockren

Eggnog Monkey Bread

I absolutely love this time of year. Except the whole it being dark outside both when I wake up and when I get home from work. That’s lame. But…the Christmas songs on the radio. The peppermint-flavored everything. Decorating the house. Oh, and cookies 24/7. All day, every day. My goal in December is to eat so many cookies that come January 1st, all I crave are vegetables. Okay, well that’s not the actual goal. It just kind of always ends up that way because I’m cookie-obsessed. #thisiswhyimfat

Christmas this year is extra special because it’s the first with our little Olivia. You better believe I’ll be spoiling the heck out of her every

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Southwest Omelette Breakfast Wontons

I have to admit. I’m not a huge breakfast person. Never have been and probably never will. Usually it’s just a grab something on the go, just to tide me over until I can get to the much preferred lunch and dinner (and then of course my favorite course: dessert).

But once in a while, I get motivated to actually make something epic for breakfast.

Let’s see if this scenario happens to anyone else. You’re excited to get your breakfast on, only to go into the fridge and find like just a few eggs left? Ugh. The worst. My breakfast hopes and dreams… crushed.

Have no fear.  A legit breakfast can still be salvaged with this

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Crab Cake Sandwich with Mango Bacon Aioli

This is the time of year that teachers like me loathe.  The countdown to the upcoming school year is creeping closer and closer.  The end is officially near.  This year it’s going to be extra hard to go back to school… our little baby girl was born July 1st and I’ve been so lucky to be able to spend these past two months with her all day, every day.

And instead of getting all sad and bummed out about the whole having to drop her off at the babysitter thing, I’m bringing you a recipe that reminds me of one of my favorite days I spent with Asheley and my little love bug.

One of our really great friends just had a baby as

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Eton Mess

Looking for an easy entertaining summer dessert that can completely be made ahead of time?  Boom… this Chocolate Covered Strawberry Eton Mess is your answer.  

First things first.  Before a few days ago, I had no clue what the heck an Eton Mess was. Didn’t even know it existed.  All I knew was, I was to make a dessert with meringue in it.  And strawberries.  And whipped cream.

Then Google happened.  Boom.  Eton Mess it is.  Who knew?

All I know is… I’m totally hooked on this Chocolate Covered Strawberry Eton Mess.  It’s a perfect make-ahead easy entertaining dessert for all those summer parties I’ll be throwing in the next few months.

So here’s the

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There are many great reasons to love May.  The weather finally gets its act together here in NY.  The flowers and trees start remembering to act alive and wake the heck up.  And, of course, Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day. Boom.

I get way too excited for Cinco de Mayo every year.  I’m pretty obsessed with Mexican/Tex-Mex/Southwest flavors, and any excuse to shovel said food into my piehole at the speed of light is a huge win in my book.  I actually think my love of Mexican food began because of my mom, who is pretty famous within the vast circles of our immediate family for her chicken fajitas.  It used to be a weekly meal in our house growing up that we all looked forward

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