Patriotic Layered Berry Pavlova

Patriotic Layered Berry Pavlova - Chew Nibble Nosh

It’s July!  And almost the 4th, which means it’s time to get your 4th of July plans in order!  This deceptively simple dessert is sure to knock your family’s socks off.  All you need are a few simple ingredients, and a little bit of time.  It’s fresh, light, and really tasty.

Have you ever had a pavlova?  Traditionally, a pavlova is a disk of fresh-baked meringue, topped with whipped cream and fruit.  The meringue is crisp and crunchy on the outside, and chewy-soft on the inside. Paired with fruit and cream, the texture of a pavlova dessert is unlike anything you’ve ever had, and truly special.  They are beautiful desserts, and always elicit oooohs and aaaaahs, but believe me when I say, this recipe is so easy to put together.

BLT Macaroni Salad

BLT Macaroni Salad - Chew Nibble Nosh 6

With the 4th of July right around the corner, I’m pretty sure a lot of you are in BBQ menu planning mode. If you’re thinking of throwing a macaroni salad into the mix, this is your guy.  This salad is delicious, and fresh, and so easy to throw together.  There’s something about a good BLT that just makes people’s hearts sing.  So, turn that sandwich favorite into a scoopable summer salad, and you’ve got a winner!

First, I cooked a pound of macaroni noodles in a big pot of salted water.

BLT Macaroni Salad - Chew Nibble Nosh 1

Copycat P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Copycat P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps - Chew Nibble Nosh.

I’m not usually a big preparer of “copycat” meals, because in my experience, they’re never quite as good as the original.  That said, I’ve had this one in my files for a while now, and I figured that I should give it a try.  Why this one?  Well, there was nothing scary involved (Why do so many copycat recipes include canned “cream of somethings” soups?), it’s ridiculously simple, and the Number One reason:  I was pretty sure that even if it didn’t taste like the original, it would be tasty enough because I liked everything involved.

Fresh Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Fresh Strawberry Pretzel Salad - Chew Nibble Nosh.

It’s berry season!  My girls and I hit the strawberry fields last week and came home with tons of the most delicious, ruby-red berries.  I’ve never seen berries so red, and my fridge has never seen so many berries in it at once.  So, when life hands you lots of berries, what do you do?  Well, around these parts, we make “salad”…and jam, but today we’re talking about “salad”.

Shrimp Arrabbiata Pasta

Shrimp Arrabbiata - Chew Nibble Nosh

Gosh, I love shrimp.  You know that scene in Forrest Gump, where Bubba goes on and on, and on, about everything you can do with shrimp?

I never saw anything wrong with Bubba’s passion.  If anything, it made me hungry.

Having lived in the South for a good number of years, I was used to being able to get fresh, wonderful, reasonably priced shrimp at every restaurant, and every market.  Heck, sometimes the shrimp even came to me.  When we lived in New Orleans, the wonderfully sweet man who was the custodian at the school I taught in would go out on his shrimp boat on the weekends and bring his delicious haul back in for me on Monday!  Talk about spoiled!  Being back in the landlocked Midwest has stifled our constant shrimpiness a bit, but I still try to cook it up often.

Chicken-Avocado Salad Sandwiches

Chicken-Avocado Salad Sandwiches - Chew Nibble Nosh.

Today is the last day of school.  HOW?   I know the teachers may not be in agreement with me, but this year simply flew by.  It seems like every year moves faster and faster, and my mommy heart is on the verge of a breakdown.  Make it stop!  At the end of the day, I’ll have a 7th grader and a 4th grader.

I can’t handle it.

~sigh~

Raspberry Charlotte Russe – #RaspberryDessert with Driscoll’s

Raspberry Charlotte Russe - Chew Nibble Nosh

It’s that time of year again!  Berry season!  My fridge is consistently stocked with fresh berries this time of year.  So, when The Daily Meal asked me if I’d like to enter their Driscoll’s Berries #RaspberryDessert recipe contest, I figured there couldn’t be a better time!  Last year, they had a Strawberry Shortcake contest, and my entry was this delectable Lemon Poppyseed Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Devonshire Cream.  This year, we’re talking raspberries, my all time favorite berry, and it didn’t take long for me to figure out the dessert I was going to try.

Chicken & Gnocchi Dumplings

Chicken & Gnocchi Dumplings - Chew Nibble Nosh

Sometimes, even though the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you break a sweat when you walk outside, you just need some good, old-fashioned comfort food.  This was the case for me this past week, as my allergies have been giving me a serious run for my money.  I heard on the news that they are calling this year’s pollen forecast a “POLLEN TSUNAMI”.  It’s official, everything is way too dramatic.

That said, I have been awfully sniffly lately, and feeling kind of crummy, so when I ran across this recipe from Eating Well, I knew it would hit the spot.

Rainbow Slaw with Sesame Honey Lime Dressing – #PlateProud Contest with Green BEAN Delivery

Rainbow Slaw with Sesame Honey Lime Dressing - Chew Nibble Nosh.

This is my favorite time of year.  The trees are blooming, the grass is green, the sun is shining, and we all would rather spend time outside than in.  Springtime always seems like a wonderful gift, after a long, chilly winter, and this beautiful weather we’re having is no exception.

And, like clockwork, the warmer weather gets my husband’s grill-sense going.  I had a funny feeling when I saw the weekend’s forecast that he’d want to kick his grill into gear for the season.  I was right!

Tres Leches Cake with Berries

Tres Leches Cake with Berries - Chew Nibble Nosh

Tres Leches Cake is one of those recipes that I feel has been haunting me for a while.  I’d never made it before this, but I kept seeing it…everywhere.  The idea intrigued me, a simple vanilla cake soaked in a creamy concoction of Tres Leches (Three milks, if I remember correctly from high school Spanish).  It seemed more like a pudding than a cake, but more cake-like than a bread pudding.  I wanted to make one, but none of the recipes jumped out at me.