Hot Cocoa Cookies with Marshmallows

Hot Cocoa Cookies with Marshmallows - Chew Nibble Nosh 5

Oooooh, these cookies.

Chocolate and marshmallow is one of my favorite combinations, but I fully underestimated how delicious these cookies would be.  I saw them on Pinterest, thought they were clever and fun, and then I took a bite, and fell in love.

These cookies are fudgy, and chewy, rich, and delicious.  Warm, out of the oven, they are melty and gooey, like a molten lava cake.  As we ate them over the next few days, they were still chewy, and decadent…and the marshmallow stays puffy and light.  That was, honestly, my biggest worry.  I wondered if the marshmallow would dry out and lose its bounce.  Nope.  Still amazingly puffy a few days out.

Lightened Up Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Lightened Up Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - Chew Nibble Nosh

Out of nowhere the other day, I was suddenly craving stuffed cabbage.  I don’t know why.  Nobody had mentioned it, I hadn’t seen it anywhere, it had been completely and totally off my radar so far this winter.   That said, I was just about to go to the grocery store, when inspiration struck, and I had to change up my list to accommodate my craving.

Easy Tandoori Spiced Chicken

Easy Tandoori Spiced Chicken - Chew Nibble Nosh

OK, I’ll say it.  Right off the bat, this isn’t the most exciting looking chicken dish.  However, if you’re a fan of Indian food, and want to enjoy a delicious meal of  savory spiced Tandoori chicken now and then, but don’t want to run out to an Indian restaurant for carry-out, this is a pretty easy way to curb that craving.

Orange-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops

Orange-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops - Chew Nibble Nosh

Eating healthy in the New Year doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor.  I’m right there with the masses trying to get my slightly-larger-than-I’d-like behind into gear now that the most fattening time of the year is over.  I’m a firm believer in eating well as you’re eating less, though.  I’m much more likely to stick to a healthy eating plan if the food I’m eating along the way tastes good.  Feed me nothing but celery, and I’m likely to give up after a day or so…not to mention, I’ll be extremely grumpy, and nobody wants that.

Peach Glazed Salmon with Raspberries

Peach Glazed Salmon with Raspberries - Chew Nibble Nosh

Alrighty then, we’re almost done.  Just one more holiday and we can all start those New Year’s resolution diet and exercise plans.  I’ll be right there alongside all of you.  I have a big trip planned for spring break, and this current holiday bloat thing I’ve got going on just isn’t going to cut it.

That said, it’s always nice to start off the New Year with a nice meal.  This salmon dish is absolutely delicious, and beautifully simple.  It comes together in no time flat, and looks spectacular enough that you could serve it to company.  Plus, it’s not going to weigh you down, so if you want to indulge in the last of those Christmas cookies, go for it.  After all, it’s the holiday season!  Take it for all it’s worth!

Thyme and Gruyère Gougères – Cooking with McCormick

Thyme Gruyère Gougères - Chew Nibble Nosh

When you think of the holidays, and this time of year in general, what flavors come to mind?  You might instantly be drawn to thoughts of crisp cool peppermint, or spicy gingerbread, sweet sugar cookies heaped with sprinkles, and cocoa and marshmallows by the fire.  Sweets often take the lead during the holidays, but there’s still a lot of room for the savory.

Cranberry Dream Bars – The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014

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It’s that time of year again!  I can’t believe that this is my fourth year participating in The Great Food Blogger Cookies Swap.  It’s always such a special, fun, part of my holiday season, and I look forward to sharing great recipes with you from hundreds of talented food bloggers in the coming days.   I’ll announce the round-up link on my Facebook page, so stay tuned! This year, I was lucky enough to receive these delectable creations from three amazing ladies:

Sweet & Savory Spiced Nuts

Sweet & Savory Spiced Nuts - Chew Nibble Nosh 5

The holiday season may be “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, but if you’re like me, and I would wager that many of you are, it’s also the busiest time of the year. Our December is jam packed, and as the holidays grow closer, our schedule gets even busier.  This is when it’s great to have a few go-to recipes that you can make ahead for the holidays to share when friends and family drop in, at a holiday office pot luck, or to share as teacher and Secret Santa gifts.

Roasted Vegetable Sauce – Celebrate the Sauce Giveaway with Tuttorosso!

Roasted Vegetable Sauce - Chew Nibble Nosh

I was so excited when my friends at Tuttorosso got in touch with me about their holiday promotion this year.  In the spirit of the season, they are “Celebrating the Sauce”, with amazing Sunday-dinner-type special recipes, as well as the most important ingredient needed for dinner…YOU!

Tuttorosso has recently launched a beautiful new website, full of ideas and recipes to inspire all of us year round, not just during the holiday season.  As a special gift to their Facebook fans, they are hosting a month-long Facebook promotion called “Celebrate the Sauce”.  Everyone who enters will have a chance to win one of 1,000 Tuttorosso aprons, heirloom wooden spoons and one fabulous grand prize, a Martha Stewart Cookware set!  Just head over to Tuttorosso’s contest page to check out the details.

Slow Cooker Italian Style Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Italian Style Pot Roast - Chew Nibble Nosh

Yep.  We have officially reached what I like to refer to as the “Pot Roast Weather” time of year.  When there’s a chill in the air, and my toes are cold, there’s nothing better than a cozy, warm plate of comfort food to make the world right again.

This is an Italian inspired spin on traditional pot roast that my family really enjoyed, and the fact that it is a simple slow cooker meal helped me to enjoy it even more.