Pork Chops with Fresh Tomatoes, Onion, Garlic, and Feta

Pork Chops with Fresh Tomato, Onion, Garlic, and Feta - Chew Nibble Nosh

 Before I get into the heart of this recipe, let me just state that this tomato-onion-garlic-basil concoction is delicious on pork chops.  It would be delicious over chicken, or delicious over fish.  It would be delicious served over sliced baguette as an appetizer, spread on a pizza, or delicious simply eaten out of the pan with a spoon (I’m guilty).  If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s really good stuff.

And it is so simple and fresh, and perfect for a busy back to school weeknight.

Oatmeal Coconut Raspberry Bars

Oatmeal Coconut Raspberry Bars - Chew Nibble Nosh

A couple of weeks ago, I got to cross off something on my bucket list.  My dear friend Kristin told us earlier in the summer that she had two extra tickets to see Harry Connick Jr. at The Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and she asked if we’d like to join her and her husband.  You may be thinking that seeing Harry live would be the bucket list item.  Nope.  I’ve seen Harry perform a few other times, and he’s wonderful, he really is. If you ever have the chance to see him, go.  He’s ridiculously talented, funny, and charming.  Every show of his is different, and he is so personable he can make a large venue seem like a small, intimate jazz club.  I had the opportunity to meet him when we lived in New Orleans, and he is refreshingly genuine.  I could go on and on about how much I love Harry…and I think I have.

Spiralized Italian Pasta Salad

Spiralized Italian Pasta Salad - Chew Nibble Nosh.

Zucchini noodles seem to be all the rage right now and spiralizers are moving from a fancy garnish tool to an everyday kitchen gadget. My friends at OXO asked me to try out their new Hand Held Spiralizer, and of course, I told them I’d love to give it a try!

What to make, though?  As I was trying to figure out what to tackle first with my new gadget, I ran across an old recipe, written on a postcard, from my mother.  I have no idea where this recipe came from.  Probably from the pages of an old, yellowed cooking magazine or from one of her gazillion cookbooks (I come by my book hoarding tendencies honestly).  It’s simply written on a notecard, and this delicious, blast-from-the-past spaghetti salad struck me as the perfect thing to modernize with a little spiralize.

Middle Eastern Chickpea Burgers

Middle Eastern Chickpea Burgers - Chew Nibble Nosh

My husband is not a veggie burger guy…at all.  I can’t keep track of how many times he’s given me that “Why would you do that?” look in a restaurant as I order a veggie burger over something else, anything else, on the menu.  I love a good veggie burger, but have found that really good veggie burgers are like finding a needle in a haystack. The restaurant burgers I’ve tried run the gamut from delicious and hearty to mushy and meh.  It’s hard to find a really, really good one.   I’ve tried a few different versions at home, and I’m pleased to announce that this is the first one we all went nuts over, my husband included.

Back to School with “Lovable Lunch Notes” from Sara Lee® Bread

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Sara Lee logoIt’s that time of year again.  The time of year where my Facebook feed is filled with pictures of eager summer-sunned students ready to head back to school!  My girls just started back this week. and when we were done with school shopping and locker prepping, the next thing on the agenda to tackle was the lunchbox.  Lunchboxes, what’s in those lunchboxes and what, if I add them to the boxes, will be left in the boxes when the kids return home are a big deal.  (I’m hoping not to strike out as much this year.)  Sometimes, I like to hide little notes in their lunchboxes.  Just a quick little note, offering up some love or words of encouragement.  School days can be long, and a little love from home in the middle of the day can go a long way!  So, when Sara Lee® Bread asked me if I’d talk to you about their new Lovable Lunch campaign, I knew it would be a great fit!

Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry, Avocado, and Basil Salsa

Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry, Avocado, and Basil Salsa - Chew Nibble Nosh

The Dog Days of Summer have finally hit us in Indiana.  After a pretty cool and soggy start, now that it’s just about time to go back to school, the heat has finally kicked in. Not that I’m complaining.  At all.  I’m still in my “At one point, we lived in Louisiana and Georgia, this is nothing.” frame of mind.  It’s just that finally, after almost three months of weather weirdness, it feels like summer.

Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes - Chew Nibble Nosh

One of the reasons I started this blog was because friends and family often turned to me when they needed an idea for a recipe, or help with one they already had.  It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a cookbook hoarder, and that I love to spend time in the kitchen.  I’ve always loved trying out new recipes. I’m never afraid of being the recipe guinea pig, and Chew Nibble Nosh started out as a place where I could share my findings with my friends and family.  It has since blossomed into much more than I ever imagined, which I am extremely humbled by, but at its heart, it is still a place where I share my guinea pig moments.

Rich and Fudgy Zucchini Brownies

Rich and Fudgy Zucchini Brownies - Chew Nibble Nosh

When I was young, my mother had this wonderful little garden on the side of our house.  I used to love watching the garden grow each summer, and daily trips out to pick fresh tomatoes, snap peas and zucchini were a highlight.  I remember spending my summer days outside, playing with friends, and we’d snack on sugar snap peas, fresh from the garden, as we played. The zucchini always fascinated me, though, because there were some years when nothing would grow, and others when we’d end up with zucchini as long as our arms, that seemed to weigh as much as a small child.  My mom would make zucchini bread after zucchini bread after zucchini bread, and we’d laugh at the size of our ginormous zucchini.  They were like veggie snacks for giants.

Chilled Summer Veggie Salad

Chilled Summer Veggie Salad - Chew Nibble Nosh 4

When it comes to summer food, what do you look for?

I look for light, crisp, clean, fresh, and flavorful.  In the sticky summer heat, I don’t want food that will weigh me down.  I crave tastes that will refresh me, enlighten me, and that take advantage of the bounty that summer markets have to offer.

This salad is EXACTLY what I look for.

This quick and easy summer salad is the perfect summer picnic recipe go-to.  You can make it up ahead of time, and the longer it rests, the more the flavors mingle.  It was terrific the night we had it, alongside grilled steak, but even better the next day when I grabbed a bowlful for lunch.

Penne alla Emiliana – Dinner at Indy’s Sangiovese Ristorante

Penne alla Emiliana - Chew Nibble Nosh

I’m tough to please when it comes to Italian food.  My dad’s side of the family is Italian, so I was lucky to grow up in a kitchen where tomatoes, basil, and garlic were a way of life.  I often find that Italian restaurants don’t exactly live up to my expectations.

So, imagine how excited I was when I found, and devoured, one of the best Italian meals I’ve ever had right here in Indy!  I was so eager to try out Sangiovese Ristorante’s new location.  I’d heard that they’d moved from their former location into the beautiful, new Ironworks building on 86th street.