While I consider myself lucky to have kids that aren’t as picky as some other kids I know, my kids still have their own issues. Emily is an adventurous eater. She’ll try anything, and when she likes something, she really likes it. For as long as I can remember, her favorite foods have been artichokes, feta cheese, beans, and capers. (Despite my many attempts to convince the child that capers are a garnish or an add on, she doesn’t believe me.) Not exactly what you hear most kids asking for at the dinner table, right? The problem lies in that she likes very specific flavors, and if the flavors we’re having for dinner don’t mesh with her taste buds, we get a lot of pouts and whines.
I truly can’t believe that it’s time for this again. Where did this year go? It seems like just yesterday, I was in my kitchen in Georgia, complaining about the un-wintery winter, and baking up cookies to send to food bloggers in different corners of the country for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012. But alas, a year has passed and now I’m in my office in Indiana, actually enjoying the wintery winter (So far. I’m sure I will get annoyed at some point.) ready to write about 2013′s cookie swap. AMAZING.
One of the interesting perks of being a blogger, is having access to your blog’s statistics. If you know a blogger, they’re lying if they say they don’t check their stats. I check it daily, at least once, to see which posts are getting hits, where the hits are coming from (I’m amazed on a daily basis how far the internet reaches.), and how many times people have taken time out of their days to hang out at Chew Nibble Nosh. It’s just good blogging practice to keep track of trends, and know what your readers are looking for.
This assignment was a holiday game changer!
The good people at OREO asked me if I’d like to take a swing at their classic OREO Cookie Ball Recipe. Have you ever tried them? They are simple enough to make, but you’d never really know how simple they are once you bite into one. They are incredibly delicious and fudgy, which isn’t surprising given what the main ingredient is…OREOS!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray
It’s here. The holiday baking season has arrived! Mountains of cookies and pies, tarts and candies, cakes and cobblers, it’s all just waiting to be made!
I love the holidays for many reasons, but I do truly enjoy locking myself in the kitchen and baking up a storm for my friends and family. If my apron is not sufficiently covered in flour at some point during the holiday season, I just haven’t worked hard enough.
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t like macaroni and cheese? I don’t think I’ve ever met that someone. If there is someone out there who doesn’t like it, I don’t think they’ve tried one like this. This is my all time favorite Mac & Cheese recipe. It’s a little more “grown up” than the usual, I guess. Not that the kids seem to mind. They usually dive right in too.
With loads of cheese, butter and pasta, it’s definitely a splurge, but it’s a splurge worth splurging on.
As we get into the increasingly busy holiday season, it’s really nice to have a few go-to meals on hand that can be whipped up in a flash. I don’t know about you, but our running around schedule increases by tenfold this time of year. I need all the help I can get.
This is one of those recipes to keep in your back pocket for crazy days. It comes together in an instant, and is a delicious, and healthy, way to treat your family to dinner.
Start by mixing up a quick marinade.
There’s just something about roasted chicken that comforts me. You walk into a house where a chicken is roasting and it just smells so good, and it feels cozy right away. The problem is, a lot of times, roasted chicken just ends up tasting like…well…chicken. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but when I can find a roasted chicken recipe that’s packed with flavor on top of that already-there chickeniness (Yes, I made that up.), I declare it a winner.
Don’t let that pretty plate fool you.
This dinner was delicious, and so simple to throw together that we had it on a weeknight! From start to finish, it can be done in less than thirty minutes.
This also means that this would be a great Fall dish to entertain with, because you could spend most of your entertaining time with the people you’re entertaining! Just make sure to have the turkey prepped and everything measured out beforehand, and it would make things super simple. It would even make a great Thanksgiving dinner for a smaller crowd. It’s turkey, right? Throw some Thanksgiving-ish sides in with it, and you’re good to go!
Have you ever watched any of those food competition shows on TV where cooks are given a mysterious combination of ingredients that they have to turn into a culinary masterpiece? I love those shows! I’ll be completely honest and also add that those shows make me a nervous wreck. As a cook, I like to be in control. I’m a little Type-A in the kitchen, I’m not gonna lie. Not having any control over what ingredients I’m handed to cook with, and having to make something spectacular out of them is pretty intimidating.