Everything Spice Coated Cheddar Cheese Ball

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Party season is upon us, and that means that party food is upon us as well.  Is there anything better than a fabulous spread of munchies?  I don’t think so.

 I’ve made this cheese ball for two parties in the past few weeks, and if you’re attending a party that I’m attending in the coming weeks, you’ll likely bump into this cheese ball as well!  It’s that good, and I’m mildly obsessed.  It’s creamy, and spicy, and cheesy, and crunchy, and garlicky, and just so many good things wrapped up in a perfectly spreadable little party package.

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Top Ten Recipes for a Delicious Thanksgiving

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Tis the season to start stuffing ourselves, and our turkeys.  Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  I am.  And you know what?  I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner.  Sure, it’s stressful and there’s a lot going on, but it’s absolutely my favorite meal of the year.  I’ve tried a lot of Thanksgiving recipes in my day, and there are a few favorites I always return to.  The Herb Buttered and Brined Turkey recipe featured in this roundup is always my go-to Thanksgiving turkey, and my husband’s favorite “Thanksgiving in a Dish” dressing will make an appearance again this year as well…because if I didn’t make it, husband would be sad, and nobody wants a pouty husband at the Thanksgiving table.

Italian Deli Pinwheels

 

Italian Deli Pinwheels - Chew Nibble Nosh

Remember that outdoor concert I went to?  The one I where I brought those sweet little blueberry cheesecakes?  Well, I brought these fabulous little pinwheels there too.  My friend Lynda was generous enough to share the recipe with me after we enjoyed them immensely at our Indy 500 picnic back in May, and I’ve been looking for a reason to make them ever since.  Thankfully, this concert popped up, and it was the perfect reason to break out Lynda’s recipe.

Sweet Corn, Tomato & Pesto Pizza

Sweet Corn, Tomato and Pesto Pizza - Chew Nibble Nosh

You guys.  This pizza…

Wow.

This Sweet Corn, Tomato & Pesto pizza is everything wonderful about summer…on a crust.
It’s crisp, fresh sweet corn and bright summer tomatoes, viibrant fresh basil, and zesty garden fresh pesto.  It’s packed with flavor, ridiculously easy to throw together, and on the dinner table (…lunch table, snack table, coffee table. The pizza’s not picky.) in virtually no time at all. It’s just perfect.

I could eat it every day and probably be pretty happy.

Have I pumped it up enough?

Ready to give it a try?

Top Ten Labor Day Cookout Recipes

Top Ten Labor Day Cookout Recipes - Chew Nibble Nosh

Ah, Labor Day weekend…summer’s last hurrah.  A time to gather together, slap on some sunscreen, hang out at the pool one last time, and have a cookout.  In honor of that last hurrah cookout, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite summer recipes from past posts to ease your menu planning along.  And, now that I’ve had a good look at some of these again, they may be making an appearance at my own house this weekend. Bonus!

In the Munchies for the Pool category, we have this super simple Black Bean, Corn and Avocado Salsa

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.

Banana Pudding Dip with Vanilla Wafers

Banana Pudding Dip with Vanilla Wafers - Chew Nibble Nosh

Years of living down south taught me a lot of things.  One of those lessons learned was that there’s something special about a really good banana pudding.  When I came across this recipe, I knew I had to give it a try.  It seemed like a fun, simple twist on one of my favorites, and it’s the perfect thing to serve up to friends and family during the spring holiday season!

Sweet and Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings

Sweet and Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings - Chew Nibble Nosh

March Madness kicks into gear this week, and it’s extra exciting around here because my hometown of Indianapolis is home to this year’s Final Four!  When many people think of Indiana, basketball comes to mind.  (Well, that and corn, if we’re being honest.)  But, basketball is a way of life for Hoosiers across the state, and nothing gets this place pumped up like a few weeks of nail-biter games which culminate in a giant party in our hometown.

Hot Ham & Cheese Party Roll Ups

Hot Ham & Cheese Party Roll Ups - Chew Nibble Nosh

Oh, boy…these are good.

Melty, toasty, cheesy, sweet, salty, tangy, chewy, bready (I’m not so sure that’s a word.), and just plain good.  Plus, they can be whipped up ahead of time and baked later for whatever possible reason you could need to make them.  They’d be wonderful paired with a salad for dinner, or delicious as a pot luck contribution, or, in my case, the perfect thing to bring to a friend’s house for us to nibble on as we watched the game on TV.  They are just…so…good.

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.